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Interview: P.A.L.

| February 20th, 2009

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01. Tell us how PAL started?

i discovered industrial music in the early eighties and formed my first band in 1986. this band went along for two years, then i started experimenting as a solo artist. since 1992 i work under the name P.A.L (which is an acronym for my second name, pallentin). In 1993 i bought decent equipment so i was able to make tracks with a quality worth being released on vinyl or cd. in october 1993 i had my first concert as P.A.L …

02. What does music, in its entirety, mean to you?

music can build you up – can change your entire feelings – can guide you – can encourage you – can save you – can make your life better. without music i would not be the person i am.

03. What do you use for equipment? Computers, keyboards? What specifically do you use?

in the early days i used an akai s950 sampler, three synthesizers (kawai k4, yamaha dx7-II, yamaha cs1X), various effect devices, tapes and cubase as a MIDI device. since a few years i use my computer for creating sounds, mainly with propellerhead reason.

04. Have you ever thought about forming a side-project. Or have you allready?

there are no plans for a side project, as P.A.L’s music has many facets and varieties.

05. What are some of your favorite Rythmic Noise projects?

iszoloscope, asche, morgenstern, roger rotor, esplendor geométrico, grim

06. What inspired to keep pumping out your sounds?

life.

07. What’s your favorite book and author?

there are many… but one of my all-time-favorites since more then 20 years is ‘schwarze spiegel’ by arno schmidt.

08. Is there a new album in the works?

yes it is – and it will hopefully be released at the beginning of 2008.

09. What do you do with your spare or free time?

mainly reading, watching movies, listening to music, visiting friends, and getting as much sleep as possible.

11. What bands have you remixed?

deutsch nepal, noisex, ah cama-sotz, the klinik, yrrve zsuzyrrwe, celluloid mata, asche, neutral, the trial, ambassador 21, jesus and the gurus, mindless self indulgance. planned remixes for the future: fanny, sara noxx.

12. How did you get signed to Ant-Zen records?

i knew stefan alt when ant-zen wasn’t even born – when he was dj-ing in regensburg. we became close friends and he asked me for a contribution to the very first ant-zen-release, the ’tilarids/reynir’ tape compilation. more compilation appearances followed, and stefan liked my sounds – so the first 7″ was released in 1994, the first cd in 1995 – it all grew slowly but steadily.

13. Anything you’d like to add to this interview?

keep the faith!

okay, that’s it – if you have any more questions, i am here… thanks for the interview!

yours
P.A.L

please visit:

http://www.ant-zen.com/pal/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/therealpal

http://www.myspace.com/therealpal

Interview: Inure

| February 20th, 2009

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01. Tell us how Inure started?

Inure just started as something fun. Experimenting w/ making electronic music in the style that we kind of grew up on. It really just progressed from that.

02. Why did you choose the name Inure for your band?

Well it’s meaning pretty much summed up what life experience we all share in one form or another. Either through desentization, assimilation, etc. We’re all force fed some sort crap on a daily basis and for the most part we accept as this “well that’s just the way things are” attitude. So the name Inure and our lyrics kind of speak to that.

03. What does music, in its entirety, mean to you?

Music means everything to me. It’s most easily received form of artistic expression, but it’s just as cathartic as other art forms. Just for me its the most inspiring.

04. What do you use for equipment? Computers, keyboards?

Computers, Keyboards, lots of VSTs, Guitar, Bass, really just anything we can get our hands on and find a use for. What specifically do you use? V-Drums, Nuendo, Waves plugins, Spectrasonics, FL Studio, Reason. The list is long.

05. Has there ever been an Inure side-project? Will there be?

No there has never been a side project. If I were to do something else I would cease to do Inure.

06. What are some of your favorite electronic bands to listen to?

Loads, Nitzer Ebb, Skinny Puppy, Curve, Autechre, Coil, Lassigue Bendthaus, FLA, Front 242. But i dont listen to much industrial stuff anymore.

