DARKRADIO.RU INTERVIEW II

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Tonight is Friday the 13th; Do you believe to all the negative signs associated with this day?
Suzi: No, I’m not into that sort of superstition.
Jacques: Me neither…

Not so long ago it was a Halloween. Have you celebrated it? Do you have maybe special traditions for this holiday?
Jacques: Well, I’m like a fucking Jehovah’s Witness. I don’t care about that kind of stuff, Halloween, Christmas, and so on.
Suzi: This Halloween me and Jacques went out dressed in gym clothes and no make-up… no, wait, that’s too horrible to even joke about.
Jacques: Haha!

If you could create a holiday by yourself – what would it be, in honor of what?
Suzi: Who needs more of them? In Finland it seems like half of the year is cluttered with some kind of Christian bollocks who nobody gives a shit about and still everything is closed. Nothing is holy to me, I celebrate whenever I want.
Jacques: I’d love our countries to celebrate social progress instead of religious stuff that most people don’t give a shit about. Like in the USA, they have the Martin Luther King day, I think it’s more important to celebrate that kind of men over bullshit like Christmas.

With what musicians and bands do you want to play on one stage? Doesn’t matter – dead or alive.
Suzi: Nina Hagen and Edith Piaf, although my hair would probably fall off from the stress of performing well enough in comparison to them. I would like to play accompanied with a group of tribal drummers or a string orchestra.
Jacques: I’d like to open for Rudimentary Peni with Secular Plague. The Cure with Masquerade, and Christian Death with Virgin in Veil.

Stadium or underground clubs? And why?
Jacques: An underground club, definitely. I played in front of 1500 persons and it sucks, you’re far from the fucking audience, it’s like a rehearsal. For me live music is all about being close to your audience, so fuck stadiums, I’m not interested in them personally.
Suzi: Something in between. The best venue sizes to date for me have been The Black Castle in Los Angeles and The Rock Shop in San José. The stage has to be big enough for my possessed movements and tall enough for everyone to see us properly.

Sex-drugs-rock’n’roll… mind-honor-conscience… and what 3 words can describe your bands?
Suzi: I hate rock’nroll, it’s too pleasant and predictable. My words would be nihilistic-psychedelic-theatrical.
Jacques: Perversion, romance and intellectualism. Those pretty much define me…

How do you think, what is the formula of success for musicians and artists?
Suzi: A mind that is, in unison, creative, analytic and dynamic.
Jacques: You should ask someone who’s actually successful, haha. If I knew that formula I would apply it to my bands straight away.

It’s not your first gigs in Russia; what’s the difference in audience between Russians, Europeans and Americans?
Jacques: I said it before but I’m gonna say it again, Russian audience is the best. Russian fans are enthusiastic, they move, they dance, they travel hours to see your fucking gig. I’m so thankful to them. Europeans can be amazing or shitty depending on the location. Americans… well they are weird, we got a shitload of positive feedback about our tour here but people were not showing blatant enthusiasm
when we were playing.
Suzi: Last time we were besieged by places packed with enthusiastic audiences, and it felt good. Felt good to thrill somebody and actually see them demonstrating it. I like to play in Eastern European countries because of this. Elsewhere we have played people seem to rather implode than explode from the impact of our music, they can be po-faced and tell afterwards they loved it, when I prefer to see some
interaction, movement.

Tell us more about you U.S. tour? Why exactly south states and Mexico? Was it equal to your expectations? Maybe you can remember any interesting and funny moments?
Suzi: The initial plan was to play in Texas at a festival and then make our way to California, but because of nonsensical car rental laws and high price of plane tickets we focused on the Southwest. We had to travel by intercity buses back and forth and everybody expected it to end in a total chaos but we managed to keep it under control pretty well. The Tijuana gig we found by coincidence and daring as we are, we took it up immediately. It was the most memorable gig for me due to poverty and dangerousness of that place. Army soldiers with machine guns
and crossing the crowded border (in full punk clothing with instruments, you should’ve seen the look on the border control’s faces)… I actually prepared myself that we’re going to end up killed at some point, kidnapped or something but it all went surprisingly smoothly.
Jacques: The most memorable part of the tour was probably that crazy debauched night after our San José gig, drinking, snoring coke and fucking like beasts. Apart from this, the tour has been well received by the audience out here and we met some truly amazing people.

You haven’t been there for 6 months – what new happened with the bands during that time?
Jacques: Quite alot actually. It was only the third gig for Virgin in Veil when we played in Moscow in May, the band was very new… We released a music video, a new ep, and played in different countries like USA, Mexico, Sweden… For Masquerade we have been concentrating a lot on writing new music for our first album, that we’ll release next year.

Soundtracks to what movies your songs could be?
Suzi: To some film by Roman Polanski, preferably.
Jacques: Yeah, something low budget, underground, and authentic. Some kind of very dark and depressive drama.

