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Interview with Illegal Mind: Band presents a mixture of post-apocalyptic metal and alt rock

The quartet is currently recording their new album, and intends to start releasing more singles in 2022

Post-Apocalyptic Alternative Metal band from Tel Aviv, Israel, ILLEGAL MIND, has released the EP “Forbidden Content”, with 2 lyric videos on “Free” and “Bleeding Sky” and has been rehearsing and writing new material. The band is currently recording their new album, and intends to start releasing more singles in 2022. The album is gaining a heavier sound and lower tuned guitars.

In this album that contains 7 tracks, they present a mixture of rock, alternative metal, as well as punk and grunge influences. The album was recorded at AG Studios Tel Aviv only by Max Datskovsky, the vocalist, and former drummer Arthur Blinov, with the help of monster music producer Alex Zvulun (Desert, Chugun, Fatum Aeternum, The Fading).

The band started rehearsing in one of the Tel Aviv studios in February 2018. After several jams with several musicians, a 4-person band was born, which started working on an EP, and these days it has been conquering the minds of the band's first fans.

The idea for the name was born accidentally after reading some of the texts by vocalist Max Datskovsky by other band members. The texts talk about a dystopian future and a mythological end of the world as we know it. Inspired by books, computer games and movies from the last century. The band has a singing call about where humanity is headed and how to avoid it.

In this new interview, we talk with the band about their history, inspiration, music influences and future plans. Check it out bellow:

Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or came out just like that?

We wanted something interesting, something different. Basically what we did, we wrote a list of really cool names, some of them from computer games, sci-fi movies. But Illegal Mind stood out, as non genre specific and we could do lots of experiments with it. I think I have this list somewhere.

Why did you want to play this genre?

It’s a combination of different bands and genres we used to listen to since teen years and still have. I can’t explain that, it’s just what runs in our blood, and it bleeds out into music.

Did you know each other before the band was formed?

We weren’t friends or something, just acquaintances>

Each band member's favorite band?

Max: There are a lot, I’ll list a few, Limp Bizkit, System Of A Down, The Offspring, there’s lots of punk rock, nu metal and alternative metal

Vlad: Slipknot I guess, Korn

Who or what inspires you to write songs?

Situations in life, ex-girlfriends, pain, frustrations. Music for me is a way to get negative energies out of me. Solve situations in my head. It calms me down, gives me strength. I write a lot, lyrics and music, not all of it finds itself in finished songs.

Whom would you like to feature with? Like the band's dream collaboration?

I think I’d love some female vocals on some songs, maybe Lacey Sturm or Sandra Nasić for her energy. Some DJ Lethal scratches on the tracks and Wes Borland riffs. I think collabs can be awesome also with musicians from different genres, it can spark some creativity!

Have any of you ever suffered from stage fright? Any tip for beginners on how to beat that?

Of course! All the time, right before the stage! But it goes away with the first song! Tips for beginners? Well, you shouldn’t care about what people think, most of them can’t do what you do. And funny thing, especially for beginners, nobody knows your songs that well in order to criticize you, so if you forget a sentence, hit the wrong pedal or chord, no one will notice. By the way, big artists make mistakes too, so… Just enjoy it, it’s the greatest feeling in the world!

What bands have inspired you the most?

Probably, Korn, they were so not standard, so different when they came. Twisted Sister, with their struggles to find a deal for years. I’m a sucker for a good success story.

Does the band have new material coming soon?

Yes, we do, 90% recorded. Will Start releasing soon!!!


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