JUNO REACTOR INTERVIEW
Please can you give us a brief history of Juno Reactor and why is art so important?
There is no brief history, only a long road with many fantastic voyages into unexpected worlds, with some brilliantly strange people.
How would you describe the voice of Juno Reactor?
A fast car heading in multiple directions, a different landscape out of each window.
Ben where you you feel your music is better suited to, the dance floor or telling a story in film?
Film and sometimes dance floor, but mostly in the fast car high on fuel waste.
You have been involved with The Matrix, have you ever seen any of the many conspiracy theories in reflection to the film and do you believe the Matrix could ever exist?
I still think I am in the Matrix, just waiting for the plug to be pulled.
And if you were Neo would you take the red pill or the blue pill?
I would shoot Morpheus and then stop his constant dribbling of prophetic nonsense.
You have collaborated with a few different musicians in the life of Juno Reactor, which musician’s influence has remained in the fabric of Juno Reactor’s music and who do you most miss?
I would say Mabi Thobejane, his percussion playing and personality is a one off, shame he lives in South Africa.
If you didn’t have the visual effects to compliment your music is there any area of the music you would enhance to make the artistic impression of your music fill out the space the visuals would leave open, if so what part would it be?
We very rarely use Visual effects live, apart from lighting, I prefer performance from the band as our main visual tool and for me bring the audience and Juno Reactor closer and holds no pretension.
Of all the remixes on The Golden Sun Remixed are there any remixes that you feel manage to push the boundaries of Juno Reactor’s music a little further than you thought possible?
The GMS remix pumps like a demon out of purgatory and this I love as does the Bliss remix of Guillotine
How is work on The Dark Channel? Can you enlighten us a little on what it is?
It is extreme in sound and delicate sometimes, possibly going to be my most Juno Reactor score to date.
You have worked on music for films, is there any country’s film industry that you enjoy writing for more than others?
Big fat budgets are pretty cool things to work with so I would have to say the USA from my experience and much easier when it is the same language and more or less the same culture, Japan is also great but many things can get lost in translation.
Do you have any vices like smoking or drinking that you know you shouldn’t really do but really enjoy? (I fully admit mine are smoking, drinking and video gaming Oh and bacon)
I love snuff, better than smoking and needs less time to get the hit, if i can find a good tv series I will stay up for days to finish it, but not that many turn me on.
What are your theories on why zombies always want to eat brains?
Because brains taste good, no other reason, zombie have a very delicate digestive system, a zombie with the shits is not a good look and they tend to be pretty vain despite their zombie appearance..
Who would you consider is an innovator in music and why?
Little Richard - James Brown - Kraftwork - Yello - Ginger Baker - Miles Davis - too many classical guys, all given dog names, like Bach - Mozart and Beethoven…
Thank you so much for giving Vampire Freaks this interview, is there anything you would like to add?
Vote Donald Trump as his brain has already been eaten…
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