Interview: Detroit Diesel

Current Release: Terre Humaine
Label: Deathwatch Asia / Infacted

"Terre Humaine,” your 2010 album out on Deathwatch Asia and Infacted Records, was released digitally and in both a regular and limited edition – How has the response been to the album?

Really good, much better than what I was expecting for a harsh ebm album. I believe it shows the scene is not dead and people still listen to harsh ebm.

You’re currently working on a new album– Can you give us some insight about the new album and some changes you’ve made to the sound?

I want the new album to sound different from “Terre Humaine” so I’m not just making a “Terre Humaine V2”. People really liked this album but making the same thing again and again would be boring for me as well as for the fans. I guess I will lose half of my fans but also gain some new who will like the fact that the new album sounds different from your usual harsh ebm band.

For me, “Terre Humaine” is a pretty solid Harsh EBM release – What were some of your influences?

Dance music of every genre, but the harsh side comes from classic ebm bands like Hocico, Leaether Strip, Funker Vogt.

I see you are all over Europe (UK, DE, BE) playing some shows – Do you have any plans to expand that or go on a full length tour?

For a new band that plays this kind of music like we do, I don’t think it would be a good idea to make a big tour. It will be an already three-week tour (more dates to come) but adding more dates would make it difficult to deal with our day-jobs, because of course, we don’t live from our music.

Right now it Detroit Diesel is 2 members both live, and in the studio – Do you have any plans to add more people to the live line up, and if so, what would your additions be?

For the new album , I tried to work with different people, to add more professional orchestration, but there was a big fail: just to give you a hint, I’m still waiting for some orchestration tracks and the album is already on the mixing studio.

If you could tour with any band (currently in rotation,) who would it be?

Nachtmahr

Are you currently using more hardware or software in the studio?

Now I’m using both. In my early years I was a hardware nerd, but 15 000$ later, I realized it’s way faster to use software. So now I use my good old Novation Nova as a main synth and a hardware sampler. I like the simplicity of the software, no wires, no need to record them, and these days they sound really good!

What was the most influential live show you have ever seen?

It’s was Funker vogt in 2003 with the Survivor tour in Montreal, the most amazing show I have ever seen: so much energy from the beginning to the end.

What new releases are you currently listening to?

It’s been such a long time since I bought any new music, but these days I’m listening to Mylene Farmer.

What are your top 5 albums of all time?

It always tough to answer this question, but my all time favorite would certainly be ;

Chrome – Red Exposure
Yello –Claro que si
Ministry - The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste
The Germs - GI
SonicYouth - Confusion Is Sex

What are you most looking forward to in 2012?

The end of days

Thank you for taking the time to talk with me, and I wish you the best luck moving forward in 2012!

Digital exclusives: Redacted Compilation

While skimming through the many pages of new facebook updates for today, I discovered recently released Redacted compilation from Death Watch Asia , a charming collection of B-Sides from your favorite Death Watch Asia releases which includes Die Sektor, Surgyn, Sin DNA, Terrorkode, C-Lekktor, DYM, Shiv-R, Cygnostic, Detroit Diesel, XP8, VProjekt, and Reaxion Guerrilla. It is definitely a look into the tracks that did not make the album, most of which, however, could stand up with the album no problem. There also are some exclusive remixes. and even better: It’s on Bandcamp Name Your Own Price terms.