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Interview mit Distortion of Events
Interview mit ± DJ Harder ± (blackipstudio-recordings.com) !
Featuring thanks Michael Lubert aka Distortion of Events, Interview by ± DJ Harder ± blackipstudio-recordings.com 29-03-2014 08:48
01-For the first question will be - Thanks Distortion of Events, that you have found time to give answers to these questions, How are you doing?
Quite well, thank you.
02-Hello Michael Lubert what noise do you make in Distortion of Events?
I would call it predominantly old-school industrial noise.
03-How's the start of 2014 been for you thus far?
This new year has been going very well, and it has never been better for Distortion of Events, thanks to Black I.P Studio and their associated connections.
04-Do you know Germany?
Germany's products, both musical and otherwise, are highly regarded here in the U.S.A. There is always a careful attention to quality and detail in whatever the product may be, and where German music is concerned, the same high standards are reflected. As for Germany itself, geographically and so forth, I am familiar with these generally, and I have been given descriptions of various facets of Germanic life by people with dual citizenships and also by those who have visited or have otherwise spent considerable time in Germany.
05-For a lot of people, this is probably going to be their first full introduction to Distortion of Events so how about you tell us a little bit about how you guys know each other and how the band came together?
Well, Distortion of Events consists of only myself, which has the distinct advantage of allowing an unmitigated expression of the musical programs I envision.
06-Do you follow the electronic music Electro / Indie / Industrial , do you have any other favourite bands?
Where electronic music is concerned, virtually all of my time is spent in composing, rather than in listening, and while I am acquainted with current trends in electronica, I am content to instead proceed with my own individual direction, which I perceive is cumulative (continually building on what I have already done) and yet constantly weaving its own unique thread. That said, I am always pleased to see artists who have strongly influenced me, such as The Klinik, still very much in operation and producing quality material after so many years.
07-How is your relationship with other electronic bands?
At least physically, Distortion of Events has proceeded completely independently of other bands, given the virtual isolation of my surroundings (I live in a very remote portion of Pennsylvania). It has been mostly through social media that other electronic artists have even heard of me, but seemingly, those who have heard my material view it with quite high esteem, although more often than not they see Distortion of Events as a sort of strange outsider – the kind upon which they tend o keep a watchful and wary eye.
08-Can you give us a brief run-through of Distortion of Events story so far?
It was conceptualized as far back as the early '90s but, due to various circumstances, only began to see recorded output beginning in 2010. Since then it has released, under my own Zodarion Records label, two albums (the debut Congeners and 2013's Permeate), two EPs (2012's Eventuality and the latest release, Self-Mythos), and four digital-only singles (“Deadface (Remix),“ “Blain County, Idaho (Circa 1974),“ “In Six Dimensions/Nonexistence,“ and “The Widow“).
09-How did you start to make music and what is Gothic for you?
It began with experimentation, and when the experiments became more and more successful (in my estimation), I realized I was forming sonic concepts which were very pleasing to me, and which I surmised may also be pleasing to others, and therefore which ought to be configured into song formats. To me, “gothic“ applies to sounds which are simultaneously sharp and dark, and to an overall sound which which is morose and brooding. Gothic, in my opinion, seems to work best at a moderate to slow pace. My song “Future Grave,“ from Self-Mythos, is likely my most gothic song to date.
10-What did you guys do for a living before Distortion of Events?
Most recently, I worked for a long time as an operator for a major telecommunications company.
11-When did you form Distortion of Events? What inspired you to make music?
The name Distortion of Events was officially registered in September of 2011, but again, the framework for all of it formed quite slowly over many years prior. I have always been inspired by the magic of electronic sound and its virtually unlimited potential for audio creation. More recently I have seen it as a medium through which I could present my esoteric commentaries in an accessible manner.
12-What are your top ten favorite Electro / Indie / Industrial Club Songs of all time? Who are you influenced by? What would you consider your favorite cd's?
Well, in no particular order, the ten best club-oriented electro-industrial songs I have ever heard would have to include “Fire“ by Dance Or Die, “Mein Herz“ by Oomph!, “Virtual Flesh“ by Clock DVA, “Watch Out“ by Philadelphia Five, “No One's Heart Beats Harder“ by Sleep Chamber, “Oxyacetalene“ by Cubanate, “Nightmare“ by Swamp Terrorists, “Real Wise Yuppie“ by Snog, “Remember Me“ by Pankow, and “Egoist“ by Steril (these would all be considered dance-oriented tracks). I am most influenced by Clock DVA, Sleep Chamber, The Klinik, and The Young Gods. Surrealistic industrial albums such as Buried Dreams by Clock DVA and L'Eau Rouge by The Young Gods have as much impact on me today as they did when they were first released.
