Good day Meka Nism! How are you guys doing these days?
Meka: Amazing, excited to be talking to you.
Bobby: Doing great, thank you so much for having us.
First of all, please introduce your band and band members to our readers.
Meka: I am Meka, I am the vocal shaman of the band. We also have Bobby Keller on guitar, Jay Adkisson on keys, Chris Lane on drums and Jarret Robinson on bass.
I’d like to know about the formation of the band. How did you guys meet and all. Also, is there any special story behind the band title?
Meka: I founded the band as Meka Nism and Her Rusty Tears back in 2005 and released Mad to Love in January 2007 when I moved to Japan. I played over 150 shows in Japan as a solo artist and with my other band Origami Girls. After I got back from Japan in the middle of 2010, I met Bobby Keller and we later formed Meka Nism as the band is today. During the process of our formation, Bobby came up with the idea to use just the name “Meka Nism” as a description of the band working together in unison to create the music we do today.
I expect a long reply for this one. Can you please tell us about the concept and lyrical themes of all your previous releases?
Meka: Each release has its own concept that relates together as an ongoing theme. The first release in 2013 was Dance at the End of the World, which was about facing the darkest issues possible while keeping hope alive. In the face of the apocalypse, keep dancing. The message of The Shift: Anthems for a Revolution, was finding ways to proactively make changes in your life that have a ripple effect in the world around you. With the newest release, The War Inside, it’s about learning how to face the internal battles that we all have, including, addictions, depression, work, and life in general. The idea and concept behind the war inside is to realize and utilize the power of your own thoughts to create the life you want. All of them together really deal with idea of a spiritual journey that we all go through to find our true selves and a sense of enlightenment.
Is there any special reason for choosing your music conception?
Meka: Absolutely, the music is the vehicle for our message. We are very aware that the concept behind everything we do relates to inspiring people to become more self aware of the power they posses over their own life.
How do you guys manage to create music at all? What challenges do you face while writing and recording an album?
It’s always challenging to write music, but I think we have an amazing group of people that work amazing with each other. We all challenge and influence each other when we are writing, and I think that is very important. Obviously the challenges most of the time are financial and time driven, but we always find a way to make it happen. This is our lives and we have dedicated them to our art.
The War Inside (EP) to be released on May. How was the experience working on the studio? Any funny or even sad happenings during the studio work?
Bobby: The experience was amazing. Going to Germany and recording with Lasse Lammert, was a real treat. He made us feel welcome and really took us under his wing. His guidance for this EP was something we are forever in debt to. His vision and artistic approach really mixed with ours and the EP shows that. I’d say every day in the studio with Lasse was a funny happening, we’ve never laughed that much in a studio. The best part was when we wrapped up everything and drank a whole bottle of Jager and then went to cologne to see Metallica.
You guys are still underground/underrated, although your music has been appreciated by the critics worldwide. What, according to you, is the reason behind it?
Bobby: We’ve received messages, emails, texts, and actual face to face comments about how our music has changed people’s lives or saved them. To us, that is the biggest compliment a musician can get. It’s about the people and bringing everyone together and helping spread positivity. Music is a universal language and it’s amazing to see the power it has.
Can you throw some light on your past as musicians?
Meka: I played guitar and sang for some punk and metal bands and have always had my acoustic project which was a little more aggressive than typical acoustic projects. Touring in Japan really solidified my musical passion for what I wanted to do next. Making Meka Nism the full, epic metal band, was the result of how I wanted to portray my message and music that I wanted to make.
Bobby: I grew up in a very musical household. Everyone in my family played guitar or some sort of instrument, so I was really drawn to guitar. Listening to bands like Metallica and Pantera growing up just amazed me so much and I always felt a very special connection with the guitar. I actually didn’t start playing until 2009 though, so I am a little bit of a late bloomer.
Tell us about your favorite bands, from whom you gain inspiration. Are you having any favorite artist/band that has emerged from metal/rock soil?
Meka: I like some pretty obscure metal bands like Avatar, who we toured with, Sleepy Time Gorilla Museum, and other theatrical bands like the more well known Marilyn Manson and System of A Down. To me these bands are doing something really exciting and unique with the music, as well as the energy and show around the music.
Bobby: My favorite band of all time is Metallica. Just with everything that they do, is top notch. They have been a huge inspiration on me and my guitar playing.
How is the metal scene going in your country?
Meka: Metal heads are friends instantly, and there is so much camaraderie. So it’s really exciting to tour and make friends all over the world. In our home state of Florida, we have a really great community of bands and artists that pull together to make an amazing supportive scene.
Bobby: It’s definitely growing and the fact that metal fans are the most loyal fans in the world means metal will never die.
Tell us, if you have played abroad.
Meka: It was such a great pleasure playing in Flensburg, and my personal experiences back in Japan, make me very excited to bring the boys over. There are so many places in the world that we want to connect to through our music. We cannot wait to tour more.
Bobby: We have played in Flensburg, Germany, at a festival while we were recording the new EP. It was phenomenal and just seeing the fans reaction was very awesome. They were stage diving and moshing and it was just awesome. The fans in Europe are just obsessed with heavy music and we had an amazing response over there.
Are you working on any music videos, might it be videoclip or lyric video?
Yes, we are working on a new music video now for our new single “Trailblazer”, which will be released the same day as the EP on May 10th. We currently have a video out now for the title track, “The War Inside”, and we are planning to do more as we go.
Rapid fire section. Just for fun. So just chill, and just type the first thought that comes to your mind when you hear:
* Religion – Meka: Spirituality | Bobby: Good vs. Evil
* War – Meka: Inside | Bobby: Inside
* Desire – Meka: Enlightenment | Bobby: Record Deal
* Jim – Meka: The name of our Director, Jim Dougherty | Bobby: Carrey
* Dave – Meka: Supa Dave | Bobby: Grohl
Thanks a lot for your time! It’s really nice to know more about you. Would you like to say anything to your fans and our readers?
Thank you so much for having us! Please check out our website at www.meka-nism.com and you can pre-order your copy of “The War Inside” on the site or on all of the major music platforms out there. Thank you again and we will see you on the road!