The original article: http://www.moloko.com.mx/entrevista-a-suzi-sabotage/
A lot of people in Mexico know about Virgin in Veil and Masquerade, so we want to start by talking about how the bands started. How can you describe them? What’s the main difference between them?
Suzi Sabotage: Definitively, Masquerade was formed in late 2012, after having had for long the compulsion to play post-punk. It’s theatrical dark rock with a razor-sharp edge, I’d say, painting mental landscapes and atmospheres with its music, but as well delivering often a startling message about things that matter to us.
Jacques Saph: I created Virgin in Veil during the early stages of 2015. I wanted to play raw, perverse yet poetic deathrock with a strong political conscience.
How is being part of a deathrock band in Helsinki? I mean, there’s a lot of metal bands there, so, how’s the post-punk/deathrock scene back home?
S: It’s very small, but quality over quantity.
J: I’d love if there was a monthly deathrock party, with live bands, cool music and cheap drinks. But for now there’s a few interesting parties and a good gig from time to time.
What’s being people’s reaction in general in your country to a movement like the one you’re involved in?
S: Of course there’s the nazis, degenerates who stare and those who make stupid remarks, but in general it’s very safe to look like this here. In many other countries it’s a nightmare, day in and day out. That’s the good side of Finland, you can be alternative all you like and not get much into trouble.
J: Coming from Paris suburbs, I feel super at ease here. You can be a guy and wear make-up and “girl clothing” without people trying to beat the shit out of you every 10 minutes like in France or other places. Most people don’t understand but unless they are drunk no one will bother you here.
Which are your main influences? Not only musical, I assume that with the kind of music you play you’re influenced by many types of art.
S: The main inspiration for me comes from my own experiences, most often those inside my head, which is often like fireworks in a meth lab, but exterior ones as well. Philosophical, political and ethical ideologies influence me too, then the stories I read and watch on the screen. The dark mazes of a human mind interest me to no end, that’s why I often write about several mental disorders, it also affects the intensity and colour of the compositions.
J: Musically… a shitload of stuff. Of course, I can cite the obvious, deathrock, post-punk, anarcho-punk, etc. But I also find a lot of inspiration in totally different genres such as jazz or hip-hop. The world we live in influence me greatly as well in the sense that it fuels my fire and makes me want to spit my rage in the form of a song. Also, I’m not a movie fanatic but I love documentaries about history and geopolitics, guess it might influence my stuff in a way or another.
How’s your interaction with fans and people around the world? I mean nowadays it’s really easy to get involved with them because of the internet.
S: It’s easier to meet like-minded people on the internet and promote your material, but on the flip side, because of all the online activity people go to gigs and parties more scarcely. They’re missing plenty of remarkable events because they prefer to stay at home watching the eighties bands on YouTube and binging on Facebook. I’m not telling you should attend all the happenings all the time, I don’t, but at least to do it more frequently, listening to live music and seeing other people in flesh. Otherwise, the bands and the events will die away because of small attendance, and it will crumble the whole foundation of our underground culture.
J: I’ve always liked interacting with people online. I find it super cool to be able to get to know people from all around the world, and as a musician, it’s great to see people 10,000 km away from you blasting your fucking music.
Being in two bands must be a gigantic work, I mean, each one has its own identity, but how is it for you to handle each act, I mean, how can you know when one ends and the other one starts?
S: We are the same four people, but it doesn’t mean the bands are twins. All the opposite, the whole feel of each group is completely different, the music, the things that happen on stage. People who say we are both the same are cunts who obviously are not fine-tuned to anything and probably are part of the mainstream anyway.
J: Yeah, everything is different. The approach, the sound, the production, the live gigs… it’s the same four people, that’s more or less the sole common point between Masquerade and Virgin in Veil. So there’s never situations in which we ask ourselves “should that song be Masquerade’s or Virgin in Veil’s?”, because for us, it’s super obvious.
And about Mexico, are you familiar with the scene, is there any bands that you like?
S: I liked a lot the club we played at in August 2015, La Cupula del Vampiro. The place has a memorable interior, and they often serve drinks from goblets. Definitely would return to perform there.
J: We only were there for like 24 hours, so it’s hard to have an opinion about the whole place, but yeah, that gig was fun and the atmosphere in Tijuana was very unique. Mexican scene you say? I like Gorgonas, they sound pretty rad.
Are you planning to come soon to Mexico?
S: Hopefully, we’d be thrilled to. But it’s so far away that we have to organize a tour to get the opportunity to play there, as well as locals travelling with us for assistance, the language and surroundings are so different that it would be impossible to go around just by ourselves.
For the last, what do you wanna say to all the people that read about you over here? Could be anything.
S: The same as usual – book us for some gigs around there! Or if you aren’t a promoter yourself, tell about us to your local gig organizers, we’d love to return to Mexico.
J: Yeah, book us, and remember: life is great, be a methrocker.