EN ESCH INTERVIEW
Spank is an amazing album its catchy and modern but yet it maintains that vintage feeling, how did you attain this perfect balance?
En Esch – Thanks for the compliments. I am the embodiment of the vintage and the modern. That balance is within me. I’m obviously one of the people that helped create a certain musical genre and I’m bridging the old days with today by adding to what has already been.
The intro to Spank’s Soul To Steal is unique, what was the inspiration for this?
En Esch – Thank Trixie Reiss for that, it’s one of her vocal phrases in that song. I used my own voice and doubled it up, working on it in a way that it reminds me of singing I heard at a Native American PowWow.
Spank has a lovely wide ranging appeal, I have seen metalheads rave about it but yet electronic/industrial purists are calling it a work of art. What do you think gives it that wide appeal in which all who listen to it call it amazing?
En Esch – I hate nothing more than the boredom of mainstream albums on corporate labels that attempt to have a continuous sound throughout the same album – meaning, to have two or three singles and the rest sound like a copy of that. Hearing something like that, afterwards I usually can’t remember a single song. It sounds all the same to me. I always strive to avoid that for myself. An album ideally should be a floating colorful journey through different soundscapes.
Artists who make electronic music either us PCs or Macs and normally you find they love what they use and loathe the other, so where do you stand and why do you use what you use?
En Esch - I use Macs and the only reason for that is that I got used to it. The first computer software we had that combined Audio and Midi was Opcode’s Studio Vision and that only ran on a Mac in the old days.
Three tracks on Spank were meant for other projects, what are these tracks and how did you make them your own completely?
En Esch - One of them is “Soul To Steal” that you mentioned before. It was written when I lived in NYC and worked with Trixie Reiss. It was in the running to be for a new TV show but wasn’t used. So now I re-created it for my solo album. Another one is the song “Freedom Of Mind” that was originally written for Trixie’s and my band “Barely Legal”. Trixie was originally singing the lead vocals, but I took over the vocal part for my solo album. The third one is “Slickalicious”. It’s one I had started work on with Guenter Schulz for my band Slick Idiot that we didn’t complete together, but I wanted to finish it. And so I finished it up myself to be included on Spaenk.
What was the best part of living in the US and what was the main reason for moving back to Europe?
En Esch - I miss living in the USA for various reasons, but for one, it seems more relaxed, tolerant and polite in general. In Germany it’s common that people on the street or in stores physically run into you and don’t acknowledge it at all. Step on your foot, bang into you with a shopping cart, things like that, and just keep going like you aren’t even there. Very rude behaviour. Also, tons of people like to smoke everywhere and anti-smoking laws are not taken seriously nor are they enforced. The main reason I moved back to Europe is to be near my parents and the fact that I wanted to look after them and see them more often, I’m an only child. I also wanted to check out Berlin again. It was a truly alternative city a few years back.
I know it was some time ago, but did you ever find out the origins of the Rammstein rumour?
En Esch - I don’t even remember all of the different theories that were flying around back then about where that started. At one point, when I was talking with Christoph they thought they had tracked it to the US, but that wasn’t ever proven and to this day we still don’t know. But I love Rammstein and I wouldn’t have turned down the job – and I would have done it brilliantly.
What exactly is happening with your collaboration with Mona Mur, on the facebook page it says you are saying goodbye. Is this the end and if so why?
It is not the end of Mona Mur & En Esch, we are taking a little break and each of us is concentrating on their solo work for now.
Are you going to be doing more solo work and if so what will happen to your other projects?
En Esch – At this point I plan to write more solo material and put a string of stuff out on a regular basis. I have tons of material. So much that I couldn’t use all of it for Spänk. Slick Idiot and my other projects are a little on the back burner at the moment but there will be more stuff out in the future from all my projects.
Have you ever been heckled on stage and if so what was your way of countering the heckler?
En Esch – Ha, Ha, Ha..no way, but there is people that think all bald men look the same.
You are an artist with a huge musical history, what is the biggest lesson you have learned over your time as a musician?
En Esch - You need consistency in your work ethics. You need to stay focused and have a never give up attitude. Also very important: you need a legally enforceable contract between the members of your band, especially if you start to make some money, problems between the members will be ahead.
Every region of our world has its legends and folklore, what is your favourite or most memorable German legend or myth?
En Esch – The part in the German Nibelungen myth when a guy called Siegfried (while searching for the nibelungen treasure) is killing a dragon with his unbeatable sword and is bathing in the blood of the dead dragon afterwards to become invincible, but a little tree leaf gets stuck on his shoulder and creates on Siegfried’s body a vulnerable spot that later will lead to him being murdered by a guy called Gunther……
What is the one thing that makes where you live a home?
En Esch – To have my musical equipment around me and my friends.
When you were a child who was your idol?
En Esch – First my parents, yes I grew up feeling loved, that makes a big difference in life. Later I admired Tina Turner in River Deep Mountain High on a record my parents had that I listened to.
Thank you so much for giving Vampire Freaks this interview, is there anything you would like to add?
En Esch – Thank you, I hope to see you on my US and Canada Tour May/June 2015.
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