Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Hexis Interview

1. Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
Filip: These days we're releasing a few different records - both CD's, Tapes and Vinyls of songs we recorded back in May. Re-releases of our first recordings are also on the way and we're working on booking for different tours for this year as well.

2. How would you describe the musical sound of the newer material?
Filip: It's hard to say, but I think we try to play as dark, heavy and dissonance as possible. Basically we try to get more and more 'extreme'.

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Filip: On our latest record it was pretty different from song to song. Everything from religion to hate and war. However, on the next record we'll try to just focus on one topic and probably make it as a concept album.

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?
Filip: Actually it was our old guitarist Kasper that came up with the band name. It was pretty hard for us to find a name that all of us liked. We all agreed that our name should just be one word and we wanted to have an 'x' in the name as well, so he came up with Hexis and we all really liked it, so there's not really any deep meaning behind the name, we just think it sounds cool.

5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?
Filip: Four shows that I think all of us really have enjoyed has been Berlin and Bordeaux last summer and two local shows - the first in our friends from Ajunas rehearsalspace and the second one at our release party at a big libary. The last show is for sure the best we've ever played. Regarding our stage performance, we try to put as much power as possible into our shows, while the only light while we play is strobe. We think that really helps with the energy when combined with our fog machine, which we use whenever possible.

6. Do you have any touring plans for the future?
Filip: Yes, we're going on tour by the beginning of February in Germany, Eastern Europe and Italy. In April we're then touring Russia and in May we're touring Iceland. Then in September/October we're touring the UK, Ireland, France, Spain and some other countries. We're also talking about touring the US next year, we don't know exactly when, but sometime once our next record is out.

7. On a worldwide level how has your music been recieved by fans of black metal and crustcore?
Filip: Actually pretty good, it seems like there's more and more people that like this mix of genres.

8. Are there any side projects desides this band or is this a full time line-up?
Filip: Tobias (Guitar) and Søren (Bass) is also playing in a band called No Fealty, which is Hardcore/Crust/Grind, so if you're into bands like Skitsystem and Napalm Death, you should check them out.

9. What direction do you see the music heading into on future releases?
Filip: It's hard to say, but I think our new stuff's going to be more heavy and intense, while we'll also work more on the smaller details. On our last recordings we just made the songs, got into the studio and then recorded. Because of that there's just so many things here and there I want to change now, as there's so many things you actually first hear and think about once you've recorded the songs. So next time we'll record all the songs as demos first and then listen to them for a few months before we actually go into the studio and record the songs for the album.

10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Filip: Some of our biggest inspirations have been Celeste, Deathspell Omega, Portal and Shora and still is, but we've also started to take inspiration from bands like Khanate, Thou and old Cult Of Luna. At the moment I really like to listen to an experimental/ambient artist from the UK called Blackfilm. He really makes some amazing dark music and then Celeste's Morte(s) Nee(s) album have been on repeat since it came out in 2010 - I can't get enough of this album.

11. Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in the music?
Filip: Not that much. However, I do find it interesting and will probably take more inspiration from it in our upcoming lyrics.

12. Outside of music what are some of your interests?
Filip: Actually music is almost the only thing that has my interest at the moment. Besides playing in the band I also like putting shows up in Copenhagen and I have also started my own record label a few months ago, so my whole life's pretty much based on this, but design/artwork have also really started to interest me since last year. The only problem here is I don't know how to make it myself!

13. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
Thanks a lot for the interview, it's been a pleasure.

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