upcoming tour with Der Blutharsch

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    • 8 okt 2008, 19:55

    upcoming tour with Der Blutharsch

    ~source~ http://www.chaindlk.com/interviews/index.php?interview=DerB

    Chain D.L.K.: While listening to your early stuff the audience could think you've been inspired by Autopsia, Laibach and S.P.K. of the "Zamia Lehmanni" period but: how did you manage to create your personal vision of this kind of sound?
    Der Blutharsch: I like a lot SPK indeed, "Zamia Lehmanni" for me is still one of the best albums in the industrial / ambient scene. A classic, only matched by Lustmord. Some years ago I was into Laibach as well, but I don`t really think these bands influenced me that much, it was more a progress away from my former project TMLHBAC; you might know that some songs of "First" initially were meant to be for TMLHBAC, but then I decided to release it under another project name, and so Der Blutharsch was born. I think that at that time I was more influenced by classical music than at any other time, especially Russian composers like Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, as well as Brahms, who is one of my favourite composers. The sound of the early days is for sure influenced by them; I don`t really tried to "create" a sound, I just started working on some songs and it "happened"....

    Chain D.L.K.: You always did albums without track titles. This suggested to me that you wanted to create something like a musical transposition of a picture. Anyway, what has been your early vision of the project and how/why it changed?
    Der Blutharsch: Yes, I never used song titles, as I see an album not as a simple collection of tracks but as a whole work. Besides, in the beginning the music was more or less instrumental and I had no real intention to think of some "good sounding" song titles, but leave it up to the listener to make his own mind about the music and to get his own pictures in his imagination when listening to the music. My early vision was quite simple, I just wanted to release the LP ("First") followed by a 7 inch and then stop the project, but plans changed and as you see, we are still around.

    Chain D.L.K.: Thinking of Der Blutharsch, I feel a sort of link to Futurism. Am I wrong?
    Der Blutharsch: That might be possible, I like Futurism a lot, especially the Italian one: Marinetti, Russolo, etc. Balla is my favorite one. A few years ago we had a fantastic exhibition of Italian Futurism in Vienna, never seen since 1938, accompanied by an evening of Futurist music and lecture... a fantastic event. I am building a Rumorarmonio, too, which I will use for further recordings....

    Chain D.L.K.: Did your vision of Der Blutharsch change when you started working with Douglas Pierce/Death In June?
    Der Blutharsch: No, why should it? Douglas asked me if I would record some songs with him when I came to visit him in Australia, and it ended as a full length album which we wrote, recorded and mixed in 10 days. It was the usual way for me to work and it simply was a fun and groovy time. In the end it was about music, nothing else.

    Chain D.L.K.: During the Death In June years how did you work together?

    Der Blutharsch: I wrote the music and recorded it, Douglas wrote the vocals and then I had full control of the production. The only way this experience changed my view about recording was that we worked in a fully analog studio with a real 2inch real tape and I had to change a bit my way of working. This is still today my way of recording. I have no computer in my studio, all is recorded on real recorders 1:1... real "handmade" music.

    Chain D.L.K.: Why has this collaboration been put on hold? In my opinion Douglas found a new inspiration working with you in Death In June. Something that he wasn't able to replicate in "Alarm agents"...
    Der Blutharsch: Well, honestly I think "Alarm Agents" is a really boring album, and I am curious to see if Douglas will ever manage again to release a surprising album in the future... we will see. The collaboration ended more or less simply because we don't live really around the corner, and because I have no time these days and prefer to concentrate on Der Blutharsch....I have my own studio in my house and so I can work on music whenever I feel like it, a good way, much better than to book a studio and to have to "create" something in one or two weeks...when I don't feel like recording I just don't, and if a song needs four weeks to get where it should, I can take any time I want/need....

    Chain D.L.K.: On "The philosopher's stone" you wrote: "Uniform are always changing, Rock'n'Roll is forever". How do we have to read this phrase in the light of the previous musical change and latest/last album title?
    Der Blutharsch: Well. I am quite bored with all this neo-folk, industrial, martial and uniform scene/music. It got really boring over the years, and there is no good new band around these days which attracts me musically. I listen to a lot of different music (there is only good and bad music) and don't see myself as part of the abovementioned scene; well, honestly I never really did anyway, but well... and the phrase is true, isn't it?

    Chain D.L.K.: Did you find your "philosopher's stone"? What are you turning into gold?
    Der Blutharsch: Well.. I gave you a small hint about the title....it has more to do with mushrooms than anything else...

    Chain D.L.K.: What made you feel the urge of changing Der Blutharsch from a solo project into a real band with a different sound?
    Der Blutharsch: It simply happened... I started as a "one man project", but already on the first tour I collaborated with some people: John Murphy played the drums, Wilhelm Herich was the second vocalist, although that time I wrote all the music by myself. Then I met Bain on a concert in Sydney. He moved to Austria for a few years and we got very close friends, I came together with Marthynna and then I asked both for the St Petersburg gig to join me on stage. It was already a cool gang and we had a lot of fun touring Europe and the USA. Some time later I met Jorg and asked him if he could play one guitar part for a new song. We immediately got on well together in the studio, became good friends and he has been part of the band ever since. Naturally the sound changed through these circumstances: the more people you have involved, the more they add their personal style to the music, and so things changed. I think, too, the sound changed recently as I renewed my studio. Now I have a 56 channel mixing desk, 48 track recorder, a lot of old equipment. I bought a lot of vintage gear like Korg MS20, Polysix, Rheem mark VII, some 60's analog reverbs and delays and last week I got a Hammond Organ, so with this equipment you have to work totally different and of course we now have many guitars.....

