Monday, March 28, 2011

Theft and Artistry

Someone on the Aesthetic Perfection Facebook page asked me how I came up with a certain melody in a certain song. Kind of half seriously I told him the way to come up with ideas was to rip off your influences, but to do it in your own way. Obviously he asked me which song and from which band, and naturally, I was cryptic and didn't give him an honest answer. His response provoked a raised eyebrow or two from me:

"My guess would be combichrist, as you seem to be a big fan of there's. Sound's a bit like Nine Inch Nails too, though they're not aggrotech."

Really? That's all that's expected of me? To draw influences from within the genre of music I make? Regardless of how much I like either band, from my perspective it's quite ungentlemanly to plagiarize one's contemporaries. And it would seem that anyone who wants to find their own identity in their music would want to set themselves apart from everyone else.

Let's be honest. All artists are thieves. They draw inspiration from something that existed before, but the good ones do it in a way that no one notices. The key is to make it as unrecognizable as possible, and put your stamp on it, your personality, make it your own. I think it's a lot like eating a huge dinner and after letting it digest for a while, bringing it all back up to have a look and what you find. Some of it will be recognizable. A carrot, a pea, whatever, but in general it's just a chaotic mess, a mixture that has probably never existed before, and never will exist again.

So there's the answer: I write music by puking up my half digested influences and avoiding those of my friends and contemporaries.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Album / UK Tour

Keeping in with tradition it would seem I STILL don't update this enough. Fuck it. I will someday. So, New album is done. Out for mixing and mastering. Release info in the next few weeks. In the meantime we've got a super special limited edition "Devil's in the Details" single/EP thing we're going to be selling on the upcoming US tour. It's got handmade packaging and an unreleased song and some remixes. We're excited.

And our boys in Combichrist are taking us out yet again, this time we're headed to the UK and Mortiis, too. We're excited!

Here are all the upcoming live dates!

04.16.11 Das Boot Festival – Stockholm, SE

US Tour 2011 (with Faderhead & Everything Goes Cold)

04.22.11 Los Angeles, CA @ Das Bunker (at The Catch One)*
04.23.11 Phoenix, AZ @ Joe’s Grotto
04.25.11 San Antonio, TX @ Korova
04.26.11 Austin, TX @ Elysium
04.27.11 Dallas, TX @ Curtain Club
04.28.11 Baton Rouge, LA @ L-Bar
04.29.11 Atlanta, GA @ Das Bunker (at Shelter)
04.30.11 Cincinnati, OH @ Quorum (at The 20th Century Theater)
05.01.11 Pittsburgh, PA @ 31st Street Pub
05.02.11 Columbus, OH @ Skully’s Diner
05.03.11 Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall
05.04.11 Richmond, VA @ Fallout
05.05.11 Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
05.06.11 New York, NY @ Cybertron (at Rebel)
05.07.11 Philadelphia, PA @ I Love Industrial (at The Starlight Ballroom)
* Aesthetic Perfection & Faderhead only

05.19.11 Kinetik Festival – Montreal, CA

06.28.11 Talking Heads – Southampton, UK
06.29.11 The Assembly – Leamington Spa, UK
06.30.11 Academy – Manchester, UK
07.01.11 The Classic Grand – Glasgow, UK
07.02.11 Rock City – Nottingham, UK
07.03.11 Koko – London, UK

09.24.11 Daniel Graves DJ Set @ Kultkeller – Duisburg, DE