Please introduce yourself and the band members briefly? Hey, this is Johnson, bassguitar player from the thrashmetal band Total Violence. Together with our passionated drummer Hansen, and the both greatest guitarists on earth Minime and Biff, who also spits in the mic, we play some oldschool kickass shit like the good old Slayer, Exodus or Megadeth… just to open the drawer ;)   What does the band name mean and how do you get it? Well, that was probably the hardest work we ever did, finding a good badname, which doesn‘t actually exist.   In 2009, when Total Violence came up, we came tot he clue, that the slogan Total Violence describes best, what we plan to do with our instruments. And I guess, if you listen to songs like Violence is the way of Life or Storm the Front… or you take a look at the bootleg, you’ll understand the message.   Where and how was the band founded? It was in summer 2009. Me and a former guitarist startet jamming a bit in a youthcenter. It was very cool and my cousin biff, already leadguitarist at Small Heap Misery,   joined us. Another friend of us played drums and so we easily founded the band. And after maybe 4 weeks we played our first little gig at an open-air-swimmingcentre. Weh ad three songs to play: seasons in the abyss by Slayer, seek and destroy by Metallica und our first ever written song Age of Darkness.   Have you played in other bands before? Hansen played in Lonesome George and Small Heap Misery Biff played at Small Heap Misery Minime played at Negro Society I learned to play bassguitar 6 months before joining Total Violence, for 3 years I played in a schoolband, called Agli Artisti, next to it.   Was it hard to find suitable band members who fit musically and humanely with the band? Ooooh yes. That’s both the most important and hardest thing for a band. We had some changes through the years. Biff and me are staying in the band since day one. Minime joined in, let me guess, in 2011 but left in the meantime for 2 years and came back 4 years ago. And than we had two changes at the drums and far too much time was gone by searching the best man for us.   What are the lyrics about and who of you is writing them ? Biff is writing them and they are about everything you don’t hear in popmusic. In every corner you her I love you, you love me and shit like that…. In our texts we talk about the human’s abyss. First of all in situations like war, but also in psychological way and torture as well as reasons for suicide. And what’s important for us, is that we just describe such szenarios in our songs, but there is no rating from our side. It shall, and that’s I guess normally for texts and music, make the listener think about (if he can understand what biff screams ;) ) But I have to say that the texts are not in the focus, the most important part, even for the story of the song, is the music itself. What we play on our instruments shall show the total violence.   Which bands inspired you and how would you describe your music to someone who has never heard a sound from you? To answer this question good, I should name nearly 30 bands, ‚cause everyone is inspired by different musicians from different bands and different styles. It’s not only inspiration from the metal genres, but also Hardrock, Classicrock, Punk, Oldschoolthrash, modern thrash and many more. But the biggest influence all in the whole is probably Slayer. Referring to the guitarriffs we are also influenced by Megadeth or Pantera, the basslines are also inspired by Rage against the Machine and Exodus, the drumming is also influenced by Testament for example.. There is a lot, that inspires us.   Why should people listen to our music? It’s pure, honest, oldschool Thrashmetal!   Anything else to mention?   In 2012, your first release was an ep with three songs and two live pieces. How long have you been working on it? 4 days, 7 hours, 12 minutes and 23 seconds. Just kidding, to be honest, I don’t know. We’ve been in studio for several weekends. It wasn’t recorded in a straight two week session. There were also weekends, and in some of them we didn’t had time to go on working, because of work or other stuff that took our time. All in the whole we took maybe 2 or 3 months to get everything done. We learned a lot that time, because it was our very first studio session and we made it at our hometown at our good friend Tim from Small Heap Misery.   The circulation of 200 pieces is I suppose sold out or right? That’s right, but you find free mp3 versions o fit at the internet. Or by contacting us directly, you can get it.   Violence is the Way of Life! Your debut album can be heard on the three old songs and another six new   songs. Who helped you with the production of the album and how proud were you to hold the album in your hands? We were of course very proud. It was our first real baby! We recorded it at the absurd studio in Hamburg with the faboulus producer Schroedey. While recordíng at his studio we all realised, that he’s a kind of a freaky genius at his work. We were all blessed by his influences on the songs, and every single track grew while being at the studio. By time we lived in a kind of a living room of the studio and worked every whole day at the record for 3 weeks. In the end it was hard. But when we finally hold the album in our hands, every second was worth the labor.   