Career talk - Separating the act from the artist with Bølzer 

In-depth interview about their growth and evolution as an artist, highlights and motivation. What are some of the myths or misperceptions about this career? What was awful at the time but I can laugh about it now? What have you learned and what should others avoid? 

Friday 15. April 13:00 - Room 1


BØLZER [boelˈtsr]
~ He who strikes like lightning – with sudden, decisive force or implications.

Okoi „KzR“ Jones – Guitar & Voice // Fabian „HzR“ Wyrsch – Percussion

An intuitive art project born from raw passion; musical ecstasy fueled by impulsive composition and enactment. Whilst wielding a lyrical and musical medium largely inspired by – and seeking to channel – the primeval essence of the human experience, flashes of illumination will descend the sky from which there shall be no shelter. Forged of an intense understanding between drummer Fabian Wyrsch and guitarist Okoi Jones, the project first took physical form in 2008. Before long, the dualistic significance of their musical partnership outshone any need for a bass player and has since served to both challenge and empower the band’s creativity. Following their 2010 live debut in Zürich, Bølzer soon made a name for themselves as the remarkable Swiss-Antipodean duo capable of conjuring up mighty barriers of sound with nothing but a ten-stringed guitar and an almost ritualistic percussion style. The pair describe their own stage experience as a form of spiritual rapture, an atavistic vortex woven together from the profound union of spectacle meeting spectator on a deeper plane.


By 2013, Bølzer had begun plying their craft on stages across most populated continents. After garnering significant underground attention with two EPs – Aura in 2013 followed by Soma the year after – Bølzer carved out their humble place in the bedrock of metal with the critically acclaimed 2016 debut album, Hero. To further embody the conceptual disciplines of personal action and self-realization, 2019 saw the band founding their own label, Lightning & Sons in a consciously autonomous effort to reorientate and indeed reevaluate their growing position within a changing field of action. Recorded in Five Lakes Studio, Bavaria by Thomas Taube and released on November 1st, 2019 via Lightning & Sons, Bølzer‘s fifth offering Lese Majesty showcases the band with the organic honesty and intensity they intend to be heard. Resuming where the bombastic romanticism of Hero left off, Lese Majesty rings true of it’s namesake, the uncompromising voice of an heretic granted contemporary audience.

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Mark van Schaick

Interviewer: Mark van Schaick (NL)


Mark van Schaick has been writing about rock, metal and jazz since 1985. He has been the editor of music magazine OOR and musician's magazines Slagwerkkrant and Gitarist. 2018 saw the publication of his book Why Go, on the Seattle scene in the 1990's, In 2021 he was the editor of the book Melkweg 50 Light Years, which appeared on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of venue Melkweg in Amsterdam. For Dutch copyright society Buma, Mark has programmed six editions of loud music conference and showcase festival Buma ROCKS! (until 2018). He is the current conference programmer of inJazz and New Music Conference, aimed at the international promotion of Dutch copyright in jazz and contemporary classical music. He has covered Inferno Music Conference 2019 for webzine Never Mind The Hype and was a moderator at 2021’s online edition of IMC.