Over at Sonic State an interview with legendary boss of Mute Records can be found. Mute has several renowned bands on its listing such as Depeche Mode, Nitzer Ebb, Fad Gadget, Erasure to name but a few. Here is what Sonic State has to say about it:
Without Mute records and the acts they have nurtured in the 30+ years since they were formed by Daniel Miller in 1978 as a way to release his own tracks, a whole swathe of influential electronic pop music may never have made it to mainstream attention. Depeche Mode, Yazoo, Erasure, Moby, Goldfrapp and many others have benefitted from their unique, artist-centric focus and been able to flourish and have long term relevance in an industry which is so often driven by the flavour of the month.
With a two-day celebration of all things Mute at the Short Circuit event at the Roundhouse, London on May 13th and 14th looming, we caught up with the founder of Mute – Daniel Miller and talked synths, software and the relevence of todays record company.
Nitzer Ebb needs no further introduction, but fact remains that Bon Harris and Douglas McCarthy with albums like, “That Total Age” and “Belief”, in the late 1980s set the scene for EBM going forward, with their devotion to pounding bass rhythms. Having toured with Depeche Mode few doubt their impact on electronic music and after a break in the 1990s the band finally reunited and went on tour again in 2006. Last year the critically acclaimed album Industrial Complex came out and as of right now they are on a long European tour together with Die Krupps. As a special treat for fans both bands play jointly on stage and an exclusive mini album called Rhythm of the Machines can be obtained on site. Stereoklang met up with the band backstage and had a long chat about gear, the synth/EBM scene of today, the shift of label and how they still maintain a enthusiastic crowd everywhere they go.
How has your new material been received and how did the collaboration with Die Krupps come about?
Well it is not technically all that much new material, but it has been laid out to fit our tour and the collaboration we have with Die Krupps. But we are of course pleased with the response we have received so far and our fans seems to like it. The idea of collaboration with die Krupps happened in November last year when we met each other in San Antonio, Texas. However we do have a long joint history together, so when Ralph contacted us in the studio with the idea of doing something jointly we were all for it.
You are celebrating 30 years as a band next year, how do you work to continue excite existing and new fans?
The most important thing is honesty and be 100% true to what you do. We work hard to produce shows that match the expectations of our fans, but we are also very demanding on ourselves to deliver quality over quantity. You need to show on stage that – You mean it!
N.Ebb And Die Krupps Video
Synth treat, just check the listing below:
Debukas plays Nitzer Ebb’s “Join In The Chant”. All live, apart from the choir.
Featuring Moog Prodigy, Roland SH-101/MC-202/TR-909/Jupiter 6/MSQ-700, Yamaha DX-7, Kawai XD-5, Akai MPC2000XL, WEM Copicat, Joemeek VC2, Drawmer 1960, API 512c/525, Zoom 1201, TC D-Two, Sennheiser 421
Under the slogan “Join In The Rhythm Of Machines” are two of the largest EBM bands making a total of nine exclusive performances across Europe. In connection with the tour released an ep that is currently being recorded and the tapes promises more surprises during the evening.
In Malmo and Gothenburg veterans may also be joined by a relatively new rising star on EBM heaven, … namely Swedish Auto Da Feh.
Listen and read more about them at
On 13-14 May, the British label Mute will host Short Circuit Electronic Music Festival at the Roundhouse in London. Performances and unique collaborations with the past as well as current and prospective Mute artists will be interspersed with discussions, workshops, screenings and installations to celebrate the Mutes successful and influential time as a label.
Program (more names will be added soon)
Friday, May 13
RICHARD H. KIRK
CARTER TUTTI with Nik Void
THE BALANESCU QUARTET
Saturday, May 14
Erasure AND SPECIAL GUEST
Alison Moyet (SPECIAL GUEST)
POPPY AND THE Jezebel
SFT AND MIRA Calix
Irmina SCHMIDT AND Kumo play The Sound Of Can – CAN ARCHIVE SPECIAL
MARK STEWART ‘ON / OFF’ (2009)
AN EXCLUSIVE NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS FILM BY Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard
WITH MORE “To be announced
GARETH JONES ON Producing MUTE ARTISTS
STEFAN BETKE (AKA POLE) ‘An Introduction
NTO THE SCIENCE OF MASTERING ‘
PLUS MORE “To be announced
INSTALLATIONS – 13 & May 14
Flies, GUYS AND CHOIR
Mute founded by Daniel Miller in 1978 and has since signed now world-famous artists such as Depeche Mode, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Goldfrapp, Erasure and Moby as well as new talents that Yeasayer and soon the album in question Josh T. Pearson.
Whilst maintaining a firmly eclectic roster, from the earliest days of The Normal, Fad Gadget and DAF through to the techno era with artists such as Plastikman / Richie Hawtin and Speedy J, and to the present day with hybrid electronic artists such as Yeasayer and S.C.U.M, the label has always been a champion of electronic music.
Mute also looks after a catalogue of seminal electronic artists such as Can, Throbbing Gristle, Cabaret Voltaire and Kraftwerk.
Short Circuit pays tribute to the key Pioneers of Electronic Music, recent festivals have hosted performances from artists such as the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Holger Czukay, John Foxx, Jeff Mills and Gavin Bryars.