Who from the band or from your circle of friends had to give his head for the cover? Our good friend Niclas litterally gave his head for our cover, But there also other friends to mention, who you can see, when you look into the bootleg. So the thanks go also out to Folke, Bjarne, Colin and Anasthasia for being models for our bootleg and cover.   Violence is the way of life! is also soon two years old what is your favorite piece on the album? Oh what a hard question. Every song has its advantages. But my personal favourite song is Trapped in the Moment of Death. It’s   a little different to the other songs. It starts slowly, you can hear nearly clean voices and the bass plays a big part, especially during the verses. And than there’s the blasting part in the middle were you can freak out like a psychotic. So all in the whole it combines a lot of elements that charactarize thrashmetal.     How far have you been with new songs and how are the plans for the next album going? Since we have our very own rehearsel room,   maybe I should say rooms, because there are two, we started to collect stuff to record songs by ourselves The last 3 years Biff was practising a lot with recording, editing and programming at the mixing panels. And now we are just working on a 5- song-ep. We wrote a lot of new songs the last years, but we are critical to ourself. So as a result there are the five best songs, that we are now recording. A lot of parts are already finished, but there are Some vocals and leads missing, and there is also the process of editing and mastering the ep before it goes out tot he people.   You've been under contract with Killer Metal Records. How have you come to the label and how is working together? Well, how do you sign in at label if you are an underground metal band. We knocked at uncountable doors of labels and luckily killer metal opened it for us. We have good contact to Jens, the head of KMR, and we are proud to be signed in at such a label, because they are supporting the underground and especially the REAL metal music, no core and shit. As we heard about that we felt very comfortable to sign the contract.   What was your first concert as a fan? And what memory do you have of it? That was cool, it was maybe 17 years ago, I was around 8 years old, living in a small town with about 8000 people and guess who   came in our city? Manfred Mans earthband. To be honest, I had no Idea who is that at that time. But years after standing in first line with my mother in front of such a big band, I am proud to say, that this was one of my first concerts, there were also some small local ones, but I really can’t remember the bands who played there.   What were your live highlights and with which bands did you play? Festivals are also very nice, like the burning q or the Metal Bash. And once we had a gig with Suicidal Angels, that was blast. But also touring through Germany are nice experiences. Gigs in Marburg, Berlin or Leipzig with Band like Suicide of Socety, Devariem or Dust Bolt won’t be forgotten.   Which band would you like to play live with and why? Well Slayer are probably not playing anymore. But playing with bands from the new generation like Evile or Suicidal Angels would be nice, because I guess the style of metal they play fits good with our style. Sure, touring with Sodom or Exouds would be a pleasure too, but we look forward to play more with bands, who are not in the age of our fathers.   With what do you earn your money except with the music? Earning money with music.. yeah I heard that a lot of times. To earn money as an underground thrashmetal band is nearly impossible. We are happy to get something to eat and some beers and maybe some money for petrol. But next to it we have jobs or are studying. Biff works as an educator at an assisted living facility, Hansen is a graphic designer, Minime studys to become an psychologist and I am becoming a teacher in maths and politics.   How important are social media for you as a band? Social Media is very important nowadays. Most of the people plan their weekend activity by looking in facebooks calendar. So we’re doing as much advertisement as possible at our fcebookpage.   What would you (her) want to achieve with the band? Gigs, gigs, gigs. That’s what making music is about. Play in front of people, having a great time by doing what you love. Meet some nice people before and after the show and have some cold beers. That’s mainly everything we aim up at.   What do you think about the Germany Metal scene in general? Unfortunatly it’s shrinking. Through the years, we saw that the people more and more stay in there houses at the weekends. The amount of people going out and listen to livemusic, especially metal, is decreasing. Well due to the internet, you can have everything at home, you don’t need to go out, because you have spotify, youtube and Netflix, so you can nearly everything listen and watch at home. It’s hard nowadays for local bands to deal with that fact.   Maybe you can recommend some bands from your area? Go out to concerts of our friends from Obskura, Surface, Devariem, Empiresfall, Suicide of Society, Ravager, Extinct, Noise Forest and all the other ones I’ve forgotten. There are so many good local, young underground thrashmetal bands in and around your town. All of them earn to get heard live in concert!   PERSONAL QUESTIONS !   Where did you grow up and how was your child hood? I grew up in Kellinghusen, a very small town in Northgermany. I had a great childhood, It is a rural area and I was to be able outsde whenever I wanted. We’ve been a lot in the nature or at the “BOLZPLATZ” to play soccer.   