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Uberbyte Interview

Interviewer – Phill Bruce

Photographer/Fellow Interviewer – Emma Wilson

Date: July 18th, 2011

We have had the pleasure of meeting a true legend in his own right within the music scene; one of the original creators that carved his way through the gothic, Goth rock and industrial music genre, without his influences, the music we listen to today would be very different indeed.

Richard Pyne or ‘The Uber Man’ as affectionately called and known by friends and followers of his Band Uberbyte.  His musical genius and the creator of the famous Goth rock band Killing Miranda.

My assistant/photographer and I travelled over to the busy metropolis city of Sheffield, where we were treated like loyalty by Richard himself and the epic Uberbyte gang, plus the amazing people of Sheffield. We were greeted by open arms from everyone. The hospitality we were given by everyone was out of this world and had the pleasure of being personally chaperoned around the prestigious and mesmerizing hidden gem that is The Corporation by Richard and the band.  The corporation is the hub of the alternative scene in Sheffield, adorned with the colorful and eccentric regulars that attend religiously every week to be around the music and people they love. It is the only place and local haunt for every alternative to be seen and rub shoulders with the famous artist and bands that make the place come alive in its own eutrophic way.

We arranged to meet up in a local bar only a stone’s throw away from the corporation, to interview Uberman and his gorgeous wife Charlene aka Ubergirl, during their busy schedule. Completing the interview was very hard considering Richards witty and outrageous sense of humor, as we had an absolute giggle conducting the interview, with the busy atmosphere of the bar it was hard to focus on the job at hand, especially when a stag party decided to burst through the doors in an barricade of fun and unusual costumes, trying to hold back the laughter and still continuing to be focused with the professional yet half lighted decorum that we had from the start.

So sit back and enjoy this fantastic interview and article with a self-confessed hard working superstar.

 

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Grave Concerns: Richard what was the inspiration that made you decide to become an artist?

Uberbyte: Well my Mum was a music teacher so I guess that made it inevitable. I always did music from when I was youngster, always in bands, choirs, orchestras; I have never stopped writing  from when started to learn to write music as a kid and it’s the biggest part of my life it’s what i do its apart off my life, and will never stop.

GC: Did your time in Killing Miranda give you the experience and knowledge to succeed in Uberbyte even if it was in a different genre?

Uberbyte: It properly helped me get it get it (Uberbyte) of the ground quicker, I had some useful contacts to help get it started straight off the bat that properly helped in that respect, there were other aspects that didn’t help as much. Possibly was some surprise from particularly Killing Miranda fan base, that I did something as radically different to that band, you are always tagged from I guess from what you have done before, but I do what I do.

GC: What gave you the inspiration to move from a gothic rock band to a more industrial based band?

Uberbyte: Well I liked industrial music and dance music when in killing Miranda; I think I had already fallen out with the genre of Goth, relatively early on when being in killing Miranda. We (Killing Miranda) were properly more in the Type O negative and Marilyn Manson bracket, rather than the Bauhaus type bracket. There was a more industrial aspect from us with the music we created in the band. What we did and as time went on, I went more down the industrial path and the other members of Killing Miranda went more down the rock path. In addition, that is why one morning we woke up and realized we wanted to create different music and be in different bands.

GC: Where did the creation that is Uberbyte come from, what is every ones background’s in the band?

Uberbyte: The band is ME, Richard Payne ‘The uber man’. The people that are in it (Uberbyte) are the people I have chosen myself because they like the right kind music, they are people I trust and get on with. Musically Uberbyte is 100% mine.

If killing Miranda was a democracy, Uberbyte is a dictatorship, so there are no arguments no discussion about direction, ’I will do what I want to do’, and that’s how I like it.

