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Matricide – Interview


Interview with Ran (Vocals) of Matricide and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)

PD:  How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist

R: Well, we generally define our selves as Metal/Hardcore or Groove Metal,

some would say – just call yourselves Metalcore but we don’t see it that way.

We combine lots of sub-genres in our music.

We are situated in Tel-Aviv, Israel and have many influences from the region as well as overseas.

 

PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc?

R: As I’ve said before, we are from Tel-Aviv, Israel.

I started out playing the drums at age 13 & played with a lot of bands over the years,

I started doing some back vocals & learned to scream while on the drumset.

I joined Matricide in 2007 & never looked back, though I still play the drums for fun every now & then.

 

PD: Who and what inspires you to make music, both in terms of musical and other influences

R: As a kid my biggest influences were all the top nu-metal bands such as:

System of a Down, Slipknot, Deftones, Korn etc.

Later on I got exposed to some heavier stuff like:

Pantera, Meshuggah, Lamb of God, Mastodon, The Dillinger Escape Plan and more.

I still listen to all these bands but I listen to a lot of rap as well, mostly from the U.K,

artists like: Skepta, Stormzy, Wiley, P Money and many more.

I know Auria, our guitar player draws a lot of inspiration from Electronic groups like: Autechre, Aphex Twin & Prodigy so i think it’s worth mentioning them as well.

 

PD: What do you like to write about in your songs?

R: Most of my songs are about past experiences such as addiction, love, hate & beliefs so i dont have one main subject but lately I’ve gotten more political,

For example, we have a new single coming out soon that talks about how the top 1% control everything and all the rest of us just follow their word blindly.

I think that mainly the band’s lyrics deal with spirituality and the big unsolved questions of life..

 

PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?

R: As a band we don’t really care about money or fame, of course both are important in a way and the band has to be financially sustainable, but what we really want is to release music to the world, tour as much as possible and leave a mark in the Metal scene.

 

PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?

R: I would have to say our first European tour with Orphaned Land, Klone & The Mars Chronicles.

Reaching so many ears and eyes in such a brief period of time is an incredible feeling and seeing how all these people go insane to the sound of our music.

 

PD: Promoting one’s music is such a challenge these days, especially with so many new artists emerging from bedrooms in the day of the home studio. How is that going

R: It’s going pretty well, there are some challenging aspects but our band is like an operation, each one of us has his responsibilities and our guitar player Auria has vast knowledge in promotion and actually works in that business area too so i can’t complain, i think it’s going well at the moment.

 

PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours?

R: Our bass player Shahar is the one in charge of it, basically we generate connections online, connect with local bands and talk to booking agencies.

 

PD: Any performances coming up?

R: We have a few shows lined up here in Israel and we are also on the way to book some shows overseas, mostly in western europe & UK. but I think the dream would be to perform in the U.S.

 

PD: What do you think about downloading music online?

R: I personally never had a problem with that, I have downloaded many discographies as a fan or as a potential fan of a band. I feel that it’s the best way to get to know a band, especially in far off & countries that are in a constant state of war such as Israel, where big bands don’t really come to a lot or at all. so your only way to get to know them is to download the music.

and hey as a fan of a lot of bands I can say about myself that I bought most of the albums that I liked. I’m all about supporting the bands that make the music that gave my life meaning and shaped me into the person I am today.

 

PD: What about streaming sites like Spotify?

R: Spotify is a great platform for bands like us, as I’ve stated before it gives us the opportunity to be heard by a greater audience & I feel that if someone likes us he or she would spread the word to their friends.

I mostly use youtube to find new music. I like to watch music videos that stimulate not only the ears but the eyes as well.

 

PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?

R: musically: it would be ‘Straws pulled at random’ by ‘Meshuggah’

They are probably my all time favorite band from a drummer’s perspective and as a singer, this song still makes me shiver.

lyricly, I would have to say ‘Tool’ – ‘Aenima’

in my opinion it’s a perfect song lyrically from subject to delivery it has the perfect amount of angst and groove in it.

I highly recommend it to anyone with ears. 

 

PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?

R: The whole numbers game is silly in our opinion – who has the highest numbers on Youtube or Spotify… This is just a game that has no connection to the quality of music or to reality, i mean you have to promote yourself to get noticed but buying likes and streams to get attention from the media/labels is a real bummer and we are against it.

 

PD: So, what are you working on at the moment

R: We are currently in mixing process of several songs we recorded during Covid times, and we just released a new single & music video entitled “Walk into the flames”.

right now we are more focused on booking shows & performing but we each have a studio at our homes , we each write and record new material,

Later we will work together on it as a unit.

 

PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?

R: Socials: https://linktr.ee/Matricide

Merch: https://mtrcd.bandcamp.com/merch

and we actually have TikTok now too 🙂 – https://www.tiktok.com/@mtrcd?lang=en

Thank you very much

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