Being one of the most promising newcomer acts for the Harsh Electro/Industrial scene, welike to introduce you here to the Florida-based act Cyanide Regime. Consisting ofFernando S., Natalie G. and Christine S., they have just released a first official albumentitled “Visions Of Order” on the new built label Gorestone and the DSBP mail ordertakes care for the distribution. Just check out this interview with this act to join theregime…
Chain D.L.K.: Greetings Fernando, first of some words to you and your music project.Would you like to fill in some biographical details of the founding of Cyanide Regime? IsChristine S. now a real full-time member of your band?
Cyanide Regime: First of all, we would like to thank the Chain D.L.K. for thisopportunity, and for their efforts in promoting and reviewing artists from our scene.Regarding Cyanide Regime beginnings, we experimented with synthesizers for a while, butjust as sporadic hobbyists. Because of other priorities (full-time school and full-timework), we were not able to dedicate our time to this venture in a more committed fashion.After finishing our university degrees (2003 and 2004), we were able to concentrate ourtime further to music, and to work more diligently in Cyanide Regime. ConcerningChristine, she has been a very important part of CR since our start. Unfortunately due toa change of priorities in her life in the last couple of months, she has not been able tobe more involved with our project. Nevertheless, she’s still an official member ofCyanide Regime.
Chain D.L.K.: Fernando, you’ve got the Colombian nationality, while Natalie and Christineare US citizens. I’ve also noticed that you fly at times to South America to visit yourhome country. Is it to visit your family or is it also useful to spread someElectro/Industrial influences over this country? How is the scene there, any hopes for abetter outcome of more bands and labels?
Cyanide Regime: Yes, I still have some family in Colombia, and I really enjoy visiting.The last couple of times, I have been very fortunate to guest DJ spots in Bogota’sGoth/Industrial premier club Abnocto (http://www.myspace.com/bogotha). In general, thepeople from Bogota’s scene are knowledgeable about the music and lifestyle, and they are welcoming to introduction of new bands and sounds. However, the scene is not as big as it is in USA or Europe. Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Peru are still leading South America when it comes to Electro/Industrial. Bogota (Colombia’s Capital) is very big with the Heavy Metal scene, and it’s home to the international festival “Rock en el Parque” (Rock in the Park), which is similar to the German Wave/Gothik-Treffen, but for Rockers. Because of their underground musicaltendencies and lifestyle, I believe Bogota could become a influential center for Industrial music in the future. Hopefully, the current promoters and artists are able to propagate the scene in the upcoming years. That continues to be my wish.
Chain D.L.K.: You’re based in Florida and at least it seems that there’s currently a realmovement of new acts besides you providing the Harsh EBM/Electro formula. Please give usan overview about the scene around you in Miami, Tampa, Orlando or Ft. Lauderdale. Which bands to your opinion do we need to check out?
Cyanide Regime: Harsh EBM has been very popular for sometime in Florida. Several clubshave work hard to disseminate Industrial, more importantly The Castle in Tampa and thenow defunct Das Maschine in Orlando. Tom and Mark from The Castle, and George from DasMaschine have introduced new music, brought Electro-Industrial acts to Florida, andsupported local acts like God Module and Negative Format since their beginnings. Regarding local acts probably the more representatives are Frightdoll, who will be touring Europe this summer with Noisex, Dot Execute, who are excellent live and perhaps with the greatest potentialto become huge, Stained Glass Incubus, who are currently preparing their debut album, andForce.Is.Machine, who dominate the stages the most in the Orlando area.
Chain D.L.K.: With “Visions Of Order” you’ve just released your first official full-length CD on the new label Gorestone. Please introduce us your label and the people behind it. Isn’t it difficultand really courageous in this stagnant scene with dropping sales to build a label?
Cyanide Regime: Gorestone Records is the creation of Gelal (one of the members of StainedGlass Incubus). The objective of the project is a strategic partnership between Gorestone and any quality band to release their recordings, allow the artists to keep ownership of their music and projects, and share distribution resources. We have been able to generate some buzz for our distribution, and we also have the opportunity to generate copies of the album as they are sold. This adds flexibility to the production, and takes pressure from financial resources. Gelal also wants to be very careful with Gorestone’s roster to include artists with similar tendencies and work ethic. Proudly for us, “Visions of Order” was the first release under Gorestone, but there are already other artists working on their debut with the label. There are several advantages of being with Gorestone, more importantly our financial flexibility and artistic freedom.
Chain D.L.K.: “Visions Of Order” as well as earlier demo CDR’s from you show a rathermilitaristic-inspired artwork with tanks and soldiers. One approach could be that you’refishing in a cliche’ so typical for this music scene. How’s your point on this?
Cyanide Regime: There are several rehashed trends with Industrial imagery. Some want todevelop a militaristic inclination, others want to explore the serial killer psyche, and others want to go over horror subjects. Because of the concept of our first releases, our image fits moreadequately with what we display in our artwork. There are many issues to address otherthan Geopolitics, so our current imagery may evolve down the road. Our objective is notto revolutionize the scene obviously. We just wish to create music directed to thedance-floors and with some relevant lyric content.
