TNS is 10: Interview - Matt Zane
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It's 2005, we're at Download Festival and we are watching Matt Zane from Society 1 perform a half hour set hanging from meat hooks through his back. 20 minutes later we're sat chatting back stage..... Have you played at Donington before? Zane: “Absolutely not, this is the first time and what a way to break into the Download Festival.” I suppose the question is. Why did you choose to break Download in such an extreme and obviously painful way? Zane: “Every year we do a suspension ritual, a suspension show. Last year it was in LA, we did three songs with the suspension it was the first time that I actually sang during a suspension. After I did that, I saw the DVD and wanted a way to top it and basically we were just looking for the right opportunity to do it. We got an opportunity from our agent that we could play on the main stage and we thought this could be it – we could cut down on two hooks to four hooks and do the whole set suspended and plus do it in front of 20,000 people.” How do you think the crowd reacted to such an extreme thing happening in front of them? Zane: “The first and foremost thing that people were worried about, the organisers and the label, was that Donington is very well known for throwing things, piss and shit, at the stage, stuff like that so we were kinda worried. Compared to the other acts on the main stage we’re practically unknown, I mean you take Papa Roach, System of a Down, Slipknot, these guys have sold millions and millions of records so we just thought that people would think that we deserved to be on there.
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