Infidel Interview #103: LO FI HIGH


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 Sascha Alexander Plein...and I am a musician & visual artist from Berlin, Germany who is not used to beeing asked questions about his artwork...laugh ... but I will give my best. How do you enjoy where you live? Is there a vibrant music community where you are? Would you say you find that your local scene influences your attitude and/or creativity? I moved to Berlin 20 years ago & still like living here and of course the reason to move here was the vibrant music scene Berlin had & has, but as an influence for my music, it is more the city itself, than the music scene inside the city. Do you consider yourself to be part of a particular sound or scene? What is your thoughts on the nature of genres and styles, and do you have any particular ones which you find to your enjoyment more, listening and/or production-wise?

I dont see myself as a part of any scene.I dont really think about scenes, styles, genres because in the end those are just words for social or artistic rules you have to follow to be part of something somebody ( & not you yourself) created.

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Is electronic music where you started making music? Or did you have previous musical background or experience before hand? If so does/did your previous musical experience affect your electronic compositions? What led you to electronic music, particularly the more experimental kinds of it?

I started as a singer in a stonerrock band (bass, guit., drums,voc )...did that for some years...but on my own i already started playing round with drummachines and simple synthesizer...the band then split into the guitarist and drummer moving to Cologne and the bassist & me moving to Berlin. Because we were kind of sick of the generell problems of getting 3,4 people together into a room at one time for a rehersal, we bought a 4-track casette-recorder, a drumcomputer and started working as a duo (LO FI HIGH ), so in the beginning, getting electronic was more out of lack of finding musicians that fit to what we wanted to do, then a general thought "oh we want to do electronic music". Drumcomputer dont turn up totally drunk unable to perform, synthesizers dont have ego-problems wanting a "solo" in every track like too many guitarists who are more walking talking penis then musician.....laugh .

What would you say are your biggest influences when it comes to art and music? Are there any bands that you would say struck you with the chord that inspired you to peruse your current path of musical aspirations?

Okay, musical influences are (in no special order): KYUSS, MONSTER MAGNET, DEAD KENNEDYS, JELLO BIAFRA, NINE INCH NAILS, DIE AERZTE, BECK, PINK FLOYD, EINSTUERZENDE NEUBAUTEN, MIKE PATTON, FAITH NO MORE, FLUGSCHAEDEL, ICE CUBE, WU-TANG CLAN, SEX PISTOLS, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, NIRVANA, DOORS, MINISTRY, HENRY ROLLINS , LIFE OF AGONY, WHITE ZOMBIE, BEASTIE BOYS, CYPRESS HILL, SLIPKNOT, PUBLIC ENEMY, MELVINS, SOUNDGARDEN, NICK CAVE, GORILLAZ, THE PRODIGY, OUTCAST, DIAMANDA GALAS, TOM WAITS, THE VELVET UNDERGROUND, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, DIE GOLDENEN ZITRONEN, TYPE-O-NEGATIVE, SISTERS OF MERCY, DR. DRE, NEUROSIS, SONIC YOUTH, DIE FANTASTISCHEN VIER, DAISY CHAINSAW, ALICE DONUT, LALO SHIFRIN, DANNY ELFMANN, JOHN BARRY, ENNIO MORRICONE and so on and so on..... art influneces.... H.R. GIGER, WINSTON SMITH, CHARLES BUKOWSKI, STANLEY KUBRIK, SHINYA TSUKAMOTO, ROBERT ANTON WILSON, STEPHEN KING, H.P. LOVECRAFT, DADAISM, CINEMA, STREET-ART,

What sort of new bands have come out in recent years that have caught your attention? Is there any bands out there you see yourself, or would like to, remix or collaborate with in the future?

Recent years.....DEFUNKT DIALEKT, VULGAR DISEASE, PLAYING WITH NUNS, VERTEX GERM, SKRILLEX, DEICHKIND, WARPORN INDUSTRIES, 21PILOTS, LANA DEL RAY, JED KURZEL, ZACK HEMSEY, INFIDELIX , PHROPHETS OF RAGE, RUN THE JEWELS, THE AVALANCHES, ..... i dont remix other musicians stuff, the only remixes i am part of were done by WASTED CONTENDERS & there the mastermind behind these particular tracks is the gifted Urs Gögler (ONETOOFRREEFOR )

Would you say that your choice to pursue music has changed your life since you started? Would you say that creativity has evolved you spiritually, emotionally, or logically?

No, I am a 44 jear old child playing around ...smile...& there is no logic in what i do.

What would you say are your favorite themes and topics that inspire you to compose? What draws you to those themes?