Now you’ve only been around a few years. How did Zeistencroix start?
Orlando: I came up with the name on 2011, I had a previous band before but I rather start everything from scratch and wrote some new music, but it really took form and started properly on 2012 with some shows and that’s how it developed to today.
Kenny: I’ve been in the band since summer of 2014. I had met the drummer at the time a few months earlier through Craigslist when I bought some stuff from him and he recommended me to Orlando. We jammed once and have been working together ever since.
Where did you get the name?
Orlando: it’s a blend of three languages and the goal was to have a name that were unique and people could easily identify with nothing else but the band.
What genre of music do you consider Zeistencroix to be?
Kenny: The band has elements of metal, industrial and alternative, but fundamentally it is purely a heavy rock band capable of fitting into several sub genres.
What’s the inspiration behind most of your songs?
Orlando: Depends of the song or the day, it could be other music or movies, even the news it’s all about the moment.
If you could work with any three people who would they be?
Kenny: Devin Townsend, Maynard James Keenan and Mikael Akerfeldt.
Orlando: Trent Reznor, Shirley Manson, Martin Gore.
What can you tell me about your instruments? (i.e., Are you subject to brand loyalty or will you play with whatever is available? What made you choose the instruments you have now? Was it cost or was it a style/model/brand/colour preference?
Orlando: Depends on the sound, for synths and Keyboards i love to many brands like Korg, Native Instruments, Novation, DSI, Roland (for drums too their modules are amazing) Moog and a long etc on guitars I’m currently playing 7 strings and I’m using 2 brands right now but again for me it’s all about what sounds good.
Kenny: I’ve learned to be adaptable over my years of playing. I will often play whatever bass or drum set is available to me. Although I do prefer 5-strings and sets with double bass pedals, I can get by with just about anything. I will probably care more when I have the finances to warrant thinking about it.
So who would you say is your greatest musical influence and why?
Orlando: Trent Reznor and Martin Gore, cause they really know how to write songs and the passion they have on their craft it’s amazing.
Kenny: Probably Devin Townsend. He is a genius and has been around for a long time now, yet still remains relatively unknown. For him to continue to produce amazing work without receiving his due fame and fortune just serves as a reminder to me that I do this primarily for the enjoyment of it.
Who have you performed with and where?
Kenny: I have played bass and/or drums with several bands over the past 15 years, including Dizkord, Starveya, and Opposing Suns. I’ve performed at many places in the greater Los Angeles area.
So, as American’s, how do you think the music scene is/has changed in the States since you started as a band?
Orlando: Well I’m Venezuelan but I’ve played here in the States, South America and Europe and the scenes I’ve been in has changed with the times and the internet, people rather sit on their computers and watch videos on YT or listen to music there than going out and that has affected the scene and pretty much everything but it’s just the timer we’re living in and we have to sort of adapt, anyway music might as well disappear as musicians are dying (old big legends) or calling it quit to find a job to survive (like 99% of the new bands) thing maybe get fixed and transform into something awesome but so far we don’t know what’s gonna happen.
Kenny: The scene is shit. I feel like we’re trying to bring it back to the way it was when people actually used instruments to make music.
Any advice for new bands?
Orlando: Quit while you can. 99% of you sucks anyway, there’s no money, no girls no fun in music right now there’s only a dog eat dog thing going on, everybody trying to rip everybody for pennies and if you don’t really really really love making and playing music anyway then you don’t have any business doing this.
Kenny: Sell out early so no one will realize that you did.
Kenny: Selling out.
Orlando: We already sold out, so I think we’re gonna release a new single a new video and start recording a new album.
So, was Rick Deckard a replicant?
Orlando: Yep, Ridley already hinted that sometime ago.
Any last words?
Kenny: I’ll take care of that when I’m dying.
Orlnado: Thank you very much for having us and if you don’t know us don’t forget to check our music.
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