Interview with italian/canadian EBM-formation DECODED FEEDBACK [by Egor Jikharew, special correspondent of gothic.com.ua in Belorussia]
DECODED FEEDBACK came into being in 1993. Their distinctive sound comes from the blending together of two distinctive cultures (European and North American), as well as the perspective differences that exist between man and woman. As a result, their musical arrangements transcend not only national and continental boundaries, but also the boundaries that unfortunately exist between the genders.
In the beginning, their goal was to combine the spirit of punk with the cold perfection of electronic music, but as time went on, their sound developed more into the dark electro-industrial sound they embrace today. After three highly acclaimed self-released demo tapes DECODED FEEDBACK , ELEKTROKUTE , and OVERDOSING , the duo was offered a contract with then one of Europe's up and coming industrial labels, Hard Records. Their first CD, Overdosing, was released in 1996, with an American release on Cleopatra Records.
The quality and power of Overdosing opened more doors for DECODED FEEDBACK, capturing the attention of not just the industrial community, but also of Europe's leading electro label, Zoth Ommog, who arranged to release the band's second CD, Technophoby, in 1997. This CD later came to the attention of America's leading industrial label, Metropolis Records, who arranged for its US release in January of 1998. The band's third CD, Bio-Vital, took their sound to the next plane, showing a band ready and able to break through into the same stratospheric levels of popularity currently occupied by such artists as FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY and :WUMPSCUT:.
In 1998 DECODED FEEDBACK hit the German Alternative Charts (DAC) and were voted one of the best groups on Zoth Ommog.
DECODED FEEDBACK's 1999 release entitled EVOLution, marked their fourth release and demonstrated their growth and established position in the electronic community. This CD was a combination of new and remixed material, including remixes from Bio-Vital by AGHAST VIEW, FUNKER VOGT, IN STRICT CONFIDENCE. There was also a special cover version of the song Bio-Vital done by FROZEN AUTUMN. This CD brought together a perfect mix of Industrial and EBM, pulling you in and enveloping you into the interwoven dance floor textures and symphonic melodies. 1999 proved to be an exciting year for the band with the release of EVOLution, many remixes and extensive touring in North America.
2000 marked a year of change. DECODED FEEDBACK signed with Bloodline Records for Europe, but remained on Metropolis Records for North America. This would also be the year they released their first single, Reflect in Silence. The full length CD, Mechanical Horizon, soon followed it. This CD pulled together all of the elements that was now become the famous DECODED FEEDBACK sound, but added some new touches. More elaborate sequences, less distorted vocals, richer soundscapes. It perfectly demonstrates the versatility of this Italian/Canadian band.
2001 was a year for touring and studio production. In April, they headlined a European tour with NOISEX, SONAR and RE/WORK. In August they participated in their first European festival, Eurorock 2001. They shared the stage with groups like FUNKER VOGT, AND ONE, MESH, FEINDFLUG, ICON OF COIL, and INERTIA. There were no CD releases that year, but a lot of hard work concentrating on their next release.
It's now 2002 and it is proving to be a very productive year for DECODED FEEDBACK, will re-release DECODED FEEDBACK's first CD, Overdosing, in June. It will contain new cover artwork and a bonus track. But the big news is their new CD, Shockwave. It has been almost 2 years in the making. A lot of thought, time, energy and passion went into the making of this CD. DECODED FEEDBACK has returned to a harder, more minimalist sound. Very edgy and powerful. Reminiscent of Technophoby and Bio-Vital. And included on this CD is a very wild remix of fans' favourite, Euthanasia. Be prepared. Shockwave will be released on both Metropolis Records and Out Of Line in September.
Below you can read answers to questions of exclusive interview which the group has given specially for UKRANIAN GOTHIC PORTAL! The group has answered questions together.
EJ: Is "Shockwave" a conceptual album? What is the basic idea of an album?
EJ: How is your music born? Do ideas come first and then you realize tham in an album? Or do all the thins appear intuitively during studio sessions?
EJ: How you think, what does your music unforgettable for the people? What confidential recipes help you to unite in your music such things, as aggression and melody?
EJ: You have abandoned firm Bloodline and have found the new home on Out Of Line. Could you explain, why you have concluded the contract with Out Of Line?
EJ: Where're the sources of your today's inspiration hidden?
EJ: What visual images you connect to music of DECODED FEEDBACK?
EJ: To what extent the club aspect is important to you? Do you think about dancing potential of the future songs when you build their's rhythmic base?
EJ: How much time do you spend in the studio? And what do you like to be engaged in
outside of studio?
EJ: Formulate yours musical credo for people who knows nothing about DECODED FEEDBACK.
EJ: How it's easy for you to find an idea, the content for new songs? How frequently you collide with creative crisis? Do you know the recipe of exiting from this condition?
EJ: How came an idea of using sample with voice of the Russian priest in song "Sythesis"? I think that it sounds very beautifully.
EJ: What do you think about music which we hear today? Does it really reflects the real world environmen and mood of people? Or there can be a task of music that consists in entertainment?
EJ: What films and books have made on you the greatest impression?
EJ: How the opinions of musical journalists are important for you?
EJ: Could you remember the most pleasant e-mail messages about album "Mechanical Horizon"?
EJ: What would you wish to young musicians who create electro-industrial music?
The interview has been taken by Egor Jikahrew [special correspondent of gothic.com.ua in Belorussia].
DECODED FEEDBACK: www.decodedfeedback.com
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