Zul Andra speaks to Asher Swissa and Assaf B-Bass from the highly acclaimed Israeli psy-trance group Skazi ahead of their debut at Zouk.

How’s it rocking boys?
It has been rocking hard on every side (laughs). We’re working and enjoying life to the max. We’ve been touring the world for the past 12 years and this will be the first time ever that we’ll be in Singapore. We are very excited!

Psy-trance: Some hate it, others love it. What does the sound mean to you?
Like all things in life, different people like different things. For us the genre represents total freedom; it has no borders of age, class or race and you’ll find all sides of society that really dig it. Psy-trance can be anything from rock to classic and everything in between. The genre is constantly evolving in the spirit of the times and has remained dynamic and fresh.

What’s new or in the pipeline for you guys?
We’ve been in the studio working on different local and international projects. We are also making some final tweaks to our new album that is going to be released in early June. The album is bold and different and it’ll definitely kick ass on the dance floor. We’ve also produced five killer music videos for the singles, and the first world premier of the music video “Warrior” will be showcased on our Singapore tour!

You got a name for the album?
The name of the album is going to be decided by you and all of our friends on www.facebook.com/skazimusic. “Like” the page and think of a name for the album. Who knows, we might pick your album title!

What do you think of your fellow Israelis, Infected Mushroom?
We’ve been very close friends with Infected Mushroom since 14 years ago. They are brilliant people and gifted musicians who have gathered big respect from the Israeli electronic scene and across the world. It’s always funny when we meet because we get really crazy and all hell will break loose.

You’ll be making your debut at Zouk. What can we expect?
Our music and everything about it is not planned by a trend or a wave of change. Our music has its own unique signature that is a mix of different styles and genres. We’ve played in the biggest rock festivals like Fuji Rock in Japan, to a jungle trance party in South Africa, to New York clubs like Webster Hall and Avalon. The Skazi experience, from the music to the total madness on stage, is different from what people used to expect.

Mosh to the duo at the Tel Aviv Party City presents Skazi “LIVE” on Apr 21, 10pm. Zouk, 17 Jiak Kim St., 6738-2988. $25-30 includes two drinks.


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