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10th December 2012 at 23:02

2012.10.06 - Deathstarsexclusive

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The mighty Deathstars are supporting the even mightier Rammstein from November 2011 until March 2012: These news made an impact, especially on the career of Whiplasher Bernadotte (born Andreas Bergh, Vocals), Nightmare Industries (born Emil Nodtveidt, Lead Guitar & Keyboards), Cat Casino (born Eric Backman, Guitar), Skinny Disco (born Jonas Kangur, Bass) and Vice (born Oscar Leander, Drums). In return, their appearance at "Trash Fest V" at "Gloria" in Finland's capital Helsinki made an impact on the ticket sales of the festival. In the middle of all the hustle and bustle in October 2012, Neon Lights was received in audience by the masters of Death Glam from Sweden's capital Stockholm. An audience which was anything but deadly serious...

Q: First of all, thank you very much, guys, for taking some time for this interview.

Whiplasher Bernadotte: No problem, you're welcome!

Q: When did you arrived in Helsinki?

Whiplasher Bernadotte: Skinny arrived yesterday because he was DJing here. The rest of the band just arrived this afternoon.

Q: Were you not interested in participating in the first day of the festival, seeing some of the bands?

Whiplasher Bernadotte: Yeah, of course we were, but it wasn't in the cards or in the stars, so that was our schedule. But maybe next "Trash Fest", we will come one day earlier...

Q: How did you arrive here? With the boat or with the plane?

Whiplasher Bernadotte: With the air plane. We try to avoid to travel with the boat because... [The band starts to laugh]... It's much easier to go by plane. All these ferries between Sweden and Finland... It's just chaos!
Skinny Disco: And we know ourselves pretty good by now. Better not to go on the boat...

Q: So no gigs on cruises?

Skinny Disco: No! [Laughter]

Q: Are there any bands playing here tonight you are looking forward to?

Whiplasher Bernadotte: All of them! It's always interesting...

Q: Yesterday, there was another band from Stockholm playing here, called "Toxic Rose"...

Whiplasher Bernadotte: I haven't really heard about them...
Cat Casino: I know about them but I haven't listen to their music at all...
Skinny Disco: I saw them performing yesterday. I liked it.
Whiplasher Bernadotte: "Toxic Rose"... Is this a new form of chlamydia? [Huge laughter]

Q: I don't know. You have to ask the band. Since when are Deathstars a member of the "Mama Trash Family"?


Cat Casino:
I was the first one who joined it! That was in 2007 or 2008, even before there was a "Trash Fest". I played there with Gemini Five. My first show with them was here.
Whiplasher Bernadotte: Skinny was here last year...
Skinny Disco: No, couple of years ago. I can't remember when we started to talk to Jo [Sheldon, better known as "Mama Trash", the woman behind the whole concept of "Mama Trash Promotions" including the "Trash Fest"]. Few years back...

Q: Talking about Mama Trash: It seems like her absolute favourite band has always been The 69 Eyes and then, all of a sudden, she didn't like them anymore and now it's all about Deathstars...

Whiplasher Bernadotte: Yeah... We like that! [Huge laughter] No, The 69 Eyes are good friends of ours but... If she likes us better, then it's better. [Laughter]

Q: After tonight's gig, you will play a gig at the "Eindhoven Metal Meeting" in the Netherlands, in December 2012...

Whiplasher Bernadotte: We always play in the Netherlands, but in December, we will play there with the band... [Laughter]

Q: Do you know about any further upcoming gigs, for example next year?

Skinny Disco: No, our main focus is now on writing a new album, instead of just touring and touring... You can't go on tour forever.
Whiplasher Bernadotte: We just want to do a new album and then we will take it from there and start from all over again, so...

Q: Do you have a time frame concerning when you will go to the studio, when you will release the new album and so on?

Whiplasher Bernadotte: No, not really. But as soon as possible. It's not smart to name a certain date or month because then you almost have promised something, so when we are 100% sure of what will be on the album, then we will start with the recordings...

Q: But it will happen in 2013...?

Whiplasher Bernadotte: Yeah, most likely.
Skinny Disco: As soon as possible, though there is no stress.

Q: If you would release the new album before summer, you could play at the summer festivals...

Whiplasher Bernadotte: Maybe...

Q: It would be really nice...

Whiplasher Bernadotte: 10 euros. If you pay us 10 euros... [Huge laughter]
Cat Casino: Cheap, man!
Whiplasher Bernadotte: We are the cheapest prostitutes...

Q: I can pay you 10 euros but I think you will buy beer for that - and that's it. [Laughter] You describe your musical style very often as "Death Glam"...

Whiplasher Bernadotte: It's these paradoxes we always use in the band. On the one hand we have these super dark elements, on the other hand there is this flamboyant vibe. It's the same with our bandname "Deathstars" which combines two different things. There is this really dark, personal stuff in the songs but there are also the more outgoing and lighted ones. That's the engine of Deathstars: Paradoxes.