07. What inspired to keep pumping out your sounds?

Just a love for music really. It’s hobby. Everyone should have a hobby. Maybe one day I’ll make a career out of it. hahah

08. What’s your favorite book and author?

Shit, Ummm.. I like Clive Barker a lot. I dont have a favorite book really though.

09. Is there a new album in the works?

Yes, we’re about 3 or so songs into a new record.

10. What do you do with your spare or free time?

I write music. and hangout w/ my girl and friends.

11. What bands have you remixed?

We’ve remixed Unter Null, Implant, Diskonnekted. we remixed tool for fun. We’ll be remixing Alter Der Ruine soon.

12. How did you get signed to Alfa Matrix records?

Basically sent them the demos of Subversive and they like it so we got signed.

13. Anything you’d like to add to this interview?

Just thanks for interviewing us.

Interview: W.A.S.T.E.

| February 20th, 2009

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01. Tell us how W.A.S.T.E. started?

It basicly started back in 03 when i was living in san diego with a good friend of mine I was living in his spare room and not working at the time so i had a lot of free time to focus on the music. I was also going through some seriously heavy women drama and really needed an outlet. I started just adding tons and tons of distortion to some wimpy ass shit and BAM w.a.s.t.e. was born. only it didn’t have a name yet and i was on this whole entropy kick and how we are all just headed in that direction and one night i was sitting at this club and with a little help from some friends the name was created. Over the years i’ve refined my sound so to speak and what it is currently i’m most happy with. But honestly it’s only gonna get better and better.

02. What does music, in its entirety, mean to you?

I guess pretty much everything. Without it the world would be a much sadder place. And you can argue that if we never had it then we wouldn’t miss it kind of thing. But just try and imgaine a world without it , it’s nearly impossible. There is music in practicly everything and i personally feel that it actually helps humanity stay sane. It is a way of expressing certain feelings and this is nothing to new to anyone it’s just how i feel.

03. What do you use for equipment? Computers, keyboards? What specifically do you use?

We both use a mix of live gear and sequencing programs: Korg IX 300, four different Electribes, Roland JP8080, Reason, FL Studio, Sonar, and a huge database of sounds, samples, plug-ins, and effects. I have over 1,000 DVDs, so our movie sample list is never ending, and more often then not our sounds come from movies as well. I often look for sound effects and music loops in obscure movies. Our diolgue samples come from a varity of sources though. I have a personal digital recorder that i bring everywhere and sample anything and everything. I’ll be walking down hollywood or sunset and hear a homeless guy goin off about something think “oh perfect, this guy will be great” or on the track electric beatdown bitch i used a sample of my exgirlfriend getting reamed.

04. Have you ever thought about forming a side-project. Or have you already?

Yes i do. I have a few but the two i focus on mainly would have to be To Mega Therion and Vuxnut. To Mega Therion I mainly co produce with tyler viscerine but i’ve put a good amount of time and effort into that project to call it a side project. The Album The Blood Rituals will be coming out on sistinas rec soon. AlsoI will be releasing my first Vuxnut album on sistinas by the end of the year. For my first show as Vuxnut at the Avalon in Hollywood for the industrial festival i made about 10 copies of a little cdr that had my face on the cover in blue that had been photoshopped to hell. it was full of unfinished tracks and some people have refered to it as my first album. however this is not true. There was also a black and white version that was sent out by mechanismz as sort of a promo that others also consider my first album. The sound on both of those discs that was labeled my sort of vuxnut sound is being refiened and honed into what i want. I’m still deciding where i want to go with it. I will say this though, the first album for vuxnut is going to be a big colaboration of a lot of different artists and friends. I’ve got a lot of really interesting ideas for it and am in no hurry to push it out there.

