Steelberry Clones got an exclusive interview with Daniel B (Daniel Bressanutti) from Front 242. Daniel B talks passionately about analog synthesizers, the future of Front 242 and his latest project – Nothing But Noise, with a scheduled album release on April 16th. Front 242 hardly needs any major introduction, for 30 years they have been shaping, defining and exploring the genre that later became the foundation for electronic body music (EBM). Several bands have followed in their footsteps since then. Front 242 started in 1981 in Aarschot, near Brussels, Belgium, by Daniel and Dirk Bergen, who wanted to create music and graphic design using emerging electronic tools. The first single, “Principles”, was released in 1981. The front part of the name comes from the idea of an organized popular uprising. Patrick Codenys and Jean-Luc De Meyer had separately formed a group called Under Viewer at about the same time, and the two duos joined together in 1982. Bressanutti, Codenys and De Meyer took turns on vocals at first, until they settled on De Meyer as the lead vocalist. De Meyer came to write most of the lyrics and Valerie Jane Steele also wrote several tracks including “Don’t Crash”. They decided not to use the regular waveform settings on their synthesizers, arguing that creating the waveform for each note was part of the creative process.
Dirk Bergen early on left the band to pursue other things, but Daniel tells us that they have remained friends for all of these years, and when the opportunity came up last year they decided to get back in the studio together with Erwin Jadot (a mutual friend) to bring us this new project called Nothing But Noise (NBN). The new NBN album that will be released on April 16th brings us a very different sound, then we are used to listening to Front 242. NBN, apart from being done entirely by machines, has very little in coming with Front 242 – it is a very complex sounding album with strong ambient influences, basically all instrumental and perhaps most importantly no drums. Daniel B tells us that this was a clear intent from the beginning – to do a full synthetic album with no drums in sight. Steelberry Clones has pre-listened to the entire album and we must say that it is an impressive sonic experience to listen to all these analog synths pushed into a dark ambient world – a cinematic experience. You can pre-listen to a couple of samples below on the NBN SoundCloud player below:
The members of Front 242 were heroes in the electronic underground scene all through the 80s and 90s, and have continued to record and tour to the present day. The band members has come and gone over the years but they all have one thing in common and that is their love for side-projects – all current members of Front 242 sport multiple side-projects spanning DJing, bands and film. Daniel B has produced a range of extra-curricular work over the years, including ‘Male or Female’ and ‘Speed Tribe’, a DVD and audio release based around the 2001 Le Mans motor race. Nothing But Noise, together with Dirk and Erwin, is Daniel’s latest and most anti-242 project and of course we here at Steelberry Clones needed to know more about this.
Can you tell us a little about the theme of the new NBN album
“For us it was like a new beginning, and although it had been a long time since we stopped working together, we always had in the plans that at one point in time we should do something together. So when the opportunity came we basically did not have any specific plans for the new album – we merely did for ourselves, not something revolutionary, but something we both liked.”
However, somewhere in the back of our heads we had two objectives; first we wanted to kind of explore where the music we all listened to when we were young (Tangerine Dreams, Krautrock, Kraftwerk, Stockhausen etc) would have been today if these acts had continued to produce material all the way to where we stand today. Secondly, we wanted to take on the challenge of not using any drums at all, especially considering our Front 242 background. “I would say that the only real parallel to Front 242 is the sole use of machines.”.
You have all been engaged in several side projects, along side Front 242, has this been a way to keep the creativity up
Not in relation to Front 242, I would say. Front 242 is actually more of a certain formula – you know what it is supposed to sound like, and in fact most of our fans (and the longer we keep going) want us to sound the same. At least speaking for myself – Front 242 is not my whole life. It’s the same thing with a guitar player who at points in time also wants to play the piano – there are so many things to explore, but of course all the things you do outside of Front 242 will influence the work in the band – cross-pollination in a sense. The “Male and Female” album has definitely influenced my way of making music and in general it is easier to be creative in a new format, like Nothing But Noise, to explore new things.
