We were overwhelmed by Pro-jekt’s concert in Holland.
With their combination of electronics and raw guitars, they filled the venue with a strong sound and an energetic show.
When they announced a new CD we could not wait to ask them some questions.
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for http://www.pro-jekt.org/ : Kev and Al
Describe the music you make for people who have never heard of you?
We are England darkest groove messiah’s
Dark heavy industrial gothic metal groove.. With Brooding Vocals, shredding Barbed wire guitars, Industrial back beats ,
Punishing Driving Bass lines or Huge Keyboard driven soundscapes Dancefloor groove with melodic bite ..
With the seamless blend of Guitar driven industrial Rock and Moody atmospheric gothic melodies..
We liked what Terrorizer Magazine here in the UK wrote ..Pro-jekt are
“Silky neo-gothic metallers cranking out relentless inky black grooves through the dark heart of the devils disco”
What do you think when people compare your music to Gothminister or Rammstein?
Its a complement when we are compared to any band with any level of success , we do like those bands ,
but dont try to sound like them maybe it just comes out that way ?!
What are your influences?
The Members of Pro-jekt all come from a background of Gothic Industrial Heavy Metal And Alternative Music in various quantities ..
From Depeche mode to Metallica and all in between , its more about the actual song itself than the band .. but at the moment
I do like Rammstien, Oomph, Lacuna coil as well as Gary Numan and we are still playing all the old school goth and metal
we grew up with ..
Where did you get the name of the band?
Pro-jekt began as a ‘Project’ to mix different sounds and style’s that we loved
We just wanted to release a CD album of our own songs , the demo cd was heard by Nightbreed recordings,
we signed a album deal , the rest as they say is history.
You are working on a new CD for 2008. Tell us more about that.
we are planning on working with a Producer ADE FENTON famed for the GARY NUMAN Jagged album ..
so a whole new outlook for the band ,the new songs seem to be more upbeat and harder hitting at the moment ,
more aggression but also more melody too.
Where do you get your ideas for the songs?
We get Ideas from the Pain of life .. life , death and the pressures of existence ..we just want to put it to music !
What is your process of making a song?
The members of Pro-jekt all contribute the musical influences to the mixing pot
When we are songwriting , the Song can come from a Lyric or a guitar riff ..
Then its all built up painstakingly into a song structure ..until we are all happy with the finished song
some times we can have a song almost completed , but if its not quite working ,then rip it apart and make it sound fresh again
How many tracks for the new album are ready?
We have over half the album in the bag already in terms of songs - we are very happy with the main body of what the
album will sound and feel like.
Can you tell us more about your videos (and perhaps video’s to come)?
We have shot two videos " The Day After Never" and our cover of ABBA's S.O.S ( both filmed and produced by David Kenny
of Shashmedia of London ) -
The first features a lot of our live video dfrom our tour with Mortiis in 2004, the second is a full promo video shot
with Rene from Redemption TV in England - its a very dark, brooding video that would probably have ABBA and the rest of Sweden
quaking in their boots!"
What do you feel when being on stage?
Excitement and a kind of raw and unpredicatble energy - we do like to move around a lot on stage to be able to perform as full show.
Just before we go on stage we are usually very calm, then the smoke and lights fill the room and we suddenly find energy and
exitement from deep within.
I saw your show in De Piek, Vlissingen, Holland. Is there is difference by playing in the UK?
In honesty - the organization in Holland is much more professional than the UK ( PA - technical crew, promoter etc . )
we find that the case in most of Europe as well. we may just be working with a few dodgy uk promoters ha ha
What is the difference between the songs on CD and live for you?
I think raw power.......one thing, but a big thing!
Are there many concerts planned this summer in Europe?
We are using this summer to record a large piece of our new album - sorry we will only be doing occasional one of UK shows.
We have shows in Holland, Finland, Germany and France planned for next year.
What do you do besides making music?
Eat bad food, watch movies and go to see other bands perform live.
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The Italian duo Ran, Romina and Giorgio put together their artistic influences and boosting each other’s creativity.
Their new project, Ran, released an untitled debut album that gained a lot of attention.
