Alt Fest 2014

Henrik told me about this back in april or something like that. We both thought it was this year and realised that we were probably unable to go. But since it´s august 2014 and not 2013 this looks like a chance to see some really good Industrial/EBM bands live, and for that matter some good metal bands as well.

I do miss some of my personal favourites but who knows what they will add to their line up until next autumn and hey: Leather Strip, Front 242, Covenant, Clan of xymox, VNV Nation, Suicide Commando and so on, they are all pretty decent… could be worth watching. 😉 And most important of all, this will probably be a place where you can meet likeminded and interesting people to chat and drink with, that´s something else than your local nightclub. 😉

In the Interdictor camp we really like when people try walking new ways and explore uncharted territory. Crowdfunding a festival is a nice attempt of doing something else than sitting home and flooding twitter about how bad the music business has become. In the Interdictor camp we are seriously considering to visit Alt Fest 2014.

Is anyone else going?

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One of those weeks

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This week was one of those weeks! The idea was that I should have completed some drum programming and sound design for a song on our next release. Out came nothing. After a few night´s with too little sleep I kind of crashed in bed two night´s in a row and woke up the day after feeling tired all over again. I wanted so bad to go further with the music but sometime there´s just not enough energy and time left and you need to rest before things get out of hand.

I wish I could put more time into music and less time into work but that´s not going to happen anytime soon, and I am absolutely not complaining about it. In fact it makes me kind of pissed when spoiled artist wants to stop time or even travel backwards to a time when they could make a living out of music.

Sure I understand that it feels like shit when you all of a sudden have to find a boring job instead of doing what you really want to do all day long. But hey, welcome to reality. Either you adapt or you find yourself stuck in yesterday, and I promise you yesterday is a lonely place.

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I could go on forever talking about more philosophic aspects of the value of art and so on. But let us leave that for now. When I was tired as hell I came to think about how I started with music. Since the age of twelve (when I bought my first computer) I have been spending many hours every day in front of the computer writing computer programs.

When I got my first job at 19 I got employed as a computer programmer and I continued programming when I came home at night. One night many years later something inside of me just said stop. It´s too late to change career but I need something else to do in my spare time before my head explodes.

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You could think that resting is a good thing to do in your spare time. But I really need to do something creative to feel good, I need to express myself in artistic ways. Believe it or not, computer programming is art. At least for some of us. I don´t remember how, but I found an online course in music theory.

A few hours later I knew about the harmonic series and I had a new passion in life. First of all I bought the software Reason and from there on things evolved quickly. I knew Henrik since before and I asked him to mentor me a bit when I had problems understanding things.

I wrote some lyrics for Henriks work and we started working more together. Henrik is the experienced musician and talented composer while I am more of the knob twisting newcomer with the crazy ideas and the thematic vision. I think we complete each other in some ways. And nowadays my house is full of analog synths.

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When I started I promised myself one simple thing. Never, never, never start projects like I did with my computer programming. Projects that I had to complete and projects someone else but me would be a stakeholder in. Well that failed totally and I am happy for it! I love doing what we do with Interdictor. I guess I’m not that good at everyday communication but this makes me vent stuff that I can´t express in other ways.

There will come a new week for drum programming and hopefully I will get some sleep so I can concentrate better this time. Things wasn´t just bad anyway. Henrik laid down some very nice parts for one of the new songs. That song is full of emotions and that´s where Henriks composing really shines.

We are really looking forward to completing the songs now, and we will try really hard to do so before or just after the end of this year. Time is short so we won’t make any promises, but stay tuned!

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A Youth Code for our scene

Nowadays you rarely find something that moves the standard forward and breaks new ground in the EBM/Industrial scene. Front Line Assembly released new stuff this summer and while that is an awesome record it´s just what you could expect from their standards. Even the mighty Skinny Puppy released new material this year. But what caught my attention is a duo from LA that seems to have found the right promotor since the whispers about Youth Code seems to be coming from every direction.

So what is all the buzz about then? Well this duo found another way of breaking new ground. They went back to 1987-1990 and produced EBM/Industrial like it used to sound in the days of early Nitzer Ebb and Front 242. To a large amount our scene seems to be caught in a strange regression where people think that you must put on a show including gas masks, uniforms, guns, blood and a sexist behavior, music is secondary. Youth Code seems to be the very opposite of the military fashion show. As far as I can see they are very true in what they are doing. It´s music from musicians who love what they do, without a producer pointing them in a direction where the money is. At least that is what I choose to believe.

Stream the whole album from here: http://pitchfork.com/advance/198-youth-code/ In the upper left corner of that page there is a menu from which you can stream the whole record. I ordered the vinyl immediately after first listening. It´s not that we haven´t heard it before, it´s just so refreshingly pure and aggressive. Perhaps this is what our scene needs, someone who send us 20 years back and finds a new direction to walk the path?