The announced break with Front 242, was that because of Nothing But Noise, or something else
“As you know we (Front 242) do not make any records anymore – so I have plenty of time to focus on other projects.” Front 242 still have some booked concerts that we will do, especially in countries where we have not toured a lot, so we will still do occasional shows going forward, and for how long depends a lot on inspiration. When it comes to Nothing But Noise it is easy to say that we have the time and music is our lives
Was it hard to start working again with Dirk after all these years – did you have a plan on what you wanted to accomplish
“We talked about it a lot and we did not have a master plan what we wanted to do.”
Sex, dirt, deterioration, destruction, fashion and arts, humankind in all its facets and the longing for the extreme: Formalin’s music is direct, forceful and hard – a sound that excellently depicts the real life in their hometown of Berlin as well as the inner abyss of the human soul – with all the subsequent extremes and emotions.
Formalin takes the listener into a dark, postapocalyptic world full of destruction and decay. One cannot help to admire with how much passion the duo has worked on every minute detail to optimize and focus the characteristic and extreme sound. A process that the many live concerts the band has played in the past years have helped to perfect. And on stage, the project unfolds its full conceptual glory and channels the rocking energy inherent in the songs perfectly.
Tominous: Vocals, Lyrics, Music Gabor: Music, Drumming, Lyrics
Taken from the album: Wasteland Manifesto
Directed by: David Wolff | www.stop-and-motion.de
Camera by: Philipp Dreissig
Music by: Gabor Poszt / Thomas Liebchen
Lyrics by: Thomas Liebchen
Vocals by: Thomas Liebchen
Piano by: Gabor Poszt
Mastered by: Sascha “Busy” Bühren @ TrueBusyness/Berlin
This was just announced via the Alfa Matrix – the Belgian electro giants Front 242 have decided not to perform in Europe after the 1st of May 2012 and this until further notice. In a message to the label the band says that they need a (well deserved) break (to start recording a new album as well?).
This however also means – and the band has confirmed this as well – that Front 242 will not perform at the Amphi Festival 2012 in Cologne nor at the Noctural Culture Night 2012 Festival in Deutzen.
In case you think that festivals are to blame, know that the band added: “The promoters of those festivals are not responsible for this decision which is fully on Front 242′ s behalf.”
Waldorf has just released Electric Body Machinery – a new Blofeld soundset by Soundset Ari Ahrendt.
This punchy soundset that covers everything for electronic music of the darker kind. Highly energetic sounds for areas such as EBM, Synth Pop, Dark Electro, Future Pop, Electro Wave and Minimal Electro Pop. All sounds on highest level of musical playability, usability and inspiration. Suitable for records, studio and especially for clubs and live performance! 128 Sounds for technically wide EBM basses, melodically sawing chaos leads, boombastic drums, shiny pads and strings, as well as inspring polysynth sounds enable you to make the dance-mob shake and stomp .
Use modulation wheel at own risk!
Here is a demosong called “Dark Lights”. According to the soundcloud notes, all sounds are created with Waldorf Blofeld including all drums, effects, spheres and modulations.
visit the Shop and get the maximum of power to your next dark synth tune!
We continue our reporting from this year’s electronic music event in Sweden – ElectriXmas. This time Steelberry Clones had an interview with Hocico, the agrressive industrial electronic act from Mexico (although they live in Germany today). Backstage we asked the lead singer of Hocico everything ranging from the new album, how it is to play in Russia and their take on iOS synth apps.
The duo was officially formed in 1993 by Erik Garcia a.k.a Erk Aicrag (lyrics and vocals) and Oscar Mayorga a.k.a. Racso Agroyam (Programming), but both cousins had been experimenting with electronic music, mixing industrial and EBM, since they were fifteen years old. Their music can be described as electro-industrial. Erk Aircrag and Racso Agroyam incited to express their feelings through technology. Given the influence of varying currents of electronic music (mainly Skinny Puppy) they began their trajectory in 1989 in a project called “Niñera Degenerada”. Their lyrics are both in Spanish as well as English. The Spanish word hocico means snout, and is used in Mexico as a dis-respective way to describe someone’s comments coming out of their mouth.