Their style is hard to label, so let’s try to call it experimental, romantic dark pop.
Not easy accessible but the songs always have something to discover.
Tell us some more about the history of the band. What are the advantages/disadvantages of working as a duo?
R : I’ve been the lead singer of estAsia for many years; we often tried to explore the sight of about
an “ethnic-experimental” genre.
Giorgio in the meantime was leading the Templebeats towards the industrial and EBM land.
One day we found each other sharing lot of things, including music feelings.
We wanted to try this absolutely stunning, original pattern, and so the project began, three years ago,
patiently and noiseless, until we met Decadance.
Working together has given us the possibility to create a private product, a must that we needed from this first album.
We have now started working in a group of three, with new ideas, experiencing also with acoustic instruments.
This is a debut album. Are there more songs than we can find on the CD?
R : No, these are the only ones for now.
How long did you work on the tracks before they were recorded for the album?
R : It depends, obviously, on more than many circumstances… From one week to two months even…
Why an album without a title?
R : For not one reason above all. It is just underlining the name of the band/project.
Many artists do that with their first album.
Can you tell us some more about the cover? Whose cat is it?
Ran : On the front cover there’s Uma, our kitty cat. We decided to introduce our cats
(Uma, who is white, and Liky, the black one) in the video even, to underline with the colours’ contrast the
conflicting elements, and nature in a more wide sense.
It was a simple and, for this, an outstanding idea.
Is it evident to make this kind of music? How would you label it?
R : We have got many troubles in labelling ourselves.
It can narrow the sense of your music, or, on the opposite, create an overall opinion about it.
What is your reaction if you music is compared to Ivoux, Cranes and Curve?
R : I’m very fond both of Cranes and Curve. Though, I don’t know Ivoux.
The first two feature completely different women’s voices, and I don’t think mine could be assumed near to them…
Where do you get your inspiration for the songs?
R : The conductive thread of the album is, paltry speaking, Love in all its varieties and shapes.
“Kaliyuga” could be the different song: it means “dark age”.
In the indian tradition, humanity is now walking through a path of confusion and spiritual decadence,
last stop of a cosmic cycle that’s closing down.
How do you start making a new song?
R : Often, the whole process starts from one or more sounds that can be interesting for us, as we’re talking about electronica.
Since that moment, the development begin with a hard work, mostly involving Giorgio, that will pick out and hone the minimal
and aiming fruit.
Then I solely care for the vocal parts. At last, text comes.
How important are the lyrics in the songs? And what are they about?
R : I wanted to undeline most the melodic element of the voice inside the album, above the importance of texts.
I tried to use it as an instrument more than a veicule to spread messages.
Despite of it, a serious undertaking to write intimate words has led us to metaphors and visionary concepts.
Tell us something about the video. Any reason why you picked Wonder to visualise?
R : Understanding that we didn’t have a single, we chose Wonder with the director because it fitted best with the
idea he had of the videoclip.
What’s your experience with live shows?
Ran : We promoted our work with some live shows in these recent years.
We will introduce Giampaolo Diacci on the bass for the next ones.
What are your plans for the future?
G: We are working on videos to be screened during our live shows with Tiberio Grego, the same director of our videoclip,
contained in the album.
Then we will think about a new record.
Why should people check out your band?
G: Because we are far from any form of labelling.
Which song would you like to cover?
R: We will think about a remake of one more song in the next album.
We are very proud of all the appreciations and the agreements that we gained with NIN’s The Great Below,
so we can’t rule out another experiment.
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P : Peter-Jan (Darker Than The Bat)
G: Gavin Goszka (Midnight Syndicate)
P: Could you describe the music you make for people who have never heard of you.
What has changed since the first Midnight Syndicate release?
G: Our music can be described as soundtracks for imaginary horror movies.
They are darkly orchestrated and feature sound effects blended in with the music to enhance the atmosphere.
The first (self-titled) Midnight Syndicate CD incorporated a variety of musical styles including rock and rap,
but it also featured some of the darker elements that have become our trademark style.
That first CD was more of a solo project for Ed, and he quickly realized that because of its diversity,
it was difficult to find a home for it in any particular genre. The progression into all-horror was natural.