Chain D.L.K.: You also integrate lyrics and vocals in your Spanish mother tongue in yourtracks. Do you feel more comfortable with your home language to find the right words formore complex themes? Or how do you decide in which language the tracks come out?
Cyanide Regime: I’m very fortunate to be bilingual and fluent in both Spanish andEnglish. The issues I have with English (as my second language) are perhaps more relatedto my accent. This however does not affect my composition work. I can deny that howeverthat Natalie participates considerably in the process making sure that things fit in and are presented in the correct context. So far, the songs dealing with religious issues have been written in Spanish; however, this has been unintentional.
Chain D.L.K.: Your melodious sounding synth textures and bass lines in tracks like “Imperio”, “Rosarium” or “Prevail” I tend to call a rather seldom-heard-before signature of your sound. You seem to invest a lot effort on this outcome, am I right? Tell us a bit about the technical side and the compositional progress of the Cyanide Regime…
Cyanide Regime: This is really one of the most fulfilling areas of music creation. Wereally love creating melodies and designing the sounds to use to play them. We pay a lotof attention to our chord progression and consonance, and we try to build our songsfollowing some sort of pop structure. As we mentioned before our wish is to design musicdirected to the dance-floor, and this process facilitates our objective. Because of thesetechniques, we have received plenty of feedback. People love it or hate it. Some enjoythe anthem style of the songs and others consider the music too happy. Specifically, themelodies are constructed at a later time during the track creation process (after most ofthe drum loops and bass sounds have been written). Initially, they are played live overthe background music, and recorded to midi. Once the data is in the sequencer, we editand quantisize before recording to audio. There are a several exceptions to this rulethat were played and recorded live like the melody over “Imperio” or the ending of “SickFrom Hunger”.
Chain D.L.K.: Recently you had some bad luck, because a planned mutual gig in the middleof March with the New York-based act FGFC820 had to be cancelled. What happened and arethere plans for a repetition?
Cyanide Regime: We were very excited to be given this opportunity: opening for FGFC820and playing for the audience from Orlando and Tampa. Unfortunately due to weatherconditions in the New York area all flights were cancelled, and FGFC820 members were notable to travel to Florida. The show took place anyway without the headliner, and with areduced admission. Luckily for us, the scene from Central Florida loves Industrialand EBM, and they supported the event despite of the circumstances. As far of a futureFGFC820 show, there are several promoters in Florida with interest, but nothing is edgeon stone yet. We would love to participate if that is an option in the future.
Chain D.L.K.: The international renowned WGT festival in Germany seems to have a specialmeaning for you, also because you’re flying every year to Europe to visit this event.When will you storm the stages in Leipzig?
Cyanide Regime: We have attended the WGT festival since 2002 (as visitors of course).This year is actually our 6th time in Leipzig. We love all the aspects of it: the shows,the city, the atmosphere, the fashion, and the clubs. It is an overwhelming experience tosee people of over the whole world gathered in Leipzig for this celebration. Irecommended to everybody in the Goth/Industrial scene as a must-do event. The memorieswould last a lifetime. Regarding Cyanide Regime performing in WGT, that is one of our goals, and hopefully the organizers of the festival provide us with the opportunity to participate on the future. Who knows maybe in 2008?
Chain D.L.K.: Your daily life besides being a musician. Please fill in details, relationships, hobbies, and further interests…
Cyanide Regime: Christine is a Physical Therapist, Natalie is an Accountant, and I’m aSoftware Developer. We basically have 9 to 5 jobs, so our limited time for music creationis for some evenings and weekends. Being here in South Florida, we club a lot, and not only to Goth/Industrial clubs, but also other genres. This helps us enormously to gain other views on new music, fashion, and trends. To us, it’s important to keep our influences current.
Chain D.L.K.: Please let us know about your upcoming plans, some new releases you like toconfirm here?
Cyanide Regime: We are currently promoting the current album through several onlineresources. We also have a small army of DJs from clubs, and radio (college and internet)around the world that play our music. Also our friend Tommy T at the DSBP, who has beenvery instrumental on getting Cyanide Regime’s name out there. We also have a couple ofshows scheduled in the upcoming months, one of which is with Informatik in Tampa, Dawn ofAshes in West Palm Beach, and Assemblage 23 in Miami. Regarding new releases, weconstantly work on music, and we have several new songs in production. However, we arestill far from releasing another album. We are now concentrating on promoting the album”Visions of Order”, and live performances. We are also looking on digital distribution asan option. That’s not our cup of tea, but it’s undeniable that eventually that mediumwill rule the future of music business.
Chain D.L.K.: Some final words to our readers to conclude this interview?
Cyanide Regime: All the best, Marc. Thank you again for the opportunity, and Join theRegime!!!
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[interviewed by Marc Tater] [proofreading by Tommy T. Rapisardi]