Well, how weird is that - just as I'm on this demented trip into gloomcore remembrance at the moment, Marc Acardipane emerges from silence to give an interview - perhaps his most informative to date. Published only a few days ago, it's by Richard Brophy and it's for Juno Download.
Highlights, information-wise, include:
- although in earlier interviews he denied any connection to or influence from EBM and industrial, Acardipane talks about getting a copy of Front 242's I liked the sounds they made but not so much the beats, and I liked the beats of Chicago house and Detroit techno, but the sounds were a little too soft for me
- on the phuture rush of first hearing Second Phase "Mentasm" and the Belgian brutalist tekkkno sound: “There were things you never did before, sounds you never heard before. I remember being in Dorian Gray the first time I heard Joey Beltram’s “Mentasm” and I thought he was an alien! I remember hearing T-99’s “Anasthasia” for the first time and was thinking, ‘what the fuck is this?.... It's something that people will not experience nowadays.”.
- on having so many alter-egos (nearly 90 solo aliases, 40 different collaborative identities) - "I developed a character for each one; T-Bone Castro could only work with open hi-hats, Nasty Django was his nasty little brother, and so on.... Some magazine said that there weren’t real people behind all of my projects. So one time when we were doing a gig in Italy there was an Italian guy with a beard who looked the character we did on the Atari computer for the act Ace The Space. We took his photo to prove that it was a real person behind the music!”
- on Suburban Knight’s “The Art of Stalking” - it was the inspiration for Alien Christ and one time he listened to that track "for eight hours straight one night for inspiration"
- on Cold Rush - the "last tunes you hear on the dance floor before you die of an overdose”
- on whether he will record new music any time soon - "I need to go into a certain mood, it’s dark and sensitive, but with hope”
- on archival releases - late last year Forbidden Planet put out a 4-track vinyl featuring "Waves of Life," "The Emperor Takes Place", "Nightflight (Nonstop to Kaos)" and "Mesmerize" - there are also vague plans to "finally put out a bank of unreleased material recorded during the wild days of the early ‘90s" and well as a new compilation of previously released material.
- the famous evocative titles actually mostly came from his PCP partner Thorsten Lambart - "He was a master at thinking up amazing names for the music. I think this is one of the reasons... why a lot of people in the UK and US liked us. For most of our time together, we did a lot of higher thinking, trying to use more than the 20 per cent that most people use.”