    Chain D.L.K.: Even if now the music has a more psychedelic/rock attitude I can see a link about the approach to sound. You know, I feel that the sound produces the same kind of rumbling effect... What is your opinion?
    Der Blutharsch: Never really thought about it, but people told me so and I understand. I mean, it still is the same guy mixing and producing the music, so it would be strange if the sound changed totally and I like the way Der Blutharsch sounds, I think it has a special sound. Not really clean, but very dirty and a lot of harmonics going on the same time.

    Chain D.L.K.: One of your album is titled "The track of the hunted" and on the ghost track of "The philosopher's stone" there's something that could recall a similar situation where betrayed people are hunted. What are you referring to?
    Der Blutharsch: I don't want to explain songs or comment on them.

    Chain D.L.K.: About your new change (I don't know what kind of phase are you closing and if you think you are done with Der Blutharsch), always on the ghost track there are the following lines: "You know we have to be careful what we have to say now, because if it gets out there, people will know the truth" or "We have to watch our backs, cover our tracks. And always, behind the lookout, for a traitor in the crowd, who will knife us in the back. Should we be kissed by our brother and pay the price? No, because we live to rock'n'roll". What is that truth? Who's the traitor? What made you write these lines?

    Der Blutharsch: Well. There are always different truths, and traitors are waiting at each corner, so never believe what you see and never trust what people tell you.

    Chain D.L.K.: How much irony is part of Der Blutharsch?
    Der Blutharsch: Hmmm... I never made a statistic about this, but since I am a person who loves irony and has a good sense of humor and doesn't take myself seriously at all, I think quit a big part.

    Chain D.L.K.: Can you tell us what's next for your musical projects and for HauRuck?
    Der Blutharsch: We have already started working on a new Der Blutharsch album and have three songs in the pipeline, which we now have to record , but they are written, and we have a demo recording of them...and I am in the studio now nearly every day trying out new things and new equipment I got ..and during this normally some ideas come up and of course I store them as sketches for further recordings, prepare some basic tracks. In March, when Jorg is back from Asia we will start with some recordings of guitars... so I think realistically we will have the new album ready in Spring 2009. Then we will tour together with Bain Wolfkind and Derniere Volonte, if all works out as we want it. For HauRucK! there are some plans. We just released Position Parallele, a great side project of Derniere Volonte; Geoffroy is working on new DV material and for 2008 we have some releases planned, such as a Naevus EP; Foresta Di Ferro told me his new album should be ready soon, some other HR! Bands are working on new material and we'll see when they are ready. I expect albums by Changes and Bain Wolfkind this year, then there is a re-release planned of an album which for me is one of the most important of the whole genre , but I won't talk about this yet. More information to come soon. At least, you see, we are not lazy... at least some of us :)

    Chain D.L.K.: A curiosity: what do you think about the big World Serpent Distribution mess now that several years have passed? Did you risk ending your activity because of that?
    Der Blutharsch: Well, fortunately when this occurred I already had left DB and was working with Tesco, a change I never regretted. So, the WSD "disaster" was more a side note for me and affected only TMLHBAC which at that time didn't exist anymore. I lost only a few bucks, which, considering how much I earned through the years with WSD, were peanuts. It was a pity that WSD "died", but I already had that feeling some years before it really happened, and therefore left the ship before it started sinking. Well, things always come to an end, and life goes on.... Two months ago we performed in London and I met Alan Trench, the director of WSD who came to watch our show, we had a good talk and many laughs and it was good to meet up again, we did work 8 years together… so. We have been in contact again since and it is nice to talk to old friends. The past is the past, and most of it was good. So, no bitterness from my side.

    Chain D.L.K.: Are you listening to any good music you'd like to share with our readers?
    Der Blutharsch: Oh, there is so much good music fortunately. I just mention a few bands I listen a lot to these days: Silverbullit, Angels of Light, Earth, Black Mountain, LOW, The Black Angels, The Dandy Warhols, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Clinic, Soulwax, Grinderman, Franz Ferdinand, Gorillaz, Fatboy Slim but as well classics like ELVIS, Adriano Celentano, Johnny Cash, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones, Beatles, Queens Of The Stone Age... Tom Jones and ,and, and, and... I have over 6000 CD`s, so I have a lot to enjoy.

    Chain D.L.K.: How has your approach to live performance changed now that Dear Blutharsch is a band? Has the audience response changed and have you got any particular episode you'd like to tell?
    Der Blutharsch: Well, compared to my very first tour with Boyd Rice, where I was alone on stage over the line up with John and Wilhelm, as well with Marthynna and Bain the music was more or less a karaoke show with live drumming. Now we are a full band on stage, five people, and everything is played live. I totally like the new way... performing live is much more fun and exciting than performing to a playback tape. Every show is different, and how you feel when you play. I remember - in London on the last tour we went on stage and performed damn fast.. nearly like an old school punk band....

    Chain D.L.K.: I know you love Italy and probably you know our movie directors of the past. We had during the end of 60's/early 80's a good amount of great directors/producers of thriller/horror/western and police movies (without mentioning the drama, with directors such as Pasolini, Rossellini, etc). Do you know Dario Argento / Umberto Lenzi / Ruggero Deodato / Sergio Martino, etc? If so, what do you think of their movies?
    Der Blutharsch: I love them all. There are some finest movies ever done in the world coming from Italy. I also like a lot the Italian 70's porn movies. They are super bizzarre... anyway, I am a big fan of Fellini, too... but many others as well.

  • The part that both DV and der Blutharsch are going to tour (together) made me very happy!!
    can't wait to see both of them... I hope they will be booked on a convenient spot in the Netherlands

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    • suomish sa...
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    • 24 okt 2008, 12:20
    oh my.
    i'm sure they won't visit prague :/

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