Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to artists that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with Zardonic.
METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your project:
ZARDONIC: Zardonic is Drum & Bass with Rock and Metal elements. There is a lot of Metal about it for sure, but it’s primarily a Dance Music act, as in, it’s trying to be more like a heavier version of The Prodigy or Pendulum than it is trying to be like Ministry or Rammstein. Metal of course has always been a huge influence for me, but Zardonic is more about the rave than it is about the mosh. I created it in 2004, back then influenced by Celldweller’s newly released self-titled record, a bit of Underworld, Aphex Twin, Dieselboy, Counterstrike, and all the Metal stuff I heard as a kid. Before I was a Metalhead, I was addicted to Electronic Dance Music as well. I would record DJ Sets late at night on the radio when I was 6 years old, hiding from my parents because they were trying to force me to sleep early. You know, because they probably wanted to get laid and I was just pestering them with Techno. And even before that, my first music love was actually Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. My father always played it in the car. I guess that’s why Zardonic has a bit of EDM, Metal and epic elements on it. All the videogames I played had a bit of influence on it, too. Epic is a good word to describe what I do.
METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?
ZARDONIC: Musicwise, there are a ton of musicians I respect, but even other forms of art can translate into music in my head. I could make an entire album just from my recent visit to the Vatican Museums. It’s a wonder to watch and experience. So I guess you can count Michelangelo as an artist I look up to as well haha! But going back to the music itself, names right off the top of my head right now are Devin Townsend, Trent Reznor, Danny Elfman, Nobuo Uematsu, Antonio Vivaldi, Remo Giazotto, Arvo Pärt, Erik Satie, Ihsahn, Tosin Abasi, Trey Azagthoth, Anaal Nathrakh and so on.
METAL ANARCHY: What can you say about your latest release “Become” and why should readers of this site check it out?
ZARDONIC: I don’t know why they should. They either do or don’t and I honestly don’t care. I don’t mean to sound off, but Become is a very personal statement and it wasn’t really something I made thinking about people liking it or not. You see, Become is an album about change. Change of environment, change of culture, change of self. My last four years have been a constant turmoil of changes that I’ve had to rapidly adapt to, sometimes not willing. Since I moved out of Venezuela in July 2014 for obvious reasons, I arrived at my family’s place in Maryland and stayed there for over a year, but it was still not my home so I eventually had to move on. I then found a place owned by a friend in Seattle who had a studio and two months later his family came and he said he needed the room. Then I moved to my day manager’s basement in Ohio for a bit, then jumped to New Jersey to work at Mike Morello Productions studio for the production of the first record of American Grim, then back to manager’s basement, then got my own place for a bit, then fell in love with a German girl, moved to Aurich (Ostfriesland), broke up with her, moved to Burscheid near Cologne. That might sound fun when all you have is a backpack. But it seems like no matter how hard I work for my goals of having my own home and a family, life throws something at me that forces me to move on. And in the middle of all that, I had to finish my record and do a remix of Bullet For My Valentine’s “Letting You Go”.
And you know what? I got out alive from all of it and I am extremely satisfied with where I am at the moment. I think I am going to settle down for a few years, and who knows if I may do it for the rest of my life. I don’t really plan on being a nomad forever. It’s not exactly a lifestyle that I enjoy or have chosen as it’s more of a circumstantial thing. I love the thrill of travel, but I always want to go back to a place I can call home.
METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?
ZARDONIC: If you’re a Metalhead who loves Electronic Dance Music, or you’re a Raver who loves a bit of Metal, you’ll find Jesus.
METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
ZARDONIC: I see life as an RPG, so to say. So in 5 years I should be 5 levels up. As long as we continue to be alive, there is no other way to go but forward. I want this project to grow as much as possible, but from a business standpoint, I personally care more about the money than I care about fame. Therefore I’m trying to find ways to be able to do music that won’t necessarily make me more popular, but simply do the music I love, and then find the best way to sell it the way it is, or exploit my talents for other duties as I continuously do. I never stop working. When I’m not touring, I’m making music. If that music is not my own, I’m doing it for someone else. Be it Bullet For My Valentine, The Unguided, Gomad & Monster, American Grim, Brian James Schram, likemelikeyou, and any other projects that need my remixes or want to hire me as a record producer, I’m first in line to try and deliver my best for them. So far nobody has complained!