Q: Talking about "Glam": What is your opinion about the current hype around Glam and Sleaze bands such as Crashdiet and Reckless Love?

Whiplasher Bernadotte: We have played with Reckless Love in Italy...

Q: Yes, I heard of it. It was in December 2011. Your gig and theirs have been spontaneously put together. How did that happen?

Cat Casino: Why? Do you think it was a bad idea?

Q: No, absolutely not since I personally like both bands...

Cat Casino: Reckless Love was one of the coolest bands if have ever seen live, really! It was awesome to see an 80s band like that.
Skinny Disco: We love 80s music. I think the reason why they put us together was that Reckless Love were supposed to play at another venue but the organiser wanted to see both bands...
Cat Casino: They were supposed to play on the same day, right?
Skinny Disco: Yeah, on the same day...
Cat Casino: So they put both gigs together - and it worked. I think everybody really enjoyed it.
Skinny Disco: Yeah, I really enjoyed their show. I was in such a good mood...
Cat Casino: Very different from us...

Q: Indeed, you are flirting with the death and they are like merry sunshine. How about Steel Panther? Can you laugh about them as well?

Skinny Disco: Oh yeah! Really, a lot of fun!
Cat Casino: I haven't really listen to them...
Skinny Disco: "Death To All But Metal"!
Cat Casino: I don't know if I would like it...
Skinny Disco: Of course you would!

Q: You are obviously quite attracted to Eastern Europe and especially to Russia...

Whiplasher Bernadotte: It's about the aesthetics. The uniforms and so on. It's very important for us. It's an image that we use. It's not about the politics but about the mentality, the grace and the aesthetics when it comes to Russia. It suits our music pretty well. Also, Russia has always been a big inspiration when it comes to the lyrics, just take "Chertograd" as an example, even if we don't write about the social stuff in Russia. It's like with the James Bond movies where Russia is like the bad guy on planet earth. We like that. [grins]

Q: Also, you have shot most of your music videos in Serbia...

Whiplasher Bernadotte: Yeah, but that's also because of the production company there which has done our music videos for years now. And we are comfortable with them in every respect. We don't go to Serbia because it's Serbia although it's a nice environment for us, indeed. Everything is going out of hands there, all the time. Militaries, gay people...

Q: I let this open so our readers can guess the rest... You have lived in London for a while, is that right?

Whiplasher Bernadotte: Yeah, I lived there for quite a long time. At that time, we were touring all the time. I was living in London, Nightmare was living in New York and most of the parts for "Night Electric Night" were written at that time. It was strange to handle this transatlantic experience - but it worked fine.

Q: Deathstars also have a very huge fan base in the UK, if not even the biggest one...?

Whiplasher Bernadotte: Yeah, UK has been very good to us. Maybe because of them having that kind of darker rock history when it comes to bands like The Sisters Of Mercy, Fields Of The Nephilim and so on. It has been super important for us to get the best response from the UK when we did "Termination Bliss" which was the album that made us known there. So, yeah, England is really important.

Q: In one interview, where you mentioned your time in London, you also said that you are quite restless and that you could imagine to go to Berlin, to Moscow or again to London for a while...

Whiplasher Bernadotte: Yeah, I'm super restless! I have started to feel more and more comfortable with living in Stockholm but, still, I guess everyone in the band is quite restless. Everyone is moving somewhere. Nightmare may move to America again, Vice has moved to Berlin, Cat is maybe moving deeper into the forest... [Laughter]
Skinny Disco: I think all of us are kind of restless. You always want to be on tour, can't really stay in the same city. Music is a good form for people like us.

Q: Do you think that you will do this for the next 20 or 30 years? Being in Deathstars or another band?

Whiplasher Bernadotte: I don't know. We will see. The thing is that we take 6 months ahead. We don't think about it too much. We are making albums and take it from there. It's not like we have a plan like: "In ten years, we are going to do this or that..."
Cat Casino: We do what we do right now. Right now, we want to make a new album and then go on tour...
Skinny Disco: We are talking about the passion, not about having a career plan. We never looked at our band as a career thing. It's more about "Right here, right now", total chaos, intercourse... [Laughter]

Q: You have a relatively new bandmember who is also playing in Crescendolls...

Vice: Yeah, true!

Q: How did you come to Deathstars?

Vice: Through Cat. It was at the time when Deathstars went on tour with Korn. Originally, Adrian Erlandsson was supposed to do the whole tour but he couldn't do the whole tour so I took my chance and called Cat. I wished him "Merry Christmas", we talked a bit, later on I managed to play some of the songs and, yeah, that was it.
Cat Casino: We know each other since I was 15. 14 or 15. We used to party in Stockholm from time to time. I knew him quite well and I knew he was a good drummer and he, of course, looks good as well. Because in Deathstars it's not just about being a good musician, as you might have noticed... [Huge laughter] Which is why I am in the band! [Huge laughter] We knew each other for a long time. We jammed together a few times. I mean he was a good drummer and when we really needed a drummer, he was my first choice. The other guys were like "He is only 17!", but it worked out great. As soon as he came and started to play with us, it was awesome. From day one.
Vice: It was amazing. And already before I joined the band, I liked and listened to Deathstars.

