Interview with BILL VASS of VASS/KATSIONIS
Hey, thank you for coming back for another interview!
Thank you for the interest in our new album. I'm happy to be interviewed by Volatile once again. Thanks for having me.
What is new since the last interview?
Well, our 2nd album, "Cynical Silence", which had its official release on April 7th, is what's new!!I feel very positive about this album. It makes me feel accomplished as an artist and songwriter to put out such high-quality progressive metal that comes straight from the heart. I'm very proud of this record, not only because I poured my soul into it, but because I can hear it over and over without tiring. I'm always finding new "things" as I listen to it.
Bob and I were so happy with the result of our 1st album, "Ethical Dilemma", that we jumped right into the studio, and wrote the 2nd, "Cynical Silence" shortly thereafter!!!Our atomic songwriting approach, syncs well when we collaborate. It's evident in both albums. I personally had a lot of material that I needed to express and get it into the studio for recording. I basically pressed and pressured Bob to jump right into the 2nd effort, because I had so many ideas to get produced.
As far as putting out 2 albums, with only a year apart, well I think that proves how well we work together, and how much creativity we have as a songwriting pair.
What has been inspiring you lately?
I’m the lyricist in this duo, so my inspiration comes from everything around me. My lyrics are very spherical. They can be extremely personal, or very general in a sense. I gather motivation to write my lyrics from everything in everyday life and living. The world we live in, personal defeat, coming of age, silence, loss, angry thoughts, maturing, searching, seeking, etc, etc. These are only a few of my contents when I concentrate on creating a story or wanting to express something for the listener. Overall, my concepts for the lyrical part of a song can stem from the music, or I can ft my stories to specific musical patterns. The album title declares exactly what I believe. In our desperate and cruel days, I feel that all around us, there is a "numbness". Society is going through a "CYNICAL SILENCE ".
Do you have any new singles, videos, or albums out that you would like to tell me and your fans about?
Well, there is the new album "Cynical Silence", and we have released on our official Facebook page(Vass/Katsionis) a very intense lyric video, for the powerful song, "Vengeance is Mine". We are currently preparing our 1st official video clip from the new release.
Do you have anything else that you would like to talk about or promote?
For fans of 90's style progressive metal in the realms of Fates Warning, Queensryche and Dream Theater, you should definitely check out our debut album, "Ethical Dilemma" and our sophomore effort, "Cynical Silence" both via Symmetric records.
How can your fans best keep up to date with you, any socials you want people to check out?