Beezewax take on the A-Z challenge

The A-Z challenge is a fun way to get to know artists. This time it is the turn of Beezewax’s Kenneth Ishak.

A song that made you want to make music?

Early on, I loved the theme song to the film Grease. Frankie Valli. Still, I think it’s an amazing song.

Best rider you’ve had?

Bathtub full of iced booze in Alicante, Spain after an amazing paella.

Craziest moment you’ve experienced in the band?

Our first show in the UK, people were singing the words to our songs.
To me back then, it was insane. I couldn’t believe it.

Deepest lyrics one of your songs features?

Deepest? Maybe The Conduit. It’s about a car ride back from a pretty life altering scene when I was a kid. It’s to or about my mom.

Easiest song you wrote?

The Snooze Is On.

Favourite song in your set?


Guest you’d most like to feature on your record?

Gustav Estejes of Dungen

Hardest thing about being in a band?

Email threads.

Interesting fact about one of your members?

Mattias was 8 years old when our first record came out.

Jokes you have in the band?

Our drummer has a tattoo that says «Live Forever». That’s it.

Key to writing a song?

Not thinking

Longest distance you’ve traveled to play a show?

Darmstadt-Madrid. Left right after the show, arrived in time for soundcheck.

Most inspiring musician you’ve experienced?

Without any doubt, J. Mascis and not just guitar, his drumming just as special.

New band you’d recommend?

Hm. Duschpalatset out of Umeå- played with them there last year and really liked it.

Opening for this band would be ideal?


Place you’d most like to tour?


Quote you’d like to pass on to our readers?

Det fårnte hjælpe. It cannot be helped

Reason for the title of your recent/forthcoming release?

I saw a post on Nathaniel Russel’s Instagram, a whiteboard with peace jazz written on it. I wrote him and asked if we could use it, and he said he had an exhibition coming up under the same title, but that we were free to use it. So we did. We stole it from an absolute amazing artist.

See us live at?

Venues in the UK, Norway, Spain and Japan in the coming year.

The old days of music were better than the current, do you agree?

Sure they were. I enjoyed the physical experience of music. Not knowing if people would come to the shows or not. But, the experience of an album or a show is actually pretty much the same. I am not nostalgic about it all but it was a very nice world to be in before. Now it is all very confusing to me.

Unusual merchandise?

Wanted my mom to knit a sweater but she wouldn’t.

Variations you’d like to do on any of your songs?

I would love to do medleys.

What do your fans mean to you?

The existence of our band

X-rays or any treatments needed for band related injuries?

Jan, bass player usually hurts himself. Broke his finger, playing finger on the first night of a 6 week tour.

You’re late for a show, whose fault is it?

The previous night’s show.

Zoo animal that best describes the personality of your band?

Zoo animal that best describes our sound would be the elephant

Elizabeth Birt

May 20, 2019

Band management assistant. Goth princess and lover of all things music and sport.


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