The Kanz – Interview

London pop punkers THE KANZ have unveiled their anthemic new single, Borderline, which is out now – . We sat down with the guys to find out more about their background and more:

What is the full band line-up, who sings and who plays which instrument?

Fabio Nania (Lead Vocals/ Guitar/ Synths), Jan H.R. Zwiebel (Drums), Joaquin Antonio Ramirez (Bass/Backing Vocals).

How and when did the band form? Tell us anything interesting about your hometown.

I (Fabio) come from Italy, Drummer comes from Switzerland, Bass player comes from Brazil. Se we come from very different places indeed! Personally speaking I (Fabio Nania) come from a town in North Italy called “Bologna” (Yeah that’s right – it’s where Pasta alla Bolognese comes from!). Bologna is great because it has the most ancient university in the whole europe and therefore it is the chosen destination for many students around the world. You meet people from all kinds of ethnicity and it’s easy to get enchanted by the beauty of the old city and the different cultures mixing together. So the story of the band began as a small adventure in 2017 when I, Fabio Nania, lead singer and guitarist of the band, decided to leave my country of origin Italy where I was working as an actor in theatres, playing musicals for kids and occasional shows in summer resorts. I decided to dramatically change my life by coming to London, UK, and start a new punk rock band from scratch. I went to several live music venues in London attending random open-mic nights and live rock gigs in the London area. This gave me the chance to meet new musicians – kind of “crazy” and “out-of-mind” ones like me! – who shared the same interest in the underground scene and pop-punk music.

When and how did the band really start gelling and solidifying?

Some of these encounters in London brought to life amazing friendships and committed musical collaboration. Eventually in 2018 the band was fully formed and after a few changes of members during the early months, the band confirmed the full team. Since then, the band released the debut single “Relativism” on 26th March 2019, started playing gigs everywhere in London, and made quite a big statement in the pop-punk scene by releasing the video “Just Panic” which got more than 16K views on Youtube in just 2 weeks. During the same year our following on Spotify has grown a lot and we have been featured in several playlists and released more singles. We are very happy about how everything is growing fast!

Who are your musical influences?

Musical influences come from various artists of the punk rock alternative scene like Green Day, Blink 182, Muse, Linkin Park, My Chemical Romance, Mindless Self Indulgence, Celldweller, Pierce the Veil and Nothing But Thieves.  There are also influences from different genres such as  Electronic EDM Artists (Avicii, Alan Walker) and Cinematic Orchestral Music ( Hans Zimmer, Daniel James)

Where did the name of the band come from?

We were sitting in a pub in Kilburn, London called “The Brondes Age” and discussing what could have been the official name of the band. We weren’t getting many inspiring ideas, probably due to the amount of alcohol we were drinking (laughs), but suddenly the drummer noticed some empty cans of coke laying on the table of the pub and shouted: “We could be the cans!” And I know It sounds total bullshit but I can assure you that in that precise moment the sound of that word unexpectedly fitted so well! It was direct! It was explosive! It was cool and most importantly it was easy to remember. So basically we just added a “K” and a “Z” to the name because those are two letters that have a peculiar sound that can possibly remind sci-fi, cyberpunk, futuristic samples often used in the production of our songs and showing off the ‘electronic’ vibe of the band’s sound. So there it is: The Kanz. I hope you like it. If not… whatever.

How far back does your history with each other (the band members) extend?

I (Fabio Nania) have known the bassist Joaquin since 2006. I was 14 years old (he was 16 at the time), he came to Italy from Brazil for a cultural exchange that lasted one year. Unfortunately, after that, He had to leave back to Brazil and I didn’t see him until, in 2017, I suddenly moved to London and as a total surprise I found out Joaquin was living there too! We decided to start playing together. Regarding the drummer Jan, I met him because we didn’t have a drummer for shooting the music video of the single ‘Take It All”. He came to play and record the video and We immediately liked each other, Therefore he found his own place in the band!.

Are you friends from school or any family relations?

Me and Joaquin have been friends since we were teenagers. We used to play together in a rock band in Italy.

I met Jan at ICMP – Institute of contemporary music performance in London. We were both studying at the same uni.

In your opinion, how is your band different from all the other bands out there?

We play pop punk rock music with electronic elements and also orchestral elements. We tell people to live their life to be remembered, to be themselves, we fight for freedom.

We throw foam boomerangs at the shows, I am Italian (which is not super common for the british punk rock scene), We make amazing live shows in which I personally engage with the crowd with jokes, facts, there is a lot of talking in between the songs. we push a lot of neon colours, black pencil on eyes and spiky hair, we speak to teenagers and we talk about their lives and their struggles/dreams/feelings.

Our vision is to be close to teenagers and their struggles, helping them going through obstacles and being with them for their joys and dreams. just the way We went through it. We want people to enjoy live music in a very unique way (huge shows, Inclusive, magnificent and super engaging – as if it was an all-round party). We also want to write music that will make people understand the importance of living to be remembered and not for making money.

If a deaf person were to ask you to describe the sound of your music, how would you describe it?

The whole Kanz philosophy is inspired also by the pop-punk culture of American Pie’s Parties, electronic techno dubstep sound designing, alternative rock lifestyles and sci-fi, futuristic cyberpunk culture which can be clearly noticed in the artworks of our singles. I would say there is also a touch of ‘musical theatre’ vibe in some of our songs and I guess that’s because of my past works in the theater business and previous musical shows I performed in, that shaped a lot my background and musical influences.

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