05. What are some of your favorite Rythmic Noise projects?

Oh good lord i don’t know anymore haha in no order some of my faves are – sonar – haus arafna – NTT – feindflug – - synapscape – Alter Der Rune – imminent STARVATION! – - Caustic – MS Gentur – powered pussy – noisex – manufactura – emotional joystick – Re- Con – converter – in slaughter natives – pain station – somatic responses – c-tec – Slayv Axis- the magus – slogan – sickness – Noit Excev – P.A.L. – Hellfish and Producer – Railgun – Iszoloscope – Hiv+ – Exclipsect – Mono No Aware – Esplendor Geometrico – Orphx – Asche – Cell Auto Mata – This Morn Omina – Empusae – S.K.E.T. – Synth-etik – Sina – Somatic Responses – Hypnoskull – Winterkalte – Soman – Xotox – Shannon – Sven Vath – Ah Cama Sotz – Dulce Liquido – Older Combichrist – Kiew – Zymosiz – Vromb – Hecate – Venetian Snares – Silk Saw – Monolith Panacea – ….Tarmvred – Marita Schreck – Needle Sharing – Genocide Organ – Lith – Pail – 5F55 – Coil – The Operative -If you want even classify any of these as powernoise haha

06. What inspired to keep pumping out your sounds?

I guess pretty much just the love of making music. When i write a really cool beat or riff there is just nothing like it in the world. Rockin out in the studio just makes you forget about lifes everyday problems and bullshit. It’s just really fun writting music and brings me a lot happieness. I know that sounds lame but it’s the truth. When other people hear it and go yeah that kicks ass that’s just like an added bonus.

07. What’s your favorite book and author?

My favorite book the is the “HOUSE OF PAIN” By Pan Pantziarka. My favorite auther however is probably Michael Hemmingson or William Gibson.

08. Is there a new album in the works?

Just the EP that i Just finished. The next waste cd is a ways off still. however i have started writting it and have big plans for it.

09. What do you do with your spare or free time?

Almost all of my spare time is spent either watching movies, watching tv shows on dvd or playing videogames. exciting huh haha. I rarely have any free time these days though. i stay pretty busy and work too much. Nothing really makes me happier then writting shit so really why do anything else.

11. What bands have you remixed?

To Mega Therion , Manufactura, Caustic , Dawn of Ashes , Receiver , Slav Axis , The Operative , Victo Ecret , Phantom West , Terrorfakt , Embodi , and currently working on Alter Der Ruine

12. How did you get signed to Sistinas records?

German, the label head of Sistinas, contacted MECHaNISMz for a special collaboration project through a mutual friend and suggested re-releasing the original MECHaNISMz release (We all seek total entropy) with some minor updates. He noticed that W.A.S.T.E. was getting a lot of attention, and thought now was the time to strike. We had a few meetings and discussed some ideas, and what we basically decided on was to release a brand new album with some old tracks as a bonus and (This is what we seek) was released.

13. Anything you’d like to add to this interview?

I’m incredibly sorry it took me so long to finish. I’ve just been insanely busy. Also we are planning an upcoming tour more details soon. Thanks

Interview: Schizoid (2)

| February 20th, 2009

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01. State your case and what you do. Be specific as possible.

I’m Jay Schizoid from Toronto Ontario Canada. I run D-Trash Records. I maintain a solo digital hardcore music project called SCHIZOID. I’ve done some full length cds, a bunch of shows over the last 10 years under that name as well as participating in electronic acts EXIST, PERMANENT FROST, REFUZER VS SCHIZOID, JSCHIZOID, and for many years a full time black metal band DEAD OF WINTER – soon to be reborn in a solo rogue black metal band.

02. What brought you to dtrash records?

Back in 98, I wanted to be on DHR but knew they wouldn’t take me, I didn’t deserve it then I still had much to learn. I came across these kids and they looked like the next best thing. We did our thing for a few years and I got offered the spot to be in the driver’s seat and haven’t looked back, now we’re onto our own thing. There is a berth of fine quality extreme noise terror on the internet, waiting to be unearthed with each new year and we DTRASH are the ones to do it. Keep on keeping on.

03. What musical equipment do you use?

Sonic Foundry Acid 2.0. Fruity Loops 3.54. Cool Edit Pro 1.2.

