First of, just want to thank you for participating in this edition of Infidel Interviews. Could you start off by giving a little information about both of you to the audience? Whatever you feel comfortable with, but name, age, what instruments you can play, and where you live would be pretty standard?
I'm Dräcos von Strecker and I write and record the music for FGFC820. As far as instruments, I've played guitar, bass, and keyboards live onstage in various bands over the years since the 90's. Rexx Arkana is the lead vocalist for FGFC820 and he writes all of the lyrics. We both live in Queens, NY.
What drew you to the original hard dance and industrial sounds that find so prevalent throughout your music?
I stayed with a family in Spain for a few weeks when I was 15, and my host brother would take me out to the clubs where I heard techno music for the first time. Before that I had been listening to metal like Slayer and Testament. So I thought it would be interesting to mix the aggression of metal with the cold electronics of techno. Then I found there were already bands doing this electro-industrial style of music which I started getting more and more into, and the more bands I checked out, the more I was developing my own sounds over the years.
How do you enjoy where you live? Is there a vibrant industrial community where you are? Would you say you find that your local scene influences your attitude and/or creativity?
I enjoy living in NYC, and yeah, there's a good-sized industrial community here. It's not as big as it was fifteen years ago, but there are still a fair number of club nights and live events with industrial bands from all over the world playing shows here. I wouldn't say the local scene really influences my creativity, though. There are a few similar bands here in the New York and New Jersey area, and even though we all used to be signed to the same label, I think each of our projects has its own unique sound/vibe.
Industrial and Attitude seem to go hand in hand. With global war, civil unrest, injustice, and political revolution being primary musical themes that dominate your music, how do you feel nowadays about the current