tempobet yeni adresi
like this interview
31/03/2011 : LEAETHER STRIP - I’m an old fart, I know it. 31/03/2011 : LEAETHER STRIP - I’m an old fart, I know it. 31/03/2011 : LEAETHER STRIP - I’m an old fart, I know it. 31/03/2011 : LEAETHER STRIP - I’m an old fart, I know it.

LEAETHER STRIP

I’m an old fart, I know it.

31/03/2011, Didier BECU
photos: © Marquis(pi)X


Dear Claus, you’ve been active in this scene over two decades now... How do you look back on that?

CL: Yeah I’m an old fart I know it. But I have actually never felt better and more inspired than I do at this point. I really enjoy myself both recording and performing on stage. After the label trouble and a depression that kept me away from music for 5 years, I have learned to deal with all the drama this business throws at me in a more “professional“ way and not so much in a personal way as I used to.. I have always been here because of the love I have for the music and the underground scene. The time it took to really realize and learn what I have learned over the years has been worth all the pain that came with it. The most important thing I learned over the years was to trust myself and the decisions I make, and not take any shit from anyone.

Everyone has an opinion on what you do when you are a public figure, and that’s OK. I just wish that some people would show a little more respect towards other human beings in general. But I am not complaining, I am still living the dream I had when I was 14 years old learning to play my little Moog.

 

Meanwhile the music industry completely changed, when you think about it, for the better or for the worse?

CL: The internet really fucked things up for sure. But it also opened a door and gave new artists a chance of getting their art out to the world. Problem was that it meant that most labels went under in the process, it was almost impossible for bands to get a record deal and that is still the problem today. The few labels that are left are run by people who have a passion and a love for the music, so both the labels and the bands really depend on the few honest people who actually support the bands they like by buying their releases. If it wasn’t for those dedicated people the scene would be dead and gone. Remember that everyone! We, the labels and the bands, need every single one of you to keep releasing new music. We also need those labels because we want the new talent to get the same chance as us old idiots got back in the dark ages.

 

Your latest album is called "Seasons change, I don't". That sounds like a very personal statement.

CL: Yes, like many of my songs this album is also really personal. When you reach my age I think it’s only natural to reflect a bit about what you have learned and seen in your life, and that song and title is about that. We don’t really change as persons, we just ad new layers on what we were born with. That’s how I fell. I’m here now, but “the flame still burns when I’m gone”.

 

When I listen to your music I definitely hear someone who's lost in music…

CL: Yeah I’m totally lost my friend. I live and breathe music and this will never stop!

 

What's your favorite record of all time and why?

CL: That’s very easy for me to answer, Depeche Mode: Black Celebration

This album really was the seed of that was to become Leæther Strip. I had no idea at the time, but it had such an amazing impact on me, and I can see now just how much it really meant for the way I would move musically in the years after. There is not one weak song or sound on that album, its just perfection. I don’t think there would have been a Leæther Strip, if that album hadn’t been recorded. I hope that one day I will get to thank them for that in person.

 

In April you will play Netherland and Belgium what can your fans expect?

CL: They will get it all, new stuff and all the classics. This time, my better half and husband, Kurt will be with me on stage. Kurt is a trained pianist and I finally talked him into joining me on stage as my Keyboard player.  It’s only natural because he’s been the “silent member” since 94. And I want him to feel the amazing rush it is to perform for people. I want my shows to be fun and for people to have a party. I love being up there when all I see is happy faces smiling back at me.

Didier BECU
31/03/2011


Music reviews

31
03
POUPPEE FABRIKK
Armèn
29
03
CHRISTIAN WOLZ
La Fore
28
03
JIMMY SWEENEY
Without You
27
03
FEU FOLLET
Le champ des morts
18
03
MANNEQUIN
From a distance
16
03
OCTOLAB
Mystery Park

NEWSLETTER

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

NEWS

03
04
On this day, 18 years ago, Frank Tovey / Fad Gadget died at the age of 45.
02
04
41 years of Replicas, unleashed by Gary Numan's Tubeway Army!
01
04
On this day, 23 years ago, Rammstein released Engel!
01
04
On this day, 31 years ago, Front Line Assembly released Gashed Senses & Crossfire!
31
03
Red Zebra releases new single!
29
03
UK Electro-Industrial band BIOMECHANIMAL announces the release of 'Waves': split single with MECHANICAL VEIN

Concert reviews

31
12
EUFORIC EXISTENCE, ZYNIK 14, WULF7, DELERITAS, CAUSENATION
EBM is still alive (part 1) - Club 52, Eernegem
25
11
SUPER DRAGON PUNCH !! + AMBASSADOR 21 + SUICIDE COMMANDO
MAGASIN 4, NOV 8TH 2019, BRUSSELS (BELGIUM)
21
08
LES NEGRESSES VERTES
Live @ Moods Festival, Brugge - Belgium - 2.08.2019
07
08
DIARY OF DREAMS, STAR INDUSTRY, YOUR LIFE ON HOLD, A SLICE OF LIFE, LA SCALTRA
Summer event - za 3 augustus, Schoten
06
08
DE DELVERS, STAATSEINDE
Genste Feesten, Kinky Star , 28 juli 2019
14
07
MIDNIGHT OIL
MIDNIGHT OIL Live @ Rock Zottegem - Belgium - 05.07.2019

GET A COPY OF OUR MAGAZINE
SEND TO YOUR HOME

INTERVIEWS

30
03
JOE BOYD
Producer of Pink Floyd, Nick Drake, Nico, R.E.M, talks about the years of experience and his coming book.
29
03
AMBER TEASER
We Also Like Putting Some Strange Elements In Pop Music
19
03
DYLAN WITTROCK
'Sometimes I just write characters’ thoughts, like journal entries.'
17
03
PREEMPTIVE STRIKE 0.1
‘I Love The Belgian Scene’
14
03
COMMON EIDER, KING EIDER
‘The Dreams Of Capitalism Are Being Revealed As Smoke And Mirrors...

PHOTOS

13
03
SIGLO XX
Porta Nigra Aarschot
13
03
ROME
Porta Nigra Aarschot
13
03
THE ROSE OF AVALANCHE
Porta Nigra Aarschot
13
03
THE DANSE SOCIETY
Porta Nigra Aarschot
13
03
THE ARCH
Porta Nigra Aarschot
11
03
FRONT 242
Pulse Namur Isnes
11
03
SHAARGHOT
Pulse Namur Isnes

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

03
04
GOLDFRAPP
Strict Machine (Live at Glastonbury) [2017]
02
04
DIE KRUPPS
Chinese Black Die Krupps feat. Jyrki69 (Official Music Video)
02
04
DIESEIN
You
01
04
ILLUMININE
Dear, Eulogy (Live at Sundlaugin Studio)
31
03
DIVE
Underneath
30
03
NEAR EARTH ORBIT
INTERSTELLAR
29
03
MAYFLOWER MADAME
Vultures (official video)