Stanton turntable. BC Rich Beast 6-string guitar. BC Rich Beast 4-string bass. DR-220 Dr Rhythm Boss drum machines (2 of em). Edirol Ma-15D Stereo Monitors. Boss Overdrive Pedal (for the bass). Marshall 200watt amp (for the guitar). Homemade theremin. Ipod. Dictaphone. Minidisc player.

04. How did your project start?

There was a period years ago, I was going through a lot of hardship, and making SCHIZOID was the first positive thing I’d done in a while. It kept me busy and helped me shed that earlier part of my life to become something and someone different. The very beginnings originated out of trying to do a fan-made Monster Voodoo Machine mashup/remix and eventually I started to try make my own stuff and pieced it together with some early writings.

05. What inspires you to create?

Disgust, hatred, pettiness, depravity, self-destruction, guilt, sociopathic urges, anxiety, cynicism, revenge, desperation.

06. What is your favorite musical project and why?

Guns N Roses. Nothing will ever be as magnificent , grandiose, provocative, and utterly godamned cool as them. They rock and if you don’t agree, fuck yourself.

07. What is your favorite author and book and why?

Anton Lavey – for his writings for the Church of Satan. Not so much mind bending stuff, atleast for the abnormal amongst us, but just very reassuring to have it repeated in such striking and powerful literary tones. Give the man his respect.

John Zerzan – paints a frightening portrait of our times and the veil of immiserace that hangs upon us all.

08. What do you do with your spare time?

Get stoned and listen to the Donnas. Enjoy time with my companion Devilla. Watch Judge Judy and The Price Is Right. Pirate movies and software.

09. What is the meaning of life?

To arrive at the utter truth, that life is meaningless.

10. Does your music have a political agenda?

All of my music has an agenda, and my political outlook and aspirations definitely factor into the memes being presented.

11. What do you believe in?

The glaring truth of Death and the boundaries and urgency it imposes on every second of daily life.

12. Who is your favorite Digital Hardcore artist?

Atari Teenage Riot – Burn Berlin Burn

13. If you could have anything in the world what would it be?

To be rich. And that is not as much so because of the money, I just don’t want to ever have to work a day-job again. I want to sit on my ass and make new tracks and art and not have to satisfy employment related obligations for half of the day.

14. List your top ten albums worth listening to.

Mayhem – Ordo Ab Chao
Scorn – Evanescence
Lethal Aggression – Life Is Hard, But That’s No Excuse!
Agnostic Front – Another Voice
Monster Magnet – Spine Of God
Suicidal Tendencies – S/T
Carcass – Necroticism; Descanting The Insalubrious
Monster Voodoo Machine – Suffersystem
Blut Aus Nord – Mystical Beast Of Rebellion
Exit 13 – Ethos Musick

15. Anything you’d like to add to this interview?

The 9 Satanic Statements:

1. Satan represents indulgence instead of abstinence!
2. Satan represents vital existence instead of spiritual pipe dreams!
3. Satan represents undefiled wisdom instead of hypocritical self-deceit!
4. Satan represents kindness to those who deserve it instead of love wasted on ingrates!
5. Satan represents vengeance instead of turning the other cheek!
6. Satan represents responsibility to the responsible instead of concern for psychic vampires!
7. Satan represents man as just another animal, sometimes better, more often worse than those that walk on all-fours, who, because of his Òdivine spiritual and intellectual development,Ó has become the most vicious animal of all!
8. Satan represents all of the so-called sins, as they all lead to physical, mental, or emotional gratification!
9. Satan has been the best friend the Church has ever had, as He has kept it in business all these

years!

Interview: Babylon Disco

| February 20th, 2009

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01. State your case and what you do. Be specific as possible.

So, eh, yeah. I have this musical project called Babylon Disco. I make music influenced by early DHR and other electronic music like breakcore, noise and such. I also enjoy videogames, especially older ones, and I guess that is an influence of mine as well. The finished product is some kind of lo-fi digital hardcore with VGM-melodies.

