How did the band come to be?
Franz : SCHULTZ is a solo project born in 2002 in the South of France. It became a duo with the female performer VDREY during several years and a real band since 2018 with the arrival of Guitarfox (Guitar and vocals) and Sandy Dynamite (Live dance performance and vocals).
Guitarfox : Franz asked us to join him as a backing band for one gig at the Industrial Music Fest in Cannes (French Riviera) in 2017. It was meant to be a one shot, but it went well… So Sandy and I are still in the project today.
Do you have any releases coming up in the new year?
Franz : We released the 01 May our new album “Black Magic Party” just one year after our first album “Shot of Pain” and our new video “Rats In The Sewers “ a few days before. To resume this new album: 10 kick ass tracks... 32 minutes of intensive pleasure !
Guitarfox : This is a good album. Check it out, it's worth it !
What is something you want listeners to take away from your music?
Guitarfox : A lot of pleasure, of course !
Franz : A big slap in the face and say « oh my god, it’s f***ing good ! What is it ? » And look to discover more, by listening to more tracks and coming to our concerts. If the listener feels it at the first listen, we did our job !
With everything that is going on in our world what is one cause or organization that you are passionate about?
Franz : I m surprised every day to see how humans can be so stupid with all the signs we receive from Nature… Our planet feels bad and tells us to change for her to survive and for humans to survive. We have another example with the covid-19 crisis, people said they will change and have learnt lessons, but I don’t really believe it. So the main cause I think, is the respect of our planet and the respect of all forms of life.
Guitarfox : I wrote the lyrics of the first song from our new album, Rats In The Sewers, during the great conflagration of the Rainforest in august 2019. At this time I really thought humanity was over, and from then, we would be all just like super-rats. This was the real kickstarting for the writing of this album. Later, the health crisis we all know arrived, and we made the video of this song in the context of quarantine. Fortunately, art is always here to make our life bearable !
What is your writing process like?
Franz : We haven't got a real process, when a member has an idea, we talk together about it and if everybody agrees, we work on it.
Guitarfox : Franz does the beat and synth parts, I put the guitars on it, and the most inspired of the three of us (me for most of the time) writes the lyrics.
To follow up with the last question, what inspires your sound?
Franz : Everything...
Guitarfox : Life and Death… And Sexuality of course ! You will find some satanic themes in this new album, not because we believe in Satan – We don’t ! – but as symbols of effective anarchy, not as utopia. You have to live regretless and repentless if you want to survive in this sick sad world. You have to get rid of that sick thing Nietzsche called the Moraline : all these things society builds around you to keep looking at you and your acts to judge you and make you live in permanent guilt… For me this is what music is for, and this is why I make music.
Any tours coming up soon?
Franz : We hope to get rid of this f***ing coronavirus very soon, so we could play live again !
Guitarfox : We’ll see later, but we keep on faithing !
Anything you would like to tell our readers?
Franz : Thanks for this opportunity to present you our music. Support the underground bands, support SCHULTZ ! Times are hard for everybody, so we need you more than ever ! Shot Of Pain and our new album Black Magic Party are now available everywhere on all digital stores. But the best way to follow us, is to visit our page schultzmusic.fr and our facebook page !
Guitarfox : Indeed, you could find the use instructions for this new album in the song Lucifer Is My DJ : Put it loud on your music player, and dance on it naked like a crazy ape around a bonfire !