|1. How long have you been a member of Mortuary-I.O.D.?
Johannes Keekstra: That's a bit tricky, 'cause I joined
in in '97, but from '98 to '99 the band was slightly dead. We started
again in '99, with a fresh line-up which is much better than the previous
one, with a slight musical change and an adjusted name, so I like
to think that Mortuary I.O.D. started in that year.
2. What style would you call your music?
Keekstra: We tend to call it something like thrashing death metal.
It's a mixture of the aggression of old thrash, like Kreator, Exodus,
Sacrifice, Destruction, etc.and the heaviness of old school death
metal like Autopsy, Bolt Thrower, etc.. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrggggggghhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!
3. What are the ages of the other members?
Keekstra: We're all about twenty years old, guitarplayer Franky's
the youngest, aged 19, and drummer Douwe is the oldest with 23 years
4. How do you pump yourself up before a show?
Keekstra: Well, just hang around a bit in the place where we're
performing and sipping a few beers, talk to some people, preferrably
female, and just taste the atmosphere to get in the mood. Watching
other bands that are on before us makes my blood flow faster most
of the time, I get hungry for the stage then you know.
5. Do you play any instruments?
I have a guitar and a bass at home, but I don't play them at all
nowadays, I doubt if I still can. They're great as decoration though
6. Being a muscian myself, what type of mic's do you like to use?
Johannes Keekstra: I once performed with a wireless mic,
which was very cool, because the stage was really fucking big so I
could run around like crazy constantly, but I don't feel I should
buy one myself or something. I like Shure a lot, it has a great sound,
it captures all accents nicely you know?
7. What are the ages of the other members in the band?
Johannes Keekstra: You already asked. Stop drinking or smoking
weed so much haha!!!
8. How did you begin your Vokills?
I met the guitarplayer of Mortuary, Arnout a few years back and
he asked if I'd like to come around at a rehearsal and try something
out and I just agreed, 'cause I really wanted to be a singer in band,
playing my favourite style: METAL the thrashy way! I growled more
in the beginning, varying with a Mille-alike voice, but I'm developing
my voice all the time and I sound not much like the early days anymore.
9. Do you prefer doing studio work or live stuff?
Keekstra: Live stuff, definitely!!! No use banging your head and
going mad in a small studio where there's no one to watch, hehe. I
see studiowork as an obligation more than fun, because especially
for a singer, it can be quite a bore, sometimes there's absolutely
nothing to do, when for instance other members are playing their parts
or something. I love the atmosphere at a gig, I love seeing people
enjoying our stuff, I love talking bullshit between songs, I LOVE
10. What's in store for us metal-heads in
the future with the band?
Johannes Keekstra: We're
releasing our debut album "Distorted Massacre: Fear The Madness"
soon, hopefully in September/October. It was supposed to be released
quite while ago, but due to some problems, you metal heads have to
wait a bit I'm afraid. We're also releasing a split 7" with Recondite
from Canada. That's really cool 'cause I fucking adore vinyl! We're
appearing on some compilations, for instance of the Colombian Eternal
Night Recs. and the Dutch FearSome Recs. who will probably release
our album as well.
11. Do you ever get nervous on stage?
Johannes Keekstra: Ehm.... not really, I'm just really
fucking anxious to play our music. Sometimes a member of the band
vandalizes an instrument or something, but for me it's not a real
reason to get nervous, I talk a lot of bullshit, fooling around, you
know and that way I fill the gaps and stuff. Usually gigs are allright,
without too many flaws and stuff.
12. Any last
words on the band?
Johannes Keekstra: Yeah, first off, thanks very much for the
support! Check out our website: http://www.mortuary-iod.com/
for info and two downloads of our promo, which is received really
well in the worldwide Underground. Watch out for our album "Distorted
Massacre: Fear The Madness" and the split 7" with Recondite.
We really want to play as much as possible and wouldn't mind some
kind of tour at all, so if you're interested, don't hesitate to contact
us! My e-mail and snailmail: [email protected],
Johannes, Raarderweg 7, 9156 AC Bornwird, The Netherlands. Support
the Underground, live the metal live and stay loud!
By: Lord Nocturnus