02. What brought you to dtrash records?

I started talking to Schizoid at Soulseek (a kickass p2p-program). We share a common interest in Norwegian black-metal and The Simpsons, so we became pretty friendly. I sent him some Primas Annias-tracks (my previous band) and we talked about releasing them. When I finished my first Babylon Disco-album

I sent it to Schizoid and the rest is, as you say, history.

Now IÕm a digital-hardcore superstar surrounded by fame and fan-girls.

(Well, not really)

03. What musical equipment do you use?

Mostly my computer and various hardware. When I produce the tracks itÕs

almost exclusively with my computer, and when I play live I do live-versions of the tracks and add various effects with my hardware (favorites being the Kaosspad-2 and my Alesis Bitrman). I also use a midi-controller to play some easy lead-melodies, control VSTÕs etc.

04. How did your project start?

As a kid I played bass in some punk-bands. Always being the least-talented member I never had any say as to which direction to go in, so I started to produce electronic music by myself. In that way I could always take pride in the finished product.

Sometime in 1999 I picked up some Atari Teenage Riot-albums and that influenced me greatly. In 2004 I released a split 7Ó with my buddy Deadbeat (now known as Kandycore) and IÕve been releasing stuff ever since.

05. What inspires you to create?

Everyday-life, I guess. Games that I play, movies that I watch and music that I listen to. I have another upcoming release with my other project IYOV, which deals more with emotions and philosophy.

06. What is your favorite musical project and why?

I guess it would be Tom Waits. He has managed to make music for 35 years straight. Always changes his style and somehow it always sounds like Tom Waits. ThatÕs simply amazing. I have all of his albums and love all of them.

07. What is your favorite author and book and why?

Most of H.P LovecraftÕs novels are great. He was before his time; he developed his writing and his mythos and letÕs face it: he wrote scary stuff. Just about everything he wrote is awesome, but if I had to pick a favorite it would be either ÒThe case of Charles-Dexter WardÓ or ÒAt the mountains of madnessÓ. Other than that I guess that Tanakh (the Old Testament) is a big favorite.

08. What do you do with your spare time?

Seeing how IÕm a huge nerd; I enjoy video-games, comic-books and reading. Other than that I enjoy music in all its forms, and IÕm pretty active in a local socialist-union. Oh, and I study psychology at my local university.

09. What is the meaning of life?

Nobody knows that. Just be a nice person and live a good life, I guess.

10. Does your music have a political agenda?

Absolutely. IÕve always supported piracy and the working-class. Culture

should be freely available to everyone, everywhere. Other than that IÕve played several support-gigs for various socialist-groups, culture-centers and such. Just listen to my track ÒPissed and PoorÓ and see if you get the message.

11. What do you believe in?

In short; Socialism, solidarity and justice.

12. Who is your favorite Digital Hardcore artist?

Bomb 20, hands down. That man did some fucking amazing stuff! I canÕt explain it; itÕs just so raw, nerdy and powerful.

13. If you could have anything in the world what would it be?

Another Bomb 20 album, a re-united Black Isle and world peace. In that order.

14. List your top ten albums worth listening to.

In no particular order:

Darkthrone Ð Transylvanian Hunger
Bomb 20 Ð Reality Surpasses Fiction
Tom Waits Ð Blood Money
Dillinger Escape Plan Ð Calculating Infinity
Merzbow Ð Pulse Demon
Alec Empire Ð Generation Star Wars
Atari Teenage Riot Ð 60 second Wipeout
Nasum Ð Human 2.0
Current 93 Ð All the pretty little horses
Acursed Ð Livet Šr den lŠngsta vŠgen till helvetet

15. Anything you’d like to add to this interview?

Make bloody sure not to miss my upcoming EP on Reactionary Records. ItÕs called IYOV Ð Krossa Mig, and IÕm very proud of it. ItÕs digital-hardcore with some black-metal/sludge-influences. Very moody and emotional.

Interview: Princess Rotative

| February 20th, 2009

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01. State your case and what you do. Be specific as possible.

