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EXT!ZE Interview

Interview Date – 22nd August 2011

Interviewer – Phill Bruce

 

There is some great music coming out of Europe at the moment and one of the bands is EXT!ZE.  I stumbled across EXT!ZE purely by accident and I’m glad I did.  So when they agreed to an interview I jumped at the chance and here is how it went.


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EXT!ZE are (Left to right) Cyb3erslut, DJ Barus, Jan Dysfunction and Cyb3rella

Phill – Can you tell us a little bit of a background about yourself and where in this beautiful world you are from?

 

Cyb3rella - H3ll 0www, I’m the singer and founder of EXT!ZE. I’m born in France and I’m living in Germany since 2006. Why? Because France sucks! I grew up in a little French town between chicken and donkeys, and now I’m living in a little German town near Heidelberg between cows and goats. I studied marketing and music business and now I’m running my own business. 


Phill – What was it about France that made you move to Germany?

 

Cyb3rella – France is beautiful, the problem is that the French people sucks. The most of them are fucking intolerant assholes. Another reason why i moved to Germany is because the alternative scenes are much better as in France.


Phill – What type of business do you run?

 

Cyb3rella – I don’t want to tell too much about my professional life... I’m working in the music industry.


Phill – At what point in your life did you decide to form your band and why?

 

Cyb3rella -  One day in 2008, 2 French guys went in a German nightclub to have a decadent party, they met 2 German freaks, they drunk 2 bottles of whiskey and decided to create a music project all together. One of the French guys (me) had already a strange one man project with 3 songs.This one man project was the beginning of EXT!ZE.


Phill – What club was it and what sort of decadent party did you have?

 

Cyb3rella – This club is called Nachtwerk, it’s in Karlsruhe in Germany. But it’s not the only club where we had these fuck-off parties, we were all weekends on the road between fetish/SM clubs, rave parties, goth & metal festivals... It was decadent since we carried everything to excess, really everything.


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Comic Book EXT!ZE


Phill – Did you ever see your one man project turning into a several man, successful project?

 

Cyb3rella – No, I never saw my one man project turning to a 4 freaks band. It’s the best thing that happened to Extize.


Phill – Who besides yourself is in the band and what background are they from?

 

Cyb3rella – DJ Barus is our German live DJ, Jan Dysfunction our German keyboarder and Cyb3rSlut is our French drummer. We are living approximately 100km faraway each other. Cyb3rSlut and myself speak German, since DJ Barus and Jan Dysfunction didn’t want to learn French, they told that "Everything sounds like gay a fish when you speak French“ 


Phill – Was it hard learning German and what does a gay fish sound like?

 

Cyb3rella – I learned German in one year, it was not too difficult since i was living in Alsace, it’s the French state near the German border, it was German in the past and the people who are living in Alsace speaks a dialect that sounds like a mix between French and German. About the gay fish question, just listen to a German interview of mine or of Cyb3rSlut ;-)


Phill – Is it hard rehearsing with you all living so far apart?

 

Cyb3rella – It’s not so far, we are living in a sector of 200km. We can meet anytime.


Phill – What are your musical influences?

 

Cyb3rella – I grew up with Black Sabbath and Jim Morisson, I banged my head at Rammstein and Manson’s concerts, and I crashed my brain at rave and hardcore parties and chilled out with Tricky and Massive Attack. I was chief redactor for a French Darkwave magazine and I studied pop music. There are good things in each music genres...  


Phill – Is there any specific band that has had a big influence on the music of EXT!ZE?

 

Cyb3rella – There are a lot of bands that has influence on me, but not direct on Extize’s sound. For instance, I’m a big fan of Mind In A Box and White Zombie.


Phill – What was your time like with the French Darkwave magazine and what is your most memorable moment whilst working there?

 

Cyb3rella – It was a really great time since I’ve written about my passion: music. The best moments during my time as chief redactor was the interviews with many international stars like Marilyn Manson, Corey Taylor and Joey Jordisson.


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Phill – Where do you see your band in five years and what are your hopes for the future?

 

Cyb3rella – We are working on our next EP and album. We are planning some gigs and DJ sets. I hope I will say the same sentences in 5 years!


Phill – Is there anything new or special you can tell us about that will be appearing on your new album?

 

Cyb3rella – I don’t want to tell too much since it should be a surprise! The only thing I can say is that it will be industrial techno club sound.


Phill – Are any of you guy’s resident DJs at any clubs?

 

Cyb3rella – I’m resident DJ at the Schwimmbad Musik Club in Heidelberg and the other Extize freaks are bitches DJs since they mix at several parties, for instance Cyb3rSlut is on the French roads and DJ Barus in several German clubs.


Phill - Is there any place or venue you would like to play at and why?

 

Cyb3rella: I would be very pleased to play in the USA and in Latin America. I think there is a lot of amazing fucked up people on the other side of the Atlantic, I have to meet them!


Phill – Is there anywhere in our lovely world that you think the current scene is the most vibrant?

 

Cyb3rella – Without doubt, DEUTSCHLAND


Phill – What are your views on the current alternative scene?

 

Cyb3rella –  Oww, it’s a very interesting question that I can’t answer in a few lines. But, I think that the "Scene" is going to divide itself in several sub-categories and I’ve the feeling that it’s a bad thing. In the past everybody had fun together (Batcavers, Electro-Fans, Fetish freaks...) and today it’s impossible to see a cyber-goth dancing with an EBM-fan... I find this fact sad!


Phill – Without giving too much away is there any instrument or program you wouldn’t be without and why?

 

Cyb3rella – I can’t live without my virus TI and my Roland  S-101! Why? because hardware can give you an orgasm just by caressing one knob !


Phill – Is there any one thing that you can pinpoint as being vital to the music of EXT!ZE this doesn’t have to be anything musical?

 

Cyb3rella – The second degree humour!


Phill – Whose idea was it to ask the legend CyberWallE to be a part of the video for Headquake and what was it like working with him?

 

Cyb3rella – It was my idea since CyberWallE’s dad is a very good friend of mine. We had a lot of fun during the video set since it was fucking difficult to control this little chaos robot. You can see it in the Headquake video clip outtakes on youtube.


Check out the video for "Headquake":

EXT!ZE-Headquake


And behind the scenes footage, from the Making of Headquake:

EXT!ZE -Headquake (Making Of)


Phill – What drink fuels a good night out for EXT!ZE?

 

Cyb3rella – Gimme Jack Daniel’s and I’m the happiest man on earth !


Phill – What sport sums up EXT!ZE?

 

Cyb3rella – Mosh pit survival training at metal concerts.


Phill – If you were in a food fight what food would be your weapon of choice?

 

Cyb3rella – Frog legs, snails and baguettes !


Phill – If a film was to be made about your life, who would play you?

 

Cyb3rella – Charlie Sheen


Phill – Thanks so much for giving Grave Concerns this interview, is there anything you would like to add?

 

Cyb3rella – Thank you for your work, the scene needs more people like you to keep existing!

 

Phill - Thanks again, good luck with your up and coming album and tour.

 

http://www.extize.com/band/

 

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Extize/154812891228475

 

http://www.myspace.com/ext1ze

 

 


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