Interview with frontman Nick van Delft | By Morgan Y Evans
Germany’s Zodiac are proving that the hard rock traditions of their homeland are alive and well. They might not sound like Accept or Unisonic, but the passion for classic rock and heavy metal influences flows like a dark, foamy brew on new Prosthetic Release Sonic Child. I’ll go on record and say that the 7 minute opus “A Penny and A Dead Horse” is just as good as any heartbreak and whiskey soaked Lynyrd Skynyrd song. Get on the bandwagon now.
How does it feel to be at this point with the band?
It feels great to be constantly creative and focused. We’re a working band that is grateful
to be able to put out our third album “Sonic Child”. I think the band is getting better by the day because of the numerous shows we have played by now. At the moment we are on our first headliner tour through Europe. Good times all the time, to be on the road is just perfect.
How did you focus so much into the music video side of the new album? Just incredible art was made.
The idea behind Sonic Child” was to write a concept album about our love for music. “Just music” is what we are about, not style or fashion. So the videos of us in the studio working on the new record is a good reflection of what Zodiac is. A good friend of ours spent some days in the studio with us and filmed a lot of stuff. We’re really happy with the results!
How much do the elements or time of year affect how you approach writing a song? Bird watch? Surf?
Of course personal things in life and even the weather can affect song writing. We don’t think about it too much, we jam a lot and try to explore new grounds. We always try to push ourselves to a new level
Your music is so heavy and psychedelic, resonant. The power is fresh though it has classic rock traditions. How do you keep a head space to create that amidst the modern world?
We try to combine the old and the new, especially in the studio. Speaking of studio technology it’s the year 2014 and there are good things today, too. If it’s good for the overall sound result, why not use it? Of course we sound a bit retro because of the way we play and our musical roots. An open, dynamic and natural sound is our goal.
I heard “Hot In Here” by Nelly instrumental in a food commercial the other day and it upset me. Is there some music you especially don’t want adapted to advertising?
We are very open-minded when it comes to music. It all depends really….often the combination of music and advertising makes me laugh. It is strange…and funny!
Could you discuss the recording environment or would you prefer to keep that intimate?
No, we go in and get the job done. Sometimes we record separately and some are live cuts. The intro of the album and rock bottom blues were cut live. A lot of spontaneous moments which are by far the most exciting. To be able to play and talk through your instrument with the rest of the band is something very special. Nowadays though it’s gotten sort of rare, with bands in the 60’s and 70’s it was normal. That’s why the bands back then were amazing….
Are you a fan of re-mastered albums or on some level still prefer the earliest formats released?
I personally prefer the original production. It’s a piece of history that should not be screwed with.