INTERVIEW: Maziac

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

We’re great thanks, good to be chatting to you guys! Pumped for our new single and album of course, can’t wait for everyone to hear our stuff.

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

It was actually the first song we wrote together. It laid the foundation of our musical chemistry, both instrumentally and vocally (in terms of Tim and Tony’s harmonies). Tony wrote the riffs years ago when he was experimenting with a rock-centric approach to down-tuned progressive metal. Tim’s synths brought it to a whole other level!

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

Tony was listening to bands like Periphery and Monuments a lot at the time so his output was naturally heavy and groovy but also melodic, much like those bands, when he wrote the song. He wanted to write something to sing over as well though, so the riffs aren’t overly complex and are also inspired by simpler rock bands like Muse and Blur that he was also listening to at the time. The lyrics are about numbing oneself to anxiety inducing stimuli and others’ petty behaviour. There are so many things in the world one can worry about so you need to make the best of what you have and concretely determine what’s worth spending your mental energy on. The title of the song also refers to music as a form of escapism.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Not for ‘Escapism’, we shot an awesome video for our album opening track ‘Symptomatic’ though. You should definitely check it out – it was directed by our very talented friend Chris Bevan Lee, vocalist of The Ever Living, and features Tony’s uncle and aunt as actors. It’s creepy and super atmospheric, suiting the song perfectly.

The single comes off your new album Forged – what’s the story behind the title?

We wanted a title which, a bit like our band name, was slightly ambiguous but intriguing. We don’t want anyone having preconceptions about what we do or who we might sound like, people should just listen in! ‘Forged’ is a cool word though and hints at the solid product within.

How was the recording and writing process?

We recorded in two blocks at Orpheus Studios in Dalston, London. We instantly got on great and worked effectively with engineer Richard Campbell and feel he enabled us to fulfil our potential in terms of performances and crafting some of the details in the tracks.

Tony is a prolific writer of both lyrics and songs and would usually bring the skeleton of a track to rehearsal for us to jam and play with. We would develop them collectively from there on, with some of Tim’s riffs and vocal ideas and Marc’s immense drumming and energy bringing them to life. Additional shapes and textures were then added in the studio and via the synths to be mixed together by Justin.

What was it like to work with Justin Hill and how did that relationship develop?

Justin mixed/mastered the final album of Tony’s old band Phineas Gage and the experience was so positive that he suggested working with him again to the other guys in Maziac. Tim’s a huge SikTh fan and Marc was down so we got in touch and are extremely glad that we did! He’s extremely easy to work with and fully understands the sound that we are going for.

How much did he get to influence the album?

The effects and dynamics he added to the songs are invaluable; they just wouldn’t be the same without him. Some of his contributions have even influenced how we play the songs live.

How has Tool and Mastodon influenced your writing?

We have always all respected these bands and continue to find inspiration in their back catalogues. The song structures, musicianship and fearlessness of Tool’s vision has always been amazing. We subconsciously take a lot from their use of obscure time signatures and the way their songs build, ebb and flow.

Mastodon are just a force of nature and their epic riffing, incredible drum work and evolution from album to album has been a constant influence on each of us.

How do all your different cultural backgrounds influence the music of the band?

I think we’re all musically open-minded people regardless of cultural background but Tony’s Latin American heritage influenced some of the rhythms on the track ‘Again?’ and Marc hailing from the same country as Devin Townsend, one of our musical heroes, definitely helps us channel his musical prowess haha. In addition Tim has always felt a deep connection to many of the classic British guitar bands that continue to influence new generations of musicians.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

We are inspired by heavy, memorable riffs and bands that aren’t afraid to think outside the box. In terms of lyrics, we are inspired by descriptive, thought-provoking lyricists and by challenging ourselves to find different ways to express ourselves.

Any plans to hit the road?

We’re playing Fiddler’s Elbow in Camden on 23rd June with LestWeForget as well as some other one-off shows this year but we’re planning on doing a full UK tour next year so stay tuned!

What else is happening next in MAZIAC’s world?

Other than the tour, we’re slowly starting to work on new material and on how we can challenge ourselves technically and musically.

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About RJ Frometa

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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