Interview with Bruno & Stefan, Das Ich (July 9, 2004)

1. Hi, first off I just want to congratulate you on your new album. To new fans could your please fill us in on the history behind it all?

Bruno -  Thank you very much for the congratulations.
The band history started in 1989 in Bayreuth. Our first Maxi "Satanische Verse" came out in the same year and was released on my own label Danse Macabre. Our debut-album "Propheten" also came out in 1989. We always tried to mix up symphonic-electronic arrangements with industrial elements. All together we already released 15 albums. After "Propheten" came "Stigma", "Staub", "Die Liebe" (with Atrocity), "Egodram", "Das Innere Ich", "Rekapitulation", "Morgue" (music to the lyrics of Gottfried Benn), "Relaborat", "Antichrist", "Relikt" (best of) and now "Lava".

2. How has your new album been received by the media?

Stefan -  We were very surprised about the reaction of all magazines and stuff, because everybody liked it from the first moment. Normally there were always some people, who were disappointed in any way. So we are very happy this time.

3. I know artists are not happy to categorize their music, but how would you describe your music to an outsider?

Stefan - The most common term for our music is "gothic-industrial with symphonic harmonies".

4. Where does your inspiration come from, both musically and lyrically?

Bruno - We always try to express our feelings we have in our lives. I do it with music, Stefan with lyrics. Everybody needs a channel to express himself. So we have to be thankful to have found our ones.

5. What topics do you deal with in your lyrics and why?

Stefan - There are always problems we have in this world. Some people get angry about that, some depressive, and we try to talk about all negative stuff of this world to be able to live without these feelings for a while. 

6. Who has produced and mixed the album, and are you pleased with the end result?

Bruno - The producing and mixing I was doing by myself, like on quite all the other albums. I also do mixings and producing for other bands, so I think I can listen quite neutral to the stuff I did by myself. I'm sure every producer will find something in his work after some while,which he coud have done better, but at the moment I'm satisfied.

7. Who has done the artwork? And how important do you feel it is to have a great cover?

Bruno - The artwork was also done by myself with a little help of my wife.
I think it should not be as important as it is, because music is the thing we are doing. But artwork is also a very creative thing, for what you also have to take your time. I always try my best, so I hope you like it...

8. Do you have any touring plans?

Bruno - This year we've already been touring throuh Portugal, Italy, Spain, Scandinavia and Germany. But there are some more dates planed in Russia, South America and maybe Israel. Also in Germany are some more dates.

9. How do you feel about the co-operation with your label, and are you satisfied?

Stefan - We have a very good relationship with Massacre especially with our promoter Thomas. And also with Stephan from True Promotion. So we are really satisfied to work with these great guys.

10. The internet is a very important source for many metal fans - how do you use the internet and how important is it for you and other bands?

Bruno - Of course in these days it is very important to be represented in the internet via homepage. We are living in the time of computers, that's a fact.
Of course I also use the internet for news and shopping, but most of the time I'm arguing about that whole stuff, because it makes so much stress, when it does not work in the way it should. With all the spam-shit and virus-stuff it makes you crazy!!!

11. How do you see the metal scene at the moment?

Stefan - I think there are some interesting bands coming up at the moment, who combine gothic with metal.

12. To finish things off - could you pls. make a all-time Top 5 or sort of the 5 most important albums in your opinion?

Bruno - 

  • Cure - Pornograhy

  • NIN - Downward Spiral

  • And Also The Trees - The Millpond Years

  • Sisters of Mercy - First And Last And Always

  • Depeche Mode - Music For The Masses

Thanx to Bruno & Stefan for taking the time to answer my questions.
Also a big thanx to Claus (Intromental) for setting up the interview.

Das Ich - Lava (Glut)

Album on Massacre Records.

Click on the album cover to see more info on Das Ich.