Hello Gab how are you know. What are your doing right now while answering this interview?
Hello Joselito! Things are quite well right now. I just did a distro update, and I’m preparing to engulf in your flow of questions with a blasting background!
Nihilistic Holocaust is a webzine and distro label both dedicated for metal scene. How it was started to became both exist or who started first seen on the scene? Is it the webzine or the distro first?
In the end of
1997 I created my paper fanzine NIHILISTIC HOLOCAUST, started to
send many snail mail letters to many guys/ bands/ activists to gain
more contacts and release a decent first issue. Few months later,
I had enough stuffs to review and interviews, so the first issue
was done. In a year I released 3 issues, and then stopped for a
while… I was receiving too many promo stuffs, and became strongly
bored with it héhé. NIHILISTIC was on sleep for about
Is it Nihilistic Holocaust have been already did a print issue before or do you have any plan to make a print issue of NH fanzine in the future?
Yes, NIHILISTIC HOLOCAUST Was a paper fanzine! I released 2 issues under this name, then 1 another fucked up issue under another name (Which translates under “Beholder of human stupidity”)… Then I did 2-3 other zines with same kind of content, but it wasn’t spread that much, between 50 and 100 copies…
I often think about releasing one more NIHILISTIC paper issue, but due to the work it takes to spread and promote my tape and CDr releases, and due to the fact it would radistically kill my bank account, I have to stop dreaming! Ah.
Do you think it’s easier to maintain a webzine than doing a regular fanzine? What do you think is the advantage and disadvantage on webzine comparing to fanzine and or vice versa?
It’s much more
easier to maintain a website! You only have to write reviews, interviews,
update your site, and do a little promotion! It doesn’t cost much
and doesn’t take much time.
Obviously metal is the main genre or priority on your webzine and distro. Right? Or have you been think already that you will also feature some other genre in your webzine or release in your distro someday like punk, hardcore, crust, noise, etc.
Old school death, brutal death and thrash metal are the main genres of my webzine. I happen to review some crustcore and other kinds of music (if it’s extreme), but I think a good zine (or at least the writers) has to be focused and have a decent knownledge of certain musical styles. I couldn’t really write something decent on kinds of music I don’t know well… Otherwize you really like it, what could you say? What could you compare the band to or write decent analysis? Not so easy..
What band do you think you wish to interview or feature on your zine that never been done since today and why you like to feature them? Give at least 5 if you have.
Ah Ah! I would
like to interview some old school Death metal bands from the past,
understand from the killer 88-91 epoch! Many bands kicked the ass
and were so innocative… So, there are a couple of bands I would
like to interview, but the problem is: many of them actually split
up, I don’t think it’s as good when an interview is post-mortem…
And many of these bands/ peoples have changed quite a lot, so that
wouldn’t be the same thing. I need a time-machine! Please make donations
right now! Héhé
Also what band do you think you have been mistaken featured on your zine but you think it is not deserved to have an exposure?
There were some
bands I heard on some compilations that sounded cool/ quite good,
and since a friend of mine running a paper zine could contribute
with some inties, I said: “Why not?”… But later on, I heard a full-lenght
of these bands and were bored… So it wasn’t that much of a good
idea to feature them… For exemple DROWNING from France: Their first
album is fucking boring, and sloooow, expect for 1 song à
la old MORBID ANGEL that was featured on some big French metal magazines…
What the fuck?
How do you handle those bands who offered their band for an interview but you don’t much like them to do an interview on your zine or you are not prefer to do it for them? Did you ignore them or still grant their request.
I receive from
time to time the email of a band that wants to be interviewed… That’s
funny enough since I never heard about them, and they directly ask
for an intie! Uh!! Sorry I’m not a promotional webzine with space
Mostly what type of band you feature on your zine, do you have any basis in choosing band for an interview?
I prefer to feature
quite underground bands, it’s not cool to have the same reviews
and interviews than every other webzine… What’s the use if every
zine on the net interviews and reviews the same bands… While there
are many other good ones?
How open NH for other type music in terms of reviewing other band like crust, noise, hc, punk, rocknroll, etc. have you been reviewed already this kind of bands or do you return it to them once you received this kind of genre for review.
I happen to review
some Grindcore or Crustcore stuffs… but it’s quite rare for the
punker side of the edge. I don’t receive many promos, I unsuscribed
from most of the promotional lists! If a band sent me a demo, and
failed as I don’t feature the style that much, I try to send them
something I released in trade héhé.
Are you also attending local gig there and make a gig review. What can you say about this kind of task as editor of a zine?
Yes, I happen to visit local gigs and write reviews. There’s not much more to say about it… I just try to be focused on the music during gigs, to see every band’s performance and be careful about every musician… Then, when you go back home, just write a little article with enough serious…
Do you have any regular crew or supporters on your zine that help a lot to you like contributing interview, stuff for review, column, etc?
I used to have few regular contributors in the past, but they turned into really lazy motherfuckers! So, I actuall do most of the stuffs! And that’s not bad if you ask me: I don’t for anything from anyone, I am the only one to blame if that doesn’t work and so I have to move my ass! Anyway, I think it’s much more tiring to hope and wait for something from other peoples, while you send many emails to know what’s up blahblahblah… When you are on your own, you only have to do it!
About your label could you please tell us how it was started and what is the first released you have been done? What is the people feedback for the first released you have been done.
The first thing
I released was the tape/CDr of GERBE OF LIFE (Grind/Crust from France/
R.I.P) It was mostly a promotiol item as it was mostly sent to zines,etc…
How many album have you been released and including some compilations and splits projects? What is a favorite or you like too much project you have ever done?
compilations, splits etc… I have 14 releases.
