Interview || The one with Matthi from Nasty

There's no doubt that, over the past decade, Nasty has grown to be a force to be reckoned with in the European hardcore scene. Their shows consist of the occasional blood, a lot of sweat, and maybe some tears in the end. After a show packed with energy and some of the aforementioned elements, we caught up with Matthi (vocals) for our usual friendly inquisition.

U: You are currently on the “Rude Boys” tour, which is a quite lengthy one actually! How's it been going so far?
Matthi: Russia included, yes, it's too long. [It's been] perfect! Can't complain; everything went smoothly so far. Only one night, a guy who worked for a hostel was super drunk and he came out of his room with a jimmy stick [ed. -a crowbar] and a pepper spray and threatened us. He worked for the hostel!

U: If I'm not mistaken, you just finished recording an album with Mark from Caliban. What can you tell us about the writing and recording process?
M.: It was the first time we finished recording more than half of the album in the studio; we pre-recorded it and wrote it. We did 3 or 4 songs at home before and then we started the process in the studio with Mark. We learnt a little bit more about song-writing and I think the new album will be the best one so far. More aggressive and a little more catchy.

U: That would be the next question! The differentiation point between this album and the previous one.
M.: On "Shokka" we have a little more structure in the songs to make them catchier but still very aggressive. In the new album, we wanted to top that and I think we did it with a few songs. There are 2 songs that are the most aggressive ones we’ve ever written, and a few others that are the catchiest.

U: Nice! The inevitable question now: do you have a release date?
M.: We do but I’m not gonna share it, because we haven’t released anything yet. We will, though, in the next few weeks.

U: While we’re on the subject, you had JJ Peters joining you in the studio…
M.: Yes, but he was just checking out the songs (laughs)

U: Riiight… The photo is online, it’s pretty obvious what was going on there!
M.: We just wanted to show him if we can do something better! (laughs)

U: You are also confirmed for multiple festivals this summer. Do you prefer them over club shows?
M.: It’s different. In club shows, you have a different energy and interaction with the crowd; I like the chaos that you can create in a small show. In big shows, it’s a different energy. If it’s a good crowd, it can be mind-blowing too. We don’t prefer [one over the other], everything comes with pros and cons. For example, when we played Wacken, in front of 8000 people who, for the most part, didn’t know us beforehand; if a hundred people like you [it’s good].

U: If you could cast each member of the band as a villain, who would each member be?
M.: Has Bud Spencer ever played a bad role in a movie? No, I think he was always the good guy. Maybe Paddy is Don Corleone, Nash for sure is Ivan Drago, Berri is probably Penguin from Gotham, and me… Fuck! I don’t know! Maybe we can return to the question later? (laughs)
[Berri is conveniently passing by, so we ask for his help.He suggests Sideshow Bob from The Simpsons would be the  ideal villain alter ego for Matthi, who is now laughing in agreement.]

U: What superpower does your music have?
M.: It’s like a love pill; you hear it and you wanna make love (laughs)

U: If you could have a 1-minute phone conversation with a younger you, what age would you choose and what would you tell yourself?
M.: I think I would choose myself in 4th grade, when I was 10, before I visited a girl; “Don’t be so shy, Matthi!”, because she asked me if I wanted to be her boyfriend and I didn’t even know what that was about! I could’ve started really young.
[ed. –that’s a first]

U: If your life had a soundtrack, apart from the band, what would it be?
M.: One song, you mean?

U: A band, an album, anything, really.
M.: Just music. (plays air trumpet) Chaotic.

U: Fuck, marry, kill in the band
M.: I would fuck and marry everyone in the band and kill nobody. In my band, you mean (laughs) Do I have to kill someone? No, I love them all!

We will be seeing Nasty again on Vainstream Festival this summer, so make sure to follow us on social media for real-time updates and reports!
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