METAKIX(Viresh) : Hi, Yeah it’s been long time. Things are running a bit slow with the band since our bassy Nicky has quit. We are auditioning people for the job and will lock on someone who we think is good enough to replace him.
IMR :"METAKIX" sounds to be a quite distinct name, let us know what does it signify? How the band did came together and gives a brief introduction about each one of you?
METAKIX (Viresh) : Well Meta-signifies a state of transition and Kix- signifies a rush of adrenaline through the mind inspiring us with our music. The band has been around for more than 12years. We had whole lot of line-up changes, but the current line-up has been strong since 2004. I met the band 5 years back in 2003 through a common friend. Nicky & Sheldy joined together a year after and within a month played our first website Launch gig.
Nicky:Is a very sensitive person and has a mad & wild streak in him. He is unpredictable and can be manipulated easily. He listens to a lot of thrash metal, trance and has been the youngest in the band. I would say he is an excellent Bass player and we will miss working with him in the band.
Sheldon :Is the groove and power of our music. A very easy going kind of guy to get along with, he has adjusted himself to the cruelties and exploitation from me and zombJ. He essentially started off as a saxophone player and then switched to drums. His influences include death metal and classic rock bands.
Zomb:Has been there since the beginning and shows a lot of patience and perseverance. He is attached to the band very emotionally. He has a classical background and prefers to listen to a lot of thrash metal bands.
Me: I think I am a dreamer and will keep doing things without knowing what lies at the other end. I can influence people around me in a positive way and don’t get manipulated by things. You cannot know if I am in my best or worst mood since I am very indifferent. My confidence and belief is my strength and my music is my biggest inspiration. I listen to almost everything like heavy metal, thrash metal, classic rock, alternative, Jazz, Blues, Folk, New age, Hardcore, Progressive and Indian music.
IMR :Today "METAKIX" have acquired a strong fan-base not only in India but also in many of the foreign countries. Let us know how much did the band slogged, any transformations, challenges etc in younger days?
METAKIX (Viresh) : Its been a great five years, almost like an amazing & rough roller coaster ride. We have gone through a whole lot of transformations as musicians & as a person. We have seen it all & made up our own conclusion about how we understand each other and the music we choose to play and get inspired from. We have accomplished a lot in these years and a lot of that credit goes to our fans, friends, family & supporters, they all mean a lot to us. There have been a lot of challenges in our life’s and in our musical journey as a band which has made us stronger.
IMR :Our readers are very much eager to know about your musical priority? Looking at each one of your experiences, what kind of lyrics and music you try to embed in your compositions?
METAKIX (Viresh) : I believe our music has always been very versatile and strong. It shapes according to different moods and phases of life we go through. We put our heart and soul into our songs which reflects in it. We do not try to follow a certain pattern or thought process, which gives us the extra edge of experimenting and evolving with our music. Everyone one in the band holds a lot of experience and influences the sound and nature of the music along with the band in a very unique way. We are working on some new bone chilling material which is heavier & very unique from what we have ever done before.
IMR :Musically you people sound quite unique than many of the other Indian bands, let us know from which all Indian/Foreign bands you draw your major influences?
METAKIX (Viresh) : We grew up listening to rock n roll, metal, classic rock, folk music, Indian classical, jazz and blues. There draw our influences from a whole lot of bands like black Sabbath, metallica, sepulture, Kreator, pantera, ozzy, dream theater, Alice in Chains, etc etc.
IMR :Which was the remarkable gig with a maximum metal heads attendance you had until now through your entire unstoppable journey, what was the response that you had generated? Any special moments you would like to share?
METAKIX (Viresh) : There have been way too many memorable gigs which we always cherish to remember. Some of my favorite gigs were at IIT-Roorkee to a 15000 strong army of metal heads which was covered & aired by channel[V] and at MCC, Chennai to a mad & wild crowd of 10000 rockers. The response was tremendous and overwhelming. We had a blast doing both the gigs and relish a lot of good memories from it.
IMR :Which is the best venue that you always love to play or any dream place where "METAKIX" would die to perform?
METAKIX (Viresh) : There are a lot of venues we would love to play. I would love to play at the Wacken Festival in Germany and my dream is to play at Wembley stadium, London to a 100 thousand strong.
IMR :"METAKIX" have been touring India and abroad quite frequently, are you satisfied with the progress that the extreme bands are making in the Rock and Metal scenario? What is the difference among the listeners and why do Asian countries lag behind in the music scene?
