at: 23th, November 2016
RUSK is like you hear it: brutal, pure and
without compromises (...)"
Hello Maher, Tell us about your evolution as a
“musician” and getting involved in the scene. And how
much you achieved so far?
everyone and first of all I want to thank you for the
opportunity you give us. It’s always right to remind who
gives support to underground bands who wants to rise in the
metal scenario. I would say that my evolution as a musician
is started when I was young, strumming my Epiphone bass
away, and I do believe it never ends. Actually the most has
been done with GOLDEN RUSK project because I am really involved
in it, and receiving a lot of love and interest in few time
by many people is definitely the cherry on top!
How you came up with the band's name GOLDEN RUSK, the logo
and everything? Does it have any deeper meaning?
RUSK is the mirror of my personal life. Let me tell you this
in your ear like a confidence: I work as a manager for a
multinational company (I won’t tell you which one…) and
I use to go in my office to do my stuff and work with the
other colleagues daily; when I go out of my office, well, do
you know Dr
Jekyll and Mr Hyde?! Right like that! I totally change
myself but I am not walking a mile in someone else’s
shoes, it’s definitely me! Half day a manager in the
office, half day a crazy brutal death metalhead. The GOLDEN
RUSK name, that is something to eat for breakfast, and the
logo, a skull with a gas mask, is the evidence to prove
exactly my personal contradiction like I do every day.
Did you have a ‘mission’ and goal to play death metal
when you first started out, or did the music and direction
first take shape as you crafted songs and so forth?
it’s been the music that gave me the direction towards
death metal. I didn’t plan anything at all. I had some
previous ideas but it’s when I am in the studio to follow
that directions, it’s like something impulsive.
Music-wise, what are to you the most essential aspects for a
death metal band? Some say it’s the rhythm of the guitars,
some say it’s the drum beat, and others say it’s the
vocals… Maybe it’s a bit of everything?
depends on many factors, one for all could be the sound you
want to have. If you want to spread something like modern
metal, just buy a laptop and some samplers and the that’s
the game. If you want to do something that you’d crash
your ear, well man, there is no computer who can help you…
just hard work and night after night to rehearse.
I’ve noticed your pretty solid technical skills. Are you a
self-learner, or do you have some musical education?
for sure! Started to pretend to play drums with pens,
pencils and other stuff when I was child until today. I
literally worn out my first bass handle, a black Epiphone,
and I would say the same with the guitar. The more my
fingers bled the better.
Why did you decide to play all the instruments, instead of
forming a regular line up, let's say of about 4-5 musicians?
Is it a matter of total control of your music?
do believe that a band is a real one, when you respect the
each other’s people ideas. “What
will become of us?” actually was born years ago when I
joined other bands; when
I watched all of my effort and commitment in song’s
writing and stuff ruined by someone who took the advantage
of my ideas for other bands... dude, at the umpteenth time,
it really busts my balls and I decided to do all by myself.
If you want something done, do it yourself!
You are about to release your debut full length on December
1st. Could you
tell me something about the process of making these songs
and what do you think that is most important criterion for
you assessing the value of the album?
making process is something that starts from inside,
something very personal, in fact “What
will become of us?” is an album that has to be
understood. If you don’t get your mind ready in a certain
way, you’ll never like it… if you are ready to a biting,
aggressive and rough sound, you’re ok; if you like
something standard instead, so GOLDEN RUSK is not for you.
Luckily, many reviewers and magazines got the album message
and the death metal skin under it, so try to believe…
How much time does it take to put a record together? Do you
have extra material that’s left out after choosing what
fits you most?
go in my office daily, so the time to rehearse is only
during the night. Considered that I had already some ideas,
it took 1 year and half more or less. Someone says it’s a
good target, I think you can always improve yourself.
Actually I do have extra material but it is still too much
unrefined. I think I’ll manage it for the next release,
but for now I am focused on “What will become of us?” and I want to enjoy it.
I believe that every band has their own way in composing
music… so how do you proceed with a song-writing? What
elements highly emphasized during the song-writing period?
general the album has been designed starting from some
guitar riffs with the low volume amp, otherwise some
claim… and after doing the related arrangement I create
the song structure. Except for the song “What
will become of us?” the last part has been the vocals.
This is the hardest part for me because in order to have an
optimal vocal structure, you always should ‘go away’
from the musical part otherwise you could have the risk to
follow the music sound and it could be silly. Since I manage
all the instrumental stuff, that’s not an easy process.
"What will become
of us?". So those lyrics are
kind of an observation of the world and humankind? Or
it is a more introspective thing?
the artwork made by Salvo Bosco and the title are clear
enough for me: GOLDEN RUSK believes that the world is going
from bad to worse. In the artwork this topic is represented
in the course of time from Roman Empire, with ancient
temples, to Middle Ages, with the pillory, to the to the
present with skyscrapers. Of course it is seen in a
pessimistic way because currently there is nothing that
proves the opposite. The question is: what will become of
us? You can have the chance to find out listening to the
album, otherwise no hope for you…
Promotion has become vital in these times. With hundreds of
bands releasing albums in the same time period, it’s
become a struggle to get noticed. How do you see the future
of promotion and recording?
is vital! Just think about some bands that really sucks, but
they’re keeping promoting so much that their music will
enter in your head anyway. Unfortunately it’s not only
matter of music, so keep the eyes open on the underground in
order to catch some really good bands to support. Searching
for mainstream is too easy.
How would you describe GOLDEN RUSK as a whole? Is there
anything that makes your music different compared to other
bands in the genre?
RUSK is a band that has developed a sound without
compromise. Right before the “No blame no gain” video
release date, I’ve been contacted by a label by which we
initially had several meeting points. The relation has
broken when they “suggested” me to change something in
my music style and lyrics. At that point I sent them to
hell… Well, GOLDEN RUSK is exactly like that! To overstep
commercial borders made by standard productions arranged
only for sales. GOLDEN RUSK is like you hear it: brutal,
pure and without compromises.
What do you think about the current Death Metal scene
worldwide. Which are the bands you have the biggest respect
for? Which are the most outstanding and influential ones
these days and what does Death Metal mean to you at all?
like all heavy metal genres, and of surely death metal too.
Of course I have my “obsessions” but heavy metal is only
one and it’s indivisible. I could say bands that I
like most, but I think they would be a lot, may be too many!
The only thing to underline is to move your ass guys and
support all underground metal bands.
OK my friend, we have become to the end. If I have missed
anything please feel free to add to this interview.
I would like to thank you again for this interview and also
thanks for all the support you give to all metal scenario.
What else to say? Support the underground music just like
you do for mainstream bands. Give a listen to GOLDEN RUSK
album “What will
become of us?” and if you like buy it from 1st
of December 2016, you’ll find it in main digital
platforms. You can also download it illegally, but you would
be just a bunch of assholes who don’t give a fuck of
others efforts. Metal music is good and healthy, let’s try
to side in the right part.