For those not familiar with your band, can you tell us a little bit about yourselves?

We are a heavy/groove thrash metal band from Mumbai and have been persistently holding the fort for almost a decade. We have released two full length albums and have scooped a couple of awards. Managed to play outside India 5-6 times. Its all about having a good time on stage and writing good music. Lets see whats in store for us the future.

Tell us what influence do you have over your audience as a band and as individuals?

Not too sure about being an Influence over the audience, but as a band and as individuals we treat each and everyone like our buddy. They are our friends and we are what we are today because of them. In the end its all about the music. Some connect some don’t. Music influences all of us.

You guys are an extremely heavy band. How does it feel when the power and energy you channel in the studio comes to life in front of a crowd?

It’s one gigantic manifestation of years and years of hard work, rehearsals, visualization, practice etc etc. It takes A LOT of efforts to put an album out and when that happens and you see your work being appreciated, you finally are at Peace. And post gig syndrome is that you just want to play more and more shows which encourages you to write and release more albums. This is like a life cycle for any musician. It never ends. The energy helps you to restore faith and keep moving forward in the same direction.

Clearly you guys must have a ton of influences from different genres. Metal bands tend to have the same Influences when asked, so we’ll go outside the norm. What artists outside of metal music have influenced you?

We love artists like Michael Jackson, RHCP, Sting, The Beetles, Johnny Cash etc. But I don’t see anyone of us being INFLUENCED by them. Legendary musicians do inspire a lot of musicians to keep making music.

From the initial riff that someone comes up with, to a final song, how does your creative process work?

Its become a lot easier actually. Initially when we didn’t have the right gear, we used to jam 3 to 4 times a week in order to finish a song. Now I(Sidharth Kadadi, guitarist)have a very small recording setup at my place. I program drums, record guitars and other ideas. The boys listen to it and we start working on that collectively. It might change a little bit or might sound completely different in the end, doesn’t matter. It definitely Helps us to save a lot of time, ideas are a lot more concrete and we end up having a back up of what we were working on.

Tell us about your musical past. How did your musical taste evolve to finally get to what you enjoy today and what you expect out of music you listen to?

It’s the same old story with everyone I guess. You start of with the good old classic and keep exploring till you find something that’s on the similar lines. For me it was Van Halen, Black Sabbath, Megadeth, Metallica, Slayer, Judas Priest at first and slowly I discovered bands like Pantera, Sepultura, Decapitated, Testament, Meshuggah etc. For me, groove is very important. All the bands that I listen to are groovy as hell. If the band has catchy riffs and hooky grooves, I’m sold.

As far India is concerned in music industry, financial situations are hard for a musician and it seems people give up on the search for their dream. What do you think the dream of an artist or musician is and are you searching for it?

Yes. Making a living from this form of music is definitely not happening. Never know what the future holds for you though. We all have the same BIG DREAM of making it Big. But at the same time musicians need to be practical and realistic. Dreaming Big is important and that is our fuel to work HARDER. It’s a lot difficult these days to make it in the music industry. You just gotta work in a smart way and find alternatives in the music industry to support your passion and pay your bills.
We as a band are genuinely content at this moment. For now we just want to work harder with regards to our presence as a band and ensure our music reaches out to a larger audience and also improve ourselves as musicians and performers. We all can get lost while we are trying to search for the next big thing. The best practice for us has been to never give up and to be proud of your work.

Over the years you guys have  played with a lot of different bands. What are some of the gigs that stand out the most to you?

Quite a difficult question. All our shows have been memorable. Doesn’t matter if its an open air gig or a club gig. We recently organized our own Gig along with BLAKC and Coshish called PARTY LALALA. DIY gigs are the best and the response was something else. Metal for Nepal. Wacken Open Air, Control Alt Delete and Independence Rock are a few that keeps popping up in our conversations. Hope to play more shows like these in the future.

You have won Rolling Stones Awards multiple times. How do you think awards help musicians and artists in the industry?

It’s a brilliant format which encourages the artists/bands to get recognize and probably add something under their name. It definitely is a big deal to be recognized and judged by international artists and judges. Just makes you want to keep at it and write more music.

There seem to be two fundamental tendencies in music today: On the one hand, a move towards complete virtualization, where tracks and albums are merely released as digital files. And, on the other, an even closer union between music, artwork, packaging and physical presentation. Where do you stand between these poles?

Both. We love printing physical copies and working on a nice inlay with good artwork. We remember buying tapes and the feeling of buying and holding it in your hand is surreal. Times are changing and very few of them want to buy a physical copy. Printing a limited number for a bunch of people who Love buying physical copies makes more sense rather than printing only physical copies and not being digital platforms. It’s very important to understand the nature of our consumers in 2016 and take a call.

Music for music’s sake or music for life’s sake?

Music for life’s sake of course. Musicians have a different life style. Doesn’t matter if a musician has a day job or a business to support his family and his passion. You simply cannot part ways with it or come to a settlement where you it’s a hobby. IF you have released a few albums and played Big shows, then you just cant have enough.

What insights do you have for aspiring musicians?

It was never meant to be easy. It requires a lot of efforts and sacrifices, but the journey as a musician is something one must experience and the results and feeling after putting out your work is priceless. Everything seems to be right. Giving up is easier than struggling. The thought of retiring might occur when something or a situation disheartens a musician, but not trying and giving up will feel like a burden which one will have to bear throughout his/her life.

You can find more information about Zygnema at the following links:

www.zygnema.com

https://www.facebook.com/Zygnema

https://zygnema.bandcamp.com

You can also buy their album on:

Transcending Obscurity:
http://tometal.com/store/cds/zygnema-india-what-makes-us-human-is-obsolete-cd/

Digital Album Available on Instamojo:

https://www.instamojo.com/zygnema/zygnema/

And also on Bandcamp:

https://zygnema.bandcamp.com/releases