13-What are the future plans for Distortion of Events?
I am currently at work on a forthcoming release, which I anticipate will be a full-length album, though it is all very tentative at this stage..
14-Do you have a record label? Are you a member of any music organizations?
My own independent label is Zodarion Records. Though it is designed as a platform for my Distortion of Events releases, it is, however, officially registered with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Corporations as a business entity. I am presently not a member of any music organizations.
15-What are you currently listening to on your MP3 player?
Believe it or not, my CD player is used more than my mp3 player...for my own listening, I tend to be something of a metal-head, and in the CD deck right now is Chrome Division's latest, Infernal Rock Eternal, which is a superb album, I must say.
16-By the way do you like my questions? Tell me what you think about it!
Your questions are all very valid and thorough.
17-What is the main idea, the message you want to leave to people who listens to you? What is your motto?
Embrace the unknown.
18-What's the name of your band? Where did the name come from? Or what's the story behind the band name?
I first considered the name Distortion of Events back in the '90s, when I began to study human modes of consciousness, first at a fairly basic level and then far more comprehensively. It has often been said that we, humans, see things not as they are, but rather, as we are. Consequently, one can ponder so far as to eventually question whether he or she is perceiving reality itself, as in a clearly-defined and linear series of genuine events, or if what he/she experiences is actually a very personalized distortion thereof – much like a dream – and is not nearly as “real“ as the person thinks. As an avid student of mysticism and esoteric teachings, I see this as a highly important matter for contemplation.
19-If people don't know what you and your music are about, how would you describe Distortion of Events?
Industrial surrealism would perhaps be the simplest way to describe it, but otherwise, it involves harsh beats and hard electronic sounds blended with nightmarish synthetic ambience and blighted (yet intelligible) vocals.
20-Self-Mythos where did the concept come from? and whats planned now that your album is finished? or anything else you're working on? Tell me why this title,Self-Mythos. Tell us a few words about the concept of this?
“Self-Mythos“ originates from deep within the core of esoteric science, wherein, historically, mysticism was distilled into the purest of maxims typically beyond the reach of the bulk of humanity, save for a relative handful of devoted initiates. At the center of these beyond-controversial teachings was that a human being's foremost ill was the belief that he/she possesses a “self“ which is separate from the All, the One First Cause, or whatever else it may be called. The ancient mystery schools taught that this separation is a complete myth, that, though a person indeed has a physical body, he/she is in reality one with same force which created the entire universe, a fact which sincere and persistent introspective study alone can reveal. We have been deceived and virtually hypnotized by various malicious agencies which work ceaselessly to prevent humans from awakening to the enormous implications of this revelation. In condensed form, we need to remember our own cosmic royalty.
21-Some quick fire questions: guitar or synthesizer?
22-Band or solo?
23-How is the current promotional tour going for supporting this album?
Distortion of Events is studio-based; with myself as the sole member, touring is not really a feasible option at this time.
24-What do you think of a modern Gothic and about Electro / Indie / Industrial scene?
It would greatly benefit by revisiting the multitude of tangents that were begun in bygone years but which still await extensive exploration.
25-What's your favourite track of yours?
“Future Grave,“ from Self-Mythos, would likely be my first choice; it is also technically my most recent track, which I would say bodes fairly well for the future.
26-What and who gets you excited about music today?
Those who do what they do, and what you can tell they geniunely want to do, with little regard for adherence to trendiness. There are far too many interesting possibilities in music to allow the industry's all-too-often dictatorial direction to be the only guiding light.
27-Our usual question - what is music for you?
Music, to me, is a collection of sounds which, combined, convey or communicate some idea. The result may be tonal in nature, or rhythmic, or both. I would prefer to leave the definition at that, so that the imaginative door can remain fully open.
28-What was your best live experience so far?
Distortion of Events has yet to have any actual live experiences.
29-Please list the name, age, school, and respective instrument of each band member.
As the sole member, I have lived 38 years, and these years have allowed me plenty of time to observe both comparatively short-lived trends and, conversely, more timeless mainstays in the realm of electronic music. I graduated from Cambria Heights High School, and from there I went on to study first at Penn State Altoona and then at Saint Francis University, from which I ultimately graduated with at BA in English Communications.
30-What are your views on the current state of this Electro / Indie / Industrial scene in Germany in terms of creativity and audiences? And the scene in other countries?
