|Dimas Damn (guitarist DEMONS DAMN) and Abaz (UNDERGOD / JASAD) @ EXTEND STUDIO, Ujung Berung, 4 April 2012.|
Our interview with Abaz (drummer UNDERGOD & JASAD (Ujung Berung, Bandung, West Java, Indonesia death-metal)
At: Ujung Berung, Bandung, West Java, Indonesia
3 April 2012
Interview oleh: Kieran James, John Yoedi & Popo (BUSUK WEBZINE)
Interpretation & extra comments oleh: Popo (DEMONS DAMN & BUSUK WEBZINE)
Kieran James (Busuk Chronicles): How did you begin playing drums?
Abaz: I started at 18-years-old playing drums in senior high-school. I started playing songs from DYING FETUS “Grotesque Impalement” and “Straight of Blood”.
KJ: How did you learn drums?
Abaz: I learnt by myself.
KJ: Why did you like to be a drummer?
Popo: When I met Abaz for the first time he played bass in UNDERGOD.
KJ: How many albums has UNDERGOD had so far?
Popo: One album, Saguru Saelmu, 2008.
KJ: Why did the next album take so long?
Abaz: There is something, classic problem, we were busy.
Popo: Is it because you joined JASAD that the UNDERGOD album was delayed?
Abaz: No, that’s not a reason, the members are still busy.
KJ: Is there any message from the fans that they want a new album?
Abaz: Yes. The name for the fans of UNDERGOD is Kujang Mangprang. I hope that the fans can continue to support us and pray for us.
KJ: What were the events leading up to you joining JASAD?
Abaz: When Dani got married I helped JASAD as additional drummer then when Papap had accident I played another show for JASAD.
|Ferly, Kieran James, Abaz, Yuli, 10 October 2011|
KJ: Was it hard to learn to play JASAD songs?
Abaz: Lucky me because I was a fan of JASAD so I knew the songs and music. I could learn the songs of JASAD quickly.
John Yoedi: How long did it take to learn?
Abaz: One month for nine songs – three new songs and the rest are the older songs – from Witness and Annihilate the Enemy.
KJ: Was it different from what you expected joining JASAD?
Abaz: For me I am proud and surprised.
KJ: Who asked you to join?
Popo extra comment: I heard from Ferly why he liked to work with Abaz. He thinks Abaz can understand how Ferly wants to build the song. Abaz knows what Ferly is thinking.
KJ: What is your experience working with Man, Ferly, and Yuli?
Abaz: After I joined JASAD because they are older metalheads I felt I grew up more.
KJ: What is your relationship to Papap now?
Abaz: Good, no problem.
Popo: Papap was surprised that Abaz got fat. If you knew Abaz before he was very, very skinny.
KJ: What do you think of JASAD singing about Sundanese culture?
Abaz: I very much agree with it.
|DEMONS DAMN: Jhon, Dimas, Abaz, Ricky, Popo, 25/2/2011|
KJ: What is the reaction of JASAD fans to you?
[John gave thumbs-up.]
Popo: Because John is part of the fans of JASAD.
KJ: Popo, how is the drumming style of Abaz different from Papap?
John: He has a good skill. When I watched him at Samarinda I was shocked. I thought he was a good drummer for JASAD.
Popo: Abaz plays faster than Papap because he’s a young gun. He is more powerful and he has more energy.
John: He doesn’t smoke.
Popo: Sometimes he does!
John: Did you help for the songwriting for the new album?
Abaz: I helped in all of the songs for the new album. I made some improvisation in the ten songs for the new album – nine new songs and rearrangement of a song from Witness with more rhythm and faster speed “Diamaton”.
John: When did you first play for JASAD?
Abaz: October , at Jakarta Death Fest.
John: How did you feel?
Abaz: Very, very nervous for the first time.
John: I heard before that JASAD had an audition for drummer, is that correct or not?
Abaz: JASAD made audition to find drummer. After the audition they could not find a qualified drummer so they chose me to play drums for JASAD. After they thought there was no qualified drummer they chose the first option, me, because I played for them before. I played only for Jakarta Death Fest originally as a one-off. After that there was a show for Saturday. On Friday night Papap had an accident and I was asked to play for JASAD. The band could not cancel the show because there was a contract. The show was the Burning Fest.
|Ferly, Abaz, Popo, 10 October 2011 (with UNDERGOD drums)|
KJ: Do you feel tired playing in two bands and will you leave UNDERGOD?
Abaz: UNDERGOD will use an additional drummer. JASAD does not have an additional drummer. The first drummer is Uti.
KJ: Do you find any chicks come to talk to you because you play in JASAD?
Abaz: Yes [laughs].
Popo: And many groupies?
Abaz: Yes [laughs again].
John: Naughty boy.
Popo: Because Abaz is the youngest in JASAD.
KJ: What drummers are the main influences for you, foreign and local?
Abaz: BURGERKILL drummer Andris and Papap.
KJ: What are your favorite bands?
Abaz: JASAD and METALLICA.
Abaz: Because the first time I saw METALLICA I liked the drummer. I didn’t know of any other drummer then.
KJ: What are the good and bad things of the Bandung metal scene?
Abaz: The good thing is it can be like a second family.
Popo: His answers are not fast like his drum-playing!
John: Like Glenn!
John: When I saw you play in Samarinda Ferly said you want to play a drum solo. What was the reason?
|Bobby Rock (BLEEDING CORPSE) and Abaz, 4 April 2012|
Popo: It is a request from the JASAD members so he can show his skill and promote the new drummer.
KJ: So did he play a drum solo?
John: Yes, we have it on our website!
Popo: We must be angry with him [laughs]!
John: Did you play drum solo at Jakarta Death Fest or just at Samarinda?
Abaz: Only Samarinda.
John: Did you have a good response from the drum solo as I uploaded the video to YouTube?
Abaz: I am already a drum teacher so after people watched my video I had many people wanting to learn.
John: So you must thank me because I uploaded it!
KJ: Can you give us a mark out of ten for these drummers Mike Smith, SUFFOCATION?
|Abaz, Ferly, and John Yoedi, 4 April 2012|
KJ: Steve Asheim, DEICIDE?
KJ: Dave Lombardo, SLAYER?
KJ: Lars Ulrich, METALLICA?
KJ: Roy Agus, DEATH VOMIT?
Abaz: I can’t comment as I haven’t seen him play. Roy is a good drummer, I like his style.
Popo: When Abaz played for DEMONS DAMN, he headbanged like Roy.
John: I think Roy gave you inspiration. He headbangs onstage just like Roy. He can do it for JASAD and UNDERGOD.
KJ: Are you married or you have girlfriend?
Abaz: I have both [laughs].
KJ: Do you like super power blast-beat drumming or drumming with the rhythm like Phil Rudd of AC/DC?
Abaz: I like both but mostly I like fast drumming.
KJ: Did you ever have a scary stage name like “Philthy Animal” of MOTORHEAD?
Abaz: Abaz Van Baz. My friend gave this name to me when I was playing football (like Marco Van Basten). But I didn’t play football again after playing drums.
|THE NEW JASAD 10 October 2011. Left to Right: Ferly (guitar), Kieran James (Busuk Chronicles), Abaz (drums), and Yuli (bass). Man (vocals) could not join us on this night due to commitment at The Common Room.|
|DEMONS DAMN, 25 February 2011. Left to Right: Jhon (bass), Dimas Damn (guitar), Abaz (drums - studio only), Ricky (guitar), and Popo (vocals).|