Dec 082003
 
Voodou

This interview took place on July 24th, 2003 at the Double Door in Chicago, Illinois.

Chain D.L.K.: How did you come up with the name?
Voodou: It obviously comes from the voodoo religion. We always liked the rituals and the imagery.

Chain D.L.K.: When did the band originally form and how did you all meet?
Voodou: The band orignally formed in 1999. We met Dewey through a previous band. We met Billy by him moving near us and our guitarist in Toronto, but he’s not on tour with us, right now he’s in Mexico.

Chain D.L.K.: How did you get connected with Martin Atkins of Underground Inc.?
Voodou: I sent off a little demo press kit that we made to go out to about 60 different labels. The postage was quite expensive and Martin Atkins called while I was painting my kitchen. I thought my friend Dave was posing as Martin Atkins, but Martin really did call and I knew his english accent wasn’t fake. I talked to Martin for 2 hours and from there he decided to pick us up. He asked us to open for Pigface, which was our first show and my first time being on stage. He liked us because we we’re driving and we had lots of merchandise for sale already. We signed the contract and went to Chicago to record and the rest is history.

Chain D.L.K.: What are your views on most of our scene’s music becoming more electronic, less guitars and more computer-driven?
Voodou: I think that couldn’t be any further from the truth. The only things I see are acutally doing something, are completely without electronics, to me that is emo. Everything is emo, emo this, emo that. This emo thing is taking over.

Chain D.L.K.: What are all your musical influences?
Voodou: We liked The Cult, Love and Rockets, Bauhaus, The Cure, Cocteau Twins, Janes Addiction, The Misfits, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Punk, Jazz, Blue Grass and Old Country. We like a plethora of different things. We look at every artist as a different and individual experience and what comes out of that makes our band Voodou. We are something original. We are not about the fashion, we are about the music.

Chain D.L.K.: How does it feel to tour with Hanzel und Gretyl? How did that all come about?
Voodou: It feels great! We did a cover of “Starfuckers” and Hanzel und Gretly found out about it and then we had Chad setting things up, so now we are touring with them.

Chain D.L.K.: When you write, do your lyrics come from dreams, thoughts or personal experiences?
Voodou: Anything we write comes from a passion but first and foremost from health and well being. Everything we do has a deep meaning. We have a video for “Doomsday” that you can see on our website and you can tell where it all comes from. Also, we write about friends we loved that we’ve lost to heroin.

Chain D.L.K.: What dramatic stage concepts do you use?
Voodou: We have a lot of ideas we want to use. We do dramatic things with our lights. We would like to do more but it takes so much money.

Chain D.L.K.: What direction do you see your music heading?
Voodou: We’ll go towards jazz.

Chain D.L.K.: What future projects can we expect?
Voodou: We’re going to finish our tour and take it from there. We have our Thrill Kill Kult tour scheduled.

Chain D.L.K.: In conclusion: What are some tips to surviving bands that are just starting out?
Voodou: Buy a computer, do it yourself, and stay away from labels.

Visit Voodou on the web at:
www.voodou.org

[interviewed by Michelle Russo] [proofreading by M. Pustianaz and Marc Urselli ]