3:40 minutes ambush style interview with Spark!
May 2016 31

EBM tracks are known to be very direct and usually between 3 and 4 minutes long. Release writer Sebastian Hess decided to ambush Mattias Ziessow from Spark! for an interview as short as a track. The interview clocked in at 3 minutes and 40 seconds.

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Handing over the Reins – interview with Joanna Rein
Feb 2016 26

Rein arrived with a bang when her self-titled debut EP dropped in January 2016 – lots of attention in several big media outlets and great reviews. She’s making it clear that maybe it’s time for the old EBM dragons to hand over the reins (as it were) to a new generation. We decided to get in touch with Joanna Reinikainen to chat a little bit about creating music and creativity.

I first heard Rein on The Operating Tracks single and video “Testify”, but it was her EP that really caught my eye. Joanna comes from a musical background – her father is Sweden’s own italo disco pioneer Paul Rein – but her life could have taken another direction if her student loans hadn’t run out. [more...]

Front Line Assembly “Caustic Grip” Retrospective
Dec 2015 18

”Caustic Grip” celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2015. Released in 1990, it was a complete game changer for Front Line Assembly, and possibly the industrial genre. It also saw the young prodigy Rhys Fulber stepping up to be a full time member. It’s a very personal album for me, and in this article I’ll try to tell you how it got made, and what it meant to me. I’ve been in contact with Bill Leeb, Rhys Fulber and also Gary Levermore who ran the label Third Mind where the album was released. [more...]

Lindemann interview – birds of a feather…
Oct 2015 27

The Lindemann collababoration project was presented a while ago with the release of the “Skills in Pills” album. One of the reasons behind this was, most likely, to raise eyebrows and trigger moral panic attacks among certain groups of people… Release met up with the two gentlemen Till Lindemann (Rammstein) and Peter Tägtgren (Pain) in Stockholm. [more...]

Too violent for France – industrial act Chrysalide interviewed
Jul 2015 03

We interviewed Indochine not long ago, and now we return to France with Chrysalide. The Dependent Records trio have impressed us and many others with their complex and angry industrial music. Mikael Kahrle interviewed Arco Trauma, one third of the band.
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Daniel Myer – busy architect of sound
May 2015 18

Johan Carlsson thought it was high time for a Daniel Myer interview. Myer is enjoying a hugely varied and lengthy electronic music career in Haujobb and a myriad solo projects. He is also a producer and remixer for other bands, including such luminaries as Front Line Assembly, Download, Front 242, Covenant, De/Vision, Mesh, VNV Nation and And One. It seems Myer is working non-stop, and always have something in his pipeline. He’s also been a member of Covenant, worked with Alan Wilder (Depeche Mode, Recoil) and been an influential figure in the alternative electronic genre since 1993.  [more...]

Indochine interview – the Swedish connection
Apr 2015 17

French electronic rock band Indochine has been active since the early eighties but while they are stars in their home country, Sweden is the only non French speaking country where they have had big hits. Release guest writer Henrik Wittgren met up with Indochine in Stockholm during the band’s recent mini club tour and our writer Sebastian Hess did some detective work, got hold of the people involved in the release of early Indochine records in Sweden and found out how a former coffee machine salesman helped make Indochine big in Sweden back in the days. [more...]

Susanne Sundfør interviewed – finding the right sound
Mar 2015 31

Susanne Sundfør’s transformation from folk to electropop has drawn the attention from both staff and readers of Release Magazine. Since this Norwegian musician is often mentioned for her work with Röyksopp and M83 some might think that she is mainly a singer but truth is she is a complete musician and producer. On the brand new album ”Ten Love Songs” she basically did everything herself. Release’s Peter Marchione met Susanne Sundfør at Hotel Nobis in central Stockholm in February and they had a long chat about electronic music, studios, creativity, David Lynch and Star Wars.

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Alison Moyet tour interview – a return to electronic music
Feb 2015 06

Release writer Sebastian Hess caught up with Alison Moyet about a week before the start of her 2015 tour. The tour kicks off in Malmö, Sweden on February 12 and takes her to Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Italy. “There will be Yazoo songs and it will be a show for the fans who love the electronic music”, she says.

The interview came to touch subjects as diverse as her thoughts on touring, her experiences of the music business – and why she hasn’t been to any Southend United FC games this year.

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Kollaps festival interview – it’s the mix that matters
Jan 2015 28

The first Kollaps festival for underground electronic music in Stockholm was successful. So, on January 30-31 it’s time for the second incarnation – a 2-day event on 3 stages with Clock DVA, Youth Code (pic), In Aeternam Vale, Dive, Ancient Methods, Henric de la Cour and lots of others. Kollaps is different. Fewer safe bets like VNV Nation and Page; bands that always play. Instead, more odd and unique bookings uniting the classic synth and the intellegent techno scenes. We talked to Jonas from Kollaps. [more...]

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