Feb 282010
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Chain D.L.K.: Hello Dennis, thanx for taking time to answer a couple of questions pertaining your new album “La Parade Monstrueuse”. In our last interview you outlined the theme of the album as “a dark, strange circus world’. What is awating the listeners?
In Strict Confidence: First and foremost it has to do with the artwork. We have taken the theme of circus or cabaret and created our own world based on that.

Chain D.L.K.: Would that be correct to assume that the topic of circus serves for you as a metaphor for the illusory world, the same you deal musically with?
In Strict Confidence: No. As I said the topic has to do with the artwork. Musically we work absolutely independent from that.

Chain D.L.K.: As a kid have you been often to a circus? Does it fascinate you?
In Strict Confidence: Sure I have been to a circus as a kid but I don’t really like it. In any case I feel sorry for the animals. They do not belong there and it cannot be a good life for them. However I admire the acrobatic numbers very much. I find the circus life interesting but it doesn’t get me excited.

Chain D.L.K.: We’ve got an impression that the new album sounds much harder that its forerunner. Was it planned like that from the very beginning or did things develop in this direction as the production proceeded?
In Strict Confidence: Yes, it was planned in advance. We wanted to make the sound more raw compared to “Exile Paradise’. Naturally, not all songs are this hard.

Chain D.L.K.: Is this hardness a result of rage against all those things pretence?
In Strict Confidence: No, no. I’m a very laid back person. Rage and anger aren’t my thing.

Chain D.L.K.: Who was responsible for the unusual artwork?
In Strict Confidence: It is impossible to mention just one person. The general idea was mine but it took 12-15 people to realize it. From the models to the makeup artist, stylist, photograph and illustrator. It certainly took many hundreds of working hours to get the final result.

Chain D.L.K.: The limited edition contains a bonus-CD with many remixes. Did you pick them yourself?
In Strict Confidence: Yes, sure. Nobody tells us what to do in this regard. We made a remix for ASP in the past thus he offered his work in return. I’ve been in contact with Rhys Fulber for a long time and was very glad when he agreed to remix our song. X-Fusion was also a very conscious choice since I was looking for a gaudy remixer. I’m more than content with all the results.

Chain D.L.K.: Moreover, there is a remix contest for “My Despair’. Could you take stock of that?
In Strict Confidence: Like in the past we have got the whole range in terms of quality. From very “unique’ remixes to true pearls it’s all there. I have only got a chance to hear about a half of them and I’ll take more time to listen very soon.

Chain D.L.K.: The original version of “Set Me Free’ you sing as a duet with Nina in two languages. What is the idea behind it?

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In Strict Confidence: Actually it is just a stylistic device to underline certain things. It has no specific meaning for the lyrics.

Chain D.L.K.: We are very excited about the remix by ASP. What can you tell us about it?
In Strict Confidence: A wonderful job. The guys made it sound very ASP-like. And it is not just remixed by even enriched with ASP’s vocals close before the end.

Chain D.L.K.: Why is it a good idea to by the new issue of Sonic Seducer?
In Strict Confidence: Because we attached our EPCD to it! It is a rather unusual way of distribution for a CD but it’s a move with a great potential to reach audience.

Chain D.L.K.: Your new tour kicks off in April. Have you planned anything special?
In Strict Confidence: First and foremost we are eager finally to perform new songs. We’ve almost bored ourselves playing the same songs for five years. Hahah. As far as far as female vocals are concerned Antje’s singing will be completed by Nina’s. That way they will be rarely on stage at the same time but will be taking turns. I’m working on expansion of the video projections.

Chain D.L.K.: You’ve got Diorama as a support act…
In Strict Confidence: Right. That came in handy because their new album comes out almost at the same time. It would make no sense to tour separately while competing against each other. Instead, we offer a nice package for the audience.

Chain D.L.K.: Your opinion about the following two words:Snow
In Strict Confidence: I’ve had enough of it this year. I live in the mountains and used to lots of snow but it has been enough for one summer.Cultural Capital City of 2010

Chain D.L.K.: Cultural Capital City of 2010
In Strict Confidence: Essen and the Ruhr region if my memory serves me well. As far as I can judge it deserves this title. But you are probably getting at our show in Essen in Easter… Then Essen’s title is more than justified.

Chain D.L.K.: And your final words are…
In Strict Confidence: Thanx for the interview and best wishes to everybody.

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[interviewed by Dietmar Fels & Astrid Kerber] [proofreading by Andre Wiegand]

Dec 012002
ISC live


Chain D.L.K.: What led to the re-signing with Metropolis-Records after so long?
MTA Dennis: It is surely not the correct platform to judge by which label it is on; it is only a logo print on the back. Important for the fans is that the CD will be released.
Chain D.L.K.: What is the direction of the new CD? Any influence from involvement in the HMB project?
Dennis: No, that had nothing to do with ISC. HMB was a small extension of our input. We have searched to make the new ISC the best we can, without current trends to act upon. We were still on “Love kills” right after love kills! Then and tried to keep the spirit alive.
Chain D.L.K.: Was macht gesange sie deutsch mehr im es (What made you sing in German on this release)?
Dennis: German is our mother language, and in the music here it is very neglected. We heard often people asking why we sing partly in German, but the question is why must we sing English in our own land? We have much more possibilities with the native language than a language we have just learned.
Chain D.L.K.: Als denkt du tour auf America das jahr oder necht (Any plans on doing a tour of America this year or next?) ?
Dennis: We are touring in August in Europe, but always think to come the America. But there are no MTAconcrete plans yet.
Chain D.L.K.: What is your opinion of the shift from English lyrics to German in German music? And what about the state of music in general?
Dennis: We answered that partly already. I think that our mother language is very important. Now not only in our scene have bands been writing in it for a while, though nevertheless some stay in English. I observed a positive development, after standing still in this for a long time. For many years it was locked. New influences …… and accepting).
Chain D.L.K.: So what started you off into the world of electronic?
Dennis: The fascination of sounds. We loved the sound of the electronic area in the 80s and felt in love with the possibilities of electronic equipment.
Chain D.L.K.: What inspires you in your current music? What is the inspiration behind the new CD?
Dennis: Our main influence is our feeling, all which can be transferred in our music. It is important to have different forms of atmospheres and emotions on an album.
Chain D.L.K.: Where did the title of the new CD,"Mistrust the Angels" come from?
Dennis: This name was the working title of the "love kills!" album. We loved the title, but felt that MTA"love kills!" needs a more level name. It’s just a feeling.
Chain D.L.K.: I remember you having covered Depeche Mode’s "Stripped" some time ago on the first CD. Any plans for more cover songs down the line?
Dennis: ”Stripped” was not on the first CD. You can find it on the collapse EP, which was released as second. We did also one for a Metallica tribute; song was called "sad but true". We have some more favorite songs, which would be worth to be covered, but no concrete plans at the moment.
Chain D.L.K.: I notice some of the song titles such as "Herzattacke" suggest a slight pop feel. Is this true in the least about the CD?
Dennis: Yes, but less than “Zauberschloss” for example, I think. If you play with melodies and harmonics you always get a pop feeling.
Chain D.L.K.: What bands would you recommend?
Dennis: There are a lot of bands to be named, but some of them are for sure Recoil, Delerium, Björk, Nine Inch Nails, etc.
Chain D.L.K.: Als worte weisse habe oder interessieren phrasen auf deutsch (Any words of wisdom or interesting German phrases that you know of)?
Dennis: Nicht denken – fühlen! (Don’t think-Feel!)


ISC live [interviewed by Shaun Hamilton proofreading by Erica Breyer] [proofreading by Erica Breyer]