Infidel Interview #120: Xentrifuge


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?

Chris X and Lisa Hellen, we are from the NYC area, born and raised. We've known each other for over 2 decades, kinda grew up together, and here we are now as Xentrifuge.

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?

Living in the NYC area is both great and frustrating at the same time. While there are so many bands and events to check out, you sometimes have to pick and choose what to see and what to miss. With so many artists in the same area looking for shows it certainly keeps the creativity and Do-or-Die attitude flowing. Definitely have to be on your toes and go all in, in order to stand out in this area. Not to say its any easier for artists outside of this area, but it certainly has a distinct dynamic, just as LA has and I'm sure so many other great cities around the world. Overall, we absolutely love the NYC area and its people!

What do you feel separates your music from the rest of the music in the Industrial music scene?

Right now we think we have a different sound than a lot of the "Industrial-EBM" type projects. Xentrifuge is gritty, raw, in your face industrial! The way we like our Industrial Music to sound, rather than just an aggressive form of techno. We hate to categorize ourselves and others, but we all need to fit in somewhere. Raw, gritty, cold and mechanical Industrial would be the best way to describe us with within this very broadened genre.

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

We are inspired by many things, rather than sticking to one concept throughout an album, especially on this new album. We draw inspiration from personal, everyday life situations and experiences, a bit of the occult and religious concepts, anything that grabs our attention along the way. We like to keep our inspirational radar very broadened as to run with any great idea that strikes us.

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 state of world affairs?

The world is a fucking mess but very beautiful at the same time. I guess it really depends on where you see yourself in life and where you want to go that plays into how each individual perceives the world around them. There are so many factors that have to be considered and thought through in order to truly answer that question. Everyone is different. Everyone sees and thinks differently. When you look at that as a whole, I think it is a lot easier to understand and survive in a world such as ours these days. On another note it surely fuels a lot of lyrical content, image, and concept right now especially. We often wonder what some artists would do if this world was not in the state of being that it is now. LOL

What do you see in the near, and far, future for your creative output?

We have some pretty big ambitions to fulfill or die trying LOL. Xentrifuge will be going all out, no holding back. Performing is always a top priority and we plan to be on the road as much as possible. We will always be sure to increase our creativity and bring something fresh while maintaining our sounds as each bit of work is released, or else it will not be released. We hope listeners will take notice and we have already begun working on the next release with plenty of remixes, compilation appearances and collaborations in between and along the way.

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When you first started making music, was there a particular sound or artistic/musical influence that you would say was your biggest inspiration to start pursuing the creative path yourself?

oh definitely. We have always been very much into music as listeners and as musicians. We've always been drawn toward the darker and heavier side of the music realm. We have both played in other bands with traditional instruments in our early years and then were introduced to Industrial/Goth. Some early Leatherstrip, Wumpscut, Hocico etc... also just about every other band under the Cleopatra Records banner at that time (Ironically!). The finding of Diary of Dreams, that is when we