Friday, July 30, 2010

Interview with Adam Absinthe

Adam Absinthe is already a self proclaimed star. He just awaits a record label to soon make him a bigger one. He has had countless hits on his website worldwide most notably the U.S., Great Britain. and Canada, done several internet and radio interviews, and fills the first five pages of a Google search. He's done this all on his own. He is an accomplished model working with top photographers, and has been successfully selling merchandise on his online market where he also has a book published. He has marketed himself to a broad fan base across the world including all types of people because of his outrageous rants and eye catching image.

After a Motley Crue lifestyle preceded by a crazy childhood, and a long period looking for a band in the Boston area he decided to move to Hollywood and began a solo career knowing he wanted things his way, if he was going to blow up to epic proportions in the vain of Marilyn Manson, Linkin Park, and Bjork.

I am not sure if Adam is like Manson or Bjork…he definitely has a unique style and persona that is older than him. He really resembles the 80’s in style and make-up & has nailed the look.

Adam Absinthe took the time out of his very busy schedule to chat with me; Ladyaslan, on his ideas of stardom and artists and our campaign Duran Duran to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame…

LadyaslanDDTTRH: Tell us about the book you wrote, Red, Raw, & did you come up with the title?

Adam Absinthe: It’s a collection of poems, lyrics, and artwork I made before Adam Absinthe was Adam Absinthe. After I made a name for myself, I decided to release it because I was having so much difficulty putting together a band and I wanted something for the fans to have. It’s a very personal look inside of me from those years when I first was on my own, facing the world after getting kicked out of my house. The title is just a word play because the book encompasses everything from sexual deviations to the deepest sense of emotional pain. I’m glad I’m not in that state of mind anymore, but it’s a necessary product of mine especially since I never did get a full band together for a full length album. There are some esoteric songs in there that were actually channeled through me either by a higher source or the CIA…

Ladyaslan DDTTRH: What contributions and influences do you feel Duran Duran contributed to the world of music and fashion and social awareness over the past 30 yrs?

Adam Absinthe: Like I stated before, they influenced most of my influences, especially in the sense of style. Image has always been a big part of my art, and the artists who inspire me. Men with fashion, good hair, and makeup is a lot more common than it used to be and it can definitely be attributed back to a group like Duran Duran.

LadyaslanDDTTRH: What was it like to land a lead role in a national commercial? Which commercial was it?

Adam Absinthe: I landed a role in a Guitar Center commercial. I had landed a big paying role in an Axe commercial and was going to film in Argentina and then something mysterious happened and it fell through. I became fed up with acting and was on the verge of quitting. I went to the Guitar Center audition later that month, half assed it and forgot about it after. Ironically, I got the part. It was a lot of fun breaking guitars on stage and working with other up and coming actors. Oddly enough once, I started booking more and more work, is when I quit acting to go to college.

Ladyaslan DDTTRH: What are your favourite Duran Duran song(s) and / or video(s)?

Adam Absinthe: I can’t pick out a favourite of either because I haven’t spent the time going through every album or all the videos on YouTube, but I can say that I really like the video and the symbolism in Out of My Mind. Come to think of it, I really like the song too.

LadyaslanDDTTRH: What film did you work in with Juliette Lewis and Orlando Bloom? What was it like to share the screen with them?

Adam Absinthe: The film is called Sympathy for Delicious. It has not been released yet. The experience was nerve racking and amazing. I ended up getting a Sag extra role for the film, but everyone from Juliet to the makeup people loved working with me and I got to do some improv with them. The director was Mark Ruffalo who was also very nice. Due to being hired as an extra initially, you’ll see me in the films scene but not in the credits.

Ladyaslan DDTTRH: If you could remake a Duran Duran song, which one would it be?
Adam Absinthe: I would love to cover Come Undone.

LadyaslanDDTTRH: What was it like to also work with Ed Harris? What movie was it? How did you land the role?

Adam Absinthe: Unfortunately Ed Harris was not on set that day, but I did get to do my scene with Brian Presley, who most people know from soap operas like Port Charles. The movie is called Once Fallen and is done, but waiting for distribution. It played here at The Orange Country Film Festival, but I was in LA that night, and of course I was in OC when it played at The Beverly Hills Film Festival. The part made me eligible to join the Screen Actors Guild which is very difficult. I landed the role by luck, which is so prevalent in Hollywood.