Can you tell us how much cheap is producing a pro cover in your place coz sometimes when I’ve seen some of your releases copy no. it counts almost a thousand the limit no. Where did you press it outside France or there is some local printing press over there.
The price depends
on what kind of cover you will press, and if you will do it in colors
or black and white… It’s much more expensive when you do it in colors!
Most of your releases have you done is tape format and CDr format. Why? Is it because too expensive to produce pro CD or maybe vinyls?
Yes, it’s too
much expensive to releases pro CDs or vynils.
What is your view about copyright? Are you against on this law? What about copy no. what do you think the difference about copy no. comparing to copyright?
It depend for
what kind of release… Concerning tapes and CDR, I’m not against
copies, peoples can dub it to their friends! I’m cool with it, because
it helps to spread a bit more the music of the bands, and the goal
of my releases is to promote good bands! Ah! (I also share my release
as Mp3s on my soulseek account, but I’m not often in there…).
I see that you are putting copy no. on your releases. Is it ok if somebody outside France got one copy of your releases and makes a duplicate copy of it for their distro? What can you say about this? Or you maybe saying to them that contact you and you will give them some copy with a series of copy no. with charge or free?
It depends if
the release was done professionally or with a xerox machine… Of
course, I’d prefer the guy to contact me, so that I know the covers
would look right, and I am quite easy going with trades… When I
don’t have the time for trades, I also happen to send master + 10
covers for free to some distros! So, my releases are circulating
even if I’m too busy with my sexual adventures! Ah Ah!
The first time we became a pen pal is I offered you for a trade and if I’m not mistaken you said before that you don’t trust people over here in terms of trading unless I have to send my stuff first. Why you are so wise like that in dealing with other people. Are you always do that or because have you been already experience being ripped off by other people here in the Philippines?
I’m not sure
if I ever got ripped off by peoples from philippines, but I surely
was by some guys from South America… At least I heard many times
about the Davao City affairs, and so you could only be more strict
if some peoples from Philippines ask for a trade… Anyway, most of
the rif offs do not answer anymore when you tell them “Ok, but you
send first!” so the doubtful cases are cleared fastly.
What can you say about those people who been ripped off and for those people who are dong rip off to other people. Do you have any words of wisdom for those label who are victim so next time they must be more careful dealing with other people.
Well, you always
have to be careful with strange emails… And some coutries are quite
“famous” for the strong Rip off activity… So, sending first a package
in Davao City isn’t veyr clever, right? Ah ah! I’m sure some labels
are still trading with guys from Davao, and get ripped off, even
if many advertisements have been sent through all the world… We
couldn’t do much more… There are so many peoples that could be ripped
off one day…
Do you believed that 80% of people in south east Asia are all rip off and what do you think is the reason why people doing this kind of poor sick and unreasonable attitude in their lives.
I don’t think
so much peoples in these countries are rip off… I traded with many
tape labels/ bands from South east asia, and it often occured well!
But you have also some contact over here not only in the Philippines but also other places in South East Asia that have a good relation with since before. What can you say about them and you can name some few?
Ah! I already
answered most of it in the previous question!
Besides of those rip off people over here (hehehe…) what do you know about the Philippines?
To be honest
I don’t know much about Philippines…I know a bit KRATORNAS, KORIHOR,
COMATOSE, NO BULLSHIT Webzine, IN DARK PURITY Zine… I think there
is also TREPALLIUM zine, but I’m not sure of his country…
Are you also the web master of your label and webzine website. How deep is your knowledge in doing html?
You can’t use
the word “Deep” at all! Ah ah
I see also that you are maintaining the Torment, Hutt, Deep Vein and Abysmal Suffering band website. How it was started to have this job for other band and what is your payment for this kind of job. Is there any other band also you think I didn’t mention that you also maintaining or work for them as a web master.
This isn’t a work, I just did that for free as I had free time…Most of the time, it was the bands of friends (I played in TORMENT, ABYSSAL SUFFERING is friend since a few years…) or bands I like… Nothing much more, and it takes less and less time… My websites doesn’t look good compared to all the modern flying flash rotative bullshits, and I don’t think I could ask someone money for a quite shit looking website, héhé… Well, everyone with a little experience in website building could do that…
Besides of all those things make you busy all the time do you have still time for other things like sex, sports, courting chicks, drinking with friends, cleaning the house, paying bills, etc. Or do you have already your own family?
ONLY DEATH IS REAL! No sport, No courting chicks, few drinking, no house cleaning! (The mess is better! Haha)… I currently don’t have a job, but searching for one…Until 2 years ago, I was still a lazy sudent, so I had time to take care of all these stuffs… Right now, I’m between short duration jobs, so it’s still possible… The future will tell me how things evolve… I don’t have a family right now, as I said before: ONLY DEATH IS REAL! Ah Ah!
By the way, why did you named your webzine and label to Nihilistic Holocaust? Do you have any special reason to choose this kind of name?
Do you mean it
sounds like NS BLACK METAL?? Ah Ah
Well, I guess that’s for all now my friend. Tell us something you like to promote or people you would like to thank.
Thanx for this interview Joselito! The questions were cool, quite well thought, and varied! So, It wasn’t boring at all! Hope the readers will have as much pleasures impaling 666 nuns on an evil musical background as I had doing this! Haha! REVERSE THE SPIKED UNDERWEARS! BLEED FOR HIM! Hahaha
The very fresh
news: I will release very soon a split CDr with 3 death metal bands:
HELLSPAWN (Poland), HATEFUL (Italy) and IMPUREZA (France). Obscure
and crushing Death metal between old MORBID ANGEL, IMMOLATION and
Peoples can check
out my webzine in there: http://www.nihilistic.ca.tc
NO MELODIC SHIT!
GOTHENBURP IS DEAD!