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10 Quick Ones with BOBBY KELLER of MEKA NISM – March 2018

| 24 March 2018 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Florida based alternative metal band Meka Nism has released the official music video for their single “The War Inside,” off of their upcoming, as yet unnamed EP. Originally premiered on New Noise Magazine, “The War Inside” was directed by Jim Dougherty with creative direction from front-woman Meka.” We get guitarist Bobby Keller to discuss new music, influences, and more in our 10 Quick Ones…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets the band put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

Our latest release is the single off of our new EP, “The War Inside”, and it’s kicking some serious ass right now, we couldn’t be happier. So, thank you to everyone who has been getting it, sharing it, liking it, and everything in between. I’m hoping that a fan or listener will grab the fact that the overall production is above and beyond. Everything sounds huge! One thing that happens sometimes, is that a fan or listener thinks all the vocals aren’t Meka (Our singer) because her range is so large and she’s capable of doing the guttural growls all the way to the melodic, operatic voice. On this single though, there are some harmony parts that our drummer, Chris Lane, sang. So there’s your golden nugget 🙂

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

Funny story, my mom was a DJ and everyone on my mom’s side of the family were musicians or guitar players. So I was always around music growing up and I always loved guitar. I grew up playing sports and didn’t really pay attention to playing guitar, but in 2009 is when I decided to take it up and learn myself. I think the moment that solidified when I wanted to do this for real and become a musician, was when I saw Metallica live in concert in Washington DC on the Death Magnetic tour. Seeing bands like Machine Head, Gojira, and Metallica that night changed my life.

3. Who would be your main five musical influences?

I would have to say Metallica, Pantera, Black Sabbath, Gary Moore, and Van Halen. They all play a role in the way I write songs, or how I try to emphasize emotion in my guitar playing. Kirk Hammett has written some of the most memorable guitar solos of all time, and I try to put the same idea around mine. The way Gary Moore plays with emotion is unparalleled, and again, another aspect I try to use.

4. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be?

Oh man, that’s a hard one for sure. I would have to say Bruce Dickenson, because I think his voice and Meka’s voice would be epic together.

5. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before?

Our music is definitely a hard one to nail down to a specific metal genre, as we pull from so many different influences. I’d say now though it resembles a little bit of the older Arch Enemy with some In this moment, built in. We present very powerful, positive messages in our songs, and you’re never going to be disappointed. We can go from the heaviest of heavy to the more melodic lighter side of things in a blink of an eye, and I think that’s what makes us special.

6. What’s the best thing about being a musician?

The best thing about being a musician is having the ability to potentially change someone’s world with your music. Writing a song or a riff that someone out there can identify with or that helps them cope with something going on in their life is the ultimate achievement. Music is a universal language and a very powerful one at that.

7. When the band are all hanging out together, who cooks; who gets the drinks in; and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

Meka cooks all the time, and she’s actually very good at it. She likes to cook healthy things for us, sometimes we don’t know what it is, but always tastes great. Me and my bass player usually indulge in some Jägermeister after play our set, and Jay and Chris usually wind down with talking to the fans/crowd and take time to recoup after the set.

8. If you weren’t a musician, what would be your dream job?

Most likely something that has to do with animals, like a marine biologist or something. I love sharks so maybe working with them.

9. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over”?

Looking back, I haven’t had too many of these types of situations but one thing does stand out. I was asked to play the national anthem for a particular festival, which I was super excited to do. However, I remember telling the light guy to turn the lights down a little and make it more ambient or something to that effect. Well, when I got on stage and started, he turned all the lights completely off, and I couldn’t see a thing! Plus, my guitar didn’t have any fret markers on the neck so it was like a double whammy. I got through it the best I could, but I definitely wish I could have a do over there.

10. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

Wow, I love this question, I’ve never been asked something as cool! I would hands down go back in time to see Metallica record Master of Puppets. It is such a historic metal album and what I would love to know, was when they were doing it, did they think that all of the music they wrote for that album was going to be as iconic as it is now. It would be incredible to see that.

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