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INTERVIEW: Nihil

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

We have been great, working very hard on ‘Foundation’, our upcoming record, as well as our upcoming US tour to support pre-sales of our record, and our new single “Gears”.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Gears”?

Jake: Lyrically, Gears is a song that deals with my disgust with the current state of humanity and society, as well as the depression I struggle with on a daily basis.  It helps to get these kind of things off my chest in a way that doesn’t burden others. Musically speaking, the song takes influence from early thrash and death metal, along with some doom and black metal influence.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

Jake: Nothing specific, but the daily struggle to continue existing and suffering in a world that doesn’t know how to deal with mental illness is the true inspiration for this song.

The single comes off your new album Foundation – what drew you to launch a crowdfunding campaign?

Zach: We, essentially, wanted to create a way for our friends and fans to get involved in the process. I am personally a big proponent of transparency, which is why we chose to include a breakdown of where every dollar contributed goes.

How can people support?

Zach:  Supporting of our campaign is very easy. Simply visit www.igg.me/at/nihil or search for Nihil on Indiegogo.com.

What’s the story behind the title?

Zach:  A ’Foundation’ is what all things are built upon, and this first record is just the start, or foundation, of what will come in the future.

Jake: The name of the record comes from the title track, which is an apocalyptic story of burning the Earth and everything on it in order to start over from scratch. As with Gears, it stems from my disgust with humanity and the destruction we have caused. Sometimes I think things would be better off starting from scratch.

How was the recording and writing process?

Zach: Jake and I have been writing together for a few years now. We collaborated first on a record with our prior band. Since that time we have workedto continuously discover new sounds and ways of expanding our message.

How has comic books, horror films and sci-fi have influence your music?

Zach: Well, if we go back the the title, I have to admit that other than foundation being true to form as Nihil’s literal musical foundation, it also comes from the title of a Isaac Asimov series of the same name. In addition, my personal interest in seventies and eighties B-list movies has influenced how I choose to form chord progressions and melodies when writing for Nihil.

Jake:  Some of the sounds and lyrics on Foundation are absolutely horror inspired. In fact we use an instrument at the beginning of one of the songs on Foundation called a waterphone, commonly used in horror/sci-fi movie soundtracks and compositions.

Any plans to hit the road?

Zach:  As I briefly mentioned earlier, we will be hitting the road hard starting April 13th and won’t come home until June 5th. We are very excited to be hitting nearly every state in the east, south and midwest.

What else is happening next in Nihil’s world?

At the moment we are very focused on getting the word out about our album pre-sales as we look forward to our long spring tour. We can’t wait to see what the future holds and what this year’s experiences will bring to Nihil in the coming months.

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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