Zeromancer (Alex) 29.03.2009 Meier Music Hall Braunschweig
Frances Amelie Sin
arrive about 16.30 at the venue that feels like home to me and I wait
for my contact person Alex, well nothing happens so I start asking
people for him and a few minutes later I find myself in the hall
between a big chaos of cables, equipment and instruments and another 10
minutes later Alex brings me to Alex, the singer of Zeromancer that
remembers me vaguely at Stephan from Apoptygma Berzerk. Well Alex is
very likable and we wander around to find a fitting place to do an
FAS: Tell me about Zeromancer, what is important to know about the band?
Alex: Well, actually we formed the band in Los Angeles, where we lived
at that time, it was in 2000 and we did 3 albums from 2000 to 2003 and
we toured a lot! Then we were supposed to take a long break because we
were touring too much.
I guess the most important is that we are in music business for so many
years and we had that long break from 2003 to 2009 and it is
fantastic that our fans are still there, still come to our shows, still
support us after so many years. We are very grateful for that. We
didn't expect a lot before this tour cause 6 years is an eternity in
music business, it is too long, you have to rebuild and we are so happy
now, that we can start over again.
FAS: Why did it took 6 years from the last to the new album, that is a
very long time??
Alex: Yeah very long, too long. We were thinking about taking
month of and then start recording the next album, but Kim also wanted
to work on his solo project and we all needed some extra time for
different projects and we started a reunion of our former band that was
very popular in Norway (Seigmen). It was just planned for one show but
it ended up with a big concert in a huge place in Norway and a tour and
a festival tour and a big show in an opera-house . It all took so much
time, you know. That's why the new Zeromancer album came very
FAS: Well the new album is called Sinners International, why did you
chose this name?
Alex: Well it is inspired by all the extreme things we experienced when
we lived in L.A.! We lived close to all the celebrities there and it
was extreme to see how cold- hearded people are and their unbelievable
lifestyles. It's disgusting how you can brainwash people to do things
they are not supposed to do. The album is not about that, but it is
inspired by that feeling we had there, the bad excuses people find for
the damage they have done.
One of the supportbands
noisy souncheck and Alex and I move for another place to go
with the interview in silence...
FAS: What would you say is the best at the new album??
Alex: Well a very good thing of this album is that we did everything on
our own. Before, we had the luxury of financial support of our german
major lable, but we changed to an Indie lable and produced everything
on our own. That was our chance to get back where we wantetd to go, not
surrounded by that commercial pressure we had before. It forced us to
make songs free from other stuff. The working on the album in 2003 was
harder. It affects you if there are people waiting for results, wanting
the commercial sucsess, wanting you to do your best in your job. It
effects you, well it's bad that I have to say it, in a very negative
way. So we changed the lable and wanted to to it this time exactly how
we wanted it to do, no matter what.
FAS: So it was a dream to produce the whole album yourselves??
Alex: Yes, we always wanted to do, but we never dared to, though we had
the skills, we had a studio, you know, we always wanted to do... We are
really control freaks... I am not saying anybody else had been pushing
around us, I am talking about our own head, the mind-games, and this
time, we really enjoyed our time in studio and it was a fantastic
experience. And it was inspiring to keep on working on who and what you
FAS: Where do you see the biggest developement from the last album
Zzyzx to the new one Sinners International?
Alex: Well I guess all of our albums are different from each other and
we wanted to make an album that explains why they are different. We
thought about how to do. We wanted to have the melodic part,
wanted the basement and we thought about the whole package of our
sound. Then we went back to the studio and we were really ready for it!
FAS: What means music to you??
Alex: Ow well, music is my life. it is everything to me, it gives me so
much and I appreciate that very much. And then you realize that other
people appreciate it, that you are doing music, that's an incredible
feeling. And when it happened you even work harder, we don't take
anything in advantage. People pay to see a good show, if it's ten
people or twothousand it doesn't matter, people come to the show to see
a good performance and we all say that to ourselves before we go on
stage, no matter what happens we have to give the best we can... Even
if you have a bad day, everybody has bad days of course, but we have to
do our best on stage for the fans. That's important for us and inspires
us, to show some respect back. I guess too many bands forget that,
forget to take care of their fans.
FAS: You are on stage together with some of your current bandmembers
for 20 years now. First with Seigmen now with Zeromancer. Can
imagine to go on another 20 years?
Alex: Yeahh....... probably if we can walk....*laughs*
FAS: See the Rolling Stones...
Alex: Yeah you're right. Well, I mean we wanna do a new album.
Well we decided to do the Orkus Club Tour in december 2006 to see if
there is still interest in Zeromancer. And there was, that gave us a
good feeling. Well one thing is for sure: Whatever happens Zeromancer
will not end. The band will always exist in one way
other and we guys will always be friends and doing music together. We
still have so much more to give so we go an as long as we have that
FAS: You played a few shows before this one on this tour, how do you
Alex: Very good, very good, we did a few shows in Norway before we came
down to Berlin and Hamburg yesterday and we didn't know what to expect
actually. Six years is a long time and it was extremely nice,
very good shows.
The noise gets louder
FAS: What do you plan for the rest of 2009?
Alex: Well we play this tour, a few more gigs and then some festivals
in summer. We have plans for a new album in 2010 but in the next 18
month there can happen so much, you know...
Thanks to Alex Popp, Peddy from Neuwerk Music
Management and Alex from Zeromancer for his time.
Pictures are in the gallery