Interview With Lofat's Zeus
Norfolk, Virginia's Lofat continues to make strong waves in the metal underground, having recently produced their first video for the song Roaches under the Brick House Records label. The video, directed by Fabian Rush, is quirky, dark and totally fresh in its approach. I have always felt that this is a metal outfit that simply will not wear the same uniform and clown makeup that most seem to think is a prerequisite for delivering heavy music today. I believe that this is their main strength, beyond the fact that they offer a very compelling mix of old school hardcore and the metal/punk vibe that Suicidal Tendencies became so famous for. I had the chance recently to get some Q&A in with their entertaining drummer, Zeus.
Rocket: When did you first start playing the drums, bro?
Zeus: About 5 years ago. We got tired of drummers not showing for practice!!
Rocket: Did you ever take any lessons along the way?
Zeus: Nah, I watched a bunch of videos though. Mike Portnoy's DVD Rules!
Rocket: Who would you say is the one single drummer from past or present that's been the most influential to your playing?
Zeus: Shit man. No way I could name just one. Some of my faves are Big Vin, Chuck Biscuits, Igor Cavalera, Lars (When he had balls!!!), Stewart Copeland and David Silvera.
Rocket: Not a bad list. I will say this about Lars though, man. Dude takes a lot of heat. But when I met him in the Rainbow room back during the Black album tour - at the height of their fame - and he was an extremely cool cat. I think Metallica's experimentation as of late with their sound has surely been way off the mark, but that guy could still light up just about anyone if he needed to. Give us the specs on your drum kit.
Zeus: I have been using Tama drums and hardware live for about 4 years. They are indestructible!!!! I use a standard 5 piece kit with a piccolo snare, Aquarian heads, Sabian Cymbals, Vater sticks. They all get toted around in Coffin Cases (plug plug plug!!!). I also have an AKAI sampler that I trigger from an Alesis DM-5 with some roland and ddrum padsnothing fancy just solid gear that works!!!
Rocket: Yeah, no doubts. Lofat is definitely hooked up on some righteous sponsors. Now, I know this band is working hard to get voted onto playing Ozzfest this year. How exactly can people go vote to help out with this?
Zeus: Email the shit out the OZZfest crew!!! Hahaha. Call up their office, bug the piss out of them, demand your FAT!! We have a link on our new front page that anyone that wants to vote can click on.The other option would be to DONATE a large % of your salary to help put us on the tour... pimpin ain't easy kids!
Rocket: How about we just do a drive-by with eggs on the Osbourne mansion? Hahaha. Who are your three favorite metal acts performing today?
Zeus: I'd have to say Otep, Static-X and Soulfly.
Rocket: Right on. Interesting choices. What's your favorite metal album for 2006 so far?
Zeus: Tool- 10,000 days .
Rocket: Do you ever answer any of your Myspace fan mail?
Zeus: Yes, on a regular basis. I have a small following of chopper chick groupies that stalk me!! Hahaha.
Rocket: You and me both, brother. Ha! Keep sending me all those naked pictures though, ladies. I love em! Hahaha! I know Simon and Mishun have told me that Lofat is working on some new material. How is that going?
Zeus: The new stuff is bad ass. Heavier, massive low-end. More tricky, off-time riffs, yet the vocals are more straight-forward. Less hate, more filling! Heh, more social issues. Shit that's going on around us, the wool being pulled over our eyes. Deep thoughts with Mishun!
Rocket: That sounds awesome. I really dig the unique flavor that Lofat brings to the metal game. So many just readily jump for the Slayer formula or try to be the next Godsmack... but you heads are totally doing what you want musically and style-wise. I applaud you for that. So let me ask you, what's the funniest thing that's ever happened to you on the stage?
Zeus: Being mistaken for Steph Carpenter. That was pretty damn funny. I think we sold twice the amount of cds that night! You guys gotta check out the Deftones guitarist playing drums in this bad ass new metal band, Lofat!
Rocket: Haha... classic. What's the one main piece of advice you'd give to some young metaler who wants to start playing the drums in a metal band?
Zeus: Life's a shit sandwich... the more bread you got, the less shit you gotta eat.
Rocket: Horns up real high on that one. I absolutely love it. We need to print some shirts up. Tell me, what are some of the next shows coming up for Lofat?
Zeus: We just wrapped up a mini-tour of Florida. That was a blast. Now we're gearing up for the summer metal festival circuit... mass mayhem!
Rocket: Well, I certainly wish this metal act nothing but the best, and I thank you for kicking the ole Q&A around with me, Zeus. Give a shout out to your biggest supporters.
Zeus: I'd like to say thanks to the fans first of all, The Metal Den, the chimp from Pallentine Records, Sam Ash Music and Coffin Case.
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