Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
TK: Fabio: I would define our band as an electro pop punk band. Rock music, and especially punk-rock for us, is the key to reveal your true self and express yourself. Cause there is really no time to hide yourself in life. You just want to feel free and you want to feel like you don’t have to put a mask on. Punk rock is an attitude. We believe in this because thanks to punk rock music our life is much more fun, but it also gives us a chance to accept life no matter how much shit gets thrown at you. You can walk in the dark alone. You don’t need to be afraid of who you are. And with rock music you know there are millions like you that feel the same. Broken souls looking for the light at the end of the tunnel. And so we say that we can look for it together, through the power of music. That’s the Kanz’s mission in my opinion. And we do it in our own way of course. Taking a step forward from the classic pop-punk vibe of the 90s-2000s and bringing it to the next level: the digital, electronic, cyberpunk, sci-fi era.”
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
TK: Fabio: “It all began as a small adventure in 2017 when I decided to leave my country of origin Italy where I was working as an actor in theatres, playing musicals for kids and occasional shows in summer resorts. I decided to dramatically change my life by coming to London, UK, and start a new punk rock band from scratch. I went to several live music venues in London attending random open-mic nights and live rock gigs in the London area. This gave me the chance to meet new musicians – kind of “crazy” and “out-of-mind” ones like me! – who shared the same interest in the underground scene and pop-punk music. Some of these encounters brought to life amazing friendships and committed musical collaboration. Eventually in 2018 the band was fully formed and after a few changes of members during the early months, the band formed up and running. The current full team consists of me (Fabio) Lead singer and Guitar Player, Joaquin Antonio Ramirez on the Bass and Jan Zwiebel on the Drums . Since then, the band released the debut single “Relativism” on 26th March 2019, started playing gigs everywhere in London and UK, made quite a big statement in the pop-punk scene by releasing the video “Just Panic” (which got more than 16K views on Youtube in just 2 weeks) and released following 8 more singles. Our following on Spotify has grown a lot in the last few years and we have been featured in several playlists, released a lot of music videos… We are very happy about how everything is growing around with our music and ambitious mission.”
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
TK: Fabio: “Musical influences come from various artists of the punk rock alternative scene like Green Day, Blink 182, Muse, Linkin Park, My Chemical Romance, Mindless Self Indulgence, Celldweller, Pierce the Veil and Nothing But Thieves. But the whole Kanz philosophy is inspired also by the pop-punk culture of American Pie’s Parties, electronic techno dubstep sound designing, alternative rock lifestyles and sci-fi, futuristic cyberpunk culture which can be often noticed in the artworks of our singles. I would say there is also a touch of ‘musical theatre’ vibe in some of our songs and I guess that’s because of my past works in the theater business and previous musical shows I performed in, that shaped a lot of my background and musical influences.”
Joaquin: My favorite Rock bands currently are in the dark/prog/djent category, main ones that come to mind are gojira, katatonia, Jinjer and of course Tool. I also have great nostalgia for early 2000 pop punk bands I grew with like Blink 182 or earlier punk bands like the Misfits. Apart from rock I admire great jazz artists like Miles Davis, John coltrane, Michel Petrucciani, Django Rheinhart and my favorite is Stephane Grapelli who is one of my greatest violin heros (and one of the earliest to use the violin outside of the classical context). Lastly as a violinist i love classical music, my favorite composers being Maurice Ravel, and naturally J..S. Bach.
Non musical influences I have include many visual artists I admire and my instagram is full of them and they are innumerable. Some that come to mind are Alex and Alison Grey (who also love Tool) Tim Burton, great tattoo artists like Theresa Sharp and Jeff Gogue just to name a few. My favorite movie directors are Darren Arranovsky(Requiem for a dream/Black swan) and Richard Linklater (School of Rock/ Waking life).
Jan: I take musical influences from a range of musical genres. I have always enjoyed world music and playing rhythms from around the world. I feel inspired by people who care about their environment and stay humble and hustling.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
TK: Fabio: “Our main goal and mission with the band is to stay emotionally connected with our fans, creating something new and exciting, growing the electro pop punk movement and always being committed to help the fans and support them through their struggles.. We really care a lot about them and their wellbeing. In the end, this is what music is about: making people feel better! Also, without them we wouldn’t be doing what we love to do. So this is what our main aim is.
As per other dreams and goals We would love to play shows in as many cool venues as possible: Definitely I would love to play at Music Festivals I love such as the SLAM DUNK festival, DOWNLOAD festival and ARENA festival. But also cool venues such as The Underworld in Camden, Electric Ballroom, Royal Albert Hall, Roundhouse, O2 Academy Islington, O2 Academy Brixton and of course Wembley arena or Stadium!”