How was your school time you were rather the good student or the break clown ? I think I was both. Primary school was very easy for me, so I had a lot time to be the clown at my class ;) In primary school I was a good student all the whole. It’s nearly embarrassing to say I just skived 2 times during my whole schooltime.   How did your parents react when you started making metal music? Did they support you and how do you feel about your music today? Well I gotta say that my parents inspired my a lot referring to my taste of music. My parents also did or do like to go to concerts like Motörhead, Nirvana or AC/DC. So you can guess, that they liked it when I startet learning an instrument and play music by myself, I had and have their whole support. And I am very happy, that my parents aren’t such general old people who listen to Andrea Berg or Peter Maffay.   Would you be successful in making music as a musician? Well the question is little bit weird, because I am actually making music as an musician. And in my eyes we are succesfull. Most people connect success with earning a lot of money. But we are now making music together for over nine years. And the success for me is, that we still have a lot of fun with that, we are still good friends, especially Biff and me who are in the band since day one. We are all rooted in the soil. We know to what kind of music we belong to, you know what can happen to bands (like the transformation of Linkin Park).   Are you someone who loves the hustle and bustle of the bigcity? Or rather looking for peace and relaxation in nature? No, absolutely not. I prefer the landscape. Last year I’ve been on vacation in Sweden with three pals. We were hiking and had nothing with us but a backpack with some stuff for a week. That was awesome!   Do you actively practice sports or are you more of a passive spectator? When I find the time I take part at the third team of VfL Kellinghusens soccer team. I’m in the club since 2004, so it’s like another family next to my real family and the band. I also like to run outside or push some weights at the gym.   When it comes to your physical well you can cook or let you cook for you Cooking can be named as the third big hobby next to making music and do sports. I cook nearly every second day. Thanks to mom for showing me most of the skills!   What does your environment tell you about your passion for metal (friends / family / colleagues) ? Making music, especially Metal, is a very special thing in my environment. In my social environment there is just a short number of musicians. Most people just try to fit in what the society tells them and so they have their reasons why they can’t ever do a hobby like this. But it’s so easy. Take little time, go offline and catch an instrument. There you go. But mainly they appreciate what I’m doing.   How do you see the problem with the   haters on the internet who have to announce their mental garbage in anonymity always and everywhere? I feel a little bit sorry for them. Isn’t it so, the the most people, spreading hate are just dissatisfied with their own life? Or they are kind of jealous, that we as musicians just do what we love while all the haters do what they’re not loving? I think everyone has the right to say their opinion, but opinions are just good when you can justify them. Most of the haters can’t, and that’s why their opinion doesn’t affect me.   What do you think about the internet in general? a blessin gor a curse? Both. For me as a becoming teacher the internet is good for getting nearly every information within seconds. Social media helps to spread the word and to advertise shows of the band for example. It is also good for fast and easily handling communication. But communication gets hart in social media, if people don’t answer. Then we just talked about haters in the internet. So there are pros and cons for the internet. My personal feeling says: Wasn’t everything easier (for bands) when there was no internet?   Which question would you like to have answered and why? Exactly this one!   What would you personally like to do in your life? Escape from all the obliges of the society   Kellinghusen …is the greatest town to live in   Austria … I have never been there, but like to hike in the Austrian Alpes   Luisenberger Turm … is not that interesting to visit   Helgoland As a rela northern german guy you must have been there.   Söötsuur What?   Förtchen For real: what?   Beer and Grain Yeah gimme that   Movie or Series Movies on Sundays, series in the evenings during the week   CD or Vinyl A lot of metalheads would like to kill me now, but I have no vinyls.   Handball or Soccer Soccer, no question.   North Frisian Islands Sylt ist my second home. I’m there every year, two times minimum.   Family First!   Your top 5 albums in time   ! Slayer   - Seasons in the Abyss Exodus – Bonded by Blood Rage against the Machine - Rage against the Machine Pantera – Vulgar display of Power Die Ärzte – 13   The closing word is yours? To all the people: go offline, go out, let your mobilephone in the bag, don’t always look on screens, support the underground, take time for the important people in your life. Do what’s important to you, not what society is telling you! To be yourself is all that you can do.
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