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Hidden gems #1

Every now and then we will publish info about a song that we really like but most people seem to be unaware of. Songs that are hiding in the shadows. Songs people forgot about, or songs that we think deserves a little bit more attention than they get. So, here comes our first hidden gem:

Tom Shear got a decent amount of EBM/Electro hits in his back catalouge. With his band Assemblage 23 he constantly produces high quality material. Spark, Let me be your armor and Alive has probably been played a thousand times in most electro/ebm oriented clubs.

Personally I find them a little bit too catchy and dance floor oriented most of the time. But once in a while I feel in that mood and Assemblage 23 is on the top of it´s game. The song I´d like to put forward is something completely different though.

I don´t know Tom so I have no idea what he really thinks about this song himself. For me this song is all about honesty and courage as an artist. It takes courage to put a song like this on a record. I don´t know if Tom ever thought of it this way, perhaps it was just a song like any other.

But the thing here is that you can´t hide behind any metaphors or abstractions. The lyrics are crystal clear. There are no booming basses or catchy melody that makes people nod their heads and dance. There is slow sad music and ice cold lyrics. This song is naked.

For me this is something more than just another song. It´s built around a simple idea, unique and professionally crafted. This song is playing with emotions and it makes me feel really bad every time I listen to it. This song does not belong on a danceable electro record. I think it takes guts to put it there. Or perhaps he is just so confident that he didn´t really think about it, I don´t know.

For me this is true art. Not so much for the music itself, even though it is professionally crafted. It´s just making me feel so bad and I like it. Not every pice of music has to be art, but this is and therefore it´s the first hidden gem we would like to recommend. Stay tuned for more.

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A Critical History of Industrial Music

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A few days ago S. Alexander Reed published a book called Assimilate: A critical history of industrial music. I stumbled upon an exiting interview with the author wich you can listen to below. I recommend anyone interested in Industrial music or who want to know what industrial music is to listen to this interview. I recognized a lot of what I value in Industrial aside from the sounds and the music itself.

As interesting as I found the interview I might just go ahead and order the book from Amazon. I will get back to you and tell if there was something interesting between those sheets.

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We told you so!

Darren Aronofsky is one of my personal favorite directors with masterpieces like Pi and Requiem for a dream in his portfolio. I once read an interview with him about the making of Pi and “all the Kabbalah stuff…” in it. The reporter wanted to know how much of it that was true. Darren replied: “Basically most of the stuff about the math and the Kabbalah is true. The fiction is in the glue that holds it together.”

Interdictor loves technology and embraces it fully. Hey, after all we are a fucking industrial band. 😉 As far as we know machines haven´t turned upon mankind yet. We keep doing a pretty good job with that ourselves. Technology is supposed to make our lives easier and support the evolution of mankind. Nowadays corporate interest, personal careers, greed, fear and corruption seems to put the agenda for how technology should be used. An infinite sadness for how these matters are evolving led us to writing the song Josef K. I feel even more dejected repeating Darrens words when it comes to Josef K: “The fiction is in the glue that holds it together.”.

I am not going in to any explanations of our songs more than the obvious. I think people deserve the right to make up their own mind and interpret art the way they like without having it all served like a fastfood dish. Josef K is obviously a fictional character in a fictional future. The context of the story  is not that fictive at all. The latest weeks events just made that point even clearer. Enormous amounts of resources and time is put into a project called PRISM. The soley purpose of that project is to monitor people and their actions in the digital world.

You could argue that people who has nothing to hide should not be afraid of such a thing. Well that is just pure BS. The idea that this kind of project is created to ensure the security of the public is also pure BS. There is no state with such noble intentions. Not anymore. The purpose of that project is control. Control in the west was lost when people started to abandon the idea of a higher power to rule us all. Then there was TV. Control was back. A streamlined channel of opium for the masses, straight into peoples living rooms.

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Then control was lost again when people shifted their focus from being brainwashed by cable TV to exchanging ideas over the more anarchistic internet. Control is power, power is $. What is happening behind the scenes here we don´t even want to know. It´s ugly, it´s counterproductive for mankind and it´s provoking for everyone who want to live their own lifes in their own way. Another band in the electronic arena once created a great song containing lyrics like: “work, produce, be used”. That is not the way we should live our lives.

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Therefore I got to say thank you to Edward Snowden. It´s not that I didn´t know that PRISM exists. That is probably only the top of the iceberg. As much as I really wish we didn´t have to say that we told you so (But, hey: WE TOLD YOU SO)  I am greatful to Snowden for showing everyone without doubt what is going on. I have to admit that I would never sacrifice my job, my freedom and my family for the sake of mankind. I would not expose secret stuff and then have to go to prison for the rest of my life or even being killed. If you sign a contract of secrecy you are meant to keep a secret. You should think about it before signing. But I am very greatful that there are people like Snowden. We all choose to protest in our own way. When it comes to Interdictor we keep writing songs, and always remember:

It´s easier to resist, in the beginning than at the end

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