Joaquin: “Yeah, There are a couple of London venues I would really like to play (mainly of the more alternative and dark category) like the Underworld, the Devonshire Arms or even Electrowerks. But I think for the kind of music we play probably Wembley Stadium would be the most suitable :)”
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
TK: Fabio: “I am the main songwriter of the band and I usually start a song by getting inspired with a melody that comes up in my mind in a totally random and unexpected way… You know, just like when you’re in the middle of something and then, all of a sudden, you feel the urge to go to the bathroom and take a piss? Well, inspirations for songs happen to me the same exact way! I don’t expect them, I don’t know where they come from, I just feel the urge to do it! Based on the “mood” of the melody I write then all the chords, harmonies and a rough arrangement. When it comes to the lyrics I like to talk about my personal experiences like break ups, very passionate (sometimes platonic) love stories, feelings of rebellion, need to express myself, the need to make a lot of noise etc.. all of this at 360 degrees both from a positive and negative point of view (and sometimes from the embarrassing one!) but I always filter the lyrics with the lens of a bigger picture so that people can also see a little piece of themselves in the song and they are able to understand the whole world and philosophy behind what we do as alternative rock artists. I see The Kanz and our fans as part of the same family: a family of weirdos. people who want to affirm their identity because they have been hurt, abandoned or currently living in a situation that stresses them out. But also enhancing the value of family and love, and how important it is to express yourself in the way that makes you feel happy.
We also stand for the search for glory (Money matters yes, but to quote Avicii: “ I want to be remembered for the life I lived, not for the money I have made”), being remembered for the things we have done that really makes us proud. Moreover We stand for gender equality, we fight racism, we believe in science, we fight for freedom of speech, we fight for kindness as a solution, we fight for unity and love with the people that share your same beliefs. These and more are what truly inspires The Kanz music I think. And of course a big load of Electronic music and sound designing gives us a chance to develop a very original sound: Nowadays technology is so widely developed that designing, creating, and developing a sound has almost infinite possibilities and I think that’s what makes The Kanz‘s music so unique and different. It’s a sound that you really distinguish. And also, you can’t really tell what musical genre it is! Can you? (laughs)
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
TK: Fabio: “Mainly we use Instagram and Facebook for promoting the band and the shows but We do everything on our own, without any label, marketing team, manager or else.. We are 100% independent artists at the moment”
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
TK: Joaquin: I get all my music online, i love having the entirety of the collection of human sounds at my fingertips and I love to be able to listen to new music everyday. Some people like vinyl and that’s cool but I am all about variety which online music sharing is all about.
Jan: Downloading music online is a great thing as long as people pay for their downloads.
Fabio: “Downloading music online is the future and you can’t really argue with the future. Can you?”
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
TK: Fabio: “I wish I had written “Welcome to the Black Parade” by My Chemical Romance because it’s my all-time favourite song since I was a kid and to me it’s hands down the most beautiful, original, crazy, epic, mind-blowing, masterfully written rock song I ever heard. Honestly, It gives me goosebumps every time I listen to it…
Joaquin: I wish I wrote “Something about the way you look tonight” because it is the single greatest hit ever and I would be a millionaire by now if I did.
Jan: I wish I had written Brothers In Arms because I just can’t get enough of it.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
TK: Joaquin: Some of my biggest pet peeves are 1. when the music is too loud at the gym (what’s the point? Everyone’s brought headphones!) 2. When I pay for expensive coffee and the milk doesn’t froth properly (gotta respect a good barista) 3. People that call me “buddy” .
Fabio: 1. When someone comes in the same room where I am and instead of asking me: “Hey, how are you?” Instead they start a one hour monologue about their lives and what they have achieved so far, not even wondering whether I care about it or not!
When stupid people try to convince me that Conspiracy Theories are real.
When fitness addicts tell me I should exercise every day and I am actually more fit than them. Ridiculous!
Jan: I can’t stand respectless behaviour.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
TK: Fabio: I think my proudest moment was when a random teenage girl from Indonesia made a super sophisticated Tik Tok with one of our songs and it was so cool that it looked even more professional than our actual official music video for that song. I still wonder how the hell did she do that..
Joaquin: The Kanz is definitely the most successful band I have ever played with and I’m very proud to be part of this project. “Hi mom, I am on spotify ! “
Jan: I was proud to have played in my favourite music club, the Mokka in Switzerland.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
TK: Fabio: We have a new song coming out on June 11th called “BORDERLINE” and you can pre-save it on Spotify here https://show.co/EF6hGd3
Also, We are currently working in the studio and recording and mixing 14 new tracks that will be released during 2021/2022 on a single-by-single basis so that we always have new content flowing through Spotify and our social media. This way we can maximise the promotion for each and everyone of them. We also want to make sure the fans are getting new music from us throughout the whole year. Especially knowing that the music consumption process is very fast nowadays we want to deliver new high quality content on a regular basis.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
TK: We have original songs already available on every music streaming platform online and every music store such as Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Deezer, Pandora, Soundcloud and so on + Official Music Videos for each song that You can watch straight away on our official YouTube channel.
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