LadyaslanDDTTRH: Has Duran Duran inspired any of your musical work? If so, in which areas have they influenced?

Adam Absinthe: In a roundabout way they have. There’s a handful of bands I’m supposed to like; Depeche Mode, The Cure, Duran Duran, and Gary Numan to name a few. I am familiar with plenty of these bands songs, but the time gap is for the generation before mine which is why my favourite artists are often influenced by them. So in a way, they have influenced my image and using electronic elements in creating music through a sort of evolutionary trickle down method. In another way they influenced people with occult symbolism on there cd’s, videos, and in their lyrics.

LadyaslanDDTTRH: Which would you prefer...worldwide underground fame or worldwide pop icon?

Adam Absinthe: Probably underground fame. Being a pop icon comes with a cost. A pop icon is usually at the whim of higher powers and lacks control of their career, themselves, and eventually loses it all. The bigger you get the more likely you are to shave your head, check into rehab, and make everyone forget you used to be in a Disney show. Wink. Pop icons don’t own the media so it can be used to destroy them. There’s not a lot of room for art. I’m happy being me, and not Lindsay Lohan or Rihanna.

LadyaslanDDTTRH: Andy Warhol once said: "An artist is somebody who produces things that people don't need to have." What comes to mind when reading his quote?

Adam Absinthe: I personally don’t consider Andy Warhol an artist. He’s more of a pop icon, like I mentioned before. He is also a shell used for holding large quantities of drugs. Everything I need in life for peace and fulfilment comes from some sort of art whether it be, music, literary, martial, etc. I would say he actually defined corporations rather than artists. Things we don’t need to have can’t have any passion behind them. So I’d have to disagree with him. A great era comes to mind with his name but it’s hardly because of him.

LadyaslanDDTTRH: What kind of music do you play? It’s not quite traditional American pop and it’s not quite Dark would you describe it?

Adam Absinthe: I make music that moves me. Freedom, intelligence, emotion, and pleasure, move me. For example, if I want to have guitars and industrial drums with Shakuhachi’s and a rain sample because it sounds like rebirth, then that’s what I make. With that said, I never try to be a certain genre although people like to put me into the Goth, industrial category because I wear makeup, and use a lot of electronic elements in my music.

Anything you want to share with your gigs.....insanity?

The insanity has subsided, after a lot of growth over the years. I’m currently in college to work on my strongest assets, art and intellect. It’s actually giving me the freedom to finally work on my memoir, artworks, and eventually a true solo album. I can also use student loans to buy products to make myself as attractive as Duran Duran.

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Interview with Roughhausen

J.S. Stoddard… His legacy speaks volumes.

He played guitar on Front Line Assembly’s seminal Album, “Caustic Grip”ripping a wall of riffs into EBM before it became the Flavor of the week. He was a member of the Gothic masterpiece Will, and found a way to mix feedback with melody to create beauty and tragedy. He assaulted our senses with a wall and hate filled noise and power riffs mixed with a cacophony of militant drums on the First Decree album. Now he pounds relentlessly at our collective ass-shaking, machine with his new project Roughhausen. With a total of over 40 albums to his credit he seems to just keep going… The project Roughhausen was born out of a series of late night, drug fueled, and sonic atrocities against man and God in the bowels of the Subconscious Studio complexes. Those sessions eventually became the material found on the First Roughhausen release, "Defenestrated". That record featured the talents of Alistar Jamison (R.I.P.), Dwayne Goetell (R.I.P.), John McRae, Kevin key, Chris Peterson, Sam Salmon and was a psychotic dirge filled opus that sounded like the bowels of hell had opened its sphincter for 47 mins of pain.