Racso Agroyam has a side project called Dulce Liquido.
Erk Aicrag has a side project called Rabia Sorda.
Bite me! Video clip produced by “Crazy Clip TV”, Album “Tiempos De Furia” Out Of Line Music 2011
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We start of the live reporting from the Swedish electronic music fest ElectriXmas, that took place this weekend, with an exclusive interview with Necro Facility.
Necro Facility consists of Oscar Holter, who writes the music and plays all the instruments, the vocalist Henrik Bäckström, who also writes all the lyrics and finally Cristopher Hedström a session player. The band started in 2001 when both Oscar and Henrik were in the Swedish “Högstadie”, 14 and 15 years old. They released their first demo in february 2001. They released 2 more demos before getting signed to Progress productions. They released their debut “The black paintings” in 2005.
Make sure to follow our coming reports from ElectriXmas over the course of the next few days, including acts like Tyske Ludder and Hocico
We do apologies for the bad sound on the live on stage performance parts in this video
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Watch out for our live report from the event
Here are some of the bands you can expect to hear from:
Hocico Bite me! HD official video 2011
Tyske Ludder – Tempelberg – MeraLuna 2011
Code 64 – Progenitor
S.P.O.C.K – Never Trust a Klingon
Necro Facility – Live in Moscow 2011
See you live at ElectriXmas tomorrow
After a turbulent time with the band, a partially interrupted tour and another mess, it now seems German And One again have found the spark. The new single “Back Home” will land in January and includes three versions of the title track and the b-side “Wounds”.
Front man and singer Steve Naghavi has again recruited the former members Joke Jay and Rick Shah, after Chris Ruiz and Gio van Oli left the band (to form the EBM duo PAKT) during the summer.
After having endured some criticism for the latest album “Tanzomat,” which also was the last thing that was released via the band’s former record label Out Of Line, you have found a new home on the SPV’s electronic sublabel Synthetic Symphony.
“Back Home” is released on January 23 via SPV / Synthetic Symphony.
- Back Home (Club Mix)
- Back Home (Mixed Conditioner)
- Back Home (Berlin Mixer)
Code64 is the latest edition
Should be a nice evening I would say
“Finally, we’re happy to announce the last band to join this years electriXmas lineup – Code 64!
The swedish/norwegian electropop trio Code 64, exploded back into the scene with their highly successful album “Trialogue” in 2010 after a long break from the spotlight. We’re really looking forward to see what they bring to the stage!”
So, the complete lineup now looks like this:
TYSKE LUDDER (de)
CODE 64 (se)
NECRO FACILITY (se)
Check out the Artists page for more info.
As well as this we’ve got this years DJ’s booked in with an all-Swedish attendance!
DJ Faleryne (Synhcave, Freakshow, Göteborg)
DJ Elektroskull via Solar Drifwood (Stockholm)
DJ P-machine (Neostalgia, Malmö)
DJ sand (Klubb [re]form, Malmö)
Get more info on the DJ’s here.
As we did last year we will raffle off two tickets to this year’s electriXmas!
This is open to everyone but there are a few simple rules. The rules are the same as last year – too easy!
In order to have the opportunity to win you have to…
… by December 4th (it’s a Sunday).
On the evening of Sunday 4th we’ll we draw at random a pair of winners. Good luck !!
So… there’s nothing left to do now but to get ready to party !!
Check out this nice remix by none other than Apoptygama Berzerk
Lost in Desire – I Am You (Apoptygma Berzerk Remix)
From the album “Reborn from the Ashes)
Directed by: Joanna Babicka, Bernie Pfeiffer
Photography: Christian Promintzer
Editing: Bernie Pfeiffer