GC: Your band Uberbyte has been described as being either in the EBM or in the industrial genre, how would you define the genre, or do you have a specific type

Uberbyte: I do not mind either tag, I don’t like the tag Cyber Goth, as I personally believe there is  nothing gothic about our sound in Uberbyte anymore . Industrial yes, I can agree with that, we do have a lot off heritage especially in Sheffield electronic movement, people like  cabaret Voltaire, Front 242.  These days I tend to listen to more dance music, hard core and hard style, but I think there’s a difference  between  what you listen to and what your inspirations are , so given that we were inspired  from industrial  bands, I don’t see why we shouldn’t be called one. 

GC: Are there any influences from other musical genres that you would like to combine into future songs and lyrics for your band?

Uberbyte: All the time, we are always trying to change, to keep it fresh and interesting. Our new album NFY, coming out has different elements of house music; techno elements of hard style all different types of dance music, up to classic club and classic pop music. every album we are going to change and never stick to same formula, I hate to repeat myself , when it comes to creating a new  album and music, it doesn’t matter how  it pays I don’t care.

GC: Where did the idea of incorporating sound samples from south park in( let’s put the fun in) fundamentalist   , and using sound bites of Samuel L Jackson in Say what originate from  to give  Uberbyte’s  its unusual and unique  sound

Uberbyte: In terms of using samples, that’s a pretty American thing really, the band catakaustic influenced that a bit. But if I do hear another track that future the first three hell raiser films or full metal jacket, I will blow my head off, as it’s been done to death. On the last album I’ve tried to avoid using to many cinematic samples as I’ve tried to use thing’s that complement and tie in with the song , and I prefer to find  pieces  from  old propaganda films, Winston Churchill’s recorded speeches, stuff like that . I think that by the time of the release skull fuck (Modulate), full metal jacket was done enough.

GC: Many of your tracks feature Char (Ubergirl) singing in a different language, do you think it gives the song a different edge than if it was performed in English.

Uberbyte: Well it’s a different language to us but she Mexican so it’s her natural mother tongue. We have always tied little snippets in with it being her heritage, also apart of mine , we spend a lot off time over there, my kids are effectively Mexican, it would dishonest not to include it really. I think with the Spanish element it is less tongue in cheek than when we used say, the German lyrics, but that’s because non off us speak German, so it’s become a in band joke and we will do the dialect deliberately bad, a bit like the American band Hansel and Gretel, but I think German sounds funny when performed badly. (Richard then goes on to perform a little comedy scene , using bad German in a funny sentence, talking and making total nonsense but still so funny we all erupt into a fit of laughter.

GC: How many languages does Char (Ubergirl) speak?

Uberbyte: She is a very talented woman specking a multitude of different languages including Italian, Spanish, English bits of French properly a few more.  She used to work as a translator.

Richard then proceeds to tell us he doesn’t speak any, he’s rubbish, aww bless. We still love you though mate.

GC: You  are known for  your own  specific cyber  style with the way you all dress, is there any clothing line or shop you use  to purchase your items  and who’s idea was  it to create the bands awesome image ?

Uberbyte: The idea is more Charlene’s more than anybody else’s, I’m not really an image person at all, I brought her on board from an early stage, it is manly borrowed from Japanese inspiration. The whole weird take thing we do on the uniform, as I wanted something that unified the band.

It stems from the last band I was in (Killing Miranda), because everyone had their own individual look in the band so it sent out very mixed messages to our fans as there was no uniformity it just felt like there were five individual people on stage and not a unit working together.

So it was important this time to wear some sort of uniform and be unified. As time has changed it seemed to mutate in to that direction to go with the music we are creating today in Uberbyte

GC: You are touring this year with Aesthetic Perfection, how did this come about?

Uberbyte: Well we were asked…….  (Starts laughing). We have played before with Daniel and know very well.

The time was right to start touring and that we got lead support , there were other possibility’s but we have already done the opening 30 minute slots before and feel that after four albums – it feels better to be doing a 45 minute slot with a band that are bigger than us. Then a 30 minute gig supporting an even more famous band than us.

GC: With the release of your new album titled NFY soon, what can your fans expect to hear new in this album?

