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Going back to 1982 is where we find the brothers Darrin and Stephen Huss beginning to create their unique electronic horror music. This was just the beginning for what continues to be a long and successful career spanning more than two decades. This duo would change and collaborate with other artists over the years releasing several albums, singles and getting plenty of club and press attention all over the world. Several label deals would also follow and the most recent releases can be found on Germany's Accession Records and the prominent goth/industrial label Metropolis Records for North American releases.
Over two decades, one can only imagine that the musical style of a group like this will change. No longer creating electronic horror music, they have shifted into a more solid Synthpop sound, yet delving back to their roots once in a while, by doing such things as covering Soft Cell's "Sex Dwarf". But overall fans should already be able to recognize Psyche as having one of the most standard synthpop sounds of the last decade or so. For those that have landed on the synthpop bandwagon recently, they are comparable to other great German synthpop acts like De/Vision, Wolfsheim or the recently re-vamped T.O.Y..
With this much history, it's hard to even relate a small portion here. Be sure to check out the band's website for more updates, a full discography and history that is very interesting. And while you're reading, listen to the Gothic Paradise Club mix for inclusions of Psyche tracks on the air.
Imaginary Life DVD - Review
As Darrin promised a few years ago, we're finally presented with this great DVD which spans pretty much the entire career of Psyche spanning videos and performances from 1983 to 2005. The DVD is presented as an "all region" DVD but that mainly means it plays on newer players, DVD-ROM drives or PAL systems. It contains 23 total songs appearing as videos and live performances, and also some bonus features including a short interview from the very early years.
On this DVD we can finally visually see how Psyche has progressed and changed over the years as they've aged and matured over the years. For many of us who haven't followed this band for the base 20+ years, it's a great way to get to know them through more than just their music, but by digging into the depths just a bit more through the interview, short comments during live performances, visual imagery in the music videos and more. As I've watched the video clips and live performances it's great to see how the visual style, clothing, hair, music and so on have changed for this band much as it has for many of us who grew up in the 80's music scene, into the 90's and continued to adapt and change for the new millenium.
When viewing the videos, it's incredible to see the amount of work and guts that it took for this band to take their eerie, electronic horror music to the masses. The sound and video qualities of some of these earlier clips are understandably lacking, but in the end they provided the pedastal that launched them into the spotlight for the later years in their career. Video clips from this era include performances caught on Offbeat TV Edmonton in 1983, including "The Crawler", "Cheated" and "Screaming Fire".
As we get into the middle of the band's career we're presented with some really great music video clips sporting that great 80's and early 90's new wave and new romantic flair. These excellent clips include tracks "The Brain Collapse", "Maggots", "I'm A Gentleman", "Unveiling the Secret", "Uncivilized", "Eternal" and "Misery".
As much as I really love the music from this era, in my opinion the best songs were left for their live performances, which unfortunately has a poorer sound quality and image. But it does bring the band right into your living room to see them perform the best of their works live without the crowded, smokey goth-club atmosphere. There are a good ten tracks from these live selections, but include the excellent pieces "Unbreakable", "The Beyond", "Sanctuary" and ending on their popular cover "Goodbye Horses".
So there you have it, a great DVD that's really worth picking up whether you're a long-time fan or someone that is just becoming aware of their great music over the past few years. Don't miss it!
The 11th Hour - Review
As if Darrin were reading my mind since the last release, he and Per-Anders Kurenbach have presented us with a very dark rendition of their musical styles. After their almost "pop" oriented previous release with the electro-clash and standard synthpop sound, this one takes a complete 180 degree turn and delves into the dark and brooding depths of electronic music. Layered with dark vocals and slow, brooding electronics, this album moves along through mysterious textures.
While the overall mood of the album is quite dark and moody, the musical styles still range from the solid mid-tempo tracks to more upbeat club-friendly pieces. The brooding title track and the introductory work "Bloodcurse" that kicks off the album have quickly become favorites of mine that dwell in the dark shadows of the mystical elements of this duo's "psyche".
The most radio friendly tracks which listeners will have heard on the Gothic Paradise club radio show include the synthpop-oriented "Defenseless" and the slower, but still intense "15 Minutes". While neither of these or other inclusions on this album pack the punch of the my all-time favorite "The Beyond", but still contains some great synth loops and smooth vocals.
Overall, this is another great album from this band that just keeps on working and writing new music. It is something that can be enjoyed as a whole with a nice thematic touch laced throughout, or individual tracks bode well on their own. Long-time fans of this group will love the direction of this album.