I’m the creator of Princesse Rotative, we are not a grindcore group and we don’t live in Paris. Basically I spend most of my time composing the instrumentals, making beats, sampling everything I can…and after hours and hours experimenting with these sounds, the piece starts to sound cool.

When I’m working with Abigail Green, we don’t have a specific way of doing things. Sometimes I ask her if she would fancy singing a song I like from some old cartoon, maybe she’ll change the words or the rhythm, other times she’ll compose her own melody or we’ll just get an idea :`Let’s make a song about the army !’, `Ooh, let’s do a country and western song ! That’s what’s so much fun, no constraints !

02. What brought you to dtrash records?

It’s Jason who contacted us.

I didn’t know Dtrash records, so it was a real pleasure to discover all these free crazy albums.

03. What musical equipment do you use?

A sampler, a Drum box, a CD player for scratching, a CB microphone on pedals and a macbook for the videos

04. How did your project start?

I used to play music with some friends when I was 20 years old… It was totally free, improvisations with guitars, musical toys, drums, and microphones… It lasted only a year but it was the craziest experience I’ve ever known (in the same style as The Boredoms).

05. What inspires you to create?

Movies, cartoons and when I get bored during a concert.

06. What is your favorite musical project and why?

Actually it’s Orchid. I really like the nervous screamo/hardcore accompanied by…lyrical? Guitar. There is something very sad and moving about all that violence.

07. What is your favorite author and book and why?

Charles buckowski “Women”. With him, loosers become funny and noble, and he has a generous vision of human beings.

08. What do you do with your spare time?

I make music, animation films, draw comics and go to the movies.

09. What is the meaning of life?

Going to the supermarket.

10. Does your music have a political agenda?

I guess so. It depends on which song.

11. What do you believe in?

I believe in coffee & crazy people who are afraid of nothing (those who don’t have access to weapons of mass destruction).

12. Who is your favorite Digital Hardcore artist?

Atari Teenage Riot.

13. If you could have anything in the world what would it be?

The Batmobile to go on world tour.

14. List your top ten albums worth listening to.

Beastie Boys “Check your head”
Sonic Youth “confusion is sex”
Boredoms “chocolate synthesizer”
Wu tang Clan “enter the Wu tang Clan”
Orchid “Totality”
Shellac “at action park”
The doors “the doors”
GaBLŽ “with a cloud of milk”
Atari Teenage Riot “60 seconds wipeout”
Dvorak “symphony n¡9″

15. Anything you’d like to add to this interview?

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Interview: Blipvert

| February 20th, 2009

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01. State your case and what you do. Be specific as possible.

My name is Will Redmond aka BlipVert. I’m a composer, guitarist, and electronic musician. I aim to make the most complex, insane, disturbing music that has ever been heard.

02. What brought you to dtrash records?

Well, I was in the process of mailing out demos to labels in 2007 hoping that someone would release my newest batch of material, and J Schizoid responded and was especially interested. I had also previously heard about DTrash after discovering a band on the label called Cutting Pink with Knives.

03. What musical equipment do you use?

Some things I use are guitar, drum machines, samplers, sequencers, mixers, voice, zurna (oboe from Turkey), shehnai (oboe from Pakistan), CDJ decks for live performance, air FX controllers, and the occasional electric kalimba.

04. How did your project start?

My whole project started in Brooklyn, New York in a small room above an animal hospital. After playing in several NYC based bands for a few years, I felt it was time to start composing and realizing my own personal style of music. I had been listening to electronic music all my life, and after acquiring a laptop and a cheap sampler, I went to work.

05. What inspires you to create?

Anything, I can usually gain inspiration from anything for creative purposes, whether its walking down the street or eating. This and the fact that if I didn’t create music, I’d probably wind up in jail.

06. What is your favorite musical project and why?

Dang, that’s tough, there’s so many. I’d have to say that while any project John Coltrane is way up there, basically anything that is able to project right out into the world without any reservation and without any sense of commerciality.

