Interview: VZOID – Interview January 2023
VZOID: FOG was the earliest incarnation of VZOID. It was a project where I shared duties with Oliver Farrnbacher (songs/composition) and Stefan Lindner (guitars). It was a very early period of time because we had to learn everything from the start and this was pre-DAW. Today it is so easy to setup a studio. Then we had an Amiga with “24” software and an Akai Sampler, Roland- and Yamaha Synth. Our first recording was on tape and our sound was a nightmare. But we got better in staying focused and working on our issues. When I formed VZOID in 2012 I already know how to program synths, how to structure and write songs and how to record and mix. In 2012 I could concentrate on sound design and composition. This helped me to avoid creating these skills from the start.
VZOID: The name VZOID was kind of an accident. I played around with words and was stuck in the phrase “Zoide” which means “animal like”. I added an “V” and that’s it. I thought a lot about the issue that you can’t spell it properly without a silent “V”. I made the decision that this is not an issue. It is a feature because people would think about it and find their own answer to what it means and how it is spelled.
VZOID: If you are interested in hard electronic tracks, dark themed lyrics and fierce songs then VZOID is the right for you.
VZOID: Besides my own pleasure creating these songs, I measure success to have people who say how they love the song or if a DJ said she/he/it plays the songs in their club because it’s their favorite track. But I also fall for everyone who subscribes to my email-list. I’m also curious about streaming statistics to see what song people like more than other. I’m not the one who says this isn’t important. Of course statistics count. But what I not do is to change my music style or my compositions because of anybody’s votes or comment.
VZOID: The first thing is to program all sounds for a drum-set in NI Maschine. I do a lot of layering to create these sounds. I add a fundament of bass and atmospheric sounds. Then I switch to Protools and make a first mix. From there I complete the song with the rest of the instrumentation, the guitars and record and mix the vocals.
VZOID: “Trauma” implies pure pain. It is an extreme form of mental pain and suffering and it is such a strong word. Mental pain in any form is a well-known companion. For me it means going through depression and psychosis. I went through many states in my life but in 2007 my life changed completely because of a paranoid psychosis. But “Trauma” isn’t just my personal trauma, it is also the trauma of our earth and society. Our world is dying, our population is too high, we hit the 8 billion mark in November 2022. The word is running out of resources. It doesn’t matter if you believe or don’t believe, it happens now. These themes are included in the lyrics of “Trauma” and many more – like self-evolution and transhumanism.
VZOID: My favorite track is “Ende”. I like the trashy and melodic intro with the bee’s like synth arpeggio which reminds me a bit of SP’s “Deep Down Trauma Hounds”. The lyrics “Ende” speak of the earth’s trauma and the song closes the album. It just fits there and the song catches you from start to end.
VZOID: After my promotion tour to “Trauma” I’m speaking to people about a CD and cassette. And I’m already creating new songs for a next full-length album because there is quite a gap between “Immersion” and “Trauma”.
VZOID: I’d like to thank everybody who streams or buys an download, but the most important to me is: subscribe to the email list on the VZOID homepage.