Interview Wth Kaan Of Mutiny
Edison, New Jersey's MUTINY cites Children Of Bodom , Symphony X, Arch Enemy and Deicide among its main influences and upon hearing this band's progressive black metal music, it's easy to understand why they're now starting to climb up the ladder. Featuring incredible talents among all its lineup, Mutiny is definitely a band to watch out for right now. I got some Q&A in with their lead vocalist, Kaan, and I think everyone is going to really enjoy what this guy is all about.
Rocket: So are you originally from Highland Park, New Jersey?
Kaan: I was actually born in Istanbul, but I've been here all my life. Samus lives in Flemington, and the rest of the guys live in Edison. We’re all within 45 minutes within each other so it works out.
Rocket: When did you first start singing in bands?
Kaan: I joined my first band when I was 16. I sang in a black metal band called Transidium. Were still together, the other members live way up north and we just have been busy with other things. Maybe once things get stable with Mutiny.
I’ve always enjoyed just getting together with friends and doing covers in the garage.
Rocket: Did you ever take any formal vocal lessons?
Kaan: I took vocal lessons for 3 years. Learning to sing really does help, even if youre screaming. I always warm up using techniques I learned from those lessons.
Rocket: Who are some of your biggest vocal influences? Past or present?
Kaan: Oh man. I would have to say Chuck Schuldiner, Dani Filth, Peter Tagtgren, Pekka Kokko, Bill Steer, Mikael Åkerfeldt, Glenn Benton, and Jon from Dissection. Glenn Danzig probably has the greatest singing voice ever, and seeing that Im in a Misfits cover band as well he’s definitely an influence. When I first started singing, I tried my hardest to sound like Ozzy or Bruce Dickinson, but I could never get it. Finally over time I was able to find my own voice and sound.
Rocket: Tell me briefly about how Mutiny formed as a band.
Kaan: AJ started writing and formed Mutiny around late 2001. I was in the college computer lab back in September 05 when he handed me a flyer saying that ‘Mutiny is looking for a new vocalist’. I was in Transidium at the time, but I decided to try out anyways and I got the gig on the spot. That was that. We opened for W.A.S.P and parted ways with our drummer the day after due to musical differences, and decided the band needed a keyboard player as well. Then we found Samus and Drew. That was that.
Rocket: You guys just recorded some new material, right?
Kaan: Yes, we just finished recording our 4 song EP. This will be the one distributed to the labels. It’s a rough one we did in Luis’ home studio. We have 6 songs done, and once we have 2 or 3 more we will be releasing the album ourselves if we aren’t signed yet. Samus is in talks with Black Dahlia Murder to record the drum tracks for their new album. I think he’s flying out in the spring. This summer we hope to do an east coast tour.
Rocket: Who are some of the other local metal acts in your area that have impressed you?
Kaan: There are a few bands that have really impressed me. Methodical and Slaughter for Sanity put on great shows, and they are some of the most professional local acts that I’ve ever met. Slaughter for Sanity just released their new album by the way.
Rocket: Becoming popular usually leads to 'swelled-head' rocker syndrome. And all that does is just distance that artist with the fans who put them on top in the first place. Do you think if great fame and fortune came to this band, that you'd change as a person, in terms of how you behave around people and work with the other bandmates? Trust me, it happens all the time.
Kaan: I'm sure we would all change slightly. I don’t think that I would ever distance myself from our fans though. I’ve met a lot of artists, and I’ve had a few disappointing experiences. Namely Dave Mustaine and Alexi Laiho haha. But then again, there are the ones who always keep it real and down to earth. Dimebag, Zakk, Jerry Only, and Pete Steele are some of the nicest people I've ever met. I ran into Zakk a couple of weeks ago at Aarius Studios in Sayreville, NJ. He bullshitted with me for a half an hour and gave me a lot of heartfelt advice as a musician. It was 11 at night and he had shit to do but he took the time to hang out. The artists like that who can make it big but remember where they came from I have big respect for.
Rocket: Yeah, I hear that kind of stuff about Zakk all the time. So would you say that you and your bandmates get along pretty well, even beyond playing music together? Travelling around in a cramped vehicle can wear thin on anyone though, right?
Kaan: We have our problems and conflicts here and there; but like in a family it’s a normal thing. We work it out. Our mentality is that were stuck together for life and that there is no ‘Im leaving the band’ or ‘I cant work with you’. No drama or bullshit in Mutiny. We head out to New England in mid-December, so we’ll see what happens when we start staying in hotels together.
Rocket: There's been a lot of killer metal released this year. Do you have a personal favorite?
Kaan: The new Iron Maiden is hands down my favorite release of this year. The new Lamb of God was great too. I probably missed a lot of the newer talent this year, so I better start finding everything that came out.
Rocket: I imagine you guys get a ton of fans hitting up your MySpace page. Do you actually take time out to answer them yourself?
Kaan: I do. It pisses me off when I wrote to bands and I never get a response. Sometimes I get so many and I forget to write back or the message gets lost, then I feel really bad. Every fan is important to us.
Rocket: I like to have fun with this next one. What's the funniest thing that's ever happened to you while performing on the stage?
Kaan: My hair gets stuck in the bass or one of the guitars a lot. Its gotten to the point where Ill just grab it and yank it out and keep moving. When we opened for Carnivore, my hair went in my mouth and I lost focus. I forgot the second verse to S.O.D’s ‘Kill Yourself’. That was pretty embarrassing.
Rocket: Haha. So what are some of the upcoming shows for Mutiny?
Kaan: Well, we have a few local gigs before we hit the road and head to Massachusetts to play with Godless Rising and Goreality. Then on December 26th, we open up for the one and only Danzig!! Doyle is also on the bill as well. I'm probably the biggest Misfits fan in existence, so this show is going to be the most unforgettable for me. People can get tickets from us thru our MySpace, just send us a message or hit the paypal button that will be up soon.
Rocket: That is exciting stuff, brother man. Good luck with the big gig. Thanks for taking time out on this with me, brother. Give a shout out to your biggest supporters.
Kaan: Thank you, Rocket! Special shouts out to Floyd, Johnny Kelly (sorry for being a pain in your ass, man!), all of NYDM, and all the bands that have been playing with us constantly the past year.
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