Uberbyte: Well it’s the first album we have done in a studio, actually in a VERY expensive studio. Not too far from here. (The location we are in the Devonshire cat, Sheffield) It’s a place called the steel works. It sounds way more polished, I have some reasonable engineering  skills , I do what you would call the ‘normal industrial album ‘, using a door or digital work station, I’m good at it, but I wasn’t getting the sound I wanted  using my own skills , I’m order to get the completely stripped down sound I envisioned . It’s hard to describe but from a rock point of view it’s like the sounds of Rick Rubén * school of production very stripped down very rare, that’s something rear in the industrial sound, that’s why we had to go to an expensive studio, we have something that sounds unique, I’m not too sure if everyone will get it, but it’s the sound that I’ve wanted to do. I hope it sets a new kind of standard, I think we have something much more real sounded than most industrials music to date not all but some.

GC: If you could work or collaborate with another artist on your next album, who would it be and why?

At the moment probably a guy called Neofight from Holland, in the scene I have already collaborated with Thomas from Nachtmahr, how I have a lot of respect for, of course I’d love to work with Andy LaPlegua from Combichrist. Outside the four I’ve mentioned the minimalist techno moment sound, Scooter of course.

GC: Where is the weirdest place you have played a gig at?

Uberbyte: Ermmmmm, with hesitance. A fire place in Newcastle!

It was properly the 2nd gig Uberbyte ever did, it was a room in a pub, but it was that small I wouldn’t even call it a room really! It was that small the audience were outside the room, and wasn’t because we sucked, it’s just that they didn’t fit in. The other thing about the gig was that the sound guy was deaf! I mean he was a lovely guy. It was the one time in my career I threw the micro phone down and had a strop, a true diva princess moment.

GC: If you could play at any venue in the world, with your four favourite bands, where would it be and who would be on the set list?

Uberbyte: The best place I’ve ever played is the Essig fabrik, in cologne Germany, amazing sound, not huge in size. In terms of any venue in the world, I would have to say the Madison Square Garden in New York.

In regards of bands I would like to collaborate with, they have to be Scooter, Angerfist, out of loyalty for Jonathan and Andy Nachtmahr and Combichrist?

GC: Where do you see Uberbyte in 5 years’ time?

Uberbyte: Hopefully not dead from liver failure, I have recently given up drinking though so who knows. Also hanging in there doing the best we can.

Not bloody unicorn’s lol (Richard is referring to the Straftanz who on stage, as a part of their set hand out a lucky unicorn hobby horse. Considering its one off his favourite bands he must have seen a lot of them).

We (Uberbyte) need our own little mythological animal.  We than started a discussion and come up with silly made up animals that have us in fits of laughter. Coming up with inventive Made up creatures as an uberling and a man bear pig creature.

GC: What is your most prized possession?

Uberbyte:I’m not a materialistic person but after a long hard think, I properly have to say my PSI evolver keyboard.

GC: What item or object can you not live without?

Uberbyte: I will have to say my wife, not due to fact I love her but she kill me if I tried living without her.

That completes the interview

Grave Concerns: I would  to take a moment  to say a huge thank you To Richard and Charlene From Uberbyte for this fantastic opportunity not only for providing us this this amazing and entertaining interview for Grave Concerns, but the hospitality from the new friends that we made in the brilliant city of Sheffield .

*For any reader that is unsure of the talents of Rick Ruben

Frederick Jay "Rick" Rubin (born March 10, 1963) is an American record producer and the co-president of Columbia Records.

Rubin was the co-founder of Def Jam Records and also established American Recordings. With the Beastie Boys and Run–D.M.C., Rubin helped popularize hip hop music, and has worked with artists as varied as Slayer, Slipknot, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Mars Volta, Danzig, Dixie Chicks, Metallica, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Weezer, Linkin Park, The Cult, Neil Diamond, Mick Jagger, System of a Down, Rage Against the Machine, The Avett Brothers, and Adele.

In the 1990s and 2000s, he produced the "American Recordings" albums with Johnny Cash. MTV called him "the most important producer of the last 20 years."[1] In 2007, Rubin was listed among Time's 100 Most Influential People in the World.

 


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