The vocalist/guitarist/drummer of VAZUM, Zach Pliska, took some time to let us get to know a bit about them. Zach, along with Emily Sturm, make up the deathgaze duo based in Detroit.
What's your inspiration?
We find inspiration in Sci-fi horror movies like Alien and Blade Runner, or anything of the fantasy or HP Lovecraft sort. Of course we’re inspired by other bands like Christian Death and Gary Numan.
How would you describe your sound?
We are a Deathgaze band, combining elements of goth, post-punk and shoegaze
What can fans expect at your shows?
Two musicians playing their instruments while singing with a drum machine.
Do you associate a certain color, smell, or even taste/flavor with certain songs?
Colors yes - mostly dark purples and blues.
What is your favorite key/mode to write in?
Anything minor sounding and dissonant.
What is your songwriting style?
Starting out with a simple melody or riff and building from there.
How/when did you get your start playing music?
Like many other people I started playing drums when I was about 10 years old. My father had a drum set and jammed with his friends. I did the same.
Why do you think a specific genre of music speaks to someone over others?
I think nostalgia and rebellion have a lot to do with it. When you’re young some things have a strong impact on you that gives a lasting impression.
What role does music play in your life?
Music keeps me sane.
What is your favorite book/show/movie lately
Some series we’ve enjoyed are The Witcher, the Expanse, Castlevania and Attack on Titan.
Do you have any rituals that you do before/during recording?
Mostly just practicing the songs and parts.
What makes lyrics good?
Something that’s not too predictable and a bit clever.
How do you know when a song is finished? Is it ever?
A song is finished when you’re so burnt out on it that you don’t want to hear it anymore.
What do you love/hate most about your life as a musician?
Love the continual growth and discovery of writing songs and producing.
What message do you want your fans to take away from your music?
That there is more to life than the day to day doldrums, or the shallow and superficial reality of normal everyday routines.
The music industry evolves so quickly. What do you think is the best way for people to find new music?
Playlists and suggestions from streaming sites is working well. The tastemakers of radio and blogs have been helpful for us.