When did you start making electronic music? Why electronic and
not rock or guitar oriented music?
- I started making electronic music when I was about 12 years old. I can't really
explain why I was drawn to that kind of music , but it was something that just
totally connected with me. I can still remember being at my cousin's house when
I was 8 years old the week Gary Numan's "Cars" came out and how much it effected
me. Something about those weird sounds I had never heard before fascinated me.
When I was in high school I learned to play bass guitar and very basic drums and
electric guitar, which I enjoyed, but it was the electronic stuff that was my
hard for you to get signed. Do you have some contacts with labels/people that
didn't wanted to release your music few years ago? What do they say now when
you are one of the best new names in electro/industrial scene?
- Actually, almost every label I came close to being signed by is gone now,
so take that as you will. But, overall, the timing just wasn't right. I was
an American electronic act trying to get signed when all the American labels
wanted were NIN and Ministry clones... that sort of glorified heavy metal. Fortunately,
the tides shifted a bit.
Do you have some
hidden wishes or dreams to work with some bands, producers?
- I'm not one for collaboration in general, but I would have to say that I would
love to have an album produced by Gareth Jones and Flood. They do amazing work.
How do you see
electronic scene in USA today?
- As far as bands go, it seems the healthiest it has ever been. New American
electronic acts are popping up all over the place, and this type of music is
finally getting the attention and club-play it deserves.
Who is the most
interesting new band that you heard in last years or recently?
- Without a doubt Red Sparrow. You might recall this guy as having done a remix
for haujobb in the past... but he is phenomenally talented and I am convinced
he is going to go on to great things. He just did a remix for me of "King of
Insects" that made my jaw drop. His original stuff is sort of a combination
of haujobb and Beefcake, with spoken word bits over top. Great, great stuff.
the commercial bands/music that you like?
- Absolutely. I thought the last Sade album was brilliant. I like the new Missy
Elliott album a lot... those are the first two that come to mind... I am sure
I have just shocked the hell out of your readers now... haha
Have you seen
any good movies lately?
- It's a kids movie, but I enjoyed 'Shrek' quite a bit. Haven't been to too
many movies in the theatre recently, but I've been wearing out my DVD player
with 'O Brother Where Art Thou?' and 'Best in Show'.
- How do you
decide what production and remix projects to take on?
It mainly comes down to if I have the time to fit it into my schedule, and if
the band is willing to fill my fee. That's really all it comes down to.
Do you have a
favorite piece of equipment?
- My computer. I don't know how I ever did things any differently before, but
since I switched over to sequencing and recording on my computer, it has made
all the difference in the world.
Do you have some
new piece of equipment that you got recently?
- I explanded my studio quite a bit after 'Contempt', but really the only new
thing I've picked up in the past year or so is the Roland XV-3080... I wanted
something more digital sounding to round out my set-up, and also needed something
good for the soundtrack I am working on, and it fit the bill nicely.
Where was your
favorite live show?
- That's hard to say, as we've had some really fun experiences. I'd probably
say our show earlier this year in San Francisco was about the most fun I've
had at a show in a long time. Great crowd!
parts of a song do you come up with first?
- It's different every time. There's no set way of doing things... however it
happens, I just follow.
What's your favorite
- I couldn't pick a favorite. They all mean something to me on one level or
New album Failure
is very emotional and deep album? How do you get your inspiration?
- Just experiences I have in my personal life... or things I observe or think
about. It's all very personal.
Do you have some
plans to use guest vocals on any future songs?
Can we expect
any projects in the future besides Assemblage 23?
- As I said, I am working on a soundtrack for an independent film right now.
It's nothing like A23, but rather more traditional film score type stuff. I
will do other stuff as well, but A23 really eats up most of my time.
What's your occupation
- Musician! I quit my day job a year ago.
Any plans for
European tour or concerts, maybe some festivals?
- We are doing a month long tour of Europe in November/December. We do hope
to make it to some of the festivals next year though. I would love to play for
a crowd that big.
Thanx for your
- Thanks for taking the time to interview me, and thanks to all the fans...
ASSEMBLAGE 23 - Official
in June 2001. by Danijel Levatic for Elektronski Zvuk.
2001. Elektronski Zvuk