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Matt Zane of Society 1 Interview

26 March 2019 No Comment

Matt Zane HMM CoverThe legendary Matt Zane and his band Society 1 are returning to the world stage with a new album and their sights set on making another big dent in the global music scene. Here’s Matt on all things S1 and what hanging out with Tommy Lee is like.

It sounds like Society 1 is returning with a vengeance. How’s the new album coming along? .

Zane: It’s been a challenging process but as with all challenges that are necessary for growth as an artist they tend to be worth it if you make it through alive . I don’t really believe with a good conscious I can’t say its been fun but the outcome is incredibly exciting. To think 20 years since our first album and we’re still growing as a band and creating a unique sound and songs.
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Is there a name yet?
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Zane: Yes it’s going to be called “Black Level Six”. You can figure out what that means or attach your own relevance.
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What’s the vibe and feel of the album?
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Zane: I decided when I was writing the album that I wanted it to have the vibe of an album that came out between 1992 and 1995. Somewhere around there. No vocal tune, no copy and pasting, no auto align etc… Some of my favorite records are from that time period and I’ve always aspired to be on that level creatively and sonically. The whole experiment could be a huge mistake but why not give it a try and do something different than everyone else? That’s what gets me off. Is it always successful? No but I despise conformity as far as music and film are concerned.
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Potential drop date?
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Society1 - Nov2018-27Zane: That I don’t know. Really going to depend on what our management Music Gallery International set up. They’ve been amazing so far so I’m trusting them with the game plan.
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What was the driving inspiration behind the creation of the new album?
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Zane: I really don’t want to admit it but a lot of it is about the aftermath of my last serious relationship which is crazy because it ended almost 3 years ago. That’s what makes it so powerful in a negative way. Usually people get over the issues in 6 months to a year from a ex-significant other. For whatever reasons the consequences of my last romantic situation are still lingering in a very disgusting and debilitating way. Its bled into the writing of this album. Some of the songs are about being in it and some are about attempting to purge myself of the horridness of what this person did.
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Who does what in the song writing and assembly?
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Zane: I’ve written about 80% of the entire album. All of the lyrics and melodies and the majority of the music. I even played rhythm guitar on most of the album. DV Karloff (who now plays bass for 3 Headed Snake) wrote a good portion of the music on 3 songs and Max Carlisle wrote music on 2 songs. I didn’t program drums. They were created and performed by Iorden Mitev. Although what tracks end up on the album remains to be seen. There are 17 songs total and I doubt they all make it.
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Is it self produced or did you bring in a producer? 
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Society1 - Nov2018-20Zane: I co-produced it with a guy named Patrick Burkholder. He is from our generation and was around when all those great albums were being released in the early 90’s. He was great. Last album I worked with a young hot producer and I just feel he missed the mark. A lot of good songs were just ruined. Doesn’t mean he isn’t good at what he does he just didn’t get the music and the vibe. This album I didn’t want to take the chance. The mix is going to be done by Greg Hetson.
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Any specific songs you think that stand out among the rest at this point?
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Zane: For me that changes day to day depending on my mood.
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Lyrically what are some of the subjects covered and what are some of the most personal moments that are discussed in the songs?
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Zane: It deals a lot with my struggles with depression and the constant rebirth from the ashes every time you find yourself in the pits of hell again. When you struggle with these type if psychological conditions you could be ok one day and contemplating suicide the next. It’s a roller coaster ride of pain and uncertainty. You can hear it in my voice on this album. Remember no auto tune hiding anything. On a lot the tracks I was in the middle of just barely being able to hold it together while recording. You can hear it. It’s very raw. Almost to personal.
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When can fans expect a new music video?
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Zane: As soon as MGI chooses a song I’ll get to it. Probably going to do a whacky sci fi vid again just to be different just like we did for “No Control” on the last album. Who needs another video of a band in a warehouse?
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Will you be touring to support the new album? US or abroad first?
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Zane: That’s depends on our management MGI once again. We’ll see what they cook up.
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Which process is your favorite; recording or touring?
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Zane: I love writing. Recording can get tedious but usually has it’s moments especially towards the end of the process. I love performing. Don’t really enjoy touring that much anymore. I really don’t know who would unless you’re at a level where everyone gets their own bus and/or private plane. I’ve toured a lot and it’s rough. I’ll still do it if a tour is booked but anyone that enjoys riding in a can with smelly dudes eating crap food for months on end I find a little strange. Bands seem to have this misconception about it these days. Yes the show itself is great but the other 23 hours can really beat you up physically and mentally.
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What are some things people might not know about Matt Zane?
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Matt Zane _ Tommy LeeZane: I was an actor for a brief moment and you can actually dig up some of my appearances. I’ll share one cool example. I was once booked on a show called Californication to sing “Home Sweet Home” with Tommy Lee. Very cool day. I have pictures and all that. He was a nice guy.
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What are a few of the struggles when trying to balance home life, work life, and band life?
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Zane: The struggle is simple. Not enough time in the day. Their just isn’t. I have no social life, no girlfriend, no free time etc… I work 7 days a week between the band, my video production company and my photography. I usually start around 9am every day and end at 2am. I barely get time to eat and trying to stay in some kind of physical shape is virtually impossible. My phone is constantly ringing and everyone needs everything immediately 24/7. I see other musicians on social media with wives/gf’s going to dinner or taking vacations and I think to myself… it must be nice.
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If there’s anything else you would like to add please do so.
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Zane: @Society1music  – @LordZaneProductions
Cover Photo of Matt Zane by: Erica Vincent Photos
http://www.society1band.com/
https://www.facebook.com/society1/
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https://youtu.be/WS6pkjUAAys
http://musicgalleryinternational.com/

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