The German industrial artist, formerly of Atari Teenage Riot, on her new band Fantôme.
How did Fantôme come to fruition? How is being in Fantôme different from working with Atari Teenage Riot?
Well, we do different music from before and our parts are cleared. I do the financial and business Part, as well as the lyrics and singing and organising. Marcel organises mostly the live band and plays the Instruments. We share ideas and do music very freely. We are also older and more mature than in the 90's. Basically the whole music biz changed in the time between ATR and now. My time in ATR ended when I felt the need to explore different genres and also because we didn't get along anymore. That was 12 years ago.
Why did you choose the title "It All Makes Sense" for the new Fantôme album?
I went through lots of challenges since leaving ATR. It seemed impossible to bear sometimes but in the end I could see that it made sense that I went through all of it. It made me a better person, I grew and learned from all of it.
The Berlin music scene is famously energetic, being the home of Ellen Allien, Moderat, and other musicians. How would you describe it?
It is a very energetic city and people know how to improvise well. They come from all over the world to meet in this melting pot of creativity. I love Berlin! I left in 2006 to live on a small island in French Polynesia for 5 years but of course I came back because I missed all of it.
What are your (and Fantôme's) plans for the future?
We wanna work on more songs of course, which is sometimes hard because Marcel lives in Hamburg and I live in Berlin. We wanna go on tour with our live band too.
What is the concept behind your music video, “Love?”
I told Philipp Virus and Casey Campbell about this experience with someone who was very distant and turned all of my positive feelings towards him into something negative. He was in love with me whenever I was far away but he couldn't stand me close to him...He was like a black hole in a way, sucking all my energy and transforming it into whatever he wanted it to be to protect himself. So we created this creature that was in a kind of fairytale. It's a weird love story.
Who are your major musical influences?
Siouxsie and the Banshees, the Cure, Chameleons, mostly post punk.
How would you describe your creative process?
It's processing. Every album is a way to get over things and then take the next step.
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