Legacy - Review
With the latest signing to Metropolis Records Darrin Huss has put together this album which contains some of the best tracks released by Psyche from the years 1991 - 2003. As the title implies, these selections mark the Legacy that exists from the releases over the years. There is a great cross-section here which would be a perfect introduction to new fans and a wonderful collection of hits for old fans.
This album stands as an example of the great music that Psyche has given us to enjoy. Included are hard-hitting EBM tracks, moving synthpop, experimental electro-clash and some touching slow and mid-tempo ballads. My favorites over the years have been the harder-hitting, dance-friendly music such as the excellent pounding of "The Beyond" with it's wonderfully structured music, intelligent lyrics and smooth vocals. The pounding percussion and the solid layered synths create something quite enjoyable here, as well as on several others such as "Sanctuary", "Unbreakable" and "The Hiding Place". All of these hail from the same general time period in Psyche's history and mark some of the best recordings yet.
Drifting into the classic synthpop arena is the cover of "Goodbye Horses" which also garnered this group a lot of fame. But they've proven they can do it without covering other works, but with their own unique selections in the form of "Gods and Monsters", "Silence Was a Melody" and others. The experimental nature comes out in the fun track "X-Rated" and unique elements of "Drowning Pool" and the mid-tempo, blues-like "Exhale".
For die-hard fans looking for something new, there is a little bit of that here too, which in my opinion really adds some value to this release. "Foolish Heart" was recorded in the 1996 - 1998 era, but was never released until now. Then we have the Moonitor remix of "X-Rated" which adds a more robotic and colder sound to this unique track. "Heaven in Pain (Revisited)" was remastered and edited for this release and provides another great look into the solid synthpop background this project has.
Spanning more than two decades, the history of this project is long and full of ups and downs. This album brings out some of the great highlights of this history and leaves us with a great Legacy we can enjoy for a long time.
Babylon Deluxe - Review
After two decades, Darrin and company continue to release more music, every time with something slightly different, keeping the interest of fans alive. This latest album is no exception, and it certainly carries on with the solid synthpop sound that Psyche has been able to create and perfect over the years.
Solid pounding dance tracks have been something you can always expect a few tracks to portray on each release. This is true on this album with "The Quickening" which kicks it all off. "Gods and Monsters" is another that follows this pattern, adding a bit of a swing to the beat making it that much more interesting. There is a bit of monotony in a few tracks, but generally accepted in these electronic dance styles. But the overall power and nice lyrics to go along with the music make up for most shortcomings, such as the finale and one of my favorites "Nightwalk Theme".
Fans of the latest electro-clash sound have a treat on here with the internet-porn-bashing "X-Rated". I think the addition of this track adds more variety to the album. Other more generic themes include "Nobody Superstar" and "Final Destination" as they move along in an almost cookie-cutter synth style that most fans can quickly latch onto, recognize and enjoy.
In summary, while they continue with their unique approach and have some nice tracks on this album, it's all very accessible and nothing really out of the ordinary for this genre. Just enough to keep it interesting and enjoyable. This album is another great step in a very long and noteworthy history.
Interview - 02/10/2004
After the release of Babylon Deluxe, I decided to send Darrin Huss some questions about Psyche to give us all a little bit more insight into the band and what goes on behind the music. Here are the very interesting results of this interview:
First tell us a little bit about the band name "Psyche", where did the idea for the name come from?
We chose it when we were teens and were looking for what we thought was aggressive sounding, but intelligent and also summed up the idea of the band with one word. The B-Side of Killing Joke's "Wardance" single was called Pssyche. We liked the sound of this track as well. I never knew why the double S, but anyway the word for us means the intelligence, the mind, and the spirit of humanity and since that was what we wanted to express with our music and lyrics it became the name for us. The curse of that being that we never could really do fluffy Pop music with such a band name although we occasionally tried, the songs were most remembered for are the ones that fit with the name. I also like one word band names, it gets to the point. Oh and it doesn't bother me if people think of psychedelia either, I like freaky music from the 70's sometimes so that is also ok. The only meaning that we didn't think of was the Greek goddess stuff but I think not too many thought about that when we released our first album.
The band started around 20 years ago with you and your brother Stephen. Reading through your history he has sometimes played a role in the band and sometimes hasn't. What his is latest status? Who is "Psyche" right now?
