Hi Lille whats up , can u tell us the latest news from Defeated Sanity?
Lille: Hey man, I am doing well and we are in the middle of arranging the
rest of the Prog EP. It's gonna be something completely new for all of us and
our fans will have to digest it too. I think it's not typical DS music. But we
have already recorded the Caveman EP which is brutal death metal madness
without anything too technical, we focus more on pure barbarity on that one.
I already know that after this album we are gonna go back to what we are known
for. But for me after 4 albums its time to change things up and experiment.
That's the only chance to keep your music fresh and don't go into a dead end.
Every band says as cliche our lastest album is the best album ,ofcourse your
latest full lenght Passages into Deformity is a killer album imo , whats your
personal fave albums of Defeated Sanity and why?
I have a soft spot for Chapters of repugnance. The songwriting just went
down perfectly and it contains what I call the typical DS style. Passages was
great but for some reason I don't feel it that much anymore. I love playing the
songs live but the album....dunno for me something went missing. After all I
think all albums aren't perfect. The only way to get the DS that I want people
to hear is to come to live shows.
How s your Daily life beside the band activities , you guys are all working
or only musicians?
I am doing lots of stuff besides DS of course. I teach guitar and drum
lessons, sometimes play payed gigs with soft dinner music and stuff, or even
play classical guitar on galleries, funerals, etc...Mainly teaching. Also taking
care of sending out the merch to people.
Jacob does sound for all kinds of events. For example when politicians are
talking in the government building in Berlin, but also concerts...etc..
Chris works with a forklift.
Konni works in construction I think.
Its stressing to get the band together cus of all the work plans and stuff and
cus the members live very far from each other.
Can you tell us a bit your label Willowtip Records ! they based in usa , hows
their promotion for their bands , do they have some priority bands in this label
or they deal same and equal to all their signed bands ?Are there also
disadvantages for being into u.s record labelor not ! i mean booking shows or
gigs, are they effective in european scene , or just speading the cds to labels
and distros around.
I think they have done a great job for what they can do, and I guess after
all they are the right label for us. That is the reason why we prolonged the
contract for 2 more records. One minus point of having a US label is that when
they send lots of cd's and stuff.....someteims they get stuck at customs, which
sucks major balls.
As i know you are the main song writer and composer in the band , its a huge
and hard work , hows going song writing process for defeated sanity in general ,
how long it takes to create one new song , how many times you guys making
I have most songwriting ideas. I would say about 80 % of music and 99 % of
lyrics are mine. Jacob and Chris have some ideas and I arrange them to make
songs. Jacob had loooots of great ideas for the Prog Ep and we work a lot on
drum and bass grooves, so its very cooperative this time which I love. Chris
always has a few killer riffs that help to make the albums complete. A song
always grows with time but most of it is done in 1-3 months.
If we compare the european brutal death metal to American brutal death metal
, whats your opinions about this topic?
USA is the homeland of Death Metal and will always have an advantage. But we
are part of that family cus we bring our German influences in. German to me is
great composers: Bach, Mozart, Händel, Beethoven.
As an example -
Foetopsy's big strength: Blistering speed. Devourment: Sound, vocals. Defeated
As i know also you are very supportive and creative guy whos helping on drums
for other bdm bands like (Abhorrent Castigation , Twitch of the Dead Nerve
,Cenotaph etc.) , how long for you takes to learn songs from other bands and
able to record them , how you keep all those mega technical riffs in your mind ,
do u have a special receipt for this?
Haha for Cenotaph I was still not working so much besides the band, so I
actually worked for 3 months hardcore to learn the songs. Abhorrent Castigation
I learned in the studio, cus I JUST COULD NOT learn the songs and keep them in
my head. So I learned them bit by bit. Zealotry I wrote the songs down on sheets
and kinda read them. Twitch of the death nerve I had Tom there in the studio to
teach me the songs (which is of course my favorite).
You guys played around globe at a lot of countries ,tell us a bit which
country amazed you much more , hows the fan reactions out of europe ,and which
other new territories you want to play.
It depends. I love playing big shows, cus there the crowd really gives you
something back. Neurotic Deathfest last year was fucking badass, lots of people
enjoying brutal shit. Sometimes we arrive in a small as fuck venue and expect 20
people to come, then comes 80 and pack the place. And if its 80 MANIACS that
already have your shirts or other brutal bands shirts....that will lead to the
best shows ever.
