tempobet yeni adresi
like this interview
24/02/2015 : EUFORIC EXISTENCE - Don’t try to be original. Don’t try to copy another. Just do your thing. 24/02/2015 : EUFORIC EXISTENCE - Don’t try to be original. Don’t try to copy another. Just do your thing.

EUFORIC EXISTENCE

Don’t try to be original. Don’t try to copy another. Just do your thing.


24/02/2015, Didier BECU


Euforic Existence is back with a brand new album. That already is a reason to interview this EBM-band from Belgium, and of course the fact that they are around for 15 years! Here is everything you wanted to know about Euforic Existence...

Hello Koen, as not everybody is aware of who and what Euforic Existence is, I guess you better start telling.
In the spring of 2000 I started experimenting with music. I wanted to create a harsch mix of industrial, EBM, and metal influences were always close. In a couple of years I did a lot of albums and side-projects, looking for boundaries I never found.

Then, in 2005, I started focusing on my family and so my activity in music was set to a minimum. In the summer of 2013 my best friend almost begged me to start making music again while we were watching Orange Sector live. I think he chose the right moment, because since that moment I’m very busy with Euforic Existence again. End 2013, I released the 10th album “MMXIII – IIIII0III0I – 2013”, and now the 11th “Existence beating morality”. If you ask me who we are, I have to tell you I’m all alone, but when going live, I get the assistance of my friend Frank Van de Brande.

Always liked the name, but explain it…it almost sounds like sarcasm!
That name goes back a long time… At the time when I chose it, the meaning could be found in “pretend to be the most happy person in the world, live outrageously and try to do everything people think you can't do, in extreme ways”. The music project I started was an obvious example, since I knew nothing about making music. In the meantime I learned a lot, and I’m 15 years older. I have a lot more sarcasm and cynicism around now, and the lyrics are much colder and darker than before. They tell about our wrong universe and all its mental consequences, so the word “sarcasm” surely earned a place. I invite you to read them.

This year you exist for 15 years, so in some way it is a celebration and I heard you will do that by releasing a new album. Please tell us about it!
“Existence beating morality” (EBM) will be the 11th EE album, and I think it is getting time to do everything better and more professional than before. In the past I did every print on my own, I recorded everything on CD-rom, and the stuff didn’t get further than I pushed it. This new album will be made by a professional manufacturer in Digipak, and my intention is to get it available in any place in the world where people may like it, also by putting it online.

I didn’t realize yet that the 15th anniversary is approaching, but the positive thing about it is that the project has proved to be steady and present for a long time now. I will keep doing this until the universe stops me at last; you can be sure this album won’t be the last…

Will there be some gigs in the future?
Yes! On Saturday 25/04/2015 I will do a gig in Antwerp (see flyer on the other page), to present the new album, which will be released at the same moment. For me, it is not easy to get on stage often. EE is not a big name, and it has been sleeping for more than 8 years. But now I’m back, I will take every chance to get on stage, again! So everyone who likes EE and has a place for it, don’t hesitate to ask!

How hard is for an EBM-act to release an album in 2015? Well, I know very hard, but still….
I never had the intention to make money with it, and surely not to make a career of it. Real music should be one’s passion, not one's job. The good thing about genres for a smaller public is that the public is much better and more loyal. It really loves the music, and it is easier for me to make music I (and others) can sincerely love. I think there is nothing difficult about making an EBM-album, since I do everything on myself, and I don’t/don't have to care about other opinions when I’m doing it.

EBM always has been a genre that was widely ignored by the press, and now the public attention has become less and less. All that is left are the true freaks… do you consider yourself a freak and how does a musician handle the fact that his style is ignored?
I don’t care. If the whole world would love EBM? we would probably hate it; that Is how freaks are… As I said, I make music for those who like it, and the rest hasn’t got anything to do with it.

Do you believe in forums like Bandcamp?
Yes I do. Back in 2000, I spent a lot of time and energy in contacting people to make my music known. It was very difficult then. Now, I use Bandcamp, Facebook and Twitter. These forums have helped me to promote my stuff just from my desktop, connecting me to people all over the world. They just have to say “I like it” and they are automatically informed. In the past, promotion was the task of the label (if any), but these days artists without a label can do the promotion using these forums, no matter how small or unknown they are. Sometimes I even wonder why I still have my own domain www.euforicexistence.be!

Which EBM artists do you admire? And who had a big influence on your musical work?
I like Leætherstrip, Psychopomps, Die Krupps, old Suicide Commando, Amgod/Yelworc, old Funker Vogt, Orange Sector, Nordarr,… Actually, I like a lot of dark music genres, but I think the biggest influence in my own work comes from the metal genre, because I put a lot of rudeness in it. Only the instruments I use make it sound like EBM. I listen to music about 2 to 5 hours every day, so I could say they all have their influences.