Addiction, madness, withdrawal and death marred the next few years, much traveling suffering and cleansing was required before RH was able to begin again…. R O U G H H A U S E N is • E l e c t r o • P o w e r N o i z e • G o t h i c • D&B • I n d u s t r i a l H o u s e • E B M •

J.S. chatted with Ladyaslan on his views about the DDTTRH campaign and his tongue & cheek views on music and the industry and how one should NOT take life so seriously~ here the colorful and fun interview with Roughhausen~

LadyaslanDDTTRH: How did you come up with the name Roughhausen? What does it mean?

Roughhausen: Rough housing is a slang term that means making noise/playing roughly or acting foolishly,... especially among little kids, you know something your mom would yell at you, "hey cut out all that rough housing." Years ago I was dating this German chick and sometimes she used to show up at my place at 4 am drunk and want to fuck. One night she showed up drunk on like a Tues night and I was too tired to fuck so I said no... She gets angry starts yelling and WRESTLING and I grabbed her and said "stop this fucking rough housing" she got all quiet and said, "Rough_haus en? What is dis Rough_haus en?" …just the way she said it with this thick German accent made me laugh. Right away as soon as she said it, I was like fuck yea... that is a good band name…

LadyaslanDDTTRH: Has Duran Duran inspired you and your band's music in anyway? In which areas have they influenced you?

Roughhausen: Absolutely not. I have enormous respect for what they do and their talent, but it is not something that entered into my sphere of conscious emulation. As an artist working in electronic music sure… they expanded the popular acceptance of synths as an instrument, and that has helped me. As a teenage boy looking to get laid sure… they definitely opened many doors and legs as it were, by giving legions of teenaged female fans masturbatory fodder and sexual archetypal characters to try and emulate, that helped me immensely, (thanks guys), but as a working musician not really directly… more indirectly. They are very good at what they do; it is just not for me. I have always been about the heavy, the mean and the dank.

LadyaslanDDTTRH: You have played on / made over 40 albums-tell us about that journey and what did you learn as a band/musician from all that work?

Roughhausen: I learned not to take myself so seriously and to enjoy my work. I am very lucky to be doing this. I try enjoy the ride and work with people I like. I can pick who I work with or work for now, that is a good place to be. When I was younger I did not have that liberty and made a lot of bad choices that led to ugly working situations.

LadyaslanDDTTRH: What is your favorite Duran Duran song and video?

Roughhausen: Girls on Film without a doubt. That was a serious piece of soft core porn in its time that really pushed the envelope and sexual stereotypes. They pretty much invented metro-sexual.

LadyaslanDDTTRH: What is something that fans would be shocked to learn about you and the band?

Roughhausen: We are all virgins and are on Team Jesus. GO Team Christ!

LadyaslanDDTTRH: What contributions do you feel Duran Duran has made to the world of music and fashion in the past 30 yrs?

Roughhausen: shit…. they covered the bases, set standards for video, glam, fashion, extravagance… huge, epic world-wide hits and their fan base is pretty friggin varied. That in itself is a huge contribution. I think they were one of the first bands to really embrace video as not just a marketing tool but as an art form in itself. Bowie understood the value of the hyper-image but he came before the advent of the medium in its true form. Duran Duran came alone and just grabbed the frame and filled it with these lush sensual images of exotic women and sweaty tropical nights. That marriage of the exotic and the unknown combined with well crafted pop songs was a fucking masterstroke. They married fashion and music in a much more visceral and visual way than anybody had before.

LadyaslanDDTTRH: How did you get involved in the band Roughhausen?

Roughhausen: I am Roughhausen, each album has been a different set of friends and players coming together to add to the mix but the core is me. The last three releases have included the incredibly talented and sexy Miss Peggy Lin on Bass, we have a great working relationship, and she understands what I need and crosses over genres with ease so she has become a standard feature of RH. Actually it is pretty hard for me to imagine RH without her.>

LadyaslanDDTTRH: What Duran song would you like to remake if you could remake one?

Roughhausen: Again ‘Girls on Film” I actually think that the topic is quite sinister, it lends itself to being darkened up quite easily. I would love to take that on but I fear that license agreement is way beyond my pay grade.

LadyaslanDDTTRH: Tell us about the Asian Music Fest you currently did you feel about having that opportunity as a person and how did it affect the band?

