Chain D.L.K.: Did you have any musical experience before forming Octolab? What led you to form the band?
Octolab: A: Well OctoLab started off as a side project to the very synth-poppishband Spektron. But it was hard for us to get together, since wewere four persons who lived in different cities. I and Fredrik feltthat the collaboration between us was good, so we decided to move intogether and make music.F: We both had experience in music before. I started with theEBM-old-school band Presto Fervant in 1988. I started the synthpop bandNovelty who got signed by Synthphony Records.A: I grew up with music, as a child I often followed my stepfatherout on tours. I spent most of my teens at the music center. I started thegirl electro band Aggregath. I also had a very short career as a drummerin a hardrock group. I took part in a number of different bands. ButOctoLab is my number one priority.
Chain D.L.K.: What is your main inspiration and what is your way of redefining the genre?
Octolab: F: We have a very open mind for all kinds of music, even though welisten mostly to electronic music. We like to stay up to date. But of courseKraftwerk is a source of inspiration. We combine that and dancerhythms’ with videogames and horror movies. But somehow most of thesongs turn out to be more poppish.A: Sometimes it feels like the songs almost create themselves
Chain D.L.K.: What’s the concept behind “The timeless room”?
Octolab: A: We are little too restless to stick to one concept. The musicis more like episodes, where the lyrics hold it together, they are muchabout obsessions, time and growing old.
Chain D.L.K.: Most of your songs have a danceable rhythm. Is this a key factorfor you?
Octolab: F: Yes, I guess. We like groovy stuff, with a touch of hard beats.
Chain D.L.K.: “Made on stage” talks about fans envying a performer who doesn’tseem to have a successful life outside his performing “role”. Whatmade you write this song?
Octolab: A: Hmm… I don’t know; guess that’s how I see performinglife. Just because people are beautiful or successful doesn’t meanthey are happy, but that’s what we often want to believe. Money andbeauty, then you got it all, it is not so often that people think of the quality oflife. I didn’t want to focus on women, so it´s about male modelling.I don’t think I´m biased. Please interpret it however you like. That’swhat I strive for.
Chain D.L.K.: Does “The doll” talk about a woman who got back the control on her life?
Octolab: A: Well, I want people to identify themselves, that’s why mostof my texts are written in metaphors. So without saying too much, butit´s something like “The Doll” is more a combination of feelings Ihad in a dream and dreams are often reflections of our waking hours.
Chain D.L.K.: Arielle, taking inspiration from “The doll”, are you experiencingsexual discrimination during your normal life and also in the musical scene?
Octolab: A: No I don’t. But you never know, I´m well aware that itexists. It happens all the time in other circumstances. Discriminationmakes me very angry, so I try not to think of it too much.
Chain D.L.K.: You remixed tracks for other bands. What is your method? Do youtry to redo the song with the Octolab style or do you prefer tochange it totally just to make it more interesting and peculiar?
Octolab: F: Totally change it.A: Yes, we like to do it our way. We usually don’t use the remixpackage except for the songs. We think it´s more fun that way.
Chain D.L.K.: Sweden has a well known synth-pop tradition which found hisEuropean highlight during the 90′s with Memento Materia and October labels. How is the Swedish synthpop/electro scene going nowadays? Do you see bands it is worth listening to?
Octolab: F: The synth scene feels a bit more limited then it did in the old days,but on the other hand the electro/club scene is growing. But of coursethere are several good bands like The Knife, Twice A Man, Covenantand so on. (What I miss nowadays are more Italo disco
Chain D.L.K.: What’s next for Octolab?
Octolab: F: We will be out and perform live, work on new songs for anotheralbum and maybe do a few remixes. We also do DJ sessions sometimes.
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[interviewed by Maurizio Pustianaz] [proofreading by Marco Pustianaz]