07. What is your favorite author and book and why?

Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke (also my fav author). That book changed my life. It deals with humanity’s final arrival at utopia which is brought about by immensely powerful aliens that all resemble Satan. This utopia however comes at a tremendous cost.

08. What do you do with your spare time?

Book gigs, write music, tour, read, bike, try to eat healthy, and talk to myself.

09. What is the meaning of life?

I have no fucking idea, but whatever it is, itÕs probably loud as hell (at least in my case).

10. Does your music have a political agenda?

No. But my music is a whole lot of noise, which is what politics is anyway.

11. What do you believe in?

The power and impact of intensity.

12. Who is your favorite Digital Hardcore artist?

Probably the man who started it all, Alec Empire. Also, J Schizoid!

13. If you could have anything in the world what would it be?

My own loft apartment in Soho

14. List your top ten albums worth listening to.

Hmm, another tough one, but here’s some that totally blow me away (in no particular order):

1. King Crimson – Discipline
2. Miles Davis – Dark Magus: Live at Carnegie Hall
3. John Coltrane – Acension
4. Pole – 1 (Blue Album)
5. Embryo – Reise
6. Residents – Mark of the Mole
7. A.R. Machines – Autovision
8. Meshuggah – Obzen
9. Autechre – Confield
10. Aphex Twin – Richard D. James Album

15. Anything you’d like to add to this interview?

Watch what you listen to, and don’t listen to what you watch.

Interview: The Phoeron

| February 20th, 2009

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01. State your case and what you do. Be specific as possible.

“the Phoeron” is a multiple-medium art project, primarily encompassing the phoeronism mythology; as for the music itself, I have been attempting to develop the Transgothick genre, which I see as Epic Transmodern Industrial/Digital Hardcore with Classical/Symphonic and Black Metal influences. I think I have been making good strides towards actualizing the ideal I hear in my head, but I’m not done yet.

02. What brought you to dtrash records?

Funny story actually—I was set up with a psychologist/counsellor to help me with the transition from street life to university, and he was a pretty cool guy. I played him my early demos and he mentioned that he knew of an underground label that one of his friends was really in to, and that might really like what I was working on; so he sent me to the D-TRASH Records site, and I did a little research on there, and figured I might as well send in my demo package. So here I am.

03. What musical equipment do you use?

I just recently simplified my home studio a great deal, to get more control over my sound; for recording, I use Logic Studio, an Apex460 studio microphone, a pair of 5″ Mackie monitors, Sennheiser closed- back studio headphones, and a PreSonus Firebox audio card; for composition and performance of instrumentation, I use Reason 4 and my trusty Axiom 25 midi control keyboard. At home, I do this all on my iMac, but on the road, I use a black MacBook.

Over the years I’ve used various solutions to create my music, but was unhappy with them for various reasons; I started off with a cheap Yamaha synth, did two and a half albums with the Korg Electribe drum machine, and tried out a Yamaha Motif (but gave up on it pretty quick). Reason, so far, has been the only synthesizer solution, hardware or software, that really did it for me. I’ve thought about saving up for an Access Virus TI, of course, but that hasn’t happened yet. Lastly, up until recording the pre-master of Universal Equation and Blutgeist (DTRASH113), I was using ProTools LE and an MBox for recording; moving up to Logic Studio with a Firebox has resulted in a dramatic improvement to my sound.

04. How did your project start?

“the Phoeron” started when I was still in the shelter system, in the fall of 2002, as an occult parody of Simon’s Necronomicon; I intended it, at first, to only be a musical project, but it quickly turned into a lot more, through the mythology I was developing to go behind the music. Originally, I was trying to form a Black Metal band, but unfortunately I’m too much of a control freak when it comes to art, and none of the other musicians I knew were willing to put their ego’s aside for mine. So I kept working with what I knew, and what I could do myself, and thus “the Phoeron” started evolving into an Industrial/ Digital Hardcore project.

