Hailing from Germany, Xotox is surely one of the leading acts into the Hard-Tech/rhythmically Powernoise-genre. Andreas Davids is the brainchild behind this fabulous project and he can look back on a rich discography released by the German ProNoize label. Since mostly all of his previous releases like ”Psi” or ”Nasse W‰nde” are sold-out and long out of print, the Denver-based label and mail-order service Vendetta-Music has agreed with ProNoize to release a ”Best of…” – collection entitled ”Hyperactive” of this act. More info is required, so we like to introduce you herewith Andreas and his music…
Chain D.L.K.: Hi Andreas, honor to those who deserve it: I guess your project Xotox has to be named as being one of the leaders of this minimal harsh EBM/Powernoise music style, which made you and your label ProNoize that successful and highly recognized. By looking back on some early days, how did you get signed with Frank and his Dark Dimension label group and what part of the success story you would like to change, if you could turn back the time?
Xotox: In 2002 a good friend of mine played “Eisenkiller” to Frank and he liked the track and called me by phone to ask me if I would be interested in releasing an album – so the contact began… “Eisenkiller” was originally self-released by me on a CD-R called ”Silberfieber”. I wouldn’t change anything… well… musically I always did what I wanted to do and I will always continue that way. It‘s my personal form of expression and I am happy that I have a really great partner with Frank.
Chain D.L.K.: We have to talk intensely on your last studio album “In Den Zehn Morgen”, since it offers several surprises asides your expected musically path. First off, what is happening “in the ten mornings” and what do you like thematically to explore with this album?
Xotox: With this album I describe the decay of mind, nature and human from my personal point of view. Something is always decaying somewhere and without decay nothing new can grow.
Chain D.L.K.: “In Den Zehn Morgen” offers a lot “foreign” influences, be it through collaborations with other musicians like Thomas Rainer of Nachtmahr or the female vocalist Lahannya, or be it through additional translations of lyrics taken out of foreign languages (“Czarny Las”). Do you see in this multiple collaborations a serious reason that this albumdrifts musically away to explore different styles?
Xotox: Well… the collaborations were a great thing to explore some new facets of the different styles and sounds which are involved in our own projects and even the different methods of the strategy of producing and making music makes these collaborations so interesting in my opinion.
Chain D.L.K.: Also worth to ask is the sense behind the creation of 2 additional parts of your successfully track “Winterblut”, since both differ from the original version featuring Jan L. providing the vocals?
Xotox: “Winterblut” describes the coldness of the mind and heart inside the human beings… “Winterblut 2: Eiszeit” (“Eiszeit” means “ice age”) describes deathlike coldness within a human’s life from birth to death and “Winterblut 3: Ewiges Eis” (“ewiges Eis” means “everlasting ice”) describes the incursion of the coldness from the human beings to thewhole world.
Chain D.L.K.: As so many bands of the scene, you’ve also decided to include a remix to fill the playing time of your album. But against to most related colleagues you’ve avoided to take one of the usual remixers in crime, why? Also, the remix of Phil J. of Steinkind surprises, since Steinkind drifts musically far away from your style. What have been the points to pick this one to be featured on your album?
Xotox: I didn’t intended to fill playing time with this remix – this wouldn’t fulfil the status of the great remix. I see this remix as an additional track and a clubby version of “Verlust”. I have chosen Phil, because he’s a nice guy first of all and I like the style of Steinkind and I wastotally sure that Phil would create a really stomping EBM-like remix.
Chain D.L.K.: As a special for the US-fans of Xotox you’ve released via Vendetta-Music a sort of best-of-album entitled “Hyperactive”. Why this collection and how much have you been involved by the track selection for this collection, since this normally requires a label/label licensing agreement?
Xotox: I got a suggestion from both labels concerning the tracklist and together we came to an agreement.. well… it wasn’t that complicated 😉
Chain D.L.K.: Two unreleased tracks can be heard on “Hyperactive”, “Offizium” and “Degeneration”, which surely makes this collection attractive to the European listeners too. What about these tracks, have you seriously recorded them especially for this release?
Xotox: Yes, I have seriously recorded them for this compilation.
Chain D.L.K.: How about live gigs? Any touring plans, maybe in the States, you can already confirm?
Xotox: Some dates for the new year are already confirmed but there’s a lot of planning at the moment so I can not say something concrete.
Chain D.L.K.: Your daily life besides being a musician. Please fill in details, relations, hobbies, and further interests?
Xotox: I have a daytime-job as a business-clerk which I really like… besides music my interests and hobbies are movies, good books and things like that. There’s not much free-time so I try to fill that with useful activities. What do you mean with “relation” ? My personal life?? Well… I am married (to that girl next to me on stage) 😉
Chain D.L.K.: Please let us know about your upcoming plans, some new releases youlike to confirm here?
Xotox: Currently I am working on new material for an EP…
Chain D.L.K.: Some final words to our readers to conclude this interview?
Xotox: I am really thankful for all that has happened especially in the last year (2008). It was an amazing year for me and I really know who made this possible.. YOU! Many, many thanks to all my fans… and I mean this seriously!
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[interviewed by Marc Tater] [proofreading by Tommy T. Rapisardi]