REZET   THRASH METAL FROM GERMANY Band Questions answer by RICKY WAGNER    
Please introduce yourself and the band members briefly REZET is a Metal band formed and based in Schleswig, Northern Germany. The band is active since the early 2000's and is going to release the fourth album „Deal With It!“ on February 22 nd  via Metalville Records. The band is: me, Ricky Wagner, playing guitars and doing lead vocals; drummer Bastian „attt“ Santen, playing drums for the band since 2009, when we had our first gig for Wacken; Bjarne Otto on bass guitar and vocals since 2016 and Heiko Musolf on lead guitar.   What does the band name mean and how do you get it? It means „to reset something“, you can think about it in many ways. I like to refer it to „reset mankind“ in a way...   Where and how was the band founded? I formed the band together with ex-member Thorben Schulz in 2003 or so, when we both started playing the guitar. We went to school together and both listened to Metal. Nothing special, I guess, just two kids that wanted to shred and deny what's going on around them...   Have you played in other bands before? No, not before REZET. I joined a punk band called VOLVOX together with our drummer in 2014 or so, but that lasted for just a year.   Was it hard to find suitable band members who fit musically and humanely with the band? It always is and always will be. That's why I had to change the line-up of this band so many times. I swear I wasn't happier with the line-up before than being now with attt, Heiko and Bjarne!   What does the band name mean? Didn't we already spoke about that?   What are the lyrics about and who of you is writing them ? Back in the day I was the only lyrical writer of REZET. Now it's also Bjarne that has the honor to act as a lyrical part of the band, haha! No, we really deal with a lot of social and political themes. It's not that we are a concept band or something like that, but we feel that it's more important to try to open people's eyes or at least make them start to think about what's going on around, instead of singing about Sex, Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll all the time, you know?   Which bands inspired you and how would you describe your music to someone who has never heard a sound from you? Our influences range from classical music to death metal. I personally listen to a lot of Punk and Heavy Metal. Most people say our core lies in the 80s style of bands like Metallica, Megadeth, Kreator and the likes and I could agree with that...   Why should people listen to your music? I think it's hard to bring something new into the game, but REZET is a very tight and talented band that isn't run by business men or posers, but by real dedicated musicians and you can definately hear that honesty in our music!   In 2010, six years after your founding and a few demo tapes, you released your debut album Have Gun, Will Travel. You used your old demos songs on it, why not use new songs? Most bands use their early songs later on, especially on their debut record. Some people say that's the reason why so many band's first album's are their best, 'cause they have a lot of time writing the material. To me, 'Have Gun, Will Travel' is a very straight thrash metal record that takes no prisoners. I'm still very proud of it and I find myself putting it on the turntable once in a while. Coming back to your question: I also use a lot of my very early songs and Riffs still today! Every REZET release has some songs or parts on it that still come from my teenage years!   The album has been published by Iron Kodex Records since how did you get the label and how did the cooperation work? Ah, fuck them! We never saw a penny or something like that. I think they just put out the record and stopped their work, even stopped the whole label work soon after. I was the one doing all the promotion while running around with our CDs, sending them to magazines and so on...   How proud were you to hold the finished album in your hands for the first time? Very, very proud and like I say, I still am!   Markus Vesper has been responsible for cover and artwork since you came to him and how satisfied have you been with his work? He did all the cover arts except for „Reality Is A Lie“ and the new one „Deal With It!“. He did our first two records and the latest EP and I'm still very happy with his results. He was meant to paint the cover for „Deal With It!“ as well but we decided to go another way, this time again...   Civic Nightmares Your second album was released in 2012 How long did the work take? After we toured the first album we immediately started writing or arranging the music for „Civic“. It's our most progressive music to date and I still am baffled that those young men were capable of playing stuff like that. Also very proud about that one!   For the ten birthday of the band you released a live dvd End of a Decade: 10th Anniversary Show Dec. 13, 2014 How satisfied were you with the sale and was it worth the effort? To be honest, sales-wise it was a disappointed. But it was a DYI-thing from the very first minute. Though the production of sound and video is very good, as well as the layout and so on, we had no real distribution or such, selling the DVD on our own. I'm not sad about that, because we made that decision and still like that recordings a lot!   In 2016, you released your third album Reality Is a Lie. how satisfied are you with it today and what is your favorite song on it? That is a very imported record in our career, because that's when a lot of things changed behind the music. Management, bookings, quitting drugs, more budget and so on. We also toured Russia and the US shortly before the release and probably toured that album for more than 10 years after, as well. It really put us back on the map, since „Civic Nightmares“ was just too complex to many people, though it still has a lot of fans. My favorite song on „Reality“ might be the title track.   For the album you could win two personalities of the metal: Harris Johns for the mastering and the second Frank "Lemmy" Fellinger for a guest. How did you come to the two and how did the cooperation work? We knew Lemmy of „Violent Force“ before since „Headbangers Open Air“ booked us as his backing band to perform the classic thrash album „MAOT“ by Violent Force in its entirely in 2014. A real friendship began after that show and the rehearsals for that. And because we covered the track „Dead City“ of that record since our late teenage years, we knew we wanted to put that on the record together with Lemmy, this time! I don't know how we came up with Harris Johns. He's just a teutonic Metal pioneer, as well as for punk. He's a very nice hippie guy who's great to work with and to drink a beer or two with.   In 2017 you released the EP You Asked for It. whereupon a version of a dead kennedy song can be heard. How did you come up with the idea of the band to cover something? Well, that wasn't the first time, as with Dead City by Violent Force, mentioned before. We thought about doing another cover and since we're big Punk fans and one of my favorite band is „Dead Kennedys“, we talked about doing a song of theirs. We didn't want to perform a „usual“ tune like „Holiday“ or „California“, that's why we came up with „Chemical Warfare“. Was a good choice, especially for live sets on tour!   