Interviews: Jigokü

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Metalcore/Deathcore/Hardcore band Jigokü from Hungary. Check out the interview and follow the band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1. Where did you get the idea for the band name, did you plan it or come out just like that?

As far as we remember, it just came out of nowhere, there was no concept behind it. Maybe our collective apparitions toward Japanese entertainment and culture.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

We want to stand out in some way or another in the Hungarian scene. We all have our favorite bands, and most of them are mutual favorites. We wanted to make music that we all liked, so we just did that. On the other hand, tho, we saw certain patterns rising in the international scene, and bands started to experiment with things, that did not necessarily fit in the metal genre-cloud. It was exciting to see that, so we decided that this kind of experimentation would be that plus in our music that may help us stand out a little.

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed?

Yes and no. Three of us (Ádám, Gábor, and Gergely) grew up in the same town and started our first bands in the same town. Gábor and Gergely were a bit successful with their previous acts, that’s how they met with our drummer Dávid. They met on tour and became friends. Ádám joined last but luckily he wasn’t a total stranger, so it was easier to start working together.

4. Each band member's favorite band?

Kublai Khan TX, Knocked loose, BMTH to name a few. But we listen to all kinds of genres to keep ourselves fresh and inspired. For example, our singer is more likely to listen to spoken word hip-hop or blues/bluegrass, while our bassist is more into Japanese metalcore like Paledusk (and synth wave stuff like Gunship). 

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

We write songs for the sake of creation. It weighs us down in a way that nothing can. It makes us focused in the worst times. This is the main inspiration.

6. Where was your last gig?

It was in our hometown, Szeged. We did a double set in two different venues. It was a fun hustle.

7. Where would you like to act?

Anywhere outside of Hungary, Europe, and North America. It would be a huge step for us, but there’s a lot to do and learn before that, that’s for sure.

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

Anyone from our favorite band, right now the biggest achievement would be with Bryan Garris or Matt Honeycutt.

9. Whom not?

It’s hard to tell. Mentioning names here would be wrong and we are not in any state, to start beefs or talk garbage about anyone. Maybe excluding genres would be a better answer, for example, we would never do a featuring, with anyone who’s creating mumble rap or anything trap-related, but on the other hand, experiment-wise, nothing is impossible and excluding things may kill creativity. 

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

In the early days, probably yes, it would be a straight lie if we would say we’ve never had that. But since we joined forces and started this band, we have a little more experience, so we learned how to handle it. If we have any kind of advice would be probably this: change your state of mind. If you step on a stage you are there to perform, not just to show yourself. Change your mind, get in a role where you are performing as a part of a bigger act, and never ever let yourself fall out of this state until you finished your last fucking note.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

There are so many, it would be pretty difficult to name all. Also, we listen to new music/artists daily, so it would be an ever-changing list.

12. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for?

We don’t really like the word ’fans’, that just sounds like we are above them or something. That said, we don’t have an interesting story regarding this question. They mostly are asking if we would perform in their cities.

13. What do you think of your fans?

They have a great taste in music. :)

14. What do you think of our site?

It’s pretty up-to-date and we are happy that you asked all of these questions from us. Thanks!

15. Something to add?

Thanks to all who were curious enough to read all our answers.

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