Posted On 26 Jun 2019
Blitz Union is a new visionary music project and creative force that combines infectious EDM elements with electrifying Rock and Roll.
Their high energy debut single “Revolution” has been featured on Alternative and Specialty radio with spins at KROQ Los Angeles, KNDD Seattle, KNRK Portland, KBZT San Diego, KCKJ Kansas City, WLKK Buffalo and more.
Their upcoming EP was recorded in Nashville and Los Angeles
Learn more about Blitz Union in the following All Access interview:
Thanks for your time! What is on tap for the rest of your day?
Thank you too! I would like to finish some lyrics today finally… I have so many drafts, but not able to put it together somehow. (laughter)
Now that we are into the 6th month of the year, how would you say that 2019 is treating the band so far? What have been some goals this group has had this year? How close are you to reaching them?
This is already a very special year for our Union.
Blitz Union was officially launched this year, we released our first single & music video “Revolution” and we played our first shows in Los Angeles.
The main goal of this year is to reach out and present our Union to as many people as possible and try to gather their first impressions and ideas about this project.
We have been already receiving a lot of feedback which is great and giving us a chance to think out our further steps.
2019 – so far so good!
Can you recall the moment when you thought you could be in this group together? Was it hard to think of a name that you could agree on? Has anything surprised you about this musical journey so far?
We actually already played all together in a band previously so Blitz Union was kind of a natural progression.
There was a collective impulse to do this step and so far no one is regretting it.
In regards to the name, let’s keep it as a secret for now. The ones who will be checking everything about BU regularly should soon start to feel why and how the name “Blitz Union” was chosen and what its full meaning is.
How do you think your hometowns have influenced the sound and how you all carry yourselves in this group? If not, what do you think does influence this group?
We all come from Prague which is a beautiful historical city, but when you look under its “surface” a bit, you´ll find many disturbing places with creepy stories.
When sun goes down its mysterious vibe takes over. And that vibe is definitely audible in our music.
We were all raised on rock & metal music in general so there were no doubts that heavy distorted guitars are going to appear in our songs.
But we are also inspired by today’s electronic dance music and hip-hop scene so we try to marry those two worlds – Rock & EDM together.
I always like to ask bands if you all hang out socially apart from the music? In other words, when you aren’t working on music, do you guys enjoy hanging out for fun?
Usually we do these regular meetings where we discuss all matters and necessary steps which has to be done in regards to the Union, but also enjoy some fun and just fooling around later on. We always try to combine “business with pleasure”. (laughter)
Let’s talk about your debut single, “Revolution.” What was the inspiration for this track?
Revolution should reflect all the issue’s and threats of today’s generation that concern us. The catastrophic environmental situation, media manipulation, corruption, almost zero privacy, the erosion of human values and the list goes on. It’s time – are we going to watch the tragedy and hope someone’s going to fix problems on our behalf?
Or are we going to take action by ourselves, starting today? Every little move to make the world a better place counts.
That’s the Revolution of today’s generation.
What was it like shooting the music video for this song? How creatively involved with the making of it were you all?
We were meeting with the director Yemi and his team months before the video shooting itself to discuss and shape all the ideas which we had. He got a pretty clear vision what to do and how to proceed to make the best outcome. It was a great creative process where all the members were involved which is always great.
If you are interested in how the shooting day was like, check out our “Behind the Scenes” video which we posted on our Facebook page recently. We had a great time and gained a lot of experiences.
How do you think your first single out prepares listeners for your upcoming EP? Did anything surprise you about the process of putting together this EP? What was it like recording it in Nashville and LA as well?
I think there was not a better song to start with. “Revolution” kind of covers all the topics and sound which you will be able to hear throughout the EP. It contains all the rock, electronic and metal elements.
Putting this EP together took us much longer time than any recording before, almost a year. But the work definitely paid off.
This was our first collaboration with a professional music producer (Steve Thompson) and recording in US studios.
We received a great mentorship from Steve during our stay in Nashville. That’s where most of the instruments and vocals were captured and sound of the band was defined.
Later on in LA, additional adjustments and pre-mixing of the songs were processed by A&R Worldwide Team. Each of the recording had a bit different vibe, but at the end it created the compact sound which we were looking for. We enjoyed the whole process and both studio sessions a lot.
While it’s hard, can you pick out a few favorite songs on the EP and talk about the inspiration for them and how they got to be on this collection
I think I can speak on behalf of the whole Union that every song on this EP is our favorite one due to its diversity. Since the EP contains 5 songs only, that’s these top 5 pieces which we thought are best and should be revealed to the world.
But as mentioned in the previous question, I think “Revolution” is the most representative song of this EP as it is let’s say an “introduction” of what you can expect from the rest of the songs and what themes & topics they will regarding.
Generally, how do you go about writing your music? Do you write together or separately?
EP “Revolution” was done by something I’d call “remote-over-sea” writing process.
To the east, there is us with some music ideas we have been putting together as a band and then, to the west 8.000 miles away, there’s Steve Thompson with his music ideas and his colleague Damian Valentine, that is away another 3.000 miles more. Then we put all together and tried to make the best out of best.
How has your sound grown or changed over the years? What has remained the same?
If we compare the sound of this EP, with the sound of our previous band’s recordings – it has changed dramatically!
We have stepped further into EDM production and tried to capture elements of today’s urban music. But the rock part of the music has remained the same.
Where do you think you are all happiest- in the studio recording new music, on stage performing or elsewhere?
Definitely on stage. That’s our favorite playground where we can speak to the people and unleash our energy.
Where can fans see you perform next? What do you think makes for an ideal show for this group? What has been a favorite show of yours in the past?
Blitz Union had 2 official shows so far and we enjoyed them a lot. Both were in Los Angeles
and one of them was in the legendary Whisky a Go Go venue.
Union is working on some new exciting things this summer and rehearsing hard, so that we can return on stage and go full force this Fall. Keep checking our social media for the latest updates.
How has social media impacted this band? How often are you all on your different sites interacting with fans?
Like for almost everyone at our age, the social media became daily part of our lives and it same goes for the band. It is the most efficient way how to communicate with fans and gather feedback. We are online on daily basis, but we do not post content daily. We do post it in intervals instead, where we recap everything in an announcement (“Union’s Official Statements”). Either it’s updates of current state or future plans, anything.
We are currently living through a very trying and politically charged time right now so I am curious to know how you all think being musicians and, in this band, still gives you the most joy in life today? Do you find that your music is an escape to all the current events?
That’s the reason why the Union was created. We do certainly feel what is going on and therefor would like to inspire people and give them a chance to share their views, stories, concerns through this Union. Our music is not about escaping from current events, but asks questions, looking for remedy instead.
What musicians would you love to work with in the future? What artists have really been inspiring this group and your music since day 1?
We can imagine a cooperation with some DJs, I think that would work well.
Korn with Skrillex was awesome, so why not Blitz Union with Deadmau5? (laughter)
We were all raised on the rock / nu-metal bands popular around year 2000. So for example Static-X, Korn, Linkin Park, Slipknot, Mudvayne, Rammstein were our favorites. These were the artists which brought us to the world of music in general.
What do you hope is the message of your music? What do you hope people continue to take away from your songs?
We hope our music creates a great deal of emotions and makes you think about its topic further, not necessarily in a positive way…
Is there anything else that you would like to share with our readers about this group?
We are at the very beginning of our journey and the Union is just “heating up”, so keep an eye on Blitz Union. Or you can even participate from the very beginning by joining our Union on our website blitzunion.com