Have you been under contract at Metalville since then and what do you expect from working together? We signed with Metalville after the EP. „Deal With It!“ will be the first REZET release by them. We always expect something from a label, that's probably why we changed the label after every release. As far as I'm concerned, they're doing a great job so far!   Deal with It! Your new album will be released on 22 02 2019. In which direction are the new songs going? How long have you been working on the songs? I think the record is our most straight forward and to the core, so to say! We all feel that this is the best album we've ever written or recorded, so far, and we surely don't say that because it's our upcoming release. Check it out for yourself and tell us what you think!   Who stood by the production side and is there another guest appearance? No guest musicians, this time! Eike Freese, who already produced our EP „You Asked For It...“ was now also producing the new album. Together with Torben Kall and Denny Meißner as assistants and engineers.   Why did you choose a not so colorful cover artwork for your performances and will you also give it tshirt from the cover? We are very happy with the cover, since we wanted very straight this time. Don't want to explain to much about its meaning, think for yourself and „deal with it!“ is really the message behind it. The inside of the booklet, in both CD and vinyl will unveil more details, better check it out!   What kind of expectations do you have for the new album? I learned to lower my expectations in life and try to be happy with anything that happens, hopefully positive stuff!   What was your first concert as a fan? And what memory do you have of it? I think that was Papa Roach in 2002. I was very happy because Jacoby climbed up the PA to reach out to me and a friend, two 12 years old.   What were your live highlights and with which bands did you play? Really too many to meantion. We're playing shows since 2003 or 2004, so you can imagine...   Which band would you like to play live with and why? I'd love to perform shows with my teenage heroes in Metallica and Megadeth because these two probably influenced me the most and are the main reason REZET exists ever since.   With what do you earn your money except with the music? I'm teaching music. Giving lessons for guitar, bass and drums!   How important are social media for you as a band? Very. That's how you reach out to the people nowadays as a band!   What would you (her) want to achieve with the band? I'm always giving my best in life, so I do with REZET. I achieved a lot since the foundation of the band and if I would have to quit tonight, I could say I already had a good run. I still have lot of plans and goals in life and music. Let's see what the future will bring!   What do you think about the Germany Metal scene in general? It always has been and will probably always be one of the most important and best Metal scenes in the whole world!   Maybe you can recommend some bands from your area? Northern Germany doesn't have a very big live scene, compared to other parts of Germany. The old heroes might be Running Wild, Slime or Iron Angel. Bands today might be Vladimir Harkonnen, Divide, Kevin Pascal or Mutant Reavers... PERSONAL QUESTIONS! Where did you grow up and how was your childhood? I was born in Schwabach, Southern Germany and grew up in Schaftnach, a small town nearby. I moved with my parents and older sister to Northern Germany in 1998 and live there ever since. I have mostly good memories about my childhood and am thankful for my great and lovely parents.   How was your school time, you were rather the good student or the break clown ? I was a shy child and very good student. When puberty hit in, things kinda changed...   How did your parents react when you started making metal music? did they support you and how do you feel about your music today? First they were really sceptical. Maybe because we're catholic or so, I don't know. They still were always very supportive and are very proud of me today and still support me wherever they can!   Would you be successful in making music as a musician? I hope I already am, man!   Are you someone who loves the hustle and bustle of the big city? or rather looking for peace and relaxation in nature? Both! I'm the guy who's bored very quickly so I like a little bit of everything, most of the time.   Do you actively practice sports or are you more of a passive spectator? More of a passive spectator. I like watching Basketball, played in a bit in my teens. I try to go for a run or go swimming, once in a while. Could be more, I guess.   When it comes to your physical well you can cook or let you cook for you Ha, at this point in my life, a good friend is living with me who is actually a cook. I can cook a bit, but won't fuck with that guy!   What does your environment tell you about your passion for metal (friends / family / colleagues) ? I don't really listen to other people's opinion a lot. Most of them accepted my passion for music and Heavy Metal in general, if not, it's their problem, not mine!   How do you see the problem with the haters on the internet who have to announce their mental garbage in anonymity always and everywhere? Get a life!   What do you think about the internet in general? a blessing or a curse? Both!   Which question would you like to have answered and why? „Do you have groupies?“ because I haven't heard that question in a while. Is that good or bad?!   What would you personally like to do in your life? Working less, playing more! But hey, I can't complain 'cause I'm already doing what I want!   Schleswig-Holstein The state I am living in. Beautiful and I can't complain. Miss the mountains from the South but love and prefer the sea!   Austria Misses the sea but has great mountains!   Kiel Week Kieler Woche?“ Hau mir ab!   Viking Museum Haithabu Just been there last summer with my sister, her husband and my nephew and niece. Very cool to learn a bit about the Vikings and the way they used to live. They countryside is very beautiful as well! The museum changed a lot since the last I was there, probably more than ten years ago, I guess!   Big Hans Whose Hans?   Gottorf Castle Just around the corner of my house! Haven't been there since a lot of years, to be honest! Last time with the final school class, I think. Some very cool stuff there, too!   Beer Favorite beers would be Heineken, Veltins, Augustiner and Blue Moon.   Soccer Favorite team is FC. St. Pauli.   Movie or Series Mostly old horror stuff from the 70's or 80's plus South Park!   CD or Vinyl Vinyl.   Family Glad to have one.     Your top 10 all time album faves It changes, for now I'd pick „Peace Sells“, „Master Of Puppets“, „Change Today?“, „Fresh Fruits“, „Alle Gegen Alle“, „Bonded By Blood“, „Made in Japan“, „Satan's Gift“, „Highway To Hell“ and „Paranoid“...
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