Musicscan: Regarding the feedback for The Hutch: Are there unexpected statements or thoughts? Do people understand what you tried to “tell” them with the record?
Steak Number Eight: The hutch tells the story about whirling around in an imaginary cage. Trying to escape and sometimes you succeed but by the time you realize that you're free you're sucked back into it.
This is a very dark metaphor but I think each one of us can find themselves in a way into this story.
Musicscan: Are you surprised that listeners from different musical tastes are getting Steak Number Eight? And is this something you can understand or explain somehow or maybe something you have “planned”?
Steak Number Eight: I think steak is very approachable in a way because every music lover can find something for himself in it. And this all without losing our own face or sound. Fore sure this isn't something that we've planned, the only thing that can explain this is that me, as music listener, does not have one specific style of music that I prefer. As example: In the car my radio is always tuned on the national Classical music radio station Klara. At home I prefer listening to dark Neo folk jazz shizzle. My dad is a big Pink Floyd fan and he showed me that pink floyd is the best band in the world. My mom is a doom/sludge lover. Simply if I would have to choose one style of music which I would have to listen the rest of my life, I would not be able to choose.
Musicscan: You created a record that consists of different layers and extremes. On the one hand side it consists of rude arrangements, on the other hand there are longer interludes and parts that create an incomparable atmosphere. Do you think that this diversity makes The Hutch a stronger record? It takes some time to get the point and people have to invest time in discovering the songs and to get your ideas…
Steak Number Eight: I don't know if the hutch is a strong record. The only thing I know that I've tried to create a record as honest as possible. For me there are only 2 styles of music. Good music and Bad music. Good music for me hast to be honest. It doesn't have to be played perfect. It doesn't have to sound perfect.
But the core must be in the right place. The diversity in the record is a proof of the different emotions you have trough live. How boring is a record if you've heard one song that you have actually heard the whole record, or even worse that you've actually heard all the records after listening just one.
Musicscan: Do you still remember when you wrote your first song for/with Steak Number Eight and what it felt like and how it feels like now when you finish a song? How has your relationship to the music and the band changed over time?
Steak Number Eight: Hard to remember because we are playing together since we were 11 years old. But I know that writing songs when I was 12/13/14 were only for losing my frustrations as teenager without thinking about will they like it or is this musically correct.. However I try to block these additional influences, it's sometimes hard to not stress about the next record. Will I improve myself again?
Musicscan: A strong part of the Steak Number Eight sound is about experimentation. Of the songs you have recorded, which one do you feel crosses the most borders? What other borders, musically speaking, do you guys want to knock down?
Steak Number Eight: It's hard to pick out one song and it's even harder to tell you what borders we have crossed.
Musicscan: And of the entire Steak Number Eight catalog, what song do you feel is the most representative of all the facets of the band?
Steak Number Eight: I think Photonic is one of the most Representative songs of our career. Everything that steak does is in there. I don't say it's our best song but for sure it is one of my favorites.
Musicscan: Does most of your influence for your songwriting come from personal experiences and moods, or from listening to similar bands?
Steak Number Eight: Personal experiences are appearing on the top of my inspiration list. For me it’s also the easiest way to create something. We don't make songs In a way like: ohww maybe we can make a Mastodon song now. Never! Of course every song we've ever listened to in our lives helped building the steak sound.
Musicscan: Do you think it's more important for bands to observe the traditions of their style, or to push the genre's boundaries? Is there a way to achieve a balance between progression and tradition? What’s to say about what Steak Number Eight are doing in this regard?
Steak Number Eight: Yes exactly! Know the clichés of your style and try to use them in a way no one used them. If you can't do that than don’t do it. This is a trap where a lot of young bands fuck themselves up. Try to be original knowing almost everything is invited already. Try to be special without losing spontaneity. be complex but let everybody make him feel home. And the last tip: don't think too much of all things a just said. Just know it.
Musicscan: There are a lot of bands now that are heavy without really using metal aesthetics. Do you feel like a part of that? What current bands do you think of as your peers or bands that you feel a commonality with?
Steak Number Eight: Yeah for sure! Bands like Dillinger escape plan, mastodon, shining, Isis, Cult of luna, Neurosis, Amen-Ra and a lot more are bands that are fucking heavy without using the metal clichés. It's a dream to tour with bands like these. Saying that there are college's is a bit weird. They are more like heroes for us! :)
Musicscan: What is it that The Hutch offers you personally? Are there any songs that stand out in your mind, or songs that have the most value or inner meaning to you?
Steak Number Eight: The hutch is like I’ve shut down another chapter in live. Which one is still something that I need to figure out? Push/pull is one of my favorites on the album. This song I’ve written on a camping in menorca :) with an old blues guitar. The song is mainly instrumental. And in the last minute the vocal kicks in to create the total climax. This is a song that i'm really proud of. Of course every song has an inner meaning for me, Otherwise I wouldn't write it.