Roughhausen: Actually it is a series of festivals. Now is the music festival season here in Asia as well as Europe and we are booked to play all over the place, what I was commenting on earlier was that we are also booked to play some Metal festivals. We are by no means a metal band , however there is no real hard core electro or industrial rock scene here so we get booked at metal events a lot just because the promoters don’t know what to do with us. I just think it is very cool to see all those metal heads start nodding by song 2 and banging by three. Winning over a fresh crowd is always a wonderful feeling. Winning over a Death metal crowd hungry for blood and thrash with hard as fuck beats and electronic music is an amazing feeling.

LadyaslanDDTTRH: Will you have any U.S. tour dates? Any Europe tour dates?

Roughhausen: Working on an EU tour. Japan again in Nov, we love touring Japan; delicious hello clitty girls, great food, incredible venues, and top notch sound crews. What is not to love? As for the US we are talking with our US label Shinto Records and exploring the possibility.

LadyaslanDDTTRH: Anything new in store for the fans to be on the look for?

Roughhausen: Shinto Records will have an exclusive on their upcoming DISK Sin-Faktory 2. Shinto is also doing a label sampler CD with a well known European Gothic magazine, we have a spot on that as well. We also have a song/video on the European Label EchoZone’s new Compilation CD/DVD Gothic Visions Vol.2 that one also includes a write up in the magazine. If you are in Asia I have 5 or 6 CDs coming out in the next 2 months that I did production on. Everything from Thrash metal to Post Rock. Just check the site for updates.

LadyaslanDDTTRH: The quote "quoth the raven nevermore" what is the first thing that comes to mind?

Roughhausen: As much as I love Poe… James Earle Jones reading it pops into my head first now, after that the eternal pallid beauty of Goth chicks.

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Friday, July 23, 2010

Interview with Lady Parasyte

Lady Parasyte is an electro-rock trio consisting of vocalist/lyricist Kimberly K., Mark Black (guitars/programming) and additional vocalist Miss Angela. Together they have created a chaotic but aggressively catchy mixture of electronic driven sounds mixed with high energy guitars topped with vocals ranging from soothingly melodic to blisteringly hard-hitting. Lady Parasyte combines their influences and styles to create an infectious yet intense sound that you cannot get out of your head.

Over the past few years vocalist Kimberly K. has collaborated with such artists as Die Warzau and techno legend DJ T-1000(Alan D. Oldham) contributing vocals to both acts releases, as well as having tracks appear on compilations for Ominous Passions Clothing and Creative Violence Records. Previous members include programmer birdFEEDER(Essenza) and guitarist Inkydust who helped to bring to life the debut electro-industrial EP,"Sirens" featuring the tracks Sirens, Salvage and Are You Dead yet?

Currently, the band is spending much of their time writing and recording the full length electro-rock romp "Abandoned Places" to be released on MachineKUNT Records. Here is the interview with the lovely ladies and gentleman of Lady Parasyte:

LadyaslanDDTTRH: Tell us...what and who is Lady Parasyte?

Lady Parasyte...
Kim K: Well, Lady Parasyte is three people and basically our music could be described as a mix of electro, rock and maybe a dash of pop. I handle lead vocals and lyrics. The vocals are sort of a combination of melodic and aggressive styles.

Mark B: Lady Parasyte combines our common interests in music and culture. We all bring something to the mix. I handle instruments and music production and then hand it over to the girls to add the vocals.

Miss Angela: We are a group of people who are making an idea into great, fun music we hope others will enjoy! At this time I’m not able to contribute to the writing process, so it’s mainly Kim and Mark doing all the hard work!

Ladyaslan DDTRH: What contributions and influences do you feel Duran Duran contributed to the world of music and fashion and social awareness over the past 30 yrs?

Lady Parasyte...
Kim K: They really have influenced all those things in such a smooth way. Just their overall style and sound. They were really great storytellers in both music and video.

Mark B: First off, Duran Duran was more than just a band; they were a major innovator in the fields of video production. Their videos in the early to mid 80’s pioneered many of the techniques that are used in movie and video production today.

Miss Angela: Definitely an innovator of music video styles. Also, their attitudes and styles are meshed into all things 80’s. I don’t know where the 80’s would stand without Duran Duran.

