Interview: Weesp

1. How did the band come together?
At the start of 21th century(2000-2002) Lex(Vocal) came up with idea to create a band.
His school friend Mike(Guitar) really liked this idea, even despite the fact that both of them couldn’t play any instrument or sing.
Then a little bit later guys decided to look for a bass player through local newspaper. And Mi (Bass) was found there.
In the beginning, Weesp (in fact there were no Weesp yet) had bad luck with drummers, changed a lot them, but after another casting Gul (Drummer) became a perfect addition to the team in 2010.
Also, Guys decided to improve their sound by adding some synth and that is why a twin brother of Mi – Stak(Synth) have joined the band in 2010. Gul and Stak have changed few bands before they became Weesp.
2. What are some of your most memorable moments with the band?
Definitely those days when we recorded our albums at Hertz’s studio.
For the first and second album – we lived right in the studio for several weeks and spent all our time there. Constantly there happened various interesting events, and we were friendly and never have been closer. Also I can of course highlight participation in big music festivals, especially the first few times – it was absolutely an amazing experience!
3. When going to one of your concerts, what should people expect?
We sound loud! Weesp is known for their live shows. Always electric, always powerful, always sincere.
People often say that it is really different. We have really awesome shows, and it different every time.
4. Out of every band you have seen live, who are some of your favorites?
Machine head, Nine Inch Nails, Rammstein – ultimately awesome stages, shows and everything else, but firstly music of course
5. What are some of your biggest influences that have shaped your music?
We put a lot of feelings, energy and emotions in our music, important and influential events in life: losses of a loved ones, inner depressions of self-realization,
a reasoning about love and people around it, stimulation of taking more and more from our lives. All these thoughts are crucial in formation of our whole style of music.
But as for Most Inspiring Musicians for Weesp band – I’m thinking about Nine Inch Nails, Rage Against The Machine, Tool, Joy Division, Prodigy, Baroness, Radiohead,
Neurosis, Paradise Lost and many more. Of course, we discover new bands all the time.
There are so many music we love. It’s inexhaustible source of inspiration.
6. Have you met any of your favorite musicians and what were those experiences like? If you have not met anyone, then who do you want to meet the most?
Of course, we all met our idols, visiting their shows.
There were musicians from Rammstein, P.O.D, Korn, Agnostic Front, Machine Head and a lot of other great bands. I can’t list all of them, because we trying to visit a lot of shows.
Speaking about playing with someone famous – we played shows with NoizeMc, Jane Air, Stigmata – they all are famous Russian bands. Then we played a bunch of festivals with huge stars, but, of course, I will not list all the line.


7. What are some long-term goals you have for the band?

To have a world tour can be considered a goal for us at the moment.
Also one of our main goals is to get to some of top festivals to perform there.
Well, it’s all about being heard, and to be closer to our listeners. This is the most important goal.
8. What is the biggest accomplishment you have had so far?
We’ve released our second LP ‘Black Sails’ on 5th April 2018. And 4 music videos in support! We receive thousands of positive reviews about LP and new videos.
We played hundreds shows across the world. And we’re not going to stop doing that!
9. What plans do you have for the rest of the year?
We are already at the final stage of preparing acoustic versions of some of our tracks.
Of course we will make a studio live session and write everything down to show to our listeners. Then we start writing some new singles to film new videos for you, guys! And on top of it – a lot of live shows!
You can check out the band’s music below, their latest album Black Sails linked:


Image via Zeppelin Records


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