One of those weeks


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.


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.


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.


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: 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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