To get a stronger reputation in the world-wide Electro/Industrial scene is nowadays a hard cake to take, everthing depends on hard work. Diverje, one of the leading acts out of the DSBP roster, have decided to walk this path by doing uncountable live gigs and have opened for some better known names of the scene. Tommy T. could successfully built a capable line-up with four additional musicians, and besides all this a new Diverje studio album entitled “Stitched” has been created too. Enough activities of this multi-talented musician, DJ and label owner to get discovered in this new interview…
Chain D.L.K.: Hello Tommy, you’ve recently released a new album entitled “Stitched”, which offerssome surprises for your listeners. There’s your collaboration with the Argentinean-based act Alien Produkt for example. Since they are signed to BLC Productions, how did it come that you “allowed” a foreign-label-act to offer sounds and arrangements to compose the title track “Stitched”?
Diverje: Hello! Thanks for your support and doing this interview, Marc! Alien Produkt and I have been in touch for many years and I really like how they progressed through the years. We talked about a collaboration and I sent them a song, and they did some amazing things to it, and we decided to make it in a new song, and collaboration for Diverje. I then added the lyrics, vocals after a few hundred listens, and it really fit and sounded great together! I am very happy for this result. This album has a harder, dancey edge to it and this song ended up being the perfect title track for sure!
Chain D.L.K.: “Stitched” was announced a longer time before through MySpace and other communities and you have been watched out for female models to pose for your cover art. I’m quitedisappointed to see that cutie Adria only on a very small photo in your cover art. What has happened to her, that you included the additional “banned from Myspace” words to her? Has this happening taken influence on the creation of your art?
Diverje: It’s unbelievable that they took down all my banners and pics of Adria all over MySpace, as she was our first “banner girl”…it was an ex-g/f reporting these hot pics to Tom at MySpace so she could get me kicked off, or maybe she is all sad that I found a hotter girl to put on the site instead of her. Although this picture was never meant for the album cover, but only for MySpace promotion and banners. It really pissed me off, so I decided to put in a pic of Adria in this album…so the ex-bitch can’t get that removed, can she? Now, you are right… the pic is too small… this is a problem… we need to have human-sized pics of Adria everywhere and make them come to life so we can interact with them and enjoy her lovely body to the fullest extent. 😀 I’ll get to work on that, bro!
Chain D.L.K.: Talking on “Smell The Blood”, the second so-called main track of “Stitched”. Byreading the lyrics I once again would interpret a relation to “I Walk Alone”, but surely more drastically formulated. It seems you mistrusting people more and more…
Diverje: These songs are actually similar in the fact that they deal with being betrayed and fucked over, whether it be a girlfriend or a buddy. “I walk alone” is more about a relationship with a woman gone wrong and realizing in the end that you are better off alone anyway. There’s so much of an advantage of being alone and not letting yourself get taken advantage of and doing things you don’t want to do all the time just to make that woman happy when most of the time they won’t try to make you happy either. I wrote this after a long time g/f really showed her true colors and I felt stupid for all I did for her and with her…what a waste. “Smell The Blood” is referring more to fake friends who just use you and deceive you just to bring you down or to leech of you and then do their best to get what you have. I have dealt with such people and backstabbers and liars and bastards that I am always ready on defense for them so when they come to fucking stab me, I am already waiting with my own knife to stick in their heart instead. I have gotten good at reading people and what their real motives are in messing with me.
Chain D.L.K.: And how is it with “Run Like Hell”? Do you suffer from persecution mania?
Diverje: Yes… this is a paranoia song…its about how things are becoming here in America. It’s becoming a police state and so many stupid things people get shit for, and get told they “cannot do”. They spy into our lives, and need to know everything we do, and want to track us with barcodes and all their other shit… The government is so fucking corrupt and so many people just don’t care and go along with it all. I don’t…I resist and shout out loud at the bullshit, injustices, and stupid laws, and wrong wars that are going on in this world. So we are talking about high tailing it out of this stupid place… time to run like hell!!! Did you like the song, bro? Everyone asks me if its a Pink Floyd cover… LOL…
Chain D.L.K.: Yes, man, to me one of the outstanding tracks. Talking about the way you like to perform your vocals on “Stitched”. I’ve seldom heard you that enraged and full of anger and I’m sure that this happened not only because it shall accomplish your powerful live performances. So how does come?
Diverje: The vocals have a “ferocious sound” on this album is what everyone is saying and it IS because of the live experience over the last couple years, and really coming up with “my own way” of doing the harsh EBM/Industrial style without cloning others… I am influenced by lots of bands in this scene doing the harsh Industrial of course, and then the metal bands, old school hard rock, and punk as well…I think I am just evolving more with each album and the vocals definitely sound better than ever on this one. I also have to credit Vince and Josh for doing lots of mixing on this album and doing cool things with my vocals as well… they made them thicker and more effected but not hard to understand.
Chain D.L.K.: It may makes sense to produce a cover, in your case on the track “Come Back” of the J.Geils Band. But how could you persuade Josh of The Mercy Cage to provide the music for this track? And how does it work on your audience if you perform this track live on stage?
Diverje: I have loved that song since I was a kid and my parents would have their radio on at the beach. It was a song that stuck out to me as a youngster. Years later I heard it and loved it again. In 2002 I went through a lot of personal stuff and re-discovered much of the rock music of my youth and this song just made me want to do a cover version of it. Josh and I are both into that kind of “Rock and Roll” from back in the 80’s and it had so much cool synths in it that we both thought it would be great for us to do. He was totally into programming it and I knew he would do a kick ass job on it…he really blew the shit apart on this one!! Totally killer sound and doing vocals for it was a lot of fun. It goes over REALLY WELL in the live setl… it’s our “last song” for the set usually and people sing along with me and it’s just a rocking song.I think when people see us LIVE they really connect to us and we have a mixture of Industrial/Rock/Metal/Dance-band all in one and that does go over well in clubs/bars for the most part. We have played with Metal & Rock bands, Industrial, Experimental bands, and Trance as well. The gigs are always growing but we have played some places that say “we’re too heavy” forthem, and that’s hilarious and I love it…wussies!!! We do have more energy on stage than most bands do, so I can see where we scare them a bit…some clubs just want boring cover bands with statues playing instruments…we don’t do that… we go nuts, and engage the crowd and violate the stage!!!
