Interviewer: DJ INFECTIOUS
Interviewee: VOLKER ZACHARIAS,HAUKE
HARMS, AXEL ERMES
did you first begin as a band?
when we decided to go into a harder direction with our
main band Girls Under Glass, we found a second project
that concentrated more on the electronic and dark side
of music. Since then we made three albums ("Fractal
1 " , "Construct" produced by Peter Spilles
of Project Pitchfork and the new one "Phase III"
You all have interesting backgrounds
could you tell the readers out there what your backgrounds
are all involved in several kind of bands. Iam involved
in Cassandra Complex as a guitarplayer for 8 years now.
Apart from that we all play in Girls Under Glass, iam
also singing for, Axel is livekeyboarder of Wolfsheim
and has a Kraftwerk-inspired project "Nefkom"
together with Wolfsheim-member Markus. I was also involved
in the german allstar-project REC (feat. York of Love
Like Blood, and Peter Spilles of Project Pitchfork).
I also played guitar for Mindy Kumbaleks soloproject
Still Silent. Mindy is known as Gothes Erben keyboard-player.
So you these. It´s a big scene in germany we are
deepley involved in. But Trauma and Girls Under Glass
are definitely our main bands. Of course Cassandra Complex
especially to me is as well super-important.
What do you all do when your not
working in the band?
leads the Barner Beach Studios that is owned by GUG.
Iam working for a music-publisher and promotionagency,
coordination marketing-& promotionactivities for
alternativebands and Hauke is computerprogrammer in
a big company.
What is the meaning behind the
We just wanted to express that this kind of music should
be influencing and should be effective in a way that
you can´t do anything against it than pressing
the stop button. Okay, okay... the new record is much
more easy and poppy but belive me, the first one was
very dark stuff and there are certain songs that effected
me in a way that I often had to cry while listzening
to those songs, because they were so full of emotion.
Short: It´s a band to listen to instead of dancing
instruments do you all play and are there any particular
instrument you enjoy the most?
No, mainly everybody of us is playing all instruments.
Axel and I are mainly guitar-& bass-players but
we also have a clou about electronic equipment. Hauke
is definitely the best keyboardplayer of us and he´s
doing main parts of production, mixing and programming.
What creative process do you go
through when composing your music?
just do music, this is creative enough isn´t it?
The only process I see is developing a song until it´s
ready. It can be done in 3 hours and somentimes it needs
2 weeks. We just work on a song until we are satisfied.
Mostly we try things out by experimenting around with
sounds to find out several directions of arrangements
and production. Because we have our own studio we are
financially not under such a big pressure. That means
we have lots of time to try things out
What inspires you when you write
Because we do music now for more than 13 years we are
not inspired by something special. I think generally
every musician is inspired by something he´s really
into, even if he is sure about doing his very own thing.
Even so called innovative bands just mix stuff together
in a new or weird way, and even the Breakbeatscene was
invented by sampling old James Brown grooves and play
them twice as fast. Everything is sort of recycling
what´s going on. But Trauma is not obviously inspired
by other music like "we want to sound like... bla
blah". We just like music and everybody of us likes
different kinds of music and we don´t often talk
about what we like at the moment. So every member brings
his own creativity and impuls into the songwriting,
and other members are working on that. And: There is
so much music on the market that I listen to soooo many
things that it is hard to figure out what influences
me (I like Fear Factory, Death, Sepultura, Madonna,
Massive Attack, Julee Cruise, Gary Numan (you find that
influence definitely in Trauma), Depeche Mode (as well)
lots of classical stuff, etc.
Many of your songs tell a story
or a set of themes, how do you go about writing lyric,
and what subject matter do you enjoy writing about.
Iam just inspired by my own music. I never write lyrics
until a song is finished. Than I listen closely to the
stuff and just try to visionary soemthing around the
atmosphere and melodies and then very spontaneousley
there come lkind of storys in mind a write about. Sometimes
it´s just my imagination creating an own film,
sometimes it´s a film I know.
To the readers who may have not
heard much of your music how would you describe your
What Albums have you produced
and have you been on any compilations.
Trauma we arer on a couple of compilations. Mostyl we
are not informed hat´s going on by our record
company, so sometimes it´s just pure luck that
I have a compilation with a track in my hand. We produced
Aurora Sutra, Catastrophe Ballet, and did lots of remixes
and produced lots of demos for several bands
What was the inspiration behind
the latest album?
We just wanted to do another record (normal for a musician,
How long did it take to produce?
6 months from the first note to the last mix
What have you got planned for
the next album? Will it be similar to other albums?
don´t plan albums. When we feel that the right
time is there we just start to work on it. We don´t
have plans how it will sound like. I think it will be
different but it really depends on our mood at that
have you toured, are you planning any up and coming
toured in germany together with Project Pitchfork, And
One, Oomph and played a couple of festivals.
What gigs did you enjoy the most
and what was the audience response.
generally enjoy playing gigs. Some are better, some
gigs did you not enjoy?
in Leipzig in front of Project Pitchfork. The audience
hated us so much that we had to stop the concert after
15 minutes. Otherwise they would have killed us!
Is there anything special incorporated
within your performances?
we care very much about lights and atmosphere. We have
light pyramids and lots of special effects on stage.
It´s simple but very
are your future plans.
will finish a new Girls Under Glass record in acouple
of weeks, after that I will finish the new Cassandra
Complex album, than I will have a break and then I will
start to prepare the gigs for the open air saison.
there anything you would like to say to the readers
hope that you will have a chance to listen to our record.
I absolutely don´t know if there is a chance to
get our stuff in your country. And of course: I hope
you like it. For super-goths I would advice you to listen
to our very first record "Fractal 1". German
fans told us that this record is a very intensive experience.
If you are more into warm, nice-sounding electronicpop
with a very melancholic atmosphere, influenced by 80s
stuff like Gary Numan then go for our third and new
record "Phase III". The second album is a
slow variation of EBM music with more spacy, spheric
sounds. It´s exactly in the middle of both records.
Also worth while to listen to. Anyway... have a good