North Carolina-based Black Metal artist Nihilum builds his sonic fortress on a foundation of driving, melodic tendencies. His music aims to test the limits of his listeners, eliciting anger and releasing the dormant wonder regarding the cosmos. Above all, it's his commitment and love for Black Metal that drives him forward in his life.
1.Introduce yourself and your band and tell us why we should listen to you.
I am Geoff and I am the Guitarist/Vocalist for Nihilum, a US Black Metal artist. If you enjoy H.P. Lovecraft and cosmic horror but you want the intensity of older Marduk, Nihilum is the band for you.
2.What do you classify your sound as, Who do you tell people you sound like?
One complaint I have always had with music with sci-fi lyrical themes is, they always sound super spacey, and nothing was really fast paced. I know that some people want spacey sounding instrumentation with their spacey lyrics but, I'm not about that. I like black metal for the aggression and speed.
3.With digital music in today's world would you vote to keep or eliminate physical media?
I used to have a massive CD collection, over the past 5 or so years, I stopped buying physical copies and went to all digital. So, I don't really care either way, Im not going to vote to take away physical copies if people still want them. You do you and ill do me.
4.What is the reason you decided to be a musician and has that reason paid off?
Its been the only thing that Ive been in love with since I was a kid and its the only thing I every really stuck with. It’s also provided me with the most feeling of satisfaction. When you write song from scratch and you listen to the final product and it sounds awesome, theres nothing in this world that I have felt like that.
5.How do you feel about females in metal getting special attention? Do you feel it is fair?
I don’t really care about all of these debates really. In today’s day and age everyone always wants an opinion on everything under the sun. I just write music and live my life. I don't care to get into all of these conversations.
6.In the world climate with hatred being at an all time high and metal being an “angry” music
Do you think your music contributes to anger and hatred?
Not at all. People make decisions they should stand by those decisions, not use something to hide behind as to why they decided to do what they choose to do.
7.Are you opposed to religious beliefs or politics being used in music?
I dont really care what you do with your music. If you want to have a my little pony thrash band, fucking go for it. I am not going to listen to it but, you do you.
|Guarantee this is the first ever Black Metal interview with a pic of the My Little Pony Band|
8.We have dive into some pretty deep issues here do you think your music sends a message
and if so what is it?
Not really. Just songs about the human race ending via some kind of alien attack or intrusion.
9.The market has changed and many bands believe that record labels are a thing of the past, with many labels now charging bands to “sign” how do you think a band can make it in todays scene?
Just do what you do. Write good music, play good shows, and eventually, hopefully, you'll go somewhere. I am independent at the time of this interview and I'm not looking for a label to make me successful. If one comes along and wants to work with me, cool. Until then, I am just going to keep doing what I love.
10.Why with the thousands of options including netflix , sporting events everything on demand
Why do you think people should take the time to listen to what you have to say in your music?
If people want to watch Netflix instead of listening to music, go ahead. I really don't care what other people do with their time. For me, music has been a huge part of my life since I was a kid. I get more satisfaction from sitting down and listening through an album then I do binge watching Netflix. Music lovers still listen to music.
11.How do you feel about pay to play? Do you think it is fair for a band to have to pay money to play?
I dont know. If that outlet requires you to pay to play, and you want to play, well then pay. The world doesn't owe anyone anything.
12.It is fact that you are the talent and the entertainment explain what you think is the most important key to success?
Practice. It is that simple. If you want to get better at vocals, research, and practice. If you want to get better at guitar, buy a metronome if you don't already have one, and practice. It is simple, its not easy, but it is simple.
13.In country music and even in some cases rock music is written and performed by different people would your band perform a song written by someone else?
No. I write and play my own material. I am not about that life.
14.If you are pro female in music are you pro using sex to sell your music?
You do whatever you want, I don't care. I will say, that if you have to use sex appeal to get people to listen to you, is your music really that good? Probably not.
15.What is your view on the lawsuits against people saying lewd or unprofessional things to women or men and how does that affect an art described as sex drugs and rock n roll ?
I don’t care what people do as long it doesn't effect anyone else. The moment you effect someone else, thats when you fucked up. If someone did some fucked up shit, they should pay. However, if someone makes a false claim about someone, that person needs to face consequences though. People’s careers could be ended from a false claim.
16. Ok lets lighten up a bit. What is your favorite band of all time and why?
Oh man, that changes each week. Who I have been listening to a lot lately has been, Ascension, Tsjuder, and Mgla.
17.What would you be doing if you were not in a band?
I’d probably be dead honestly.
18. Do you have a favorite sports team?
What are sports?
19.If you could get on stage with anyone dead or alive who would it be?
Stevie Ray Vaughn. That dude was a gangster.
20.This is your shot to let loose, Throw down your biggest complaint about the music biz
I would rather spend my time practicing or writing new material than complain. The world is what it is.