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Gremlin in the machinery – interview with Cynical Existence

Updated: 20 August, 2015 Created: 20 August, 2015 By:Adalbert Category: Interviews

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Cynical Existence is you – dealing with vocals, lyrics and music, plus George Klontzas – music and Filip Lönnqvist – guitars. What exactly is the role of other band members? They are more like live musicians or they add something during the creative process?

They are studio musicians only and never a part of the live setup. This is mainly due to the distance between us and the different schedules we have. George and I send tracks between each other and then I mix the final production and send it to Filip who adds guitars.

Can you tell us something more about the solo project you are currently working on? Snippets on soundcloud reveal something more future-pop oriented, with more clean and melodic vocals.

I want to go a bit slower and darker with Cynical and the new material I wrote didn’t really work, mainly because it sounded more like trance/futurepop and it was a bit more “happy” in a way. So I decided to try to make a cross-over between futurepop and aggrotech. It’s going to have more singing and less screaming. But we’ll see how it goes ;).

You come from Gothenburg in Sweden – a city known especially for its death metal scene… Why did you decide to create to create dark electronic music rather than follow this local trend from your city?

As I stated before, I come from a metal background and I’m very much into metal. But as you grow older and work takes more of your time, you’ll end up with having to take a decision. For me it was to create music that I could make in the comfort of my home. Don’t get me wrong tho, I love metal and specially the “gothenburg metal”, but creating it is not for me.


A few words about the dark independent scene in your country? What are your favourite projects? Do you think Sweden got its own style when it comes to dark electro or EBM?

Our country is known of old school EBM and Synthpop. I think Sweden has it’s root deep in synthpop and EBM and not the new styles like dark electro/aggrotech etc. It’s a shame , but it’s the way it is. Swedish bands have inspiration from others of course, but some have a very distinct sound of course.

And the last question – what are your artistic plans for the future (I mean Cynical Existence and your involvement in other projects)?

I don’t plan, I just do . One thing at a time and who knows whats gonna happen in the future.

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