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Interviews (EBM, Electro, Electronica) Interview- Velvet Acid Christ


Interview - Velvet Acid Christ

By: JimZombie

Date: 01-17-10

Bryan Erickson of Velvet Acid Christ about his latest album, The Art of Breaking Apart, his musical journey to the present, the scene and the future of humanity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JimZombie: The use of string instruments in your latest album has received mixed reactions from fans, what are your feelings on this, was it expected?

Velvet Acid Christ: I was really happy about doing something new. Especially when the scene is into stupid rave noises and bad electro. I am kind of sick of the way electronic dark music has progressed these days, and this lp to me is like a complete revolt against the detuned trance lead synth music you hear in the clubs now that drove away all the old school people and doesn't even bring big crowds in at all. I just make music, I get about 1 in every ten people that hate it. Most people who talk to me like it. I did it for me, and I like it. I never set out and go, lets make stuff everyone is going to like, if i did that, I would be a pop star, but we all know that I am to ugly for that *grins* hahahha not to mention I hate most pop music. 

JZ: What was it that prompted you to incorporate strings into your new album?

 

 

VAC: I play guitar a lot, and I wanted to do a guitar LP. What makes me laugh is that I have done this in the past as well, this is nothing new really. Fate aka bte2. I get sick of synths some times. I wanted to make an lp that sounded more intimate and close. I think I did, is it a club lp? A few songs are club friendly, but half the lp is not at all. I don't ever make club lps. Never have, Never will, if i make a club song here and there great. If not. Oh well. There is more to the world and music than the club scene. I have gained a lot of new fans with this LP as well.

JZ: While this album has been a bit of a departure from previous VAC, there are many elements that are recognisable. Will we ever see ever see another album like Hex-Angel: Utopia/Dystopia, or are we seeing a new direction?

VAC: I don't like to make the same lp over and over again. I try to make new stuff. Hex angel is nothing like fun with knives, or calling of the dead, or ttg. I change all the time. New gear, new software, new hardware, new people, new places, new things. I don't like to stay the same. So will I make another record like The Art of Breaking Apart? Probably not.   JZ: In light of your new album how do you see the evolution of VAC?

VAC: I am getting old, and you can hear it. Its something that happens to all of us. I hope i reflect who i am honestly as a musician, and as a person. I think I have done that on every LP I have done. I have been honest. I want to try and make better stuff every time I try, but in a new way. I don't want to bore people with the same sounds, and same albums over and over. 

JZ: In a recent interview with Jet (of Vampire Freaks) you voiced concerns that current artists were too hardcore and alienating those outside the scene. Is this album an attempt to bridge the gap?

VAC: More the DJs, I don't think I am trying to bridge or fix anything. If I was a dj still, yes, i would try to mix the crowd up more, to draw people in. That is what I did in the early 90s when I was a dj and it worked. I think people should be hardcore, I think the clubs should cater to them, but not just them. I think that is the point I was making. I'm not saying sell out. I'm saying make the club more open to other people. JZ: How would you compare the scene as it is now with the scene as it was when you first started putting out music?

VAC: Oh man. Its so different. The music was better, sound quality was better. It was warmer sounding. Had more soul. People would make their own clothing, now people look like they got run over by the hot topic bus. More creativity then. People seemed more open, more political, more intellectual and the music was as well. I could meet cool people easier it seems. Now, people a pretentious, stuck up, its like high school. At least in some places. I cannot speak for the whole entire scene, just the one i know of. I'm sure it is different every where. where I am, this seems to be the reality. The music these days says nothing. Means nothing. Sick of it. In the scene any way. Not everyone and all music, but the shit that is spun in the clubs is like that now. It bores the hell out of me.

JZ: Going back to the Vampire Freaks interview. You covered a wide variety of topics including social issues. You have a bleak outlook for humanity. How do you see the future, is it extinction or something worse?

VAC: I'm not sure. I hope things work out, that mankind figures out that eating meat takes to many resources and pollutes way to much, that by growing more local farming, industry, that pollution will be less because you don't need to ship things all over and consume fuel. There are a lot of solutions to all the problems of pollution, and declining resources, and jobs. Will we follow the self destructive money hungry werewolf capitalist class that is hell bent on destroying the planet and all life on earth for a buck? Or will man kind rise up, and the working class and the intellectuals seize control and do what needs to be done to steer mankind in a new direction. Instead of wars for population control, we push contraception, forced if need be, we improve efficiency on education, and instead of teaching to pacify the masses, enlighten them and expect greater responsibilities for them. An honest and true vanguard is needed for this. I hope that this will happen, over the fascism that keeps repeating itself when things get bad, world wars, genocide, private wars etc. Do you think mankind is up for the task now? Not one bit. Not from what I can see around me in my day to day life. I see brainwashed slaves, selfish, stupid, egoist pigs. Unable to care. It makes me cry sometimes honestly.

JZ: What is it that keeps you going from day to day and making music?

VAC: Other art. Other bands. Books, Hope, Love, Hate, Anger, Rage, Intolerance, Acceptance. Everything I like. Healthy food, organics, working out, taking care of myself. These are the things that inspire me. I love super foods, I love walking my dog, I love my animals. I do care about the world. I wish others did as much as I did. Music is just in me, I sing all the time, I tap rhythms, strum my guitar all the time, turn on my keyboards and jam and mess around. I love doing it. I hope that I entertain people, and reach out to them in a deep way. I hope people get something from what I do, and I hope I have made other people's lives better.


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