EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Synaptik

02:07 by EXTRA MUSIC FAN

We have talked with the english band SYNAPTIK, the band launched the remix of debut "Mechanisms of consequence" through italian label Heart Of Steel Records a few months ago, and now we are waiting for the new album titled "Justify & Reason"...Read the interview below

Hi guys, tell us when you formed your group?

Since forming in 2012 from the ashes of such bands as Fifth Season, Inner Sanctum (UK), and Twisted Autumn Darkness, the primary concern of Norwich, England's SYNAPTIK has been musical intensity.

What is the genre of your sound?
Compartmentalising SYNAPTIK's approach & sound is as futile as attempting to cage a wild animal, butneverthelesstraits of progressive metal seem ubiquitous, and a dark aura tends to cloak the bands output. Because we mix all our influences and never limit what we can do the Progressive tag seems the most apt.


What is the source of inspiration for the lyrics? Who writes them?
Vocalist John Knight writes the lyrics for the albums, subject matterLyrically, Justify & Reason ventures into the dark, labyrinthine corridors of the human psyche to examine the relationship between inner emotions and society at largeuniversal themes that transcend cultural and national boundaries

What are the reasons by which you decide to give your band the name "Synaptik"?
Our lyrics prompt the listener to think, to investigate, to question their government, themselves and their choices, its cerebral music also with dynamics and emotion, we want to trigger a spark in the listener, like synapses do in the brain, so we decided on Synaptic which became SynaptiK. 

Your album will be promoted in international media, what are your expectations?
Our hope is that new listeners will discover us, give us a chance and immerse themselves in the music & hear the many influences that are put together to create our sound, so we hope it will appeal to listeners of all the genres of metal. This is our heaviest and most brutal album but at the same time our most melodic and progressive with clean sections and mellow moments also. Its a journey.


To promote the record are you planning a live tour?
A UK tour is being planned , but we are eager to hear from promoters for gigs in Europe etc, festivals so please get in contact so we can bring our sound.

Have you played in some important festivals?
We have performed at Download Festival Donnington and also Bloodstock Festival UK, Mammothfest & TitanFest, we are eager to play Europe at any of the many amazing festivals. 

I would like to have your own point of view about the poor sales of the CD's, it's caused by the internet? technological development?
or it's changed the mentality of the fans?
The internet has been both incredible and disastrous for bands, incredible that we can now send our music across the world instantly and be heard anywhere so easily and quickly, but  tragic because now music can be pirated/torrented, for the bigger bands this isn’t a massive problem, they can find ways of making money through tours and merchandise, the smaller bands are hit very hard by this and the metal fans need to remember this and help the smaller bands survive by buying their music not stealing it. Smaller bands need it to pay for their next recording, musicians out there know how tough it is and how much money goes into creating the songs, rehearsing, equipments, strings, sticks etc, studio. If do feel have to download and then enjoy the music, please then pay the band so they can continue to write great music for you all.
On a positive Vinyl is making a huge comeback and outsold digital sales in UK last year. Talking of which Synaptik new album will be released on Vinyl in a numbered limited run. So grab them whilst you can. ;)

Can you tell us a little about creation and creator of all your album’s artwork?
I (John Knight) create all the artwork for Synaptik, shirts, album covers and logo etc. The new album “Justify & Reason” artwork was inspired by the song “The Incredible Machine” which is about the mysterious machine that is the human brain, so complex, the cogs signify thought process and calculations, one hundred billion nerve cells co-ordinating our physical actions.  


Tell us a few funny anecdotes, in the past?
Our drummer was once thrown out of a Folk Festival for being drunk and repeatidly shouting Megadeth at the bands. Ha Ha Ha
He makes his own Vodka…..he’s crazy but we love him.




Rapid-fire questions:


Whoís your all time favorite guitarist? 
(Jack Murton - Guitarist) I’d have to say Paul Gilbert.

Do you have a hero and if yes who is it? 
(John Knight) Hero…… Ronnie James Dio

Who in your life inspires you the most? 
(John Knight) My cat Neon Knight.

What was the first album you bought?
(John Knight) We used to just listen to all our dads albums, The Beatles, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, ELO, ABBA, Black Sabbath, but the ones I remember buying first all in one go as xmas presents to myself were Iron Maiden Number of the Beast, Motorhead No Sleep til Hammersmith (yellow vinyl), AC/DC Let There Be Rock, Saxon Denim & Leather. Judas Priest British Steel

Your favorite band ever? 
(John Knight) Too difficult to choose just one and we all have such wide tastes. Kate Bush, Queensryche, Death, Watchtower.


Pizza or pasta? 
Pizza. ;)


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