LadyaslanDDTTRH: Since the EP Sirens, how have you all grown as a band and musicians?

Lady Parasyte...
Kim K: Well, the bands lineup has changed. We are now a trio with Mark joining us and the music has a less industrial more rock feel to it. Vocally I've been trying to do different things than what I did on Sirens. I also approach lyrics with a different frame of mind. Some of the songs on the Sirens EP were written such a long time ago that my perspective on things has changed quite a bit.

Mark B: Different production techniques and musical tastes will yield different results. I was not a part of the band when the Sirens EP was recorded, so I really can’t comment on changes. Once we formed the new line up, we moved in the direction that seemed natural at the time.

Miss Angela: I think both Kim and I have matured a bit with our vocal style. More confidence and more attitude!

Ladyaslan DDTTRH: What are your favourite Duran Duran song(s) and / or video(s)?

Lady Parasyte...
Kim K: Probably “Ordinary World”. I realize that wouldn't be most people’s choice because they did so much work before that track but it's got such a great melody and the vocals are just fantastic. Every time it comes on I just have to stop and listen to it.

Mark B: Would definitely be the raw, sexually charged, music in their earlier days. My favorite songs would be “Planet Earth” and “Is there something I should know”. Favorite videos would be “Girls on Film” and “The Chauffeur”. If you’re a dude and you’ve seen the director’s cut of these videos, you’ll know why I wanted to be a member of Duran Duran in the early to mid eighties. Wow!

Miss Angela: I love “Girls on Film”, Is There Something I Should Know”, “Notorious” and of course “Hungry like the Wolf”, BUT Girls on Film and “Rio” are my fave videos.

LadyaslanDDTTRH: Who is the real Kimberly Koppen, what is your life mantra?

Lady Parasyte...
Kim K: That’s a tough one. I guess I would have to say something I repeatedly have to tell myself is “Keep it together”. I tend to worry and over analyze things a lot and that can cause some pretty stressful days. So my goal is often to try and not let certain things overpower my thoughts because if I do then I’m just missing out on the good parts of life. I would describe myself as neurotic and goofy. I’ve been told by a few people that I seem to be pretty together but if they only knew all the thoughts that race through my head on a daily basis, they wouldn’t think so. Generally though, I like to be silly. I love funny stuff. I’m a fan of horror too but you got to make time for laughs. I definitely spend a lot of time geeking out over Joss Whedon’s stuff because his blend of comedy and horror really has all I need to be entertained and can usually pull me out of a crappy mood.

LadyaslanDDTTRH: Who is the real Mark B, what is your life mantra?

Lady Parasyte...
Mark B: Music, although being a very important aspect of my life, is just one part of who I am but it is an outlet to express whatever outside forces are affecting my life. I don’t have a formula or code that I live by, but (like Kim) I am also a huge fan of horror. I’m also a father and long time martial arts practitioner.

LadyaslanDDTTRH: Who is the real Miss Angela, what is your life mantra?

Lady Parasyte...
Miss Angela: I tend to be more of an old-school Goth type. I keep quiet and to myself around strangers but there isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for a friend, cuz they are my family. My husband tells me I expect too much from people. Is that a bad thing? But I am a big believer in what goes around comes around, so I always try to be the best I can be. I may not always succeed in doing that, but that makes me try harder next time.

Ladyaslan DDTTRH: If you could remake a Duran Duran song, which one would it be?

Lady Parasyte...
Kim K: Well, “Ordinary World” is definitely up there. Although, maybe we should cover “Hungry like the Wolf” and try to get on a Twilight soundtrack. Commence eye rolling.

Mark B: Kim and Angela might feel strange belting out “Wild Boys”, so I’ll have to pick “Planet Earth”

Miss Angela: I would totally do “Wild Boys”!! But I’m sorry, I have to go with “Hungry” it’s such a classic!

LadyaslanDDTTRH: What was it like to work with Die Warzau?

Lady Parasyte...
Kim K: I can thank MySpace for that hook up. Jim Marcus (of the band) contacted me on there and basically asked if I wanted to drop by their studio sometime and try out some vocals on some of their tracks. So I went down there and laid down some screams. Everybody was really laid back and easy to be around. I believe they are releasing that record soon.