Tricky question, I know. There have been so many styles in EBM, do you think the music can still be original, today? Besides that, songs have to be original, but is it necessary to have an original sound, I mean there are 10.000 bands that sound like Nirvana.

Even if someone begins with his own ideas , there will (almost) always be some similarities with other artists. We are living in a world where almost everything has been done before, and it is not getting easier. An artist has to make that what he likes himself, and people will notice that the music is true. Don’t try to be original. Don’t try to copy someone else. Just do your thing. There are a lot of bands of which people say they are copycats, but that is not the essence. If you can feel the music and understand the lyrics, why bother? When it is fake, you will see.

Talking about that, I heard you did a Nirvana-cover. Combine EBM with Kurt Cobain!
I love this question! It is a cover, not a copy. And I chose to do that song, because no one would ever expect that! It is a great song, and by covering it into a different style, I wanted to show the lack of importance of “the right sound”.

You know, this is a question that kind of intrigues me: do you have heroes and is it a sane thing to have them?
People I love: family, friends. They get my respect and they know who they are. Someone who I don't know, could never be my hero.

Two last questions: what is your favourite record of all time and please state why?
This is the hardest question ever. My collection is way to big. If I really have to choose one record that has been important to me: Front Line Assembly’s “Millennium” (1994). Before I heard it, I was a pure metalhead and I never heard of EBM. This record was a bridge for me between metal and EBM. I was 16 when I first heard it and it was a reason for me to explore the world of EBM and industrial. Maybe EE wouldn’t exist without it.

With whom wouldn’t you mind to be alone with in an elevator for 8 hours and what would you do then?
My wife. We would celebrate our love and our 6 children.

Didier BECU
24/02/2015


Music reviews

01
09
A SLICE OF LIFE
Restless
31
08
DICEPEOPLE
One From Many
30
08
VARIOUS
ALCATRAZ METAL FESTIVAL 2018 10-12th August, Kortrijk, Belgium
28
08
LEAETHER STRIP
World Molæster
27
08
EUROPEAN GHOST
Collections Of Shadows
09
08
RAT SCABIES
Rat Scabies - P.H.D.

NEWSLETTER

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

NEWS

24
09
First new Empirion material in almost a decade - I Am Electronic / Red Noise (12'/CD)
23
09
The electronic einzelgänger TRUE ZEBRA releases 123
22
09
Today it’s been exactly 26 years since Nine Inch Nails released Broken (EP)
21
09
Today: Russian dark-electro over Brussels!
16
09
Diane Grace releases first of three videos, 'Wedding', taken from their new EP 'Pan!c'!
15
09
Dead High Wire release their debut single ‘Pray For Us’!

Concert reviews

24
09
MODELE MARTIAL - AUTOPSIE D'UNE OMBRE - IAMTHESHADOW
B52 - Eernegem - 14/09/2018
14
08
WAVE GOTIK TREFFEN
Review from WGT 2018, Leipzig, Germany
10
08
GOLDEN EARRING + THE KIDS
Live at Zulzeekse Feesten, Kluisbergen - Belgium - 28.07.2018
16
07
COVENANT W/ STONEBURNER
Live @ Ivy Smokehouse, Washington DC, 15th April 2018
24
05
LES NEGRESSES VERTES
Live at De Casino, Sint-Niklaas - Belgium - 05.05.2018
19
04
SCORPIONS
Live at Vorst Nationaal - Belgium - 04.04.2018

GET A COPY OF OUR MAGAZINE
SEND TO YOUR HOME

INTERVIEWS

06
09
STRONG PRODUCT, 0KONTROL
What RUSSIAN EBM and ATOMWAVE are all about
04
09
SOPHYA
Luckily The Human Being Is Bored Easily And Vinyl Saved The Day
01
09
DEAD ASTROPILOTS
There Is Also Something Related To Decay That We Love With Vinyl Records
11
08
MICK HARVEY
Interview with Mick Harvey (The Boys Next Door, The Birthday Party, Crime & the City Solution, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, PJ Harvey)
07
08
RAT SCABIES (EX THE DAMNED)
'I never planned to make a solo record... It was something I was doing for fun.'

PHOTOS

20
09
PERSEPHONE
Théâtre Mercelis Brussels
23
08
FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY
W-Fest Amougies
23
08
SHE PAST AWAY
W-Fest Amougies
23
08
THE DEVIL & THE UNIVERSE
W-Fest Amougies
23
08
ASH CODE
W-Fest Amougies
23
08
DAGEIST
W-Fest Amougies
22
08
KIM WILDE
W-Fest Amougies

ADVERTISE
IN PEEK-A-BOO

VIDEO CLIPS

24
09
FATAL CASUALTIES
Tankevurpa
23
09
KRANKLAND
Summer Avalanche
22
09
UNZUCHT
Neuntöter
21
09
CASPIAN
Rioseco
20
09
LOVELESSLUT
AntiYouth
19
09
ERIC13
Devil's Highway
18
09
THE NAMES
Nightshift