(Rules of The Gauntlet: The artist (in this case, Industrial Rock band VAZUM) is sent a butt ton of questions ranging from standard to stupid from which they must choose at least 12 to answer and return them to us with a minimum of tear stains).
Tell me why your music rules. Or why it sucks.
No, you tell me. My opinion means nothing.
Tell me about your new album. The writing, vibe,production/producers, etc.
We recorded our current album as a live band in a studio without many additional overdubs. The production is simple and not over-done. It has 5 original songs and 2 Bauhaus covers. We recorded the 7 tracks in one day and spent a day or two doing vocals.
What are you working on right now?
A new album that’s going to be more electronic and synth heavy.
Which voice in your head is the craziest?
The voice of my altar ego, Zak Vazum. He’s always telling me to do something foolish.
How often do you work on your music?
Every damn day
What is your philosophy?Motto?
Just do, don’t think. Thinking too much will hold you back from doing things.
What exactly is “Going apeshit?”
Destroying something and injuring yourself while screaming until you lose your voice.
What’s the stupidest thing you have ever heard someone say?
That they think they’re a poet.
Peace or freedom? (You can’t have both.) Why?
Peace. I don’t have the energy to fight for my freedom. I’d rather be under the control of someone else if that means peace.
How long could you live without money?
I’d like to think I could go off the grid and live off the land but I’d probably last a week at the most.
If you were facing unbeatable and fatal odds what song would you want to check out to? Why?
Head Like a Hole. It’s got that self-destruct vibe.
Describe your face.
Angular and enigmatic.
Stella or Guinness? Why?
Stella. I haven’t had a Guinness in years and have no desire to.
What musicians should quit forever and never be seen or heard from again?
Steven Tyler, Kid Rock, Ted Nugent, Bob Seger, Yoko Ono.
What would you like to say to your fans?
Thank you so much for listening.
Where do your song names come from?
Whatever pops into my head when first writing the song.
There’s a good chance you will look back and be embarrassed by your current hairstyle. Discuss.
I’ve had the same hair style for 15 years and have no intentions of changing. Therefore I will not be able to look back and be embarrassed.
Would you accept 1 million dollars now to give up any and all music forever? If not what is your price?
Never, and no I don’t have a price. You’d have to kill me first.
What master musicians would you like to study with?
Not sure if study is the right word. I’d like to hang with and observe Depeche Mode though.
Who the fuck do you think you are?
I am the greatest person to ever live.
Worst thing ever eaten?
Taco Bell steak taco. That isn’t steak. I don’t know what the fuck it is.
How many unarmed but very angry 4 year olds would it take to kick your ass?
Just 2. One to hold me down. The other to shove pringles in my face.
If you had a time machine what would you do with it?
Travel to a thousand years from now when humans are extinct and I can finally live in peace.
What are your detailed thoughts on yodeling?
I think that’s something Paul McCartney does.