Tickets for the Mutes festival days in London are available here. www.roundhouse.org.uk
We have all heard Die Krupps’ and Nitzer Ebb’s collaboration “Machineries of Joy” from 1989. Now, 22 years later the two legendary bands join forces on a nine-date “Join in the Rhythm of Machines” tour in April and May. They will play Paris, Dortmund, Antwerpen, Gothenburg, Stockholm, Malmö, Berlin, Bratislava and Budapest.
A special EP is being recorded as we speak, to be sold exclusively at the concerts. There will also be surprises on stage.
Alfa Matrix released a rather different album last week, namely that of the Australian Studio-X: “Neo-Futurism”. The duo fuses elements of electro, industrial, house, techno, trance and hard trance into a series of very hard-hitting tracks. You could consider the band to be very unlike many other groups. Not surprisingly that Studio-X has earned itself a reputation for solid remix work. Below is the track “You’ll Never Get This”.
The two-CD set that Alfa Matrix is launching now consists of the album “Neo-Futurism” and the “Studio-matriX” bonus disc, on which you’ll find the remix work they did for such acts as Nitzer Ebb, Ayria, Leaether Strip, Implant ft. Angelspit, Unter Null, I:Scintilla, Helalyn Flowers and so on. You can order “Neo-Futurism” here.
Tracklist – CD 1: “Neo Futurism”
- YOU’LL NEVER GET THIS
- POISON IVY
- WHO SAID THAT
- SEARCH & DESTROY
- THE DRILL
- PARTY (FEAT. RACHEL HAYWIRE)
- POISON IVY (DJ-X LAB-4 REMIX)
- THE DRILL (PROTEUS ‘FIRE WALK WITH ME’ REMIX)
Tracklist – CD 2: “Studio Matrix”
- NITZER EBB – ONCE YOU SAY (STUDIO-X ELECTRO REMIX)
- IMPLANT – VIOLENCE (FEAT. ANGELSPIT) (STUDIO-X HARD DANCE REMIX)
- AYRIA – BAD LIST (STUDIO-X ELECTRO REMIX)
- LEAETHER STRIP – COMPASSION (STUDIO-X TRANCE REMIX)
- HELALYN FLOWERS – YOUR KILLER TOY (STUDIO-X HARD DANCE REMIX)
- I:SCINTILLA – PREY ON YOU (STUDIO-X HARD DANCE REMIX)
- UNTER NULL – GODLESS (STUDIO-X HARD DANCE REMIX)
- ACYLUM – RAISE YOUR FIST (STUDIO-X HARD DANCE REMIX)
- PSY’AVIAH – NO EXCUSE (STUDIO-X HARD DANCE REMIX)
- ESSENCE OF MIND – WICKED SMILE (STUDIO-X HARD DANCE REMIX)
- NEIKKA-RPM – WARPED (STUDIO-X HARD DANCE REMIX)
- FREAKANGEL – IT’S NOT A LOVE SONG (STUDIO-X HARD DANCE REMIX)
Tracklist japanese issue “Studio Remi-X” – Disc 2.
- TERROLOKAUST – Just One Fix (STUDIO-X Hard Dance Remix) *
- SUICIDAL ROMANCE – Make Me Blind (STUDIO-X Hard Dance Remix)
- REAPER – Dirty Cash (STUDIO-X Hard Dance Remix) *
- SOMAN – Skin Deep (STUDIO-X Hard Dance Remix)
- BE MY ENEMY – Start The Revolution (STUDIO-X Electro Remix) *
- TERRORKODE – Motherfuckers (STUDIO-X Hard Dance Remix) *
- GRENDEL – Chemicals + Circuitry (STUDIO-X Hard Dance Remix)
- UNTER NULL – Godless (STUDIO-X Hard Dance Remix)
- ACYLUM – Raise Your Fist (STUDIO-X Hard Dance Remix)
- XP8 – Out For Blood (STUDIO-X Electro Remix)
- FREAKANGEL – It’s Not A Love Song (STUDIO-X Hard Dance Remix)
- SAM – Bull Fucking Shit (STUDIO-X Hard Dance Remix)
The Belgian label Alfa Matrix has announced what seems to be a real “who is who in the current EBM scene” boxset uniting no less than 112 artists bringing rare are exclusive tracks. The full tracklist can be viewed at www.alfa-matrix.com/ebm1 . Expect material Front 242, Nitzer Ebb, portion Control, Covenant, Pouppee Fabrikk, Funker Vogt and so on and so on.
Titled “Electronic Body Matrix 1” this new compilation series runs across 4 CD’s plus an exclusive download card giving you access to another 40 additional bands for a total music play more than 500 minutes. Promised are over 70% rare or previously unreleased tracks.
“Electronic Body Matrix 1” also marks Alfa Matrix’s 10 years of existence. Says Seba Dolimont: “Through this set we are revisiting the roots of the old school ‘Electronic Body Music’ movement and bridging them together with the current electronic sound. The sampler pays homage to the various branches of the electronic music genre throughout the last decades, gathering pioneers, leading figures of today’s scene, rising new talents and artists who deserve to be discovered. This is NOT simply a re-release of new wave EBM classics, but fresh new music!”
A DIY MFOS modular – the Modulator – playing Isn’t it funny how your body works by Nitzer Ebb. The 16-step sequencer’s gate outputs trigs two ADSRs for bass drum. Clock out is sent to slave 10-step sequencer and to two ARs controlling filter cutoff and VCA. 16 step seq CV out gets patched to both VCOs. The stereo auto panner is used during the last few seconds.