Tell us briefly about Zebulon Kosted. What is your musical style, what is the idea behind your music, and what ideologies do you promote? What is the thing that makes ZK stand out from the gray mass of countless bands?
R > Terve M, kiitoksia for the interview kaveri! Zebulon Kosted is a band from the middle of nowhere, U.S.A. I make music for people who like to listen to something new and unique, and I've been doing it for a decade now. The ideas and ideologies expressed in my music are vast, but in general terms deal with mysterious events and forces from the past, present, and possibly the future. I make an effort to stand out from other bands by developing a unique style, and then switching to another unique style from that frequently!
What originally made you start experimenting with music? Do you have any specific major idols or influences? Where do you get the inspiration for your works these days?
R > My first experimentation in music came at age 10 when I started playing weird stuff on my Bass Viola in Orchestra that got me into trouble with my teacher. My main music influences as far as groups or individuals go are Bathory, Neurosis, Nusrat Fateh Ali Kahn, Jandek and Merzbow. I listen to a lot of Eastern European, Scandinavian and Russian Classical music as well. These days I have been getting my influence from Tuvan throat singing, Experimental Dark Ambientmusic and as always Black Metal.
You have experimented with noise, vocals, ambient, samples, metal elements, and some organic instruments. Is there something present in all the releases that defines them as Zebulon Kosted's work despite the variation between them, or is ZK more of a "brand" given to all your experiments?
R > I taught myself how to play 75% of the instruments that I experiment with, and through that process I have developed my own way of playing that may not be kosher with all the theory and music school nerds out there. I will always to try to create music that is brooding and dark while attempting to make the listener think about something different than what they experience in their average day to day life.
You are known for your rapidly growing catalogue and the amount of variation between your releases. Why do you change your musical style so often instead of trying to further develop a certain sound?
R > I do what comes natural and feels right for the place and time. The only person I need to impress with my music is myself. I love to record, and I will keep recording full lengths and splits with other bands until the day I die, which will account for an enormous amount of material!
What is the reason behind the noticeable amount of releases, do you see a wide catalogue as an entirely good thing?
R > It gives me a sense of accomplishment and joy to produce a ton of releases, so I see it as a good thing for my career, and for my piece of mind.
What are you trying to achieve with your music, or, in other words, what is the purpose of your creations? How have your goals changed during the years?
R > I want to leave behind a legacy of creating something new for the next generation of musicians to learn from. My goal is to record 100 full length albums before I die. I have been working very hard to achieve it, and am almost half way there. When I have recorded 80 albums I will set a new goal, that may be only 2 or 3 years from now.
You also do visual art. Do the paintings serve a different purpose than the music, or are they in some way related to each other?
R > They are related to each other, but I am not willing at this point to divulge what relation they have to each other. My long time fans probably have already figured out the coloration between the two.
What is Zebulon Kosted like live? What is the difference between your live performances and recorded releases? How important is performing live to you?
R > Live Zebulon Kosted incorporates Black Doom and Dark Ambient influences with a small amount of Industrial, Noise and Experimental/Avant Garde sounds as well. Performing live takes a back seat only to recording, but its still important to me. I have played 20 shows this year, and I will be playing live more in the coming years.
You are celebrating ZK's tenth anniversary this year, so congratulations! Do you have any special plans for the project this year? What are your future plans in general?
R > I am releasing a double best of Z.K. album called 10 years in Space. One disc will feature the best of my Metal catalog, the other will showcase my best Experimental Electronic tracks. My future plans will be unveiled at the appropriate time.
Regular questions: what is your opinion on people downloading releases for free? Have you maybe done it yourself?
R > I only download music when I am using it to manufacture releases for other bands through the label that I own and operate Kapustin Yar Records. I am a big time collector and always obtain a physical copy of the albums I want. This year the first downloadable Z.K. release, the split with Acrybia from Poland, was released on Thesperate Records in Poland. I am glad that we made it a free download so that anyone who was curious about my music or Acrybias music could get a better feel for what we are all about.
What kind of a place is the earth in your eyes? What is your vision of the world's future, how will things be for example 20 years from now?
R > To me the world is a very sad place, which is something that is reflected in my music. Human beings are not evolving in my opinion because we still need to make war and control commodities. If most wealthy people knew what it was like to live in a poor African nation for a year, they would probably do a lot more to help the people around them and overseas. I hope that humanity wakes up and realizes that if we keep destroying forests, killing off animal species and polluting the air and water, very soon we will not be able to live on this planet.
If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be? You can name more if one isn't enough.
R > If I could change one thing I would make it so that there was no more racism in the world. If there were two things I could change, the second thing would be that everyone was tolerant of other peoples religious beliefs.
What are your thoughts when you hear these words: music, human, god?
R > I think that these words are all interchangeable, and that all are one.
The interview is at it's end. Feel free to speak and advertise what you like.
R > No advertising only this: to my friends in my home away from home, GLORY TO SUOMI!!!