First off, just want to thank you for participating in this edition of Infidel Interviews. Could you start off by giving a little information about you to the audience? Whatever you feel comfortable with, but name, age, and where you live would be pretty standard? My name is Karl, my friends call me Zoog. I am from Sydney, Australia. I currently live in Chicago and am moving in LA in May 2017. What does Angelspit mean to you guys in 2017? And how does that compare to what the project meant to you guys when it was formed? Angelspit has always been about art. The music, design and fashion has always been about pushing the boundaries and trying something different. I want to push myself - challenge myself to do something new each album. I've done albums ranging from cyberpunk to industrial rock. This year I am toying with dance music. i am inspired by modern dance music and early 90s cyberpunk. Angelspit's 2016 album "Cult Of Fake" dipped it's toes in dance music - this time it's full emerson.
I am also launching a patreon where Angelspit fans get to watch and participate in the creative process. Have you had any particular moment(s) that you would like to share, that you would consider to be a crowning achievement in your musical career so far, or moments that you would say truly continue to inspire you to pursue your artistic path? What are some of the biggest challenges you have had to overcome in your musical career? The constant support of Angelspit's amazing fan base keeps me going. They share their life stories with me - these become lyrics. They are endlessly encouraging and so awesome!
When it comes to your musical self and your real world self, would you say that their is a separation? Do you find yourself getting into a character or mindset when you create, or do you find your music is a representation of your day to day self? When Angelspit started, I made a decision to always be genuine.
I think the world is filled with enough fakeness. The last thing we need is another insincere arrogant dick with "Rockstar" syndrome.
People need to know that they can contact me anytime - I am a real person and i share the same concerns.
What do you feel separates your music from the rest of the music in the Industrial music scene? Angelspit is based in punk. Even the name "Angelspit" is from a Sonic Youth song - a very respected punk band. Henry Rollins is my hero. I rarely listen to industrial music. I love it and respect it, but usually listen to P-Funk, Bootsy Collins, Stevie Wonder, George Benson, Pink Floyd, David Bowie. These greats inspire and challenge me to make better beats, catchier melodies and more viscous synths. If you could say there are underlying themes or messages that permeate throughout your discography, what would you say are the most important concepts and ideas you've tried to express throughout your artistic career, political, spiritual, or personal? "You are better than this". Strive to make your relationships better, your job better, your world better. Your opinions count. The world needs your art. So much has been said, and it sometimes feel that every word combination has every been taken. As a lyricist myself I know the pain of how hard it can be to articulate something in a way that is both engaging to the audience and uniquely artist. How do you find inspiration for your lyrical poetry? I always listen to Angelspit's supporters. They present themes and ideas which I build on. This keeps the content real. I want people to know that these songs contain small reflections of them.
I spend months working on the lyrics - they are so important.
However on the new album (due 2017) and in the patreon I am experimenting with more instrumental tracks. These are a wonderful challenge, as they evolve differently and have a different way of expressing emotional content.
Playing live shows, recording new tracks, attempting to go live the life that gives you the experiences that inspires it all... it can be difficult to balance the time. Do you have any particular methods that you use to keep yourself focused or balanced in your direction? When you work for yourself and by yourself, you can get depressed, anxious and loose direction quickly. I need to manage myself - so I need to be strict. I don't watch much TV or movies. I eat healthy, I try to excersise daily. I have a timetable. I will allocate three hour blocks to different tasks. This timetable repeats weekly. If you spend one hour a day planning your day, you will get SO MUCH done!
You have released quite a few releases over your active musical years. What has been your favorite album you have put out so far, and how do you feel your music has evolved over the years? My last album "Cult Of Fake" (2016) is my favorite. It experimented with dance music but stayed grounded in Angelspit's sound. The lyrics of this album were cynical, political and relevant. I'm very proud of this one! You guys have mentioned you have something new in the works. What's the progress on your next release, and how do you feel this next release is going to evolve the sound of the band? What do you see in the near, and far, future for your creative output? 2016's "Cult Of Fake" was Angelspit's first venture into dance music. It was great fun to make! This years' album will go further down the rabbit hole. I want to see how far I can push this - as dance music is such an amazing genre. What sort of processes do you go through when making music? Do you have a formula(s) that you follow, or do you feel it out as you go along? Or is it more of a mixture of the two? I have a spreadsheet that I religiously stick too. It helps me manage the workflow and timeline. When writing an album, i will work on several songs at once, then focus on one, then work on another, then several...I always lose track of where all the tracks are at. Are their lyric finished? Have I done a demo vocal? How far is the composition developed? The spreadsheet helps me keep track of this.