METAKIX (Sheldon) :Touring like always has been amazing. Different people every where. We had great fun & countless amazing memories at all the gigs. Metal in Asia is definitely picking progress towards an amazing phase. Metal heads in India and the rest of Asia are all different and they all take music differently. I would say that Metal is not really lagging but is going towards full power. There is some amazing metal coming from entire Asia.
IMR :Now coming to your debut album "HEADLINES" and "CONNECT AND INSPIRE”, could you tell us something about the releases? What is the concept behind the album and what message did band try to convey through your albums, describe in brief? How strongly do you support original music?
METAKIX (Sheldon) : Both the albums have their own meanings. Can't tell much about the first album as I was not around during the making. Talking about "Connect & Inspire", we worked on the album for around a year & half and it came out the way we wanted it to. The entire album talks about our lives and how it has made a change towards us and I am sure it will change a lot of lives. We totally support original music. Original music defines a band and what they are all about. Doing cover tracks is fun till a point of time when u r still growing with your music but towards the end it doesn't really mean much to anybody.
We have had Colossus - a band from Bombay that covers one of our track. In fact it will absolutely be great if Indian bands cover local bands. It will surely make a big change to the entire music scenes in India.
IMR :We would like to know why do the crowd run behind and accommodate their asses for a foreign band gig, instead we have many of the most desirable and talented bands like "INDIAN OCEAN","PARIKRAMA","DEMONIC RESURRECTION","ORANGE STREET" ,"PIN DROP VIOLENCE","MILLENIUM"etc ?
METAKIX (Viresh) : I don’t agree with that. It depends on a lot of factors. Every gig is a new experience and it doesn’t matter if the band is from India or abroad. I think what makes a strong audience is the Band’s music, the name they have in the market, the fan base, the way the band is promoted, the way the gig is promoted, venue, the popularity of the festival or event, the ticket prices, mass media, electronic media, etc. I think the audiences for Rock/Metal Music in India are increasing every year but as I said it all depends on the above factors. So in the end of the day a good band will always have a good crowd irrespective of the place they belong to.
IMR :What "METAKIX" would like to go for "Entertainment”, “Fun" or "Money" on the musical ground? Why?
METAKIX (Viresh) :I think it’s all connected to one another in some way. I personally would go for Entertainment & fun.
METAKIX (Sheldon) :Would be for Entertainment, because we love what we do and for all the people we do it for. As musicians Entertaining people is very important and that’s what matters.
IMR :"CONNECT AND INSPIRE" received a great local and international response and the album was endorsed by some of the major big shots like SEPULTURA's (Andreas & Derrick) and KREATOR's (Mille). How was the feeling?
METAKIX (Viresh) : It felt incredible and very overwhelming. Being endorsed by the bands we grew up listening to was a great feeling of joy and accomplishment.
IMR : For every major event in India, there has to be some or the other issues with the venue or atlas it comes to culture..."WTF". Who is responsible for this according to you? As a Rock or Metal fan what steps would you take to overcome these things?
METAKIX (Sheldon) :There is always ups and downs at every venue, but normally it shouldn't matter much. There is just one main Issue, the Sound. Every band needs good sound, as it plays a very important role on the bands performance. Not every body would try to see how good the bad was while performing but will instead see how was the sound and then would try to judge the band and that’s what mainly messes it up for couple of bands. The best will be that there shouldn't be any comprises made when it comes to sound.
IMR :You people have a long way to go on, but where do you see "METAKIX" from now in the near future? Any message to Team IMR/Bands/Metal heads before we close down our shutter?
METAKIX (Sheldon) : No body can predict what is going to happen tomorrow. We are definitely aiming for a lot and we know that we can, its just the matter of time. We are looking forward to perform for gigs abroad.
For IMR : Thanks for your great work and helping Metal Music & bands come together.
For Bands : Good work guys, keep the originals coming the world is waiting for it.
For Fans : As always You'll have been great. Thanks so much for all the support that you'll have showed. Hope to see you'll at all the gigs. Rock on \m/
METAKIX (Viresh) : The sky is the limit for us. We will continue making great inspiring music in future and try to create a positive and strong influence on people through our music. We are looking forward for gigging all the big venues abroad as much as we can. IMR- Keep up the amazing work of promoting Indian bands and supporting their existence. You guys deserve a lot of credit for the uprising of all the Metal bands in India. Bands – Do your thing and keep it going, don’t give up. No one can do it for you but only you can. If u think you have a genius artist in you, just let it come out and follow your dreams. Metal Heads – Thanks a ton for all the support and good wishes. Be ready to band that head on the next gig. Metal rulz \m/
* It was really our pleasure spending time with you people, good luck for the future. Thanking you Team IMR!!!
Pravin Prajapati (LordMessiah)