LONDON GOES APESHIT: CHIMPYFEST 2013 Q&A

The second edition of Chimpyfest, London’s 3 day grind-death-gore sweat-fest extravaganza, is fast approaching.With the madness running from 28th-30th June, devastating the Tufnell Park Dome (28th/29th) and the Boston Music Rooms (30th), it seems appropriate to interrogate the depraved lunatics organising the fest. ZT caught up with one of the most primal of perpetrators, Nik Rozanov, to discuss London’s underground music scenes (not) coming together, European festivals, and silly goregrind…
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ZT: How did Chimpyfest start? Tell us about the origins of the fest (and the name!). Where did the idea come from to start this?
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NR: Seasonal greetings pal! The name is an idiotic insider joke that comes from the good old days when I was squatting in the beautiful city of Bradford, drinking every day and sleeping in a filthy room with no furniture where the only valuable was a Venom poster.
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Last year, I did the fest more or less on my own, with some people helping out with door duty, food etc. This year, there are three of us (me, Tony, who plays strings in the London goregrind bulldozer Gout, and Jill, who is the in-house promoter for the Unicorn in Camden).
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ZT: That’s quite a line-up you’ve got there! What were the initial bands you wanted? What fell through? How did this thing grow? Tell us briefly how it’s all come together.
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NR: First the casualties: Warmaster from the US dropped out because their drummer is a war criminal and can’t enter the UK. Nashgul dropped out because their drummer lost a leg in a drug related polo accident, and by the time they gave him a new wooden one we didn’t have any more headliner slots. Skullhog couldn’t make it because their drummer ran off to join an undisclosed terrorist organisation. You see a pattern with drummers?
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Initially we also asked Birdflesh but they couldn’t do it, and we toyed around with the Exhumed/Rompeprop tour package but in the end couldn’t afford them.
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ZT: What do you think makes this fest different? What does it offer to the hordes?
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NR: No corporate dogshit, no managers or other white collar parasites, no hyped trendy shit that will be gone and forgotten in 6 months. Just solid, quality underground music. What does it offer the punters? Legitimised stupidity! And enough blastbeats to leave you smashing your head against a padded wall for the rest of your life.
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ZT: What do you think of London and its scenes for a fest like this? Do you think Chimpyfest has the potential to become a DIY extravaganza like Kill-Town in Copenhagen?
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NR: Doubt London can deal with it – the more high-brow underground metal fans always look down their nose at grind, ya know the “no mosh, no fun” thing. The more crusty crowd usually drops their guts at first mention of goregrind, plus anything pricier then a tin of Kestrel is usually out of their price range. The brutal death metal lot theoretically should be into it, and the same dozen mugs we see at all the usual London grind festivities should turn up. With any luck we expect a solid turnout of 10 reprobates, an odd Pantera fan who doesn’t know what he’s doing (you know “that guy”), and two-three crustlords with a dog on a rope.
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Things like KTDF, Play Fast Or Don’t and Bloodshed fest were what inspired Chimpyfest, however, fuck knows if we’ll ever get that good at this, plus nobody has seemed to give much of a fuck about grind for a good while now. In an ideal world we’d cash in on a revival trend, do the fattest Chimpyfest ever, and then forever retire to live our lives in peace on a private island with a cocaine factory. Or, more likely, be pushing trolleys full of trash, scrap metal, cats and filthy rags down the Old Kent Road while muttering to ourselves and screaming at traffic.
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ZT: Who or what are you most excited about this year?
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NR: Fuck, man, personally it’s a tie between the high expectations of the bands I was into for years and never got a chance to see, namely the Aussie grinders Captain Cleanoff and Inhume, and the bands I’ve seen before and I know will deliver- Suffering Mind, Chiens , Jig AI…
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ZT: What improvements will this year’s edition bring over the first Chimpyfest? What did you learn from the first year?
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NR: It about 3 times the size and there is way more goregrind and metal (last year was exclusively grind/powerviolence/fastcore). To be fair, last year’s Chimpyfest was 2 glorified all-dayers and a warm-up gig, this year it’s a real festival.
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ZT: Tell us about the Dome and Boston Music Rooms and why you chose these venues
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NR: Both venues should be big enough to deal with our turnout, that’s more or less the only reason for choosing them. We also didn’t want to risk leaving people out in the typically English any-fucking-time-of-year rain in case we sell out a smaller venue…
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ZT: Are there any bands you haven’t yet booked that you’d like to host in the future?
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NR: Ideally: Manowar, the Wu-Tang Clan and Crossed Out. More-or-less realistically: Unholy Grave, Birdflesh, Machetazo, Skullhog, Column Of Heaven, Last Days Of Humanity, Lycanthropy, Attack of the Mad Axeman, and enough silly goregrind to make anyone with a conscience terminally shit themselves with woe.
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ZT: What are your goals/ambitions for Chimpyfest?
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NR: To completely derail and ruin our pathetic sad lives haha. Realistically though, there aren’t enough grindcore fests around. Obscene Extreme is cute and all, but why not bring the eye-bulging, piss-stinking, obscenity-muttering war effort closer to home? Seriously, I just can’t be fucked anymore with all this Euro-fest camping-in-the-sun, happy-go-lucky shit. I want to wake up at midday, have a fuck-off full English breakfast, smash in some Newcastle Brown and get on a 30 minute jolly red bus trip to satisfy my festival needs. Fuck airports.
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ZT: The last words are yours!
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NR: Go apeshit!

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Sponsored by ZT and Raw Nerve Zine, Chimpyfest features a diverse and brutal line-up of bands from across Europe including Czech goregrind deviants Jig-Ai, Danish death fiends Undergang, Dutch death grinders Inhume, and French grind maniacs Blockheads, who will make their debut UK appearance at the fest. UK and local talent performing includes Liverpool’s grind upstarts Corrupt Moral Altar and London’s own degenerates Living With Disfigurement.
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Check out Chimpyfest 2013’s event page HERE and the ape-tastic line-up teaser HERE
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Tickets are available from chimpyfest.bigcartel.com. Get apeshit!

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