Chain D.L.K.: Talking on your live performances, it seems at least that Diverje has grown and canmore and more impress the audience. Tell us a bit about your last gigs, it seems you could match some of the so-called headliner acts. So when is Diverje ready to do a coast-to-coast tour?
Diverje: I would love to, as would the rest of the band…but… being a 5 piece, we do have our issues. Everyone has its day jobs, they can’t lose or walk away from. We do not have a vehicle that can do a tour coast to coast either. We do have some offers and interest though and maybe that will come to reality in the next years. We do put on a real good live show, lots of energy and the sound isawesome!! We sound a bit heavier live because we do use guitar and bass as well as live percussion…I think it’s cooler that way though, I have seen too many boring electronic bands that just stand there, singing to a backing track and that’s it. We do play “live” and we do use some backing track too, but with the full band arsenal it all blends well and sounds more real than many “headliner acts” that we have seen come through the years. There’re some LIVE bands that totally inspire me though like Skinny Puppy, Front Line Assembly, Pigface and Combichrist! Of course, to name a few!
Chain D.L.K.: No interview with Tommy T. without asking about the current happening around the DSBP label. I guess the signing of Vertigo Venus is quite surprising and drifts away immense from your normal Industrial roster. How and why the decision to try out a musically different kind? How are the reactions so far?
Diverje: Vertigo Venus are definitely different but I think it’s fine to do some different things on the label. They are a really FUN LIVE Band with diverse styles and sounds that kicks ass in the clubs as well. Very talented guys with the music and the way they are very silly and “tongue in cheek” in their songs, which is fresh and cool to hear. They are also playing in the Diverje live-band and we have built a strong bond through the last couple years. I wanted to give them a shot to be heard on a larger platform than they have been before, and their songs are lots of fun and have some great variety as well as some good programming and synth parts… The vocals are more like “The B-52’s” or something, but its still real heavy. They appeal to a wide audience and may be able to bring new ears to the label as well to check out the other bands. We are definitely interested in working with bands who work for themselves as well. Anyone can make music now, but we are looking for the bands who do it with conviction and a passion, and play live and promote immense and do all they can to makethe band known! DSBP will be releasing more Electro/Industrial and the bands we have worked with before as well soon… We have some new stuff in the works for 2008..we’ll keep it secret till it happens…so this was just “something different” as we have done with some other bands as well. So far the results are good. People are checking them out and some are really digging them, too.
Chain D.L.K.: The German distributor Icare Media has at least stopped all business activities andthis unfortunately takes effect on your label releases. Any other plans in the pipeline to get a better distro in Europe?
Diverje: No, I am really frustrated with the distro scene and not many honest players anymore to tell you the truth… we have lost thousands dealing with European distributors…I have to give major props to INDIETECTIVE RECORDS though as they are the only reliable distributor we have come across over there.
Chain D.L.K.: At least I heard about some problems with your Cyberage radio show. What’s going onthere and how can these problems solved?
Diverje: The problems are mainly on the Freeform show I do after the Cyberage Radio…for some reason KUNM is being all difficult and telling all late night DJ’s to mix up the styles so eclectically that we will lose most of the audiences… I prefer to do my “freeform” shows with a flow and exploring lots of styles, but mostly within the electronic sounds…I get the best response too of all those DJ’s with calls all night long, e-mails non stop… and its just unbelievable how much support I get for this show…so… it’s crazy to have to deal with bureaucratic bullshit, which is all that it is when the “higher ups” have to try to ruin a good thing. I will fight for my show till the end if that’s what it takes or I will have all my listeners write in and flood KUNMs servers with e-mails, if they try to get rid of me forplaying “too much electronic music”… Hehehehe, they are so lost in the past!! Electronic music is NOW!! It’s what people want, and it’s what they shall get… the listeners and audience matter more than the suits in offices pushing pens trying to tell us what to do better when they have no fucking clue on what it takes to make a successful show.
Chain D.L.K.: Plans, hopes and wishes for the future for all of your uncountable projects? Can wehope for a new Bio-Mechanical Degeneration release?
Diverje: We will definitely be doing a new one soon…whenever myself and Vince have some time we will be writing more and collaborating for that one… we had a great response for it for a first CD and will keep on going cause we love the sounds and our style on that one. I am very happy that people enjoyed the BMD album so much. I will also be doing other projects because music is all I really care about these days:-). New DIVERJE songs are also in the works as we speak…No rest for the Wicked!!
Chain D.L.K.: Besides your last words to conclude this interview I would also like to ask a question which recently came in a very prominent forum: what’s the meaning of the “T” letter in Tommy T. Rapisardi? 😀
Diverje: Ahhh, the famous $10,000 question….Is it Titties? Tank? Tutone? Toke? or Timmah ?Shit if I know…my parents don’t tell me these things…Thanks for your support and this interesting conversation… Hope you all check out the new”Stitched” album out on DSBP Records. We’re at… http://www.dsbp.cx , http://www.myspace.com/diverje – get in touch, and lets make some noise!! tear it down!
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[interviewed by Marc Tater] [proofreading by Tommy T. Rapisardi]