DECODED FEEDBACK. We Will Always Evolve
Q. Are there any particular ways you feel this latest release progresses from your previous releases & ‘Aftermath’ in particular?
Yone: I love "Aftermath" and it's difficult to compare the 2, but I feel "disKonnekt" is more mature and elaborate. I think it tells a deeper story. "Aftermath" was about our personal struggles over the previous 5 years and how we dealt with them. "disKonnekt" is about what has happened since then, not only to us, but the world around us. "disconnect" explores the themes of alienation and existential angst so prevalent in today's society. It delves into the complex relationship between man and machine and considers how virtual environments can disconnect us from the real world.
Q. I guess most people would have expected the final track, which was a tribute to ‘Blade Runner’ to revolve around Vangelis’ main theme but instead you chose some of the lesser-known parts of the score. Was the fact that it was something of an unexpected move that prompted you to do it in this way?
Yone: We chose this part of the score because it was from the opening theme of the movie and and it effectively captured the audience by bringing them into this new strange futuristic world. This song builds slowly and explodes at the end with that powerful analogue lead synth. Actually, we made this track just for fun. Originally we didn't think we would release it, but decided it would be such a shame if we didn't. The Blade Runner movie is a masterpiece, it's both visually and musically spectacular. Vangelis really wrote a true sound track that is the sound visualization of what Ridley Scott wanted, the visuals and music went hand in hand. This is one of the most brilliant movies of all time.
Q. Did you sample the CS80 notes towards the end or did you have access to the real thing?
Yone: No, we didn't. We have so many analogue keyboards that I think we used a sound from our Korg Poly 6 if I remember correctly. We wanted to keep the sound as authentic as possible.
Q. Yone, the album was dedicated to your late father Frank Dudas who passed away a little while ago & was, it seems was not only a talented artist in his chosen field but was also a major influence on your decision to become a musician but what qualities did you feel he instilled in you that enabled you to follow your muse in the way you have?
Yone: I grew up in a very artistic home. My father was a well-known industrial designer and a prodigy violinist, and my mother was a graphic artist. Most of my ancestors were artists, musicians and actors. I couldn't help but grow up artistic. I think I would have really disappointment my parents if I had wanted to be a lawyer ;) Music played a very important part in my upbringing. My father insisted that we have a sit-down dinner together every night accompanied by candles and classical music. I grew up on classical music, early electronic music, rock, punk and new wave. Music has always been a strong element in my life. My father was so happy to see that one of us kids actually wanted to pursue music as a career, so my parents sent me for piano lessons at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. I loved Beethoven, Mozart and Vivaldi. My parents don't listen to this genre of music, but totally appreciate it for what it is. One day my father and I were in a department store and he stopped to listen to the sound of the escalator. He told me I should sample it and use it in a song. Now that is true parental support! I have given a copy of all of our CDs to my parents and they have listened to every single track we have ever released. They also like to embarrass me by playing it for their friends :) True proud parents. Both my parents were fundamental in my decision to follow my passion and I am so grateful for that. I have had amazing parents. My mother still carries on encouraging me every step of the way. Thanks mum :)
Q. Did this sad event & its aftermath perhaps make for a more personal album than any of your previous works?
Yone: Yes, it definitely did. My father passed away on Jan. 7, 2011 & our song "Another Loss" was written only days after my father's passing. I knew he had to go as he had been very sick for 5 years. The deterioration of his health and what he had been going through also affected the songs on "Aftermath". I was lucky though. I got to spend more time with my father before his passing and come to terms with things. We mended some old wounds and forgave each other. It was truly special. Both my father and I are stubborn and creative, so we clashed sometimes, but he always supported me and my creativity.
Q. The emotive qualities of your music would suggest that actually writing & producing it is something of a cathartic experience for the pair of you.
Yone: Exactly. Writing and producing has always been a cathartic experience for both of us. Marco went through a very dark period of substance abuse in the years between "Combustion" and "Aftermath". We didn't know if he would make it through it alive. He fought his demons and won the battle, yet it will always be an ongoing struggle that he will have to deal with throughout his life. But, the great news is he is clean and sober, and healthier than ever.
Q. You seem to have found a good home with Dependent, has their support & the stability that having a reliable label been an important factor for you both?
Yone: Yes, we have definitely found a great home with Dependent. We are ecstatic! We have always been on Metropolis Records in the US, but we have bounced around to different labels in Germany throughout the years. Unfortunately some German labels had financial issues, so they went under. We left Out of Line on very amicable terms, we just felt we needed a fresh start with a strong and renowned label like Dependent Records. Stefan Herwig has had a powerful influence on the scene, having had the best bands on his label over years: Covenant, VNV Nation, Velvet Acid Christ, Suicide Commando, Front Line Assembly, KMFDM, etc… We knew we were in great hands when we signed to Dependent. Instantly Stefan Herwig took us under his wing and guided us. We loved having this kind of input from the label owner, it really made a real difference. Dependent also organized our German tour with Covenant last year so we couldn't be happier with our decision to join Dependent.
Q. Did you mind them labelling you as ‘old-timers’ though? ;)
Q. It’s been quoted elsewhere that, aside from more obvious worldwide/political concerns, you have cited the tensions that exist between genders as another driving force behind your music. Could you expand on this & perhaps highlight where this has influenced specific tracks?
Q. You’ve cited the Belgian industrial scene from many years ago as a major influence on you both &, of course, you’ve lived in both Europe & North America during the past two decades &, in so doing, would have soaked up the cultures of various countries. Do you feel that this has given your music a more ‘international’ outlook or do the various influences of your homelands still have any importance for you?
Yone: I think it definitely has influenced our sound living in different cultures. I remember when we lived in Torino, Italy, the music we listened to was called EBM, but in Toronto, Canada they called it Industrial. It was confusing how they categorized it, but it was still the same music. I like to think we have absorbed a little bit of each culture and combined it into a unique approach to industrial. Of course the Belgium, Danish, English and Swedish bands had a huge influence on us. How could they not? We were so lucky to be exposed to groups some Canadians had never even heard of at that time. But I should mention that Skinny Puppy and Front Line Assembly have also influenced us a lot, and still do.
Q. Marco has said in the past that music has, to some extent, almost saved his soul in providing a counterpoint to certain dark times of his life, so how do you imagine life without DF?