Mark B: Wasn’t with the band at the time, so can’t comment on that.

Miss Angela: This was something Kim did solo, so something I can’t comment on as well.

LadyaslanDDTTRH: How did you end up with the opening gig for Funker Vogt?

Lady Parasyte...

Kim K: A local promoter by the name of Apathademon contacted me. He asked me if I wanted to be part of a show he was putting together called The Awakening. We had never played a show before and frankly I didn't officially have a live band at the time. Back then it was me and previous member birdFEEDER. So we got Alan Oldham to DJ, Miss Angela on backup vocals and our guitarist and booked the show. Apathademon was very hush hush about who the main act would be so I didn't even know it was Funker Vogt till after I already agreed to the gig.

Mark B: This was before my tenure.

Miss Angela: Luck! Ha-ha! It just kind-of happened, and I’m honored we got the chance to do that as our first gig.

LadyaslanDDTTRH: What does it mean to you to be an artist / musician?

Lady Parasyte...
Kim K: It's hard for me to walk around calling myself an artist. I just like making music and generally being creative but I don't live any kind of super intense artsy lifestyle or anything.

Mark B: It means always exploring new ideas and recording techniques.

Miss Angela: I’ve always been a creative person but always felt uncomfortable calling myself any kind of “artist”. I guess it’s just all about self expression, and getting all those little bits out of your head in a way that inspires someone else.

LadyaslanDDTTRH: What can the fans expect from the new album "Abandoned Places"?

Lady Parasyte...
Kim K: Definitely more rock. This is also the first release where Miss Angela is featured as recorded band member. Up until this record she only performed with us live. I think having a second vocalist adds some good texture to the album. I had also intended for lyrics to be a bit more lighthearted on this record however many of the tracks ended up having a really heavy meaning to them. I guess you can't have a record called "Abandoned Places" and have it be too happy. The music is definitely more upbeat than Sirens though.

Mark B: More of a electro rock sound

Miss Angela: Much dancier, more feel-good stuff. It makes you want to shake your booty. Mark’s music style is great, and I really love the direction the new album took with him on board.

LadyaslanDDTTRH: How did Lady Parasyte get involved with MachineKUNT Records?

Lady Parasyte...
Kim K: Another MySpace connection! Rachel Haywire (the founder) contacted me and initially she just wanted to carry the Sirens EP in her store however eventually she expressed interest in releasing our next record. So now a year later “Abandoned Places” is about to be released and we really hope people will dig it.

Mark B: Kim spearheaded that effort. She’s quite the deal maker.

Miss Angela: Yup, that was all Kim finding us somewhere to go.


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Friday, July 9, 2010

Interview with tenek

Pulsating…neon beats…dark wave…unstoppable electronic groove…that is tenek~

tenek are Geoff Pinckney and Pete Steer from Sussex, UK. Debut album 'Stateless' out now at with new single 'Blinded By You' and album 'On The Wire' released 5th July~

The debut album 'Stateless' from Brighton based electronica duo tenek was released on Friday 20th March 2009 by the Toffeetones label. The album is currently available on from the Toffeetones website at:

The new single 'Blinded By You' is officially released on Monday 5th July but is already available on most major download stores such as iTunes and Amazon etc. The link on the Toffeetones shop for the single is now also 'live' so you can purchase the download (cheapest price!) from there as well as the CD single which is an absolute bargain at £2.99 plus 99p for worldwide postage and packing.

Pete Steer & Geoff Pickney recently chatted with Ladyaslan about the tenek album, B side releases and Duran Duran to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame here is what they had to say~

LadyaslanDDTTRH: How did you come up with the name tenek? What does it mean?

tenek: The name was inspired by the outro vocal effect of a particular Heaven 17 track - 'Fascist Groove Thang'. We wanted a name that was non specific and concise. We've since found out that 'Tenek' is an indigenous tribe from Mexico and a planet in Star Wars as found on Wookieepedia! Hence why we like to spell it with a lower case’t’ :)

LadyaslanDDTTRH: Has Duran Duran inspired you and your music? In which areas have they influenced you both?

tenek: Yes, by the combination of guitars, synthesizers and vocal harmonies, which is an important part of the tenek sound?

LadyaslanDDTTRH: You once said tenek is anger, pop, frustration, electronics, bewilderment, and sheer determination, what made you come to that conclusion as a band?

tenek: They were not our words to be honest! But yes we identify with all those elements, which when fused together adds up to tenek :)

LadyaslanDDTTRH: What is your favorite Duran Duran song and video?

tenek: Both our favourite song is 'Ordinary World'. The song is a timeless classic and led to their resurgence in the 90's.

LadyaslanDDTTRH: Tell us the genesis of the song Blinded By You and why was Synchronise left off the next album?

tenek: We were aiming for something danceable and commercial for the new album. It basically grew from the bass line groove; everything else was built around that. When we hit on the 'Heartbeat' hook we knew we were onto something! Synchronise was never intended for the album and was written specifically as an additional track for the single.

LadyaslanDDTTRH: What contributions do you feel Duran Duran has made to the world of music and fashion?

tenek: As we said before, Duran Duran where pioneers of the MTV video revolution in the early 80's. Musically they were masters of the 'pop song' creating some of the very best of that era.

LadyaslanDDTTRH: What was it like to have tenek songs remixed by Shaun Brooks who also worked with Gary Numan and Trent Reznor?

tenek: Shaun Brooks is the owner of the label Toffeetones and we've been working with him since signing to them in 2008. He understands exactly what tenek are about and is therefore the best person, we feel, to remix our songs.

LadyaslanDDTTRH: What Duran Duran song would you like to remake if you could remake one?

tenek: Pete: 'Careless Memories'. Geoff: 'My Own Way'.

LadyaslanDDTTRH: What is the "one" thing fans should know about tenek?

tenek: We're writing the music that we always wanted to and are being true to ourselves as a band. We're not trying to appeal to any specific trend or market; we just do what we do.

LadyaslanDDTTRH: Can you tell us more about the new album “On the Wire?”

tenek: We feel that, 'On the Wire' is a step up for us as songwriters in comparison to our previous album, 'Stateless'. We're confident that we've written the best material that we possibly could within the last 18 months. We look forward to seeing how it is received, with the same excitement and apprehension that we're sure all musicians go through when completing an album!

LadyaslanDDTTRH: Will there be a video to accompany the first single "Blinded by You"

tenek: Some bands make the mistake of spending a lot of money on video's only to see them end up on YouTube with no real exposure. If the song's not there no video in the world is going to make it more interesting. We want to do videos in the future but right now at this stage of our career we're putting all our resources into touring and promoting our music at street level. Face to face with the fans. We feel a song like Blinded By You communicates directly to listeners because it's vibey and infectious and music is an audio medium first and foremost.

LadyaslanDDTTRH: Tell us a little about the show on 21 August at The Albert in Brighton

tenek: It's basically a chance to showcase most of the songs from the new album in an intimate venue that we're familiar with. Those who are attending will get the chance to buy a copy of the album 2 weeks before its official release. Although we only have a limited amount available on the night.

LadyaslanDDTTRH: How has the reception been to the new album when playing it live?

tenek: On the recent German tour with De/Vision we found that our newer material seemed to be better received, this was very encouraging for us. 'Blinded By You' was particularly popular which vindicated the decision to release it as the first single from the album.

LadyaslanDDTTRH: What has been your craziest fan moment?

tenek: We've been given vegan muffins, home baked especially for us in Bochum - does that count?!

LadyaslanDDTTRH: Would tenek ever tour the United States?

tenek: Yes, we are particularly keen to play in the US at some point and we are working towards this becoming a reality.

LadyaslanDDTTRH: Your new album On the Wire...was it a collaboration on the writing?

tenek: All tenek music and lyrics are co-written by both of us. We enjoy the creative spark from working in the studio together. The most exciting part being when a track starts to take shape into something special.

LadyaslanDDTTRH: Your fans are going to be reading this and hearing this...what do you want to tell them?
tenek: We really appreciate your support and we hope you will continue to join us on this exciting journey.


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