Nuova settimana, nuova intervista. Per fortuna che DLSO produce solo testi scritti, ché a pronunciare il nome dei prossimi ospiti de Le Cannibale avrei avuto serie difficoltà. Loro sono tedeschi, sono in due e generalmente sono accompagnati da altri due ballerini. Possiamo considerarlo un progetto piccolo per palati fini. Hanno pubblicato fino ad ora un paio d’album —ALT UND NEU e DAS ENDE VOM KREIS— apprezzati dalla critica e dal pubblico informato che li segue pedissequamente per non perdere le loro avvolgenti performance. Dicono che assistere ad uno show degli Schwefelgelb voglia dire essere trasportati per qualche ora in un’altra dimensione, dove qualsiasi definizione volta ad imbrigliare la loro musica entro schemi precostituiti (è electro, è new wave, è synth pop?) lascia il tempo che trova.
DLSO gli ha fatto qualche domanda in vista del live che hanno preparato per gli amici de Le Cannibale per questo venerdì 16 marzo e che avrà luogo, indovinate un po’, al Tunnel di Milano. Pare che Albert (sempre quello coi tatuaggi che ogni tanto trovate alla porta) faccia troppi acquisti su Asos e a sto giro uno dei due ballerini rimane a casa. Per il resto, sono proprio curiosa di assistere a questa chiacchierata mistura di estetica e danza, sound non convenzionali e visioni avant-garde e di verificare con le mie orecchie la bontà della pioggia di giudizi positivi finora incontrati.
1) Hi guys, introduce yourselves to our reders.
We are SCHWEFELGELB, which means “giallo zolfo” and there’s no story behind chosing this name. This is a group of two musicians, Sid and Eddy, playing rough electronic music refering to Electoclash and EBM. So far, we released two albums (ALT UND NEU, DAS ENDE VOM KREIS) plus three singles and are working on the third album, currently.
2) How would you define your genre ? We can find a lot of different definitions for it, but what’s your personal one ?
We don’t have one. For the press we often say something like Electroclash, so they have an expression to handle with. But we never pointed out a certain style we want to keep or focus on. There’s a lot of 80s style in it and it’s energetic – aggressive sometimes. We are heavily influenced by Minimal Wave, Techno and Electroclash from around the year 2000.
3) What do you think about all the music blogs and websites we have today ? Do you think it’s a great way to support bands or are they creating an overload of shameless opinions ?
We are not following. Though we were lucky and took advantage of Myspace a lot when we started, we are not very active in the web anymore. It’s a very good way to inform yourself and to find new influences, but there’s something good about focusing on just yourself and not being influenced by other stuff. Anyways, we think that nowadays bands should definetely use the web to spread their music. And blogs and stuff might be helpful. It maybe becomes harder and harder to stand out, but there will emerge a new way if the former one is overloaded or “out-of-fashion”. It’s just that we are too lazy to do it.
4) Classic question: vynil or digital ? Are they two opposite visions of transmitting music or are they only different supports ?
From the view of a consumer and considering music only we prefer digital, cause it’s easier to handle. So we can listen to it anywhere. We have no general preferation considering the sound. Vinyl is warmer but less brilliant – both of it can be nice depending on the music style as well as listening situation. It’s a bit sad that all the artworks and with it the importance of them has been gone in the last years, in the digital domain. There were certainly sounds and genres that were highly identyfing themselves through their visual language. But in the same time you can’t just complain about new situations. You have to think about new ways of expression, when the visual work is still important to you. That’s what we try.
5) The last concert you attended and the next one.
Last week we had a small tour in the north of Italy playing three gigs. And the next one after TUNNEL will be in Liège, Belgium.
6) Are there any italian musicians you follow ?
Some time ago we released a 12inch with a remix by ADRIANO CANZIAN included. We like his sound – most of the time. And we just did a remix of an old PANKOW song, which will be released, soon. We don’t really follow PANKOW, though.
Ah! We follow FRANZ N SHAPE!
7) New projects on your ”to do list”.
We are working on the next album. But it will take some more time until it will be finished. Release probably in 2013. Connected to this there’ll be a single with video, of course. Apart of this, we’ll do a few more remixes. We’re also working on visuals and ways to integrate these in our show.
8) Greet our followers in your favourite language e recommend a song to us.
Liebe Leute aus Italien! Haltet durch, wir sind bald da!
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