You did an excellent cover of Strange Kind Of Love by Peter Murphy, what are the legal implications you have to cover when releasing a cover song? Do you need to pay a fee or a percentage of profit made or anything like that?
Rotersand - Thanks for the compliment. The legal side is pretty easy over here in continental Europe, as long as you state the original authors as such the whole money for the author is automatically given to the author.
Rotersanta is daft and fun, so why release a traditional song with your own spin on it for Christmas rather than go for the creation of a Christmas anthem as lots of bands try to do this time of year?
Rotersand - It was a spontaneous idea of Rascal to do this Rotersanta thing, just for fun, quick&dirty. no second thoughts involved, no strategy. This Rotersanta-video has been the most successful (in terms of virility, likes, shares…) post on Facebook Rotersand ever posted, by far. As much as we appreciate the support and enjoy our fans enjoying this ‘ridiculous piece of fun’, we are also irritated that something with a seasonal context in a cliche-esque-religion-criticizing subculture got more response compared generic news about Rotersand and Rotersand’s music itself. So its a double-bladed sword and good proof that the scene isn’t completely dominated by dogmas.
Truth Is Fanatic Again is an amazing rework of your debut release, how did you get so many amazing musicians to help you on this?
Rotersand - We are around as band for almost a decade now, during this time we met a lot of great artist and person who are active in the thing called ‘the scene’. With a lot of them we had the honour to collaborate in many ways, some of them even became friends (not in the way that Facebook defines a ‘friend’). So we simply talked to fellow artists when we were starting to think about doing ‘truth is fanatic again’ in that kind. Most of them offered there participation, some didn’t make it in time or forgot about it, as we took almost three years to get this album together.
Are there any tracks that you feel have been completed in any way from the original Truth Is Fanatic?
Rotersand - Art is never completed, especially music in a fixed form of a recording. nearly every time I listen to music we already released as Rotersand I can criticize it either on a technical/production level or out of an aesthetically perspective or…or…or. Obviously highly dependent on my current mood, mindset and listening habits. But nonetheless I believe that ‘truth is fanatic’ (the song) made a huge step with the lyrics and vocals of Mark Jackson and the new music.
Remodelling ‘truth is fanatic’ wasn’t about completing or changing it because we weren’t unsatisfied with the original album at all. For us it was an exciting and extraordinary experience to discuss and realize how other artists thoughts about our first album were, what they thought could be different if they had done the songs (or parts of the songs) esp. out of today’s perspective and possibilities.
How does it feel to go from a relative unknown band when you started to one of the most well respected and liked bands on the alternative scene?
Rotersand - Good. When we started we hadn’t had an agenda or master plan. All of us had played in bands before or released records in the past, in totally different genres and each of us in different roles. We just started doing music together to make music.
When remixing a song do you prefer to try stay close to the original song or create something completely different with the elements of the original song?
Rotersand - It depends on the original song, but to be honest most times we end up with mainly just the vocals and maybe some instruments of the original song. Every song tells a story (and we are not talking about the lyrics), for each listener this story can differ depending on his emotional state, region where he lives, socio-cultural background, preferred music-styles. So we try to bring the story that we hear in the track to life by our interpretation/remix.
Some people say remixing is not an art and is just reworking in a way which requires no talent. I personally feel that it is an art which requires a lot of skill. What are your thoughts on remixing, as it is something that you do and do extremely well?
Rotersand - We always loved remixing, it might not be art in the basic understanding of ‘creating something out of nothing’. For us art is about communication and exchange and referring or/and reflecting. remixing is exactly this, it is means of communication between bands and their artistic visions, reflecting the impression the original had on us into a version of the song, a synthesis, even sometimes synergy, if it turns out good. But I can understand the ‘some people’ you are referring to in your question, often remixes seem to be about name dropping, filling space and marketing.
You were due to play Alt-Fest this year which unfortunately didn’t happen, what do you feel are the lessons that can be learned from the failings of such a festival?
Rotersand - Communication is everything! Experience is important! Dreams tend to stay dreams and not to become true. I personally believe that the 2 initiators -which I met personally a bunch of times- did everything with a good heart and didn’t intended to rip someone off. For a project of this size a ‘good heart with honest intentions’ wasn’t enough. Sad story with the bitter taste of affecting crowd-funding as a tool for financing shows.
There have been a few bands that have evolved their music in such a way that has caused great criticism from the genre purists, what do you focus on when creating new music and are you bothered by those who criticize?
Rotersand - If you are a musician and playing with/as a band on stage you need to be narcissistic, at least a bit. So criticism hurts every artist, so we bother. The bigger your audience the harder it gets to please everyone’s expectations and we don’t bother. We believe that combining our narcissistic tendencies with the feedback we get during live-shows, while DJing or visiting a club night should lead to a solid amount of continuity and evolution of the Rotersand sound. This isn’t a designed or planned process. We write songs, music and lyrics, we produce them and from our perspective up to now they all fit into what we think ‘Rotersand’ should be like.
Are any of you guys video gamers and if so what is your favourite game but also what game do you feel has been such an iconic release?
Krischan - I play video-games from time to time. mainly GTA and Fifa (as Fifa is good for killing time while touring). i used to play civilization and as a teenager my schoolmates and me spend too much time on Elite.
Rascal - I play Pac-Man on my mobile and I drive car, which is a comparable experience when you have quotes of Vilèm Flusser in your head.
What is the funniest thing you have ever seen on YouTube?
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Do any of you have smartphones and if you do what make are they and what is your favourite app?
Krischan - We are all using smartphones, I can’t remember how we survived without mobile communication. It is even hard to remember how it was without mobile internet nearly everywhere (except montana, rumours say). For me shazam/soundhound are the most useful apps.
Rascal - Ja shazam, guitar toolkit, photo apps, video editing
What about this world or current way of life makes you cringe or just annoys you?
Krischan - The amount of discipline necessary to not comment on every stupid, rude, ignorant, wrong, ridiculous, offending, dogmatic, harassing thing posted in social media channels.
Rascal - There is a new song in our pipeline, the working title is „fears and enemies“. I was inspired by the thought "what if I could fly with an aircraft and bomb some medicine on the capitalist centres of this world, which would make people forget about their fears of not owning, controlling or being enough." I was dreaming this would make the world a better place. The chorus goes: „And suddenly we see, the things that really matter, our fears and enemies are shadows on the wall“.
Thank you so much for giving Vampire Freaks this interview, is there anything you would like to add?
Rotersand - Thank you for sharing our music. There would´t be a point in making it without you people loving it.
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