It didn’t really become a true multiple-medium project, though, until I started working on the ABSU Meditations, and started coming up with paintings, poems, songs, specific myths, and ritual meditations that all connected into a bigger theme.

So this begs the question, Is “the Phoeron” project serious or not? Well, it’s both, actually. It’s still a parody of Simon’s Necronomicon and Satanism, but it’s also serious enough to have spiritual and psychological value beyond the humor. That being said, while I do rank Phoeronism pretty high among my accomplishments, that doesn’t ever stop me from having a good laugh at myself.

05. What inspires you to create?

I don’t know that I could identify exactly what my inspiration is, where it comes from, when it may come, or why it comes when it does. I just get taken by this moment of total clarity sometimes, and I have what you could call a vision, but usually encompasses all of my senses. I suppose you could say my unconscious mind just pushes my conscious mind aside when it wants to create something, and while such things are always a struggle, it seems like my unconscious mind is winning.

06. What is your favorite musical project and why?

That’s a tough question to answer straight, because I have a lot of favorites; but I generally fluctuate between the following five, depending on the times and seasons, I suppose: Skinny Puppy, Opeth, Depeche Mode, Marilyn Manson, and Beethoven.

07. What is your favorite author and book and why?

Hands down, my favorite author is Robert A. Heinlein, and his best book, in my opinion, is “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.” Though, there is very little I don’t enjoy of his.

08. What do you do with your spare time?

When I’m not taken by inspiration and busy creating away? I do a lot of reading, watch a lot of sci-fi, and occasionally hit up my Xbox360. Right now I’m reading the last book of Asimov’s Foundation series, working through the entire extant Doctor Who collection, and eagerly awaiting the acquisition of the new game by EA, Dead Space. However, I’m not always such an overt geek… I also really enjoy camping, canoeing, and hiking, and wish I had more time for the outdoorsman side of me.

09. What is the meaning of life?

42? No, I’m kidding. I don’t think life has to have meaning to be enjoyed, but you can go ahead and create your own meaning if you feel like it, as long as you remember that the meaning is completely imaginary.

10. Does your music have a political agenda?

I’ve said before, and I’ll say it again, I’m afraid of politics, because I know what kind of politician I would be; so no, I try to keep politics out of my art.

11. What do you believe in?

My actual beliefs are hard to summarize, mostly because of the external layers of Phoeronism; you could say that I’m a Satanist, from a certain point of view, but only as long as you understand that Satanism is a joke and is its own punch-line. You could also say that I’m an Occultist, but only as long as you understand that Magick (and religion/spirituality in general) is a glorified psychological phenomenon. You could, therefore, assume that I’m a Nihilist hiding under a mask of Jungian psychology and Nietzschean existentialism, but only as long as you realize I don’t take any of it seriously enough to deny the mysterious in life. So what do I believe in? Nothing, and everything.

12. Who is your favorite Digital Hardcore artist?

Schizoid and Hansel are tied, for me; I think they’ve pushed Digital Hardcore to its furthest limits.

13. If you could have anything in the world what would it be?

An early retirement with a nice little cottage in New Zealand, just south of Auckland, so that I could gorge myself on all the best outdoorsman activities, and spend the rest of my time working on my art, writing, and music.

14. List your top ten albums worth listening to.

1 & 2) Beethoven’s Seventh and Ninth Symphonies, 3) Skinny Puppy – Too Dark Park, 4) Opeth – My Arms, Your Hearse, 5) Depeche Mode – Some Great Reward, 6) Marilyn Manson – Antichrist Superstar, 7) NIN – Broken, 8) Diary of Dreams – Nigredo, 9) Apoptygma Berzerk – Welcome to Earth, 10) VNV Nation – Empires.

15. Anything you’d like to add to this interview?

Just to say that it’s been a good ride so far, with five discs out on D-TRASH Records. I’m excited to finish and release my next album, which will be the final piece in the first phase of the Phoeronism mythology. And then, I’ll be ready to show the world what I’m really all about.

THE PHOERON
10/17/2008