Recently, DutchMetalManiac’s Tim van Velthuysen interviewed Bushido Code.
Hey, how are you?
I’m good! Hope you’re doing well considering the chaos in the world.
Can you tell us something about the history of Bushido Code?
Well, this band was put together in 2017. We were all friends and played in bands that played shows together for years. And Derrick, who had always been a big metal head, says “I’m doing this band and it’s the last band I’m going to be in” and I was like I’m doing this with him. We got up with Kyle, Rocco and Shaun and we went for it. We had no idea what Derrick had in mind but we went to work and came up with something we are all really proud of.
For people not knowing Bushido Code (yet), how would you describe your music yourself?
I think Derrick described it the best when he called it “hybrid metal”. Of course there are hints of our hardcore roots in there. Considering our background I think that’s unavoidable. But mostly it’s a mix of the music we all loved as kids, a hybrid of thrash/death metal, hardcore and straight metal. It came out sounding a little like all of it but different at the same time.
When someone doesn’t know Bushido Code yet and you can choose one of your songs to present yourself, which song would that be?
For me I think it would be The Ronin. It not only sonically kills it, but lyrically for me it’s brutal. It kinda sets the feel of the band and this journey you’re going to take with us.
What makes Bushido Code unique?
Our particular sound and our devotion to bringing that sound live. What you hear on this record is what you will hear live. We can’t reinvent the wheel. I think so many bands try to do that. But what we can do is make that wheel look dope as shit on whatever you put it on. So we did that and I think we accomplished just that.
Any future plans you can already tell us something about?
Well our video for Aftermath comes out on 3/31 and we’re really excited about that. We froze our asses off all day shooting nine hours of footage for 3 1/2 minute video. But you are all worth it! Also we have a deal with Stronger Booking to go to Europe at some point which we are super excited about after all this Covid shit goes away. We’re working on new songs. Other than that continuing our plot to take over the world.
Any upcoming gigs for Bushido Code? Maybe coming to The Netherlands?
Not as of right now. But let The Haunted and or At The Gates know we are ready when they need us.
How do you think your life would be without music?
Miserable without a shadow of a doubt. Music saved my life literally. And all I’ve ever wanted to do since that moment is share that experience with anybody and everybody that I met. I’ve been playing music since I was 15 years old. My life wouldn’t be my life without music. So, thank you hardcore and metal for giving me this great life.
What advice would you give to young and starting bands?
Don’t compromise, don’t be scared, be yourself no matter what the cost. And if the world says you’re doing it wrong then you’re definitely doing it right.
Thanks for your answers! Is there anything you want to say to DutchMetalManiac’s readers?
Yes, I’d like to thank you guys for having us. Thank you for supporting bands. Please go to our social media. Give us a follow and tell her friend. We truly thank you all for your support.
I’m Tim van Velthuysen and I started DutchMetalManiac back in 2014. I’m 29 years old and I live in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Of course, I like metal, but I can also appreciate other musical styles.
In addition to DutchMetalManiac I also have a personal website on which I’ll post various things that won’t fit on DutchMetalManiac, but might be interesting for you as well. It’s in Dutch though.