Quite simply put perhaps the greatest band to ever exist in my book, and I’ve said that now for 7 years! Their music has taken every form of electronic and completely destroyed their rules, shattering them and melding them into some of the most challenging and innoovative work ever created,period. This interview was taken at their last show for their recent tour in San Francisco via phone with the mastermind behind the mayhem, Daniel Myer.
Chain D.L.K.: So, first off, is it exhausting doing two tours in a row, or is it making up for the time Haujobb had trouble touring in America in the past, like a burst of pent up energy?
Haujobb: No, I mean, the two with VNV was back in April and I was off for five months, so it was no big problem. Today is going to be the last show but, I’m going to need a long break. I have two “scene” kind of music, but not more. I’m not going to release all my instrumental tracks that made it on the record, so it’s just going to be Haujobb and VNV music, so, that’s about it.
Chain D.L.K.: What are the plans for the next album “Vertical Theory”? How did you come up with that title?
Haujobb: I came up with the title because, uh, we were talking a lot about how Haujobb sounded like, and we tried to get back to the scene. It basically is that there’s a lot of theory involved when we started to write the music. And then when we started, we used 4 different recording sessions. We recorded once and then changed it three times, so it’s back & forth…a lot of shit happens
Chain D.L.K.: Some said with the last album that Haujobb did a loop-de-loop and revisited it’s more EBM-influenced CD’s like “Freeze Frame Reality”. Do you consider “Vertical Theory” a step in this direction or yet another completely different journey for Haujobb?
Haujobb: Vertical theory is kind of like that, but it’s small, like I wouldn’t say danceable, but there are dance tracks on it. A lot of tracks could be played on the floor. Photek & Autechre influences are still there, but it will not be Futurepop.
Chain D.L.K.: I noticed a bit that your side-projects indicate what direction Haujobb will go in next, to some extent. Any of your current projects, such as Scope or Clear Vision, influence the new CD?
Haujobb: No no, no no no no no! It’s different
Chain D.L.K.: Do you ever foresee Haujobb moving to more of a nature-oriented direction in subject matter, or staying with the digital-oriented direction? Or perhaps both?
Haujobb: No. We’re staying digital. We love electronics and the progression & technology and we’re going to be doing more digital noises and stuff.
Chain D.L.K.: I’ve seen Haujobb’s directions as a whole as questioning of human and machine relationships, and it’s impact on the world. Would I be wrong in saying this?
Haujobb: Exactly, exactly, yeah. Yep, that is what is is.
Chain D.L.K.: I noticed where in the last show you played in Chicago at Park West, you added a lot more organic elements like guitar and live drums. How does this affect the sound versus using drum machines and digital equipment?
Haujobb: Live, I want it to be different. This tour was the last one we did with live drums. The next one will be more digital, more based on electronics. No guitars, no acoustic drums. It would affect me, because, uh, I need drums. When I’m onstage, I need energy onstage. A drumbox can’t give me energy. I need to be entertained on stage because I need to entertain people. I need to be entertained.
Chain D.L.K.: Is NEWT still a project? Whatever happened to Andreas Meyer, by the way?
Haujobb: I hope so. I’m working with Andreas again, but we’re just working on some soundtrack stuff, but, I’m working on that. He’s working on the Forma Tadre stuff, but he’s, oh, I don’t know, it’ll be soon enough
Chain D.L.K.: How do you feel about “Planet Myer Day” dedicated to you? We’ve been having those around my house (s) since “Freeze Frame Reality”!
Haujobb: Daniel Meyer day is a Daniel Meyer day. I do that, it’s my night. I’m gonna present four or five projects, a DJ set, Victoria from Clair Voyant, Cleen from Patrickbox.
Chain D.L.K.: I thought it was a national holiday or something, like the Love Parade!
Haujobb: (Laughing loudly) Haha it’s not a national holiday. It’s not Christmas time, it’s not going be the love parade, it’s not going be a holiday.
Chain D.L.K.: Where does such a stream of inspiration come for all your projects? Do you ever fear running out of ideas or burning out on music?
Haujobb: I listen to a lot of music, so that’s why I… uh… everything inspires me. Even pop music, like Justin Timberlake. I like all kinds of music, that’s where it comes from. So no.
Chain D.L.K.: Any last comments before you get ready for the show?
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[interviewed by Shaun Hamilton] [proofreading by Erica Breyer]