Q: What happened to Bone W Machine [born Ole Ohman], the former drummer of Deathstars?

Vice: He has got a tennis elbow. He is wounded so he can't really play drums anymore.
Skinny Disco: And he started a family.
Vice: He retired.

Q: Who is now the youngest of you two in the band?

Vice: I'm the youngest. 3 years.
Cat Casino: I'm getting old. I'm 24 now.
Skinny Disco: I used to be the youngest.
Nightmare Industries: Whiplasher used to be the youngest until Skinny joined, and then came Cat and then Vice...
Cat Casino: So Nightmare is the next one who will leave us... [Laughter]

Q: Let's talk about your common tour with Rammstein. You supported them several months through the arenas all over Europe, from November 2011 till March 2012. Have you noticed a bigger following thanks to that very massive tour?

Skinny Disco: Yeah, a lot of new kids out there! There is a much bigger following since that tour!
Cat Casino: Absolutely!

Q: And I guess it was strategic to release a Best Of album just in time for the common tour with Rammstein...

Skinny Disco: Yeah, "The Greatest Hits On Earth" was like a closure of the first ten years as a band but it has also been released from the point of view that you can't take all your previous released albums with you when you are going on a support tour. You can't sell them all, only a few pieces, so we thought it would be great to have a little preview for the Rammstein fans. Something that they can take home.
Nightmare Industries: It's not something we have released for people who already know and like the band. It's something we have released for people who have never heard of Deathstars. To give them the opportunity of a short summary. To find out more about the band who is on tour with Rammstein. They want to buy one CD, not three. They can take just one CD, and with "The Greatest Hits On Earth", they will get the idea of what we are about. If the old fans don't want to pay money for the collection, then they shouldn't.

Q: But with "Death Is Wasted On The Dead" and "METAL", there are two new songs on "The Greatest Hits On Earth"...

Nightmare Industries: Yeah, they can buy it on iTunes...

Q: Skinny, you seem to be quite active as a DJ. Can you tell us when and where your next DJ sessions will take place?

Skinny Disco: The next DJ session will take place next weekend in Lichtenfels, in Germany, at "Paunchy Cats"...
Whiplasher Bernadotte: Tattoos?
Skinny Disco: Definitely! Free tattoos!

Q: That's how they pay you? With tattoos?

Skinny Disco: Yeah, tattoos and a plane ticket... Perfect! And then, after that, I am going to Paris to DJ there at a Halloween party. And on the weekends before and after the actual Halloween night, there will be some other Halloween parties in Stockholm where I'm going to be a DJ.

Q: Where can people find information about your DJ sessions? On your blogspot profile, on twitter...?

Skinny Disco: I stopped using the blog. I think I will now post most of the stuff on my facebook page (www.facebook.com/OfficialSkinny)...

Q: By the way, I was at the "Rammstein / Deathstars Efterfest" in February 2012 at "Slakthuset" in Stockholm, and in opposition to the announcement that there will be a party with three dancefloors, the third floor was turned into an exclusive VIP area. On top of that, the two most popular DJs of that night, namely Skinny and Dregen [ex The Hellacopters / Backyard Babies / Michael Monroe Band], were only rocking the turntables in the exclusive VIP area which was inaccessible for the majority of paying guests, and with an entrance fee of 120 SEK (~ 14 €) or even 150 SEK (~ 17 €) after midnight, the event was everything but cheap...

Cat Casino: Yeah, even I couldn't go there to grab a beer... [laughs]
Skinny Disco: Well, it was a collaboration. There were a lot of people involved. That's why it became so messy. I was involved, too, but I just came from our show which took some time and... Yeah, it ended in a big mess. But I think next time when there is going to be an event like this, it will be a little bit more organised...
Whiplasher Bernadotte: I just went home and watched TV...
Cat Casino: Really? Oh, I can hardly remember that night...

Q: Alright, this interview was a real pleasure but I'm afraid it's time for the "Famous last words" now. Do you have a special message to the readers of a Russian glamzine?

Cat Casino: Na Sdorowje!
Skinny Disco: Stay sleazy!
Cat Casino: Rest In Sleaze! Stay in Russia! [Laughter]

Q: Because Deathstars will come to Russia anyway...?

Skinny Disco: Yes, but first we have to record our new album... [Cat starts to play a song he is working on at his laptop. It's apparently called "Moomin", like the characters of the series of books and comic strips by the Finland-Swede Tove Jansson. Nightmare looks more than sceptical.]

Q: You don't like the new Deathstars song?

Nightmare Industries: Not yet. [Huge laughter] We have to work on it a little bit...

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This interview was made and taken by: Stefanie Singh (FacebookTwitterBlogSpot
Photos by: Adrian Nysand / (Promotional picture by Deathstars)

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