Germany's scene remains as important a fixture as it has always been, with an audience as permanent as found anywhere. The other European countries strongly support electronica as well, from all I can gather, as they always have. Whatever the type of music, European creativity is perennially of a very premium quality, and the European audience expects nothing less.
31-You have very nice numbers` tell me about lyrical compositions what you can tell about the done work? How does your music creation process work? How do you create a song?
More often than not, my songs are initially conceived in a type of mental picture, where I can “see“ the song I aim to create. The most interesting part, however, is what follows, in which I allow sounds to associate with each other while I observe how they interact. I have found that sounds are much like living organisms – some can coexist in the same space, and even synergistically so, and yet others will not accept each other (and cannot be forced into cooperation).
32-What genre of music do you consider your work to be? Who are your major influences?
It would fall, fairly unquestionably, into the category of industrial. My principal influences are the likes of Clock DVA and Sleep Chamber, but there are many others whose work has strongly impacted what I do (The Young Gods, Swamp Terrorists, Pankow, Controlled Bleeding and countless others, mostly from the early '90s but many shortly thereafter).
33-Since the music industry is more open now to purely electronic music has this made things easier for you?
It has, in that, thanks to technology, those of us who are solo acts and who do not live around major metropolitan areas can still have a viable place in the industry.
34-So what are their main influences as a band at the moment?
Along with the bands I've mentioned, I am generally influenced by basically all the industrial of the '90s. I tend to think that the decade of the '90s was a peak period for industrial music, as the groundwork had been solidly laid during the '80s, and then ideas met with masterful execution in the fruitful years that followed.
35-What is currently inspiring your material as an artist? Tell me all about the Electro / Indie / Industrial scene of USA?
I draw primary inspiration from my own studies into esotericism, mysticism and mysterious phenomena. What I can tell about the electro-industrial scene here in the U.S.A. is that there are scant few domestic labels remaining, and, largely as a consequence, many artists self-release their material. On the one hand, I applaud artists who release their work on their own if need be, undaunted by a changing and challenging arena, but on the other hand, it is a very unfortunate situation, as in the end, far too many independent artists are left undiscovered by listeners. It is not an easy problem to rectify.
36-Do you think that people from the music press didn't expect you to grow up musically?
Quite possibly, although the likes of Side-Line from Belgium did offer praise for my debut album Congeners (and Distortion of Events was totally unknown at that early time, no less). I think that the releasing of more and more material leads to a fairly automatic progression in composition – as long as the artist seeks to continually refine their formula (which I do).
37-What is the key to making music from Distortion of Events and what inspires you to keep growing as a musician?
It is the desire to constantly refine and redefine Distortion of Events which keeps the inspirational fire alive. I allow the music to develop as it wishes, and often, it heads in a very unexpected direction. Again, welcoming the unknown, rather than avoiding it in favor of established patterns, is a self-renewing wellspring of creativity for me.
38-How do you see the future of download / Copyright in area of goth-Electro / Indie / Industrial music ? What are the best ways to develop it in your mind ?
The concept of a netlabel seems highly workable to me as a means of limiting copyright violations while still allowing legitimate access to music. It could well be the predominant wave of the future.
39-What was your childhood like?
As atypical as that of most artists, I would say.
40-If there was one thing you want people to know about your band what would that be?
Distortion of Events will unapologetically indulge in industrial's past when it sees fit, and the listener is encouraged to partake of the finished product without fear of not adhering to more mainstream trends. Listeners should never, ever, be forcibly limited in their options.
41-Please let us know about your upcoming plans, some new releases you like to confirm here ??
My plan is to continue to work on my forthcoming album, which is already shaping itself into something really special.
42-It has been a pleasure to interview you on your musical activity,Well,any last words to your ebm-industrial fans?
Thank you for interest in Distortion of Events, and please keep listening.
43-And what is next on Germany agenda?
Hopefully, Germany will receive greater exposure to Distortion of Events than ever before.
44-How can fans-to-be gain access to your music? Do you have a website with sample songs or a demo CD?
Much of my material prior to the latest Self-Mythos can be found on SoundCloud by searching under Distortion of Events – all of the singles, most of the Permeate album and the Eventuality EP, and even a bit of Congeners is there to be heard.
45-How has your music evolved since you first began playing music together?
Since it is only I doing it, it has evolved on its own, with myself along for the ride. 46-How is the new line-up working out?
Again, it is only myself.
47-And, finally, what does the next twelve months hold for the band?
Optimally, a larger audience will be built, and in turn, more material will be developed to offer them.
48-Any last words?
Thank you, DJ Harder, for this interview, and thank all of you reading this for your time.