tempobet yeni adresi
like this interview
21/07/2011 : SOLITARY EXPERIMENTS - It is important for us to play festivals like Shadowplay to show the people a face and leave a brand mark. 21/07/2011 : SOLITARY EXPERIMENTS - It is important for us to play festivals like Shadowplay to show the people a face and leave a brand mark.

SOLITARY EXPERIMENTS

It is important for us to play festivals like Shadowplay to show the people a face and leave a brand mark.


21/07/2011, Didier BECU


Solitary Experiments are another band you can see at Shadowplay Festival and especially for this event, Peek-A-Boo decided to have a talk with this synth-institution from Germany.

 

I guess that you have no problems if I say that Solitary Experiments are icons of the electro-genre. Do you feel like icons yourself?

We don't think so and we haven't reached the zenith of fame yet. We don't feel like icons, even if it sounds unusual. We still make music just for fun and not to be adored by others. As long as people still buy our music and come to our shows to celebrate together, we get the attention it deserves. That's reward enough!

 

When you started out, something like 20 years ago, would you have thought you'd still be around in 2011?

We never knew if it would succeed or if we would fail, but we never thought about how long it would be going. Meanwhile the time trickles away so fast and soon we will indeed be celebrating the 20th Anniversary. We are really proud of that and of course it will not be the end!

 

The scene has changed a lot, you used to have the big three (Sonic Seducer, Zillo, Orkus) but now it seems like it's more the power of the internet. Do you see that as an advantage?

Not only as an advantage, but also as a gift and relief for both, musicians and consumers. Everything has become so much easier. The whole medium opens doors to new marketing channels, multiple ways of communication and lots of opportunities to exchange experiences or simply to share information. Everybody makes use of this technical development and like music itself it connects people worldwide...

 

Still with Solitary Experiments, you're still among the big players. I know it's a silly question, but how big are you in Germany?

It is not one of these questions a musician can or wants to answer. But I would say we are for sure more well known here in Germany than in other countries. It is probably due to the fact that we have more shows here than somewhere else.

For example, you can listen to our music in every club every night but nobody knows the artist, just the song. We must still work on it! So it is important for us to play festivals like Shadowplay to show the people a face and leave a brand mark.

 

You're still one of those bands who began their career on tapes. I miss that, not tapes themselves, but now on the internet: everybody seems to make music!

You are right, in the past it was more difficult to make electronic music. Nowadays it's simply easier, because almost everybody has a computer or laptop and the software evolution doesn't stop. But bare in mind, it always depends on the operator not on the equipment to make a good sound!

 

From tape to one of the big players on Out Of Line. Do you think it's been a struggle to get there?

Oh yes, for sure. It was a long and hard way for us and we were for quite a while an underrated band in the scene. We gathered experiences, made some mistakes and have had our lessons of the music-biz. But in the end all of it was worth it, because now we are purified and disabused.

 

I'm an electronic devotee, but have you never had the wish to do something completely different music-wise?

It never entered our thoughts. We grew up in the 80's and Synthpop & New Wave was the music that inspired our generation. We've never denied, that bands like Kraftwerk or Depeche Mode were our role models. So we are addicted to this kind of music and by the way, we aren't able to handle another instrument...

 

Sometimes people label you as futurepop. Can you live with that term?

There are different people, different opinions and different terms as long as I can remember.

Who cares, how somebody describes your music? The fact is, you will never reach everybody with your message and for fuck sake, music taste just differs! Call it whatever you want, it will remain electronic music from our point of view. We can live with that...

 

I never understood the need to have all those remixes but with Solitary Experiments it's more than okay... What do you think of that whole remix thing yourself?

I never understand why people don't like it? I appreciate remixes a lot! It's nice to hear your work re-arranged by other artists, because it is always a big surprise what they make out of the original.

Otherwise, it makes fun to treat other people's material and create your version of the song. It is an interesting exchange between musicians and for such projects we would also prefer completely different styles (music-wise).

 

What's your favorite Solitary Experiment?

It is an ambiguous question, isn't it? I really don't know, if you are asking for a favorite song or more for a favorite event or happening? What the hell, we have to discuss it, maybe in the next interview... (starts laughing).

 

You soon will be at Shadowplay Festival, what can we expect?

To get an impression of our audio/visual live draft just visit the you tube channel and look for us, there you will find lot of current video footage. Because a living picture is worth a thousand words!

 

What's your favourite record of all time and please state why?

There are too many to mention only one! But everything started in 1986 with "Black Celebration" and I was a 12 year old boy...

 

Who wouldn't you mind being alone with in an elevator for 8 hours and what would you do?

Oh My God!, what's going around in your head? I really hope it wouldn't be the mechanic, if something got damaged outside.

 

A special message for our readers....

Thanks for everything! Hope to see all of you soon!!!

Didier BECU
21/07/2011


Music reviews

28
06
VARIOUS ARTISTS
PERIHELION 2134
24
06
COLD IN MAY
Isolation songs
19
06
UNITCODE:MACHINE
Paper empires
18
06
BLACK NEEDLE NOISE
Seed of Evil
17
06
DEATH IN JUNE
THE CORN YEARS
16
06
AUGER
Insurgence

NEWSLETTER

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

NEWS

15
06
Today it’s exactly 41 years ago since Joy Division released their debut studio album Unknown Pleasures (15 June 1979).
11
06
29 years of Kraftwerk in The Mix
11
06
Sieben covering David Bowie's Heroes live + new CD album 2020 VISION releases this Friday, 12th June!
10
06
29 years of Family Man!
03
06
Today, 42 years ago, Joy Division self-released their very first 7' EP, An Ideal For Living!
28
05
Electro/Synthwave act GIANT MONSTERS ON THE HORIZON unleash new studio album - Live From Night City

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

27
06
BURTON C.BELL (FEAR FACTORY, ASCENSION OF THE WATCHERS )
'It all comes from my head – whatever I’m feeling, whatever I’m thinking of.'
27
06
RODNEY ORPHEUS / THE CASSANDRA COMPLEX
I Think I’m Still As Revolutionary And Opinionated As Ever...
25
06
THE COLOURS OF SILENCE
Isolation Is Good For Art. Embrace It And Use It
13
06
LAST INFLUENCE OF BRAIN
L.I.O.B. Has Always Been Such A Distraction For Us
10
06
THE JUGGERNAUTS
It's striking, in 'mainstream' genres no-one is making a big deal about band's similarities and their possible influences... But oh dear if you dare make EBM!

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

VIDEO CLIPS

02
07
LIAISONS DANGEREUSES
Los niños del parque
01
07
HORD
Lines
30
06
U.R.A.N.
Geo Logo
29
06
MISS KITTIN
Bassline
28
06
HOCICO
I Abomination
27
06
BOY HARSHER
Motion
26
06
NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS
The Mercy Seat