Soulful groove music
Splank is back! UKW Records released a new album of Zombie Nation - "Black Toys" - and it is totaly electro-free. We talked to Splank about his musical progression and new sound.
- You started your career as a DJ. Why did you decide to create your own music?
- Often when I was in the record store I didn´t find the records I wanted. That´s when I decided to make music myself, because I thought I want to make the music I want.
- What did you fascinate in electro from 80's?
- I never liked it too much. I made electronic music with song structures and sometimes vocals. In the last years many electronic songs which could not be considered "techno" were automatically marked "electro" or "retro". Bullshit.
- "Kernkraft 400" is the most popular Zombie Nation track. How did you create it?
- In my studio, he, he.
- Your debut album - "Leichenschmaus" - was very raw and dark. Why?
- Well, the rawness came because I didn´t care so much about the sound. And that was maybe my feeling at that time. Generally I never liked when things are too nice.
- How did you remind a cooperation with Hell in Gigolo Records?
- Gigolo Records was the right label for me at that time, especially because they came also from my hometown Munich.
- Why did you decide to run own label - Dekathlon?
- Well, after the contract with Gigolo was finished I wanted to do my own thing and decide to do everything myself. It was a logical step for me.
- The second album of Zombie Nation - "Absorber" - was totally different from "Leichensmaus": more complexed, rich arranged, very melodic with great vocals. Why did you push your music into this direction?
- The music on the "Absorber" was created over a period of 3-4 years. I would describe it as the "mind" period, as today I am in the "body" period. The songs were complex, because I worked so much on it and I changed many things.
- Why did you start to run a new project - John Starlight? What is the difference between Zombie Nation and John Starlight?
- During the time I was at Gigolo I made many songs, and not all of them could be released there. John Starlight is maybe a little bit more rough and Zombie Nation is more friendly, that could be the difference.
- There is no electro influence in music on Zombie Nation new album - "Black Toys". Why?
- I cannot really say why or what. This is what I like. I never cared about styles or style descriptions.
- You come back on "Black Toys" to roots of modern dance music: disco, house and techno. What is interesting for you in all these oldschool sounds?
- Well, I think I do soulful groove music. I wouldn´t consider the album oldschool at all. Soundwise I work very analogue, which means I use a lot of old instruments. This makes the sound warm and nice like in the 70's. That's what I wanted to achieve.
- Zombie Nation is well known from great shows. How important are for you live performances?
- It´s fun and it is also a good opportunity to try out new things and keep the connection to the club people. I would say it is very important for me.
AUTHOR: PAWEL GZYL
PHOTO: UKW RECORDS
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+ Idea Hoard Uncut
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+ Robert Henke - Layering Buddha
+ Thomas Heckmann - Tangents
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+ Freestyle Candies 2
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+ Bolz Bolz - Data Error
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+ IMMUNE - Sound Inside
+ ELLIOTT SHARP - Sharp? Monk? Sharp! Monk!
+ ALEXANDER TUCKER - Furrowed Brow
+ sunnO))) & BORIS - Altar
+ NEW LOUSADZAK - Human Songs
+ VARIOUS ARTISTS - Beyond Istanbul - Underground Grooves of Turkey / VARIOUS ARTISTS - Shtetl Super Stars - Funky Jewish Sounds From Around The World
+ GILBERT HOLMSTROM - A Celebration of 50 Years in Jazz
+ BARZIN - My Life In Rooms
+ ASTROPHAGUS - Casualties
+ THE BAD HAND - This is No Time for Modesty
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+ BROADCAST - The Future Crayon
+ HISATO HIGUCHI - Dialogue
+ FOREST JACKSON - Cymbalism
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WYWIADY / RELACJE
+ Avant Festival - relacja z festiwalu w gdańskim Żaku (29-30.10.2006)
+ Soulful groove music - rozmowa ze Splankiem (Zombie Nation)
+ Too much beats - rozmowa z Marco Haas'em alias T. Raumschmiere
+ Lawina dźwięków - wywiad z Bartoszem Słatyńskim, Tomaszem Gołuchowskim i Michałem Gołuchowskim (Avalanche)