Ed had directed and scored several horror movies before forming Midnight Syndicate, and I had been performing
in a solo project called Lore that featured original songs based on the supernatural.
P: How has the sound evolved?
G: I think the production on our CDs has definitely improved - discs like "Gates of Delirium" and "The 13th Hour"
feel a lot more three-dimensional to me.
We've also expanded our palette of instruments and have made sound design more of a focus in our songwriting.
P: You write the tracks separately. ever thought of doing some songs together? What are your influences at the moment?
G: While we typically write independently, we have collaborated on several tracks in the past (mainly sound effects pieces).
A lot of it just has to do with when and how we write - I tend to sketch out a song on piano with maybe one or two other instruments,
where Ed will usually bring his songs to the table in a more fully-arranged state.
I think that our first real opportunity to write together will probably be while working on the film scores.
As far as influences go: movie composers like Danny Elfman, John Carpenter and Wojciech Kilar.
We've drawn a lot of inspiration from bands like King Diamond, Black Sabbath, Rob Zombie and Dead Can Dance as well.
Ed is also a big Sisters of Mercy fan.
P: Never had the idea to include vocals?
G: We would definitely consider using a vocalist, but more in the capacity of an instrument rather than as a
typical lead singer with sung lyrics. We both agree that instrumental music has really been a great fit for us so far.
One of our goals has always been to allow the listener to fill in the details of the story on each album and craft their
own listening experience.
P: Are there any plans to let some of the Midnight Syndicate songs being remixed by other bands?
G: Actually, we'd love that.
We considered doing an all-remix dance-oriented CD featuring different remix artists and DJs, but simply haven't had the
time in our schedule to make it a reality as of yet.
We have offered limited edition remix CDs at our CD release parties - I'll usually remix one track, with another being
done by a guest (UV, etc.).
P: Can you give an overview about the movies and games you have been writing music for? And what do you think about them?
G: The scores for the movies that we're working on will probably be a little different from a typical Midnight Syndicate release,
simply because the needs of the film must take center stage.
The music really has to complement the film, and NOT stand out - it's all about working to create the right atmosphere.
They may be a little more on the ambient side, but will hopefully still find an audience with our fans.
We're definitely excited about being part of these projects and having the opportunity to work with some great people.
Being longtime gamers ourselves, we were thrilled to be able to do a soundtrack for one of our favorite games, "Dungeons & Dragons."
The D&D disc has really expanded our audience as well, and we're already exploring the opportunity to do another one.
P: How were the songs chosen at the "Out Of The Darkness" album? How different are the songs, compared to the original versions?
What about the carnival orientated album you announced to be working on?
Will some of the previously unreleased tracks on "Out Of The Darkness" be included in the new disc?
G: For "Out of the Darkness", we wanted to make sure that both personal and fan favorites were represented.
We used playlists, fan mails, and in-person feedback that we've received over the years from our fans to determine their favorites.
Sound-wise, we feel that some of the songs have really taken a step forward on that disc, compared to the original versions.
Our equipment has improved over the years, and we've gained a bit of experience as well.
As far as the carnival CD goes, since we're so involved in doing the film scores at the moment (there are three right now, with a
fourth in the works), we've kind of put the next "official" Midnight Syndicate CD on hold for the moment.
We still plan on doing a carnival theme, although I doubt that any of the unreleased material from "Out of the Darkness" will be
included on it - "Darkness" is really a retrospective of earlier material and we'd want to keep that separate from anything new.
P: When will this new album be released and will samples being offered for listening while recording the album?
G: It's hard to say when the next regular Midnight Syndicate CD will hit the shelves. Right now, we're planning for a later 2007 or
early 2008 release, but that's not set in stone. We do plan on releasing the film scores in some form in the meanwhile.
We'll definitely have sample tracks available on our website as soon as they are finished.
P: What music do you listen to when you are not working on your own songs?
G: I tend to listen to a lot of the heavier modern rock acts, and am also a big fan of prog-rock. Artists such as Disturbed,
Chevelle, LostProphets and Nine Inch Nails can frequently be found in my CD player, as well as old (Peter Gabriel-era) Genesis and
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