I guess, you agree that popularity changes people. What does it mean to you to become a successful artist? What have you got, devoted your life to music?
Suzi: Playing in Masquerade and getting somewhat “popularity” has made me gain more self-worth and take less nonsense of people. Some have interpreted it as me becoming an asshole, but the truth is those people have morbidly low self-esteem themselves and want all the other population to feel the same. My goal is to some day earn enough from my music to live, so I can devote my everyday life solely to making it. If I didn’t have my music, I would’ve wanted to become a serial killer.
Jacques: People only see the public image of me, the “Sid Vicious of deathrock” guy, etc. The truth is that I’m a sensitive, sweet and low-confident person, but nobody wants to read between the lines. As Suzi said, I’d love to earn a living with music so I could devote more of my time to it. I don’t care about being rich, as long as I have a roof over my head, veggie food and music gear, that’s all good…

What is better – to produce music by your own or work with invited professionals? Have you ever think to became a producer for beginning bands?
Jacques: Working with external people can give you new inputs, so it’s kinda interesting, but I’m just too much a control freak for it. I like to mix and master our music myself, because there’s no-one else in this world who knows better than us how our fucking music should sound. It comes from our hearts and guts you know… Being a producer, yeah, I’d like that if I find a band interesting enough in my opinion and who  share the same kind of vision of music that I do.
Suzi: We tried to work with a so-called professional not so long ago, but his offer was shit and he attempted to interfere too much. No, we know what we are doing by instinct and go by it. If somebody doesn’t trust us enough to stick their neck out a bit, then it’s goodbye.

How do you think, are video clips important for bands? Do they work for gaining a new audience? Or focused on existing fans?
Suzi: Visuals are extremely important, you can see that from my make-up and clothing for starters. We constantly discover new ideas and mix old ones to make our music not only sound but look like us.
Jacques: Extremely. In 2015 with digital cameras and computers, every band should make music videos, because it’s simply what the audience expect nowadays. Especially in a scene like goth where the image is very important… And come on, videos are fun to make!

Which song of each band you can call a “visit card”, most suitable for the first meeting with your music?
Suzi: For Masquerade it’s Panic Paranoia or Cry Like Birds and for Virgin in Veil Decay or Drown in Flesh.
Jacques: I’d say All Things Hurt for Masquerade and Lovestains for Virgin in Veil.

Do you listen any new bands, very popular now? What do you think about modern music?
Suzi: What’s popular now sounds to me like banal and disposable autotuned cacophony, so I guess no. My quest is more to discover older – or revival-style – music, there’s so much to find and mostly it’s infinity times more artistic than current crap.
Jacques: Despite not being such a fan of the music itself, I have some kind of admiration for rappers who manage to go from zero to stardom in a year, just because of their hard work and determination. The punk and goth scenes are too much focused on the past, and it sucks. Kids in the 80’s wanted something new, now people just want to watch Bauhaus videos on Youtube over and over again.

How do you see yourself in 5 years of successful creation?
Suzi: We will become bigger than Vishnu and twist the balls of many people.
Jacques: Rationally, I think there’s three possibilities. I might be doing exactly what I’m doing now, be retired at home with pets, or I could be dead. Wait and see…

And the most obvious question – what’s your nearest plans?
Suzi: We’re going back to studio with Masquerade to finish our album, it will be out at latest in June 2016. With both bands we’re planning
tours, the longer and further away, the better.
Jacques: For Virgin in Veil, we just released our new ep The Glory Hole and audience response has been amazing so far. We are now working on a new music video and starting to plan our first album, which should be out in 2016. And yeah, more gigs of course, because our music is made to be listened and lived live.

All Europe, all world is now talking about financial crisis, terrorism, islam, migrants and refugees. What’s your attitude to all this situation? Should musicians be involved? Or music and art is out of politic?
Suzi: Everybody should speak out against oppression and learn more about current affairs, not let propaganda to fuck us up even more. Politics are sheer corruption, we’re being manipulated like chess figures against each other, nation against nation. We should always try to think further and reject the simplest, stupidest solution to destroy and hate blindly, especially when it comes to a certain big group of people.
Jacques: Of course musicians and artists should be involved, but the vast majority of them are too politically correct and don’t want to speak their minds too much because they’re afraid that it could turn off a part of their audience… but I’m gonna tell you things straight – fuck racists, nationalists and all those losers. Those are the ones I’d love to see deported out of our countries, not innocent refugees who are fleeing war. Our bands are totally multicutural, with people with dual citizenships, immigrants or people with foreign parents. And we are fucking proud of it, because diversity is the greatest source of richness there is.

And some words to DarkRadio audience!
Jacques: Spasibo my friends, your support means a lot to me. See you soon in Russia!
Suzi: Stay tuned to our whereabouts – we want to conquer Russia even more!