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vrijdag 5 februari 2016
Organic: Empty century corresponds to our society: so quick, so rushy, so stressful and in the end completely empty.
With ‘Empty Century’, Organichas shownthat they couldsurpassthe success of theirdebut album ‘Under
Your CarbonConstellation’, andwill lastin the
Belgianundergroundscene.They will soon be playing atBlack Easterin Antwerp, and that was an opportunity toquestion themabouttheirnew album.
You just released your second album, under the
title ‘Empty Century’. Whichautomatically leads to the question: why is the century empty?
Empty century corresponds to our
society: so quick, so rushy, so stressful and in the end completely empty.
Virtual friends, easy listening, fast food, globalization and loneliness:
I'm not sure if we can save something coming from
the beginning of the century. I sincerely
hope that people will react, otherwise THX1138 won't be a fiction...
You evolved a bit with the new album, though
it is obviously the successor of ‘Under YourCarbon Constellation’. The songs are more
direct and danceable. Was that a consciousdecision?
Yes and No. We worked more like
songwriters by compiling verse and chorus. On the previous album,
it was based on jam sessions and sound labs. We still like to write songs like “Mystical color” or “Moneytron” to explore
different musical universes. We still like
to mix different music inspirations (from cold wave to prog rock). Next album
will probably be a bit more psychedelic.
Empty Century is also the first record with
drummer Olivier Justin. Perhaps his style hasinfluenced you to make this record more
For Under Your Carbon
Constellation, Olivier had to cancel the first recording session due to a
After some physiotherapy treatments, he joined the
band that's why some early songs were based
on groove boxes. But Organic is now a real trio in studio and on stage. Real
drums allow us to deliver more feelings and fun on
There’s also a prog touch in Organic. I think
about an epic song like Mystical Color, whichcloses the album. You did a song in the
same vain on ‘Under Your Carbon Constellation’.Do you like to build up
songs in different sequences?
It's more or less a kind of
tradition to close the albums with such kind of tracks. We are fans
of prog music and post rock and it's a wink to it.
The new cd contains a cover of Agent Side
Grinder’s Rip Me, on which you even retainedthe original voice. You still recognize
the original, but it’s fairly original. You seem to knowthe people of
Agent Side Grinder. How did they react to your version?
It's a long story. First of all,
we met them in Stockholm for the first time. It was on the occasion
of our joint release party. We were impressed by all their analog devices on
stage. So we decided to do a remix for their remix
album SFTWR but we were a bit too late. We realized
that it was more than a simple remix. Drums, Bass and Keys were totally
rebuilt. After a very good feedback from
Agent Side Grinder, they agreed to allow us to integrate it in “Empty Century”. Otherwise the track would be lost somewhere in
You changed labels for the issue of Empty
Century. It was released on Manic DepressionRecords and Swiss Dark Nights. In our
previous interview, you said you were happy withyour Swedish label, as
your music was more ‘nordic’ or ‘germanic’. So, has your musicbecome
more ‘latin’, or did you have another reason to change labels?
Complete Control Productions was
a label specialized in EBM and Under your Carbon constellation had some flavours
coming from this kind of music. Empty Century has a different spirit with less
machines. We are closer to Geometric Vision than to
Severe Illusion with this album. We also
expect to have more gigs in France (which is logistically easier to organize).
Raphaël, 2015 was a very productive year for
you, because you also released the first tapeby Kinex Kinex. Is it important for you to
have a solo project besides Organic?
No, this is not important.
Composing music is a way of life for me. I write a lot and I keep with me a
varied work. As I had more songs with a different feeling than Organic, the
approach is a bit more personal. So, I save this to the Kinex Kinex project.
Tell us something about the title... what is a
To believe in many gods during
the Christmas time. Funny no ?
indeed. What are your plans for the future, both with Organic as with Kinex
We are currently writing new
songs for Organic. So Kinex Kinex is currently paused.