Zayn is a post-metal/noise band from Bjelovar in Croatia, whose most recent album “Fields of God” I reviewed here. The band is already working on its follow-up, and planning tour for 2016. About this all, you can read in the interview below.
For the purpose of enjoying this interview fully, it’s advised to get “Fields of God” from Bandcamp.
How did you go about forming the band? What pulled you guys come together?
The band was created in our hometown Bjelovar (Croatia) on ruins of our previous projects. We were pulled together by the same thought of creating something that would be used as our creative outlet and departure from confined and narrow environment in which we live.
”Voice means nothing. Happiness is unknown. Happiness is destination.” What is the meaning behind these words in the Zayn context, and how these words reflect on the band’s work?
These words are an observation of our enviroment where depression and narrow minds enclose us. Our music is a way of presenting that depression, sadness and hope of overcoming boundaries. Because our music is primarily instrumental we are giving a listener a way to immerse her/himself more into melodies and riffs. In some way voice means nothing, at least in our case (and often in reality).
Happiness is destination… If you can get to it.
I have an impression that in one way or another Zayn is connected with darkness. How true or how false is this statement of mine?
Of course it’s true, look at the today’s world. The point is to get out from that cycle and create a cosmos where you won’t be surrounded by stagnating and intellectually decaying people who are always searching for some emperor to guide them.
We can say that Zayn is a young band. As a young band, what are your expectations when it comes to the promotional side of the business?
Promotional side is something that we must accept as a part of being a band. It gives you the chance to be heard/noticed by a wider audience and in our case by being an instrumental band we don’t have the language barrier and our music could have potential listeners everywhere. Our expectations go in direction of presenting our work live on tours and signing with appropriate record label for distribution, further promotion and development of Zayn.
Where do you draw your inspiration from when working on a song?
Our inspiration comes from negative and positive things that we’re exposed to daily. For example a good book or movie that gets you to contemplate, good and bad events in our lives, media stupidity, world’s intellectual collapse, neverending cycle of violence, etc…
Do you guys love to play live? What was your last gig and how did it go?
Yes, because playing live is an opportunity to get listeners to feel large amount of happiness after massive adrenaline boost that makes them lose themselves. That’s what’s happening to us when we play. Our last gig was in our hometown and it had a cool vibe to it … summer, outdoors, surrounded by friends and fans. After that gig we turned to work on next album, release “Fields of God” and plan our next steps.
How does a Zayn concert look like from the audience? What is the feedback like from your fans?
In general we try to pull the audience into our cosmos of noise, distortion and melodies and the feedback is very positive. One of my favourite is “…at moments it seems you play psychedelic metal”.
What does the future hold for Zayn?
We’re currently in the phase of creating new material for next album and planning a European tour for 2016. Hopefully the future will bring more work and progress.
Is there anything you want to tell to our readers?
Be kind to each other.
Listen/buy our new album “Fields of God” and check your attunement to it.
Support us through web pages and stay tuned for tour announcement soon.