So I will mention that one show in Milano, Italy, or the crazy house show in NYC
2011, or Tokyo 2013, also Athens, Greece 2013. We still wanna explore Asia more,
Indonesia, for example! Also haven't been in Australia yet. South America! AND
TURKEY!!!!!!! What happened there? We wanna come over there! haha
Can you also give some tipps for the other drummers and guitarists ,how long
you practice a day or week on drums and on guitars , and some tipps and ideas
,offers abt good song writing and composition for bands?
My first tip for drummers and guitarists is: Get together in one room again
please haha. I miss the real band feeling in most new bands and there is too
many projects from people from 4 different countries playing on an album. But
noone moves their ass anymore to go jam together. Guitarists always write stupid
plain drum parts and drummers don't get to write their own patterns anymore.
It's kinda stupid. That's what I wanna say about that right now.
Hows the Death Metal Scene in Germany so far , you guys get enought attention
from the german scene or other countries are supporting more! Give our readers
some of your fave German bands.
We get some attention from Germany yes. But the last two shows were kinda
empty. Maybe we have played too many times. Or maybe they don't like us anymore
because we are already known now? No clue. Fave German death metal bands? Old
Atrocity, very old Morgoth, Very old Necrophagist (demo), Resection Demo,
Despondency......A new project I have played on which is crazy is Abhorrent
Castigation. But they are not a band, they are a project....would kick ass if
they would really bring that sick shit live on stage. Let's see what happens.
Which albums you are listening lately , are you stil buying the original
albums or download is more easy for you , what do you think abt buying original
albums and merch and supporting to bands , are u against downloading of the
albums or you prefer to buy original albums and whats the latest albums which
you bought ..
I recently got Gorgasm's last album. It's sick! Bought Spastik Ink's first album
cus I always just had it on cassette tape. I am not buying that many albums
anymore cus I don't really need it all dunno...it's kinda disappointing. I am
intending on buying all the albums that I had on tape for years and can't listen
to them anymore....for example the first Megadeth album, Primus Sailing the seas
of cheese...all that kind of stuff. I never even download any music, dunno never
been that kind of guy.
You guys have growing and huge fan base worldwide , how important for you
guys ,Fans opinions and hows your relations with the fans at concerts and after
Well we have a lot of fans worldwide. And there is many different opinions. We
would be crazy to ask them for their opinion on how we wanna write music right?
Haha Fans in the DeathMetal scene are pretty much friends...if u meet them first
your more careful cus they could be annoying or something, but if u meet them
many times and they are nice people then they just become friends. It's as easy
as that...its just like when u go to a show and meet people, first your careful
and then u get a good feeling with them and become friends...or u don't like
them and avoid them.
What you like or hate most now a days death metal scene?
Lacking creativity. Muscle is more important than brains nowadays. The
internet made people lazy. Civilization is getting more and more lazy. Back in
the days of old composers they had nothing to distract themselves from music.
Then later came TV, now internet. Even I am more chatting on facebook than
playing my instrument. It kinda sucks.
Tell us a bit funny or shitty moment ever happened to you during tours or
It sucks when u play as headliner and u see how 100 people come and pay, but
after 3 Goregrind bands u play last and then there is only 20 people left for
your show, or u get thrown out after 20 minutes cus the club closes hahaha.
Funny shit, dunno......I think we don't have lots of crazy stories to tell
really, at least I can't think of them right now haha.
You guys ever been in Turkey personally ?,whats your opinion about Turks who are
living in Germany ! Do u have any Turkish Metal Fans there who are also coming
to Defated Sanity gigs !
Turks living here in Berlin seem pretty...dunno man...Muslim haha. They
don't offer me anything interesting and I offer them nothing interesting. But I
also never had big problems with them like many of my friends. I would like to
go to the real Turkey and get to know the interesting people from there, like
you bro and Cihan, etc....
And yes there is indeed a few (very few) Metal fans that are turkish and from
Berlin, they are family like every Metal dude coming to shows!
Your last words please for Extreminal Web zine readers and Turkish Defeated
Sanity Fans ?
Keep it sick and I hope to come to Turkey one day, it would rule to play
some shows soon!
Thanks a ot for the interview