YSNHazelIllegal Mind is a Post-Apocalyptic Alternative Metal band from Tel Aviv, Israel. Active from February 2018, the band just released it's second single FREE from its debut EP "Forbidden Content". 

 The upcoming EP is a metaphor for a human life as a world, and how it suppose to be strong in order to pass all the crises and depressions in his life.

The common imagery trough all the album is post apocalypse, and what led to it. Apocalypse means that the world survived, in huge depression but it's alive, and after go trough the whole crisis you are a whole new, stronger human.
Band Members:
Max Datskovsky - Songwriter/Vocals/Guitars
Arthur Blinov - Drums
Michael Bogomolny - Guitars
Oleg Zavalko - Bass
 
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What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
Post Apocalyptic Alternative Metal, this is how we describe it.
Something in Between Alternative Metal and Alternative Rock, with some punk rock influences.
 
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
The name is about being different, think different and look different. It's all about being unlike the others, that's what we all are.
We chose this name because it's a name of a movement. Since grade school, until this day it looks like everybody's trying to put us in these boxes, make us think like the reason why we came into this life is only repeat our parents' cycle, wake up, drink coffee, go to work, watch tv, go to sleep. No more :)
 
We say, everyone is special in her or his own way. We all are Illegal Minds.
 
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
00-10s rock, alternative metal and punk rock. Bands we grew up with.
 
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
Since releasing our album (independently), we've been working on bringing it to the ears of everyone we could get to. Putting it on Spotify playlists and sending it to radios.
Last month we've we been working on new materials for the next album, which we will start recording around the summer.
 
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
World domination of course! Right now, because the whole world wide situation, we've decided to put as much energy as possible into promoting and moving our music, also writing new materials. While there's no live shows available, we thought to ourselves, what can we do right now, you know?
So building relationships with bands, and promoters abroad, in Europe and USA. After it's possible, we're going to book some shows in Europe.
 
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
I think Free, because it's the most energetic one, and it's the most fun one to play. Also it has an addictive chorus, so no one stays indifferent.
But we basically live them all, and can't wait going back on stage and perform all of them outside our studio :)
 
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far?
2020 and staying sane, during the lockdowns.
Everything that we do we do with love and passion, so all of the challenges are just helping our inner fire to burn harder. But, when all your plans are not working and you can't even sometimes get to the studio, just to play together, it drives you insane and demotivates you, you know?
 
But on the other side, we know that anything is temporary! And the whole pandemic situation will be over on day. So we just keep practicing, writing and promoting while we can.
 
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
Well, Forbidden Content was a bit different than we do it now, we were only two people. It was written in the studio by Max Datskovsky (Vocals, Guitars), Arthur Blinov (Drummer) and Alex Zvulun (Our sound producer and engineer). Max brought some songs that he written, we took them all apart and rebuild them into a candy of an album.
Now, we are full band and we can work on it all together, so it goes like this, someone brings a song or partial song that he written, we all contribute. When the song is ready we record a temporary home demo. When about 8-10 songs will be demoed we'll go to Alex our producer and start the album production.
 
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
Well, the band was born into that, especially when 2020 started, it was the only way to promote, or that or quit.
I think it's amazing that we can do it ourselves, we are independent, of course it's harder than if there was a dedicated force, but we are not limited.
Right now, social media is the only way to do anything.
 
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
Max, Arthur: Deftones, Slipknot, System of A Down, Limp Bizkit
Max: I just found out about Death by Stereo, also lots of punk rock and pop punk, anything you can run to.

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What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
Max: I think since I remember myself I did music, well since 15, whatever was before not really interesting, life was boring before music.
Arthur: me too, there was nothing before.

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Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
If you don't like it, don't even start, please, save your time and money. Because it's hard doing things you're not passionate about.
But if you can't live without it, do everything you can to keep on practicing, keep on writing new music and start a band or a project of what ever type of music you want to play and just do it.
Because you are learning and moving forward just from doing it.
 
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?
The mindset, seems like anyone in the music industry lives like it's 1985 and you know, it's not.
There are many other ways to make money in the industry and help new musicians to succeed, but they seems like they don't know how, still trying to capitalize the old way.
Yeah there are HUGE artists that still sell records, but the music is free, it's been this way since Napster, 22 years ago, and you have all the young generation who grew up with the internet.
 
How Do You Feel About Originality?
Anyone who even copies a band, still creates something original, because he processed the art trough him. I'm not sure if anyone can create a completely original art piece because we surrounded by people and there are just 7 notes, you know. But you can bring new feelings, new combinations, new tastes and this is how probably originality works.