Psyche was founded by my brother and I, and in the very beginning we had a third member Dwayne Goettel who later went to Vancouver and joined SKINNY PUPPY. My brother and I made all the Psyche albums up to 1994 with the exception of "The Influence" in 1989. Stephen was diagnosed as schizophrenic at the end of the 80's, and it wasn't clear what would happen with our musical future. As my family and my brother were learning to deal with this new life situation, I moved to Montreal for awhile and thought about starting something else. As it turned out I worked for awhile on a side project called "Vanishing Heat" and also made demos with David Kristian that I later decided could be a new version or vision of Psyche. When "The Influence" came out, David and I were living briefly in Germany. David decided that this wasn't to continue and went back to Montreal. I then began touring with replacement keyboarders until I decided to go home as well in 1991 and see if my brother and I could work together at least in the studio. My brother is doing fairly well with his "illness" and we continued recording, but the strain of touring and my wanting to stay in Germany brought me to the decision that after "Intimacy" in 1994, I should start a whole new Psyche, and with a musician that also would perform the songs that were recorded with me.
1996 was the time of a new partnership with Per-Anders Kurenbach and our album "Strange Romance". Our cover version of "Goodbye Horses" became a phenomenal favourite in the European Gothic scene, and we made another record in 1998 called "Love Among The Ruined" that was somewhat darker in context because I felt that "Strange Romance" was maybe too soft in certain ways. There's a lot more to tell between all these years, but I'm actually planning a biography soon, so I'm going to skip to 2001 and the latest incarnation that you know is myself and Remi Szyszka. We have now released 2 albums and 1 remix album as you know on Accession Records, and Art Of Fact Records which has pretty much brought only the 21st century Psyche to North American listeners since with the exception of "Misguided Angels" Psyche's albums from 1989-1996 were all imports.
How has each member contributed over the years?
I guess I kind of answered that now. Just to clarify, I'm the singer and lyricist mainly. I'm not much of a composer, but I'll occasionally shape the material or decide what songs I feel represent Psyche. So all the composers who've worked with me have pretty much made the music for the respective albums.
Your history is very impressive for an indie band, how have you kept it going for so long? What advice can you give to other young bands?
I think it would be more impressive if I could brag about tons of record sales. However we have done well and the latest material is at least with or without huge sales still a success for me in that it is exactly what I want to hear. I can only tell people what they shouldn't do in terms of how maybe to save their money. Musically I can't give any advice because everyone has different reasons why they make music and perform.
Maybe some of what I always wanted to express isn't as popular as others, so all I can do is add proof that one can also survive on integrity. That it also has its virtue. The business of today is nowhere near as fun and innocent as it was in the 80's so I'm grateful that I didn't miss out on that.
It is certainly not easy for the groups that have just formed today. My advice is to know exactly what you want to get out of it before you start having unreasonable expectations. I am still making music with Psyche because it is my journey in life. I feel sometimes if I wasn't continuing with this, I wouldn't have a life. I need something to look forward to and create as we all do. This was my chosen field since I was about 15 years old, so I don't know any better at this point. hahahaha
You've been able to tour many parts of the world, what countries would you say you get the best and largest reception or following?
One of the reasons why I chose to live in Germany is because this is the biggest scene I think in the world for electronic and gothic music.
We have however been well received in Scandinavia, and I think have the second largest group of loyal fans there.
France was good for us in the 80's but the "wave scene" seems to have disappeared somewhat. We'll be going back this year to see how it is these days.
And I certainly don't want to forget Poland. We have a really big following there because we started playing festivals in 1992. Thanks to a promoter from the group FADING COLOURS we've been built up quite well through bigger concerts, and Poland has a healthy Goth/electro scene happening, and our fans there are really loyal.
How did you hook up with Accession Records in Europe and Art Of Fact in Canada for your latest releases?
It happened in the "band member" transition at the end of the 90's. I had decided not to continue with Per, and was also not sure what to do with Psyche at the end of 1999. I was on a nostalgia trip and had remastered and re-released my first two albums on SPV Records. Per and I had some new songs but we were distancing ourselves personally, and I didn't want to continue in that fashion. I was demoing labels in North America at the time, and I'll be brutally honest here, we just couldn't seem to connect with Metropolis or Cleopatra. Psyche has never been able to guarantee massive sales either, so I hoped to find someone who was more interested in building us up for the North American market. Being Canadian I was thrilled to see a small label from Toronto that had just started making waves with a compilation and some releases. It's much better to sign with a label that doesn't have 20 bands already in your genre (Oh there's some advice after all). With Art Of Fact we decided to sort of debut Psyche again with an overview of our releases to date.
"Misguided Angels" covers songs from 1983 to 2000! It is an odd compilation, but made great introduction for us, and Art Of Fact did all kinds of promotion and DJ pooling so it justified our existence quite nicely. Some reviewers reviewed it as if its entirety was brand new which was a bit unfair. The most humorous comments are about "Unveiling The Secret". Some feel by today's music standards it's too old fashioned or too 80's whatever. It was in fact our biggest dance hit in Europe! And it still gets played. But back to the answer... In 2000 I started making demos with Remi Szyszka since by accident he ended up calling me after a friend told him that I was looking for a new musician in Psyche. He didn't really know that much about Psyche, and so rather than rehash old material as I had initially considered I chose to work on some new songs based on what he had written.
We decided to start out with a bang, and recorded "Sanctuary" at an expensive studio with Olaf Wollschläger known for his production on In Strict Confidence and Melotron. "Sanctuary" sealed the deal and the beginning of the new Psyche on Accession. And the headaches of being on two labels have continued from that release on.... ha aha ha.
Over the years Psyche's focus has been on many different types and styles of music, mainly within the electronic genres. What has influenced you over the years in each one of your phases? I would especially like to know where your current influences are for your latest album "Babylon Deluxe".
OK, just for fun, I'm going to make a quick checklist here for each album.
INSOMNIA THEATRE 1985
Was inspired by Gary Numan, The Cure, Alien Sex Fiend, Plasmatics, Dead Kennedys, Nash The Slash, and John Carpenter's soundtracks like Halloween and Escape From New York. This was our synthpunk album, angry some freaky analogue experiments, but somehow also soulful in its own special darkness. Vocally I was heavily into Marc Almond, Peter Murphy and Annie Lennox.
UNVEILING THE SECRET 1986
This one was the beginning of the more dance pop style and I guess there's a bit of New Order and Divine plus DAF and even early Ministry from feeling. I had now pretty much my own singing style, and was ranging between scary whispered vocals and more funky singing like on "Prisoner To Desire" which certainly had the Yazoo flavour.
MYSTERY HOTEL 1988
Here I was heavily into The Doors, and thought it was cool that we reminded certain people of that with a slight homage to Morrison Hotel in the title. We were also inspired by James Brown ("Make No Mistake) and everything from Horror Film Soundtracks by Goblin to even a bit of the Pet Shop Boys. The Doors influence is most obvious on "The Outsider" and "Wake The Flood Unconscious". We thought we'd be the first real electropop-psychedelic rock crossover band. There was however Euro disco in "Uncivilized" and "Insatiable" to be discovered as well. It's the weirdest synthpop album ever, and was in fact our most successful release as well. Ironically North American listeners will not be too familiar with this because it was only released independently in Canada on a now defunct label called Amok. Remi and I updated "The Outsider" as a bonus track to The Hiding Place album.
THE INFLUENCE 1989/90
This is the one and only album with David Kristian and in my mind the first Goth/Electro album ever. I think we invented the term Dark Wave with this one. It includes the most beautifully heart wrenching tune called "The Sundial", as well as the original version of "Misery".
The whole album was inspired a bit by the soundtrack for "Mississippi Burning" and I was on a gospel trip at the time as well. I was totally into Mahalia Jackson and dark slow electronic atmospheres. The music was entirely composed on the Casio FZ 1 Sampler by David. There may never be another record like it.
DAYDREAM AVENUE 1991
This album was created over a long summer as I was at home and my brother was back into making music with me. It's a weird release as well. More a collection of everything we liked from Kraftwerk style to a bit of 90's house, and Tangerine Dream influences in the atmosphere. "Angel Lies Sleeping" was like a mixture of Nitzer Ebb, KLF and maybe Alison Moyet, I don't know really. There was one moody gothic throwback track called "Ghost" which although really great, just didn't fit in with the exuberance of the rest. 3 of Stephen's most exciting instrumentals were added as a bonus on the CD release. Yes this was the last album to be released on vinyl as well as CD.
Before this came out there was a best of called "69 minutes Of History" that covered 1986-1991. This was the last album with my brother, and probably the most unique synth album since "The Influence" with David. It could be a sequel in a way. Songs were all about twisted relationships, and sexual themes but it was all very slow and moody. One song was written by a guest musician called "Love Is A Winter" and was my first attempt at more classical piano pop. It has no big club hits, but as a bonus there's a song added called "Heaven In Pain" which was mixed and produced by Karl Bartos of Kraftwerk!
It was originally released as a single called Our Heaven featuring Darrin Huss, and I thought I'd be making a solo career with that, but well it didn't happen so I put it on "Intimacy" so it would at least get heard. The whole album was produced by Joseph Watt of RAZORMAID who flew in to Hanover, Germany from the US to help mix this. Probably the most expensive Psyche album ever next to Daydream Avenue. I was more careful after that.
PRIVATE DESIRES EP 1994
This came about because I began to worry how "Intimacy" would be marketed since there was no club hits. I covered Soft Cell's "Sex Dwarf" with some friends of mine, and decided it had to be my next Psyche single. I didn't have a lot of new songs though so we took some left over mixes from "Intimacy" and added a demo from David Kristian and me as well called "Secret Angel" which we did before even recording The Influence. It's a big favourite of mine and I hope to make a new "Best of" Psyche for ART OF FACT so you can hear that and some of the other hard to find songs I've mentioned so far. This EP also had a newly reworked version of "The Brain Collapses" live which was in fact on some bootleg CD in Germany, so I just bootlegged back for my own release!
STRANGE ROMANCE 1996
The first album with Per-Anders Kurenbach officially replacing my brother. It's much softer; There are a couple techno-trance style tracks that were written with Torben Schmidt from LIGHTS OF EUPHORIA. I even tried Boy band Pop with "You Ran Away" which was even a single. This album is musically all over the place and even includes 3 cover versions. Annie Lennox's "Stay By Me" from her Diva album, "Guilt" originally by Marianne Faithfull and in fact was also originally recorded for me as a solo track. Probably the only Psyche release where there's guitar involved. And last but definitely not least "Goodbye Horses" which was the B-Side of our single but pretty much dominated over all the other songs once it became the international phenomena that remains to this day. Everyone who loves Horror or Goth remembers hearing the original by Q Lazzarus in Silence Of The Lambs. Our version sounds almost exactly the way it did in the film and has become a concert standard the last 8 years.
LOVE AMONG THE RUINED 1998
This was the follow up with Per but we moved to the label in Europe most known for DE/VISION, BEBORN BETON, and WOLFSHEIM.
This was because I was on SPV since 1989 and wanted to make a new start and also so that we'd make money from our releases as my advances from SPV hadn't quite recouped in sales (more advice, be careful about signing off your rights for advance money in this biz unless you don't care about your past recordings. Then I say, take the money and run!) This album is a special highlight for me because it covers the whole territory of electronic music from Synthpop all the way to Drum & Bass. Since we felt this was a real strong release we even remixed 3 of our favourite tracks for the "Misguided Angels" release on ART OF FACT. I know that "Drowning Pool" and "Exhale" did well on US play lists as well as "Murder In Your Love". There is no bad track on this record at all in my opinion with maybe the exception of a remake of "Screamin Machine" which was from 1986 by my brother and I. Although even the idea to do this made the album definitely to the complete aural history of electropop.
THE HIDING PLACE 2001
I'm going to skip "Misguided Angels" because it's now available as a bonus disc to the "Endangered Species" Release on Art Of Fact. And I mentioned most of where the songs came from. So now Psyche began afresh with Remi Szyszka and the more modern techno style that inspired him such as COVENANT and VNV NATION.
There's a bit of old FRONT 242 to be noticed in "Renegades". Otherwise this album is a mixture of 80's retro but with modern synths, and very dancey sleek sequences. "Sanctuary" of course paved the way for this new beginning. I love the movie Logan's Run, and so that's where the samples came from. I love the word as well and wanted to try to write the definitive song about sanctuary, but also mix it in with what it's like to be in the indie scene. Another thing I have to point out is that Psyche was never a pure "synthpop" act. dark gothic tones have remained throughout or career and I think that makes us a rare breed. This album includes also some trancelike tracks ("Hypnotized"), and even a sort of industrial ballad, "One Last Kiss". I think the vocals at this point became 100% me alone and my style of singing. The lyrics are a bit nostalgic and reflective. They tell the story of my life as the singer of Psyche.
The title track of the album is my favourite. It is truly subconscious and very intricate.
ENDANGERED SPECIES 2002
OK, it's mainly a remix album, but I have to say "The Beyond" and "Memento" have become two of the most defining Psyche tracks since the new beginning with Remi. "The Beyond" is all my favourite things in one song, heavy distorted beats, great bass sequences, emotional vocals, great film samples, experimental noises, but still a catchy chorus. It was written about September 11th, but I didn't want to say this so directly and certainly not at the time. I was in New York for the first time in my life in 2001 with Remi for a Psyche concert and so we were deeply shocked by the events that happened only 3 months later. I know many horrible things happen in our world, but thanks to the multi-medial world we live in this is something I will carry with me as long as I live. "Damaged Soul" on this release is kind of kitschy, but I like the sci-fi synths Remi played, and his "Eleven" is to showcase all of his abilities in a nice long instrumental that takes you through several styles.
BABYLON DELUXE 2003/2004
Now Im arriving finally at the 10th album in my career as Psyche. It's Remi's second, but here is for me the most perfect album to start with for anyone who never heard of us before. Like "Love Among The Ruined" we decided to be free in our song writing and basically go through every genre of electronic songs that we like from the newly founded "Future-pop" back to the 80's, a bit of industrial and ethereal tracks like "Equinoxe". "Stormtrooper" is my first anti-war song from the perspective of an old photograph of a soldier and his dead best friend. I stole a lot of Film Titles for the tracks on this album, it's accidental but also continues the fact that "The Beyond" and "Memento" also were taking from films. I promise not to do this again in the near future, but "Gods And Monsters" just had to be done! It has nothing to do with the film however. I can't praise this album enough, maybe "Nobody Superstar" is a bit too standard (although fun), but the rest of the tracks are little mini-masterpieces for themselves. each one has its own unique story to tell, and I never felt such a perfect fit of vocal, lyric and music in a long time.
With "Babylon Deluxe", the styles and content of the album are quite diverse, but many bands release an album with an overall theme. Would you say that holds true with this album? Where do you think that theme is in this album?
The overall theme is in the title "Babylon Deluxe" which is like the deluxe version of the results of decadence and our technological developments. I guess you could say the internet, but also multimedia. We as human beings can now have everything, and we can live through the internet etc. etc, We also have lost sensitivity through the media.
I try to cover all this with each song on the album from war, to science, to philosophical confusion. It's all there. Each song deals with it's individual subject. Even the meaning of death is in "Equinoxe". That song scares me the most. "Final Destination" is about cheating death, like the film in the way, but it's also a satire of my position in the scene of today. I am facing my final destination, and still ignoring it and continuing on.
X-Rated is obvious; it deals with webcams and exhibitionism.
Nobody Superstar is about the whole TV-made Pop star sensation of course.
I think it'll be awhile before I can top this album with new ideas. I'm going to have to look into other areas for inspiration. Our newest song "Six Feet Under" is like a sequel to "Final Destination". You could call the theme, life after piracy downloading, and still believing in art.
With a very full and long history already, what do you think the future holds for Psyche? Will you continue on for another 10 or 20 years? What about the immediate future?
This is always hard to answer because a lot of what we've achieved was never planned in advance. I am working as I write this on a DVD release that shows Psyche from 1983 straight on to 2003. I'm hoping to be able to represent every line-up through music videos and selected performances. We also have written a new song called "Six Feet Under" that instead of being on a single will be on the next compilation from Accession Records, but may eventually show up on some other compilations or a new best of from Art Of Fact. We are considering another album already this year, but that depends on how I feel about writing. I don't even want to say how old I am in another 20 years, but I can see at least another 5 as Psyche definitely. I admire artists that are over 40 or 50 and are still good at what they do. If I don't know how to do my music or I feel it doesn't suit me, then maybe that would end it, but I will never stop performing as a singer whether Psyche is there or not. I can guarantee that! The problem is in this small alternative scene to grow old is quite rare. I can only think of so many "outsiders" that still continue like THE CRAMPS or yeah I guess SKINNY PUPPY and FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY. But that's not commercial Pop. The last wave Pop bands that are much older but still play are GARY NUMAN, SPARKS, BLONDIE and THE B-52's. Anyway I would like to continue traveling the world with my music whether or not there are tons of new releases. I am lucky to have had this ambition since I was 17 and I guess we'll see what happens when I'm 47 what I think of it then. Iggy Pop is another good example of someone who just does what he does best whether it's commercial or not. I would like to represent that consistency for the electronic genre. So here's to another 10 albums!
Is there anything else you would like to add for your fans?
Look out for the DVD and don't be afraid to discover our back catalogue. I hope to see you somewhere in the audience whereever you are.
Labels for releases presented here:
Art of Fact Records