Can you tell how
the band began and what you've been doing over the years?
David Zurcher: The story of Space In Your Face began in
1993. At that time we were called Undershelter and neither Sam (our singer) or Krisna (our
DJ) were in. In fact we really started from Zero because not anyone of us had a personal
experience of a band. The first time we got together in the rehearsal room it went so bad.
We were playing a kind of Def Leppard rock 'n roll. But those days were necessary for what
would come next and its really interesting for a band to progress together. Krisna
joined Space in 1996 and Sam in 1998, and since
then were working hard on our music. Last year (2001) just after the recording of
The True Essence Of Life, Krisna who had already played some machine stuff on the
record wanted to stop playing bass guitar to become a full time DJ, so now he is DJ. I
started playing bass guitar and were a one guitar player band.
The band is named
after a record from the Galactic Cowboys. But instead of music in the vein of the Cowboys
the new album The True Essence Of Life features rapcore inspired by bands such as Limp
Bizkit. How has your music developed over the years?
David Zurcher: The band name Space In Your Face was
adopted in..... The Netherlands, that's true. To be precise, at the Flevo Festival. The
Cowboys didnt play there but we were always listening to that tape....One night
after the shows, we were watching the sky with a lot of stars that night, it was so
beautiful, we reminded that verse in the Bible that says The heaven
declares... and we said, yes thats what we wanna do, to bring to people a
little bit of that glory. We wanna bring them Space in their faces.
Okay, that's the
name thing. But, back to the question, how has your music developed over the years? You
started out with a Def Leppard kind of music?
David Zurcher: Yes, we started out with playing a kind of
eighties hair metal, mixed with grunge influences (we were fans of the Smashing Pumpkins
at the time). But when Sam joined the band we changed direction,
playing a kind of rapcore/metal/crossover with a lot of groove and energy.
What are the main influences
to the sound of the band and how important are these bands to your own perspective on
David Zurcher: We dont have any specific influences
but we are curious about what other bands are playing. We came from different musical
backgrounds in the band and we really listen to all kind of stuff. We are open to
different things such as rap music, trip hop or even pop rock music, but were
playing metal rapcore music. So you mentioned Limp Bizkit, of course we have
listened to them, as we listen to Korn, but I believe we begin to have a musical identity,
and thats what is important for us. We are really impressed about what is done by
P.O.D., theyre doing a breakthrough into the secular scene and they really need our
Like I said, The True
Essence Of Life is the new album. There's no titlesong on the album, nor did I see a
phrase with these words. So, what's the idea behind the title?
David Zurcher: In fact, most of songs on the album were
written a long time before the recording of it, and the title of the album was found
later, but there is a kind of concept behind the title, and the cover... We wanted to say
to people that there is something more that meet the eyes. This title is for us a way of
saying, that both biological and spiritual life comes from the same source, that is God.
And we wanna encourage people to dig in the lyrics and find some answers to some of their
questions. In fact we dont want to appear as just another rock band, even a
christian rock band, and we dont either want to be just
preachers, but we really want to be a kind of door betweeen heaven and earth,
pouring out to our audiences the life of Jesus. Were just around to allow Jesus to
shine through us and to manifest the true essence of his life in our music.
Space In Your Face is from
France. Your country is not exactly known for its hard music. Personally, when I think of
France I think of chanssons and that sort of folkish music. How's really the scene in your
country? What about other bands and chances to play live?
David Zurcher: Yes, Space In Your Face is from France. We
love our country but we have to realize that metal music isn't popular in the
latin countries. In the secular scene you can really find good bands in metal
or rapcore music but most of the time these bands have no way of projecting their music
out of the country. In the Christian scene, there are some good pop-rock or even rap band
but thats it. Except Day By Day from Marseille who are playing some punk rock, we
are the only hard band. The Christian media accept and support us but they wont take
risks inviting us, as they say that the Christian audiences are not ready yet for such a
So you probably
don't play Christian places often. How about secular venues? And how do people receive
David Zurcher: In secular gigs, we try to
worship God while we're playing our music. It's important because
we want the audience to feel that there is something different with us. We're not
necessarily saying Jesus or God all the time, but we also have
some clear Christian lyrics in French for French people or in English, so
.we let our
music do the talking. In Belfort, where we're from, most of people know that we're
Christians, some of them hate us for that, but the majority has no problem with it.
band has a clear Christian message. When I think of the youth of today I see their
prosperity, their chances to make of their lives what they want to make of it. They don't
seem to have restraints to go on. Why do you want to bring over a message to such people
that seem to live happy already without religion?
David Zurcher: First of all, yes we have a christian
message but were absolutely not into religion. That is to say that we believe in
Jesus and what he can do in a life and were
not promoting a human organisation. Especially in France, people need to understand that
being a Christian has nothing in common with Catholicism, or the Pope and so on so
We are only five normal guys believing and living for Jesus. Our message is
about having a relationship with God through Jesus and thats it. We dont have
all the answers to all the questions but were here to say to people to stop thinking
and seeing things the way this world or the media shows us things. Seek Jesus and listen to your heart.
Earlier you said
that you hope that people will find some answers to their questions through the lyrics of
the album. What questions do you think are non christians walking around with and do you
feel they still haven't found the true essence of life? What are your ideas about this?
David Zurcher: In fact, in the western world, most of
people seems to have no problem, no questions, they just want to enjoy life and that's it,
but when you dig a little bit you'll find out that they are scared. They don't know who
they are, why they're on earth, they're afraid for death. So first we need to help them to
formulate questions about themselves, their destiny and then to show them that Jesus is
the way. There is too much apathy here in Europe
If you would look into
the crystal ball of the future, what do you hope to see? What are your plans that you hope
to unfold in the months to come? I mean, what about concerts? Writing songs?
David Zurcher: For the future? Maturity is the important
word for us in the band for the moment. We wanna have more maturity in our relation with
God, in our relations inside the band, more maturity in the communication with the
audience and more maturity in our song writing. We have written some new songs and we are
really happy with them, but for the moment we need to play everywhere we can. We're not a
professional band, we all have jobs but we wanna play and promote our album, so if you
want to invite us we're okay...
Okay, and when
will the band launch its website?
David Zurcher: Soon