Mezzaic: Under The Darkened Sky
Artwork by Mezzaic.
The world is in a constant state of perpetual change under the ill fated guise of bankers, gangsters and thieves disguised as politicians. The changes we are now witnessing in society have been manufactured by the powers that be to control us. Agendas are now the norm wherever you look. These agendas are being pushed to an extreme extent in 2017 regardless if they are political, sexual or in regards to society itself. People are afraid of stating their opinions freely unless it agrees with the narrative. There is no left and right, it is a fabrication made up by the media to control us, to divide us, to make us hate our fellow man. We all bleed the same, we are all human. It is time to take the power back. It is time to start being human again.
My music is a reflection of this atmosphere. It is an attempt to expose the social constructs that are being instilled to divide us on a daily basis. Music is an outlet to allow myself to question what it is to be human. Social and political issues are my main focus which can be found in songs such as ‘Some Of Us’ and ‘Subtle Blue Parts 1 and 2’. I also like to create songs of a more abstract nature when motivation strikes such as in the song ‘Shark Buffet’. This is my musical journey. I am Mezzaic.
I got started making music in 2009 whilst I was living in the countryside in a small isolated town in Japan. I grew increasingly bored with my natural surroundings and decided I wanted to pursue a more intellectual activity. I had always been interested in music and decided that I could make my own. A friend recommended that I use Fruity Loops Studio and the rest is history.
'Chameleon' was the first project I worked on. Creating an atmosphere of impending dread utilizing only music was my main focus. Allowing the music to tell a story of how a spaceship's crew got separated on board and met their demise was also vitally important to me. The next project I made music for was an album called ‘#Zebra’. Once again I utilized only music and told a story in hourly segments of how I feel in hourly blocks from the hours 12am – 12pm. My main inspiration for these projects was music from Chu Ishikawa and Charlie Clouser, who have made music for films such as Tetsuo and SAW respectively.
Upon returning to New Zealand after the Fukushima Disaster in 2011 which had a tremendous impact on me, I decided I wanted to add vocals to future music that I wanted to create. I wanted to make music with underlying messages about society and social constructs as well as tackle political issues and make songs with more abstract ideas. The lies spewed forth from TEPCO about radiation being contained at the nuclear power plant in Fukushima also gave me the anger I needed to start making music with lyrics. I decided to record my vocals for every song in one take to give it a more raw and honest feel.
‘The Oil Project’ was a collection of songs to showcase the hardcore nature of not only my voice but the music as well. The first three songs on this project were more traditional hardcore type songs with a sliver of industrial flair hidden underneath. ‘Parade In Reverse’ was an attempt at creating a more metal song and ‘Phantasm’ was a song which went back to my more industrial sound found on ‘Chameleon’ and ‘#Zebra’, but with lyrics.
After I saw how much people liked this project I decided to continue to make music. ‘鬼’ was a project to show my metal side. Including Japanese lyrics in the songs as well as utilizing a multitude of different voices allowed the songs to develop faster and they became my darkest work to date.
Moving forward as can be seen on the album ‘Skull’ I decided to blend all elements of my music into each song. An amalgamation of hardcore, punk, metal and industrial is what Mezzaic represents sonically with a very dark atmosphere underneath the surface. By utilizing earphones you will be able to fully immerse yourself in this atmosphere and soak in the intricacies of each track. This is my recommended method for listening to my musical creations.
The songs included with this article are very important to me. I have selected 4 tracks for your listening pleasure that showcase the atmosphere I wanted to convey perfectly. The lyrical content is also of high importance too.
‘Structured’ is a song concerning the very nature of how people think. We are bombarded with advertising, images and ideas daily. How we choose to process and use this information overload may be up to us but for many, peer pressure takes hold and individuality is lost. This is a song about the ideas swirling around us and how they have a negative effect on our minds and consciousness.
The speed of the song and the delivery of the lyrics also increases the songs potency.
‘Mountain Climber’ is a song about what society wants us to be. The struggle for uniqueness is an uphill battle much like that of climbing a mountain. The song is about the struggle to reach the top of the mountain, to become who we want to be without anyone else forcing their ideas upon us. The music in itself is like a journey to the top of the mountain whilst the lyrics are mostly quiet and nothing like the ferocity of ‘Structured’.
‘Transitionary Phase’ is a song about how fake people have become. It is hard to know who to trust in this lifetime and technology and social media has only made this problem a lot worse. This song showcases my clean vocals the best and has an atmosphere that promotes one to think about who they are and how they treat other people.
‘鬼’ is a song completely in Japanese. This song is the most metallic orientated of the four tracks and is about two people who enter a cave because they heard a strange noise emanating from inside the darkness. Their fate is soon sealed however when they encounter a fire demon. This track showcases the different voices I can use the best.
My influences for creating this uniquely atmospheric music cover a vast range of artists from KPOP to metal to underground hip-hop, but my main influence and reason for making this style of music is because of a Japanese band called Dir En Grey. Their vocalist Kyo has the best vocal range in the world and he is able to sing like an angel and then dramatically change within a split second to sounding like a tortured demon. Their music covers a wide variety of topics such as love (アクロの丘), abortion (Mazohyst Of Decadence), political statements (Mr. Newsman) as well as cover-ups such as how bad the radiation from Fukushima really is (Different Sense).
Without music there is only despair.
*Check out Mezzaic's incredible short story 'Mobius' here. It's free!