Weesp is an electronic/alternative rock band from Minsk, Belarus, that has formed its own unique style. Since 2008 the band received numerous publications worldwide and has given many concerts, including festivals in Belarus, Russia and Poland. Gul (drums), Mi (bass) Lex (vocals) Stak (synths) and Mike (guitar) did this interview with us.
How would you describe your music?
Gul: We experimenting with different styles, give the music all of ourselves, so do not adhere to some kind of cliche. i would say we play heavy something with guitars, electronics, in general clean vocals and stuff.
Mi: It’s dark and heavy, but not metal music you just imagined. it’s depressive but dancing, guitar riffing but electronic, heavy but lyrical.
Mike: To be simple – we play modern complicated alternative metal utilizing not only low tuned guitars but also a lot of analog synthesizers, with high attention to details.
Tell us about how the history of the band?
Mi: No mystery legend here. We were teenagers who loved to drink beer in a garage, so that’s where it all started. And almost no band members (except the drummer) were never changed during Weesp’s life path. So we are like a big family.
Mike: We consider the year of birth of the gang the year of publication of our first album “ep2008vol” – 2008. We planned to release a full album of 9 tracks, but then decided to release only 3 of them in the format of ЕР.
What are your influences/ musical heroes?
Mi: When i was young i listened to all kinds of music (as i do now as well) – from gangsta rap to Metallica and Prodigy. So my own heroes are Iron maiden, Cypress Hill and Red Hot Chili peppers. But the musical influences of Weesp are a mix of musical heroes of all members, i’d say it is more in Tool and Deftones but with a modern look.
Lex: And i loved to listen to Radiohead and Offspring. I think these are the bands which inspired me to start a band.
What inspires you?
Mi: The life around us inspires us mostly. The negative sides of it, but it does happen some positive stories out there as well. Our latest album ‘The Void’ was inspired by great upheavals and personal experiences of each of us. I am sure that these feelings can be understood and sensed by everybody. Therefore, we build an invisible bond with our listeners.
A lot of significant events happened for us before and during the recording of ‘The Void’. It was the times of changes and hard decisions. It inspired us a lot.
Just try ‘The Void’ here and tell us what you feel.
Stak: For example we travelled a lot this summer. Playing festivals, tours, were hanging out in different cities. So much adventures, so much inspiration! We really knew so much more about people, music and everything. And about being tired as hell, sure thing. )
Mike: And I am very inspired by successful tours, a nice feedback after the show, comments of fans in our social networks, when fans download our releases. When i see a positive result from our hard work, i start to do it with even greater zeal.
Do you write on the road? or do you prefer to write in the studio?
Mike: We have a very creative atmosphere in our studio that is conducive to writing new songs, so we prefer to write in the studio rather in the bustle and hassle of the travel.
Mi: First of all somebody brings new riff or melody to a studio. Then we jam on it a little and go home to think for a while on new concepts and ideas. When we came back to studio – we already have a lot of new parts and ideas to combine and polish. This process repeats for dozens of times. Then Lex brings lyrics and works on vocal parts. A fairly lengthy process.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
Mike: I enjoy to play ‘The Void’. This is the title song from the last album. I believe that this is the most emotional song and the audience gives the maximum energy back to the stage.
Mi: And i totally love to play the newest songs, which we are planning to record now. From the latest album it is definitely ‘Everything Burns’. It was recorded featuring Cory Brandan of Norma Jean, it is pretty heavy and has some really atmospheric and meditative middle part. The best one in my opinion.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
Mike: It would be a tour of 500 concerts for a period of 1.5 years on all six continents of the world.
Mi: With Metallica.
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
Mike: The music industry has changed dramatically in the past 10-15 years. A lot of bands appeared on the Internet, and it is harder and harder to find a really unique and good new band.
Mi: But that does not stop us, we love what we do, do it well and sincerely, we have much to say to people.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
Mike: When we are on tour, then all sorts of funny things are constantly taking place. One time when should be go on stage in a few hours, we’ve found out that the AC adapter from the main Stak’s synthesizer was left in another city, and we had to search the scheme in the internet and solder a new power supply from a used computer we found
Mi: Or few times we were hitting the stage so hard, that the stage simply collapsed. God bless everybody is alive =)
Mike: Or one of the fans asked me to put a sign in his passport after one of the show
What are your future plans?
Mi: We just got back from a tour. We were hitting Poland, Germany and Czech Republic. Now we plan to play a big solo show in our home country, than go on a european tour with acoustic program and then sit in a studio to record a new album.
Lex: The new album we are working on right now will be a continuation of the musical path which you can read on ‘The Void’. But still it will differ. New album is going to be more dark and rough. And also heavier. It will definitely be kind a development of what we’ve done in ‘The Void’, but with more exact mood and atmosphere. I guess we’ll declare the name of this album soon. (It’s awesome.)
Mike: Thank you for your time. Find us on Facebook, listen to our music and look at our music videos and touring vlogs on Youtube. Keep in touch guys. Wish you all the best! Cheers!