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?
Eric Oehler - old and decrepit, Madison, Wisconsin
Matt Fanale – young and nubile, Madison, Wisconsin area.
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?
Eric: I enjoy it rather a lot. It's a small city, but it's a college town, so we have a pretty vibrant music scene. It's no Austin, but there's usually something interesting going on. We have a pretty committed scene devoted to "our thing", which while not huge, has been fairly consistent over the decades, and has bred a surprisingly large number of recognized artists...Caustic, Stromkern, Null Device, CTRLSHFT, Sensuous Enemy, Stochastic Theory, Zola Jesus (sorta), All Tiny Creatures, etc. It's a fertile community so it's pretty easy to exchange ideas and collaborate with other folks.
Matt: Madison’s an easy area to live in. Nice people. Lots of cool stuff going on. There’s enough weirdness to inspire you and enough venues to perform so it isn’t cutthroat.
What does Klack mean to you guys in 2017? And how does that compare to what the project meant to you guys when it was formed?
Eric: We founded the project this year, so the meaning is still fresh and new and 2017.
Matt: Eric approached me with the idea and we divvied up the responsibilities. We’ve been friends a long time so it has just been a fun “Hey, I’ve got an idea!” “GREAT IDEA!” between the both of us. We’re having fun with it. It has been nice getting back to a style of music that’s not so heavy handed.
Eric: for once, when one of us said “GREAT IDEA!” it actually was a pretty good idea, and not some exceptionally goofy off-the-cuff notion, like liveblogging a trip to Ikea through the medium of modern dance.
Actually that was a pretty good idea too.
Do you consider yourself to be part of a particular sound or scene? What are 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?
Eric: Well, we're pretty committed to the EBM aesthetic, so we're tied in to that scene, although we're not on the same stage as a lot of the established artists.
I personally listen to a lot of fairly random stuff. Right now I'm on a bit of an ambient kick, but a few weeks ago I was all about arabic pop music.
Genres can be limiting sometimes, but they can also be useful. Without them you would risk walking into a record store and accidentally buying a Yanni album. Yikes.
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?
Eric: Well, Klack in and of itself is deliberately a throwback to the EBM and New Beat sounds of the late 80's. We really wanted to evoke the styles of 242, A Split Second, Confetti's, Nitzer Ebb, etc, albeit without just directly ripping them off. So there's a clear inspiration from the bands of that era.