Beast from the millennium era – interview with Hydroxie
Adalbert: Hello! Hydroxie is quite a new band, however some of the band members are already known to dark independent scene (especially Kayfabe LaNoise from Wynardtage). Can you tell us why you’ve decided to begin the new band and can you tell us something about line – up? Who is responsible for what?
Hydroxie (Kayfabe): Hydroxie was founded originally in 2004. At this time I’ve run several projects. Hydroxie had some smaller clubhits and contributions on different samplers. “A Fool” is one of the classic songs of that period. But after the huge success of the Wynardtage-song “Sterbehilfe” I decided to keep my full attention to Wynardtage. After the latest Wynardtage-releases “Sleepless in Heaven” and “Close II Death” (both no.1 in german alternative charts) I felt it’s time to start something new. So the very first Hydroxie CD was 10 years in the making. I reformed (like i prefer to call) our small legion of doom two years ago. After I have created the most instrumental versions of the songs I work together with Louis C. (also involved in a group named “La Magra”) and Andy Haze to find the right lyrics. Both guys are also involved to do some backing vocals and sampling stuff. Finally we have our little dark dancing queen Styana and Vic G. who also recorded some sampling stuff at studio and give our concerts the special notes.
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Your debut album seems to be very inspired – over an hour of good dark electro songs. It seems that this music just had to be born… Hydroxie is described as side project of Wynardtage, but I think it’s different – it reminds about older days of the genre because it’s lack of unnecessary over-production and it’s full of gloomy melodies …Simple yet very effective. Why have you chosen this direction?
I’ve listened to some of the latest records/bands of our genre, but they didn’t sound like something I would expect as a fan of this music style. So we tried to go some days back and bring out a more rough and authentic product. So many people said to us the hole album sounds like a beast from the millennium era. That’s exactly what we like to reach, because we are no fans of the modern era electro style which has lost the typicalcharacteristics of true dark electro.
One thong can be surely said about your debut album – very catchy melodies which give every song its character. “Seelenfresser”, “Hass”, “Skandal”, “Sterbenhilfe” and many others. What’s your recipe for a good dark electro composition?
I love to produce catchy melodies. So I think that’s very exemplary for our songs. So I have often a good feel if a song could works or not. I think that’s a natural gift paired with years of experience by doing all this shit. But finally only the people in clubs can make good songs to real club hits.
One thing that quickly grabbed my attention – vocals! Very aggressive and dramatic (“Im Sturm den Lugen”) and diversified. It was hard to get such result during the recordings? Everything sounds very natural to me.
Absolutely no. I know many bands are using tons of scary effect stuff to blow up the vocals, but like you said we have tried to keep the vocals natural. We kept the effect-level on the vocals very low. So what you can finally listen is my real screaming voice with some hall and delay effects – that’s all. So in my mind to record harsh vocals isn’t a question of effect-plugins – the broken strings and deep wounds in life are the key.
One of your composition will be featured on the next Halotan sampler. What can you tell us about this song?
“Im Sturm der Lügen” is one of the most favourite songs of our fans. They loved it because the story behind of love, trust, lie and disappointment is something real. So I think the fans really appreciate that our lyrics are no fake-fatasy shit. So if you combined thatlyrics of real anger with the rough power of that axe of a song you will have a real hellectro bastard.
Your songs are in German. You prefer to sing and write lyrics in your mother tongue or in English?
To write and record the songs in German is one attribute to distinguish Hydroxie from Wynardtage. Also it’s easier for us release and describe our rage and to perform that songs live in concerts.
I would like to ask more directly about the lyrics of the song “Du Bist Kein Goth”. I guess that you try to tell, that the whole gothic imagery and subculture shouldn’t be taken too seriously. To whom do you address this song?
So we witness that there is a little war inside our scene here in Germany. So people tell to other other people they are not belong to the scene because of there look or music style. So we told us the question who or what is real goth(ic) and tried to reflect this with a little peace of humour on that track. The real messsage behind is – please stop that stupid discussions and keep our scene tolerant and alive.
And the last question: your new album is on the way. What should we expect?
Yes, we are working hard on our second album “Seelenkrank” which will be released in upcoming winter. The people can expect 10-12 brandnew songs full of anger and passion. And no worries – we will not make crazy or stupid things on that second record, we will just continue our path of true sadness and gloom.