tempobet yeni adresi
like this interview
27/05/2012 : DE/VISION - I would tell anyone who starts a band the same thing: stick to your guns and never stop believing in yourself, no matter what negative things some people might say about your music... 27/05/2012 : DE/VISION - I would tell anyone who starts a band the same thing: stick to your guns and never stop believing in yourself, no matter what negative things some people might say about your music... 27/05/2012 : DE/VISION - I would tell anyone who starts a band the same thing: stick to your guns and never stop believing in yourself, no matter what negative things some people might say about your music...

DE/VISION

I would tell anyone who starts a band the same thing: stick to your guns and never stop believing in yourself, no matter what negative things some people might say about your music...


27/05/2012, Karenza NIXON


With almost 25 years in the music industry, German synthpop legends, De/Vision have set the bar high. Their evolutionary style has contributed to their success and allowed them to maintain their place as one of synthpop’s leading bands. This year sees extensive European Touring and an album release, ‘Rockets and Swords’ in August. Thomas Adam took time out for a chat with Peek-a-Boo.

 

Welcome Thomas. So what is the secret to De/Vision’s success? How do you manage to keep evolving and retain your position at the forefront of the synthpop scene?

In all these years we have always tried to re-invent ourselves, although I'm not sure if we always succeeded in doing that...there are too many bands who repeat themselves over and over again but that was never really a possibility for us...of course, we have always stuck to synthpop, but we were never afraid to go new ways and try things we hadn't done before...and I guess we have a knack for good songs and catchy melodies...

 

You’re currently in the studio working on a new album, again with producers Schumann & Bach. This synth ‘Dream Team’ is obviously successful, but is this a collaborative affair, with all four of you writing and producing again? How’s that progressing and when can we expect the release?

The way we work is absolutely collaborative...this time three of us (Steffen, Josef and myself) were involved in song-writing, Arne was only responsible for the final mix. We just finished our work on the new album today, all that's left to do is the Mastering of the new songs, which will be done in the USA..."Rockets and Swords" will be released in August...

 

Do you have any other projects or collaborations planned for the future?

We had so many plans in the past but nothing ever worked out because we are quite busy with De/Vision all the time...Right now we have no special plans but we will see what the future brings and whenever some interesting project comes along, we will be ready...

 

You started your own record label, ‘Popgefahr’, a bold move, when most bands seem desperate to be ‘signed’. Has that been a good move for you? Do you have any plans to sign new bands to your label?

It was a very good and clever move and an important step for us to take...I'm not sure if we would have survived the crisis of the music industry if we hadn't started our own label. Unless you're a superstar, it is very difficult nowadays to get enough money from a label to pay the rent...the days are gone, when labels used to spent money like water, when they signed each and every band that was somehow interesting...

So far, De/Vision is the only band on Popgefahr Records but yes, of course we're looking out for bands that could be interesting to work with...

 

The band formed in ’88, so your 25th anniversary is fast approaching. Do you have any special plans for next year? Or will you be weeping into your Becks?

Neither do we have any special plans to celebrate this event (not yet), nor will I be weeping into my Becks and I'm pretty sure Steffen won't do that either...I really don't know, we haven't really talked about that, we've been so busy writing and recording our new record for the last 6 months, there was no time for anything else...now we got some time to relax a little bit, maybe we will come up with a nice idea...I don't know yet...

 

How do you look back on the last 25 years and what advice would you give to someone starting out?

I don't regret a thing I/we have done during the last 25 years...in all these years I have seen so many interesting countries, met so many nice and beautiful people, I've been to the craziest parties...and all that wouldn't have happened if we hadn't decided to be musicians...I don't want to miss the times we had...and Steffen feels exactly the same way, we talked about that just a few days ago...

I would tell anyone who starts a band the same thing: stick to your guns and never stop believing in yourself, no matter what negative things some people might say about your music...but if everybody tells you that your music is bullshit, then there might be something about it...

 

Fans can’t help but notice that fatherhood has become part of the De/Vision story. How does that affect you as musicians?

I guess I'm the wrong person to answer that question cause Steffen is the one who became a father two years ago...I know that he's getting less sleep than before but I don't really have the feeling, that his son has changed his music. His songs still have the same power and strength...although I have to admit, there will be a song on the new album that was definitely inspired by his son, at least the words, the song is called "Bedbugs" and is some kind of lullaby...

 

You headlined the ‘Legends of Synthpop’ tour in the United States, which also featured Mesh and Iris. Do you have plans to re-create that event in Europe in the future?

No, we don't...I think that was a very special tour and we all had a great time together.

But, we have absolutely no plans to repeat that in Europe...

 

You are, of course, touring extensively this year. What can we expect? Will we hear some new material?

Besides some of the songs from our last release "Popgefahr" and some of the older stuff, we will also present a few songs from our forthcoming album "Rockets and Swords", which will be released in August.

 

Thomas, thanks for your time. We look forward to the Album release and catching you on tour.

Thanx for the Interview, best regards from Berlin.
Thomas

http://www.devision-music.de/

Karenza NIXON
27/05/2012


Music reviews

14
06
CABINET OF MILLIONAIRES
Theresa, Vol.3 Ep
13
06
DEF ROBOT
Makers Of Mountains
04
06
THIS CAN HURT
Worlds Apart
03
06
RADERKRAFT
Smart Control
02
06
MASSIVE EGO
Church For The Malfunctioned
01
06
VUKOVAR
Cremator

NEWSLETTER

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

NEWS

20
06
The Joy Thieves Sign To Armalyte Records And Announce ‘THIS WILL KILL THAT’ EP
19
06
Toronto Darkwave Act DOUBLE EYELID Announces The Release Of 'A Means To An End'
18
06
Dependent Records Announces The Release of German Electronic/Industrial Act FIX8 SED8's WARNING SIGNS
15
06
Today it’s exactly 40 years ago since Joy Division released their debut studio album Unknown Pleasures (15 June 1979).
03
06
Today, 41 years ago, Joy Division self-released their very first 7' EP, An Ideal For Living!
29
05
UK's Electronic-Pop Band EMPATHY TEST Announce The Release of EMPTY-HANDED EP

Concert reviews

15
01
PALAIS IDEAL & DAGEIST
B52 - Eernegem - 16/12/2018
14
01
STAR INDUSTRY, DAGEIST, KEZDOWN
EGW- ROCK, Jeugdhuis Asgaard
06
01
RITUAL SERVICE, MOTHER WITCH AND & DEAD WATER GHOSTS AND GOOSLA
Live at The Volume Club, Kiev, 7th December 2018
16
11
HEILUNG
Live at The Islington Assembly Hall
06
11
INCONCESSUS LUX LUCIS
30
10
SERPENTYNE
European Tour 2018

GET A COPY OF OUR MAGAZINE
SEND TO YOUR HOME

INTERVIEWS

21
06
DOUBLE EYELID
An Interview With Toronto's DOUBLE EYELID
20
06
TED PARSONS
'I got back into doing my artwork. And that makes me happy!'
17
06
DANIELLE DE PICCIOTTO
'I feel connected to other people because they understand the result of my thoughts.'
15
06
KENNEY JONES
'There's always an element of doubt in anything you do'
23
05
JAKE BURNS (STIFF LITTLE FINGERS)
'We were writing a songs about our own rights'

PHOTOS

24
06
MANGELEXEMPLAR SUPPORT SIGLO XX
Kulttempel Oberhausen Germany
24
06
SIGLO XX
Kulttempel Oberhausen Germany
24
06
ROB ZOMBIE
Graspop, Dessel
24
06
MINISTRY
Graspop, Dessel
22
06
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS
Graspop, Dessel
22
06
COMBICHRIST
Graspop, Dessel
22
06
EISBRECHER
Graspop, Dessel

ADVERTISE
IN PEEK-A-BOO

Articles

26
04
JOBRIATH
Talent To Burn - The Legend Of Jobriath
29
03
VARIOUS ARTISTS
A BRIEF HISTORY OF: THE SPECIALS, SKA AND TWO TONE
27
03
VARIOUS ARTISTS
A BRIEF HISTORY OF: KRAUTROCK AND THE GERMAN MUSICAL REVOLUTION

VIDEO CLIPS

24
06
SAIGON BLUE RAIN
L'Offrande
23
06
SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES
Israel - Live 1981
22
06
KRAFTWERK
The Robots
21
06
NEW ORDER
Restless
20
06
RUMOURS
Cover
19
06
MEAGER BENEFITS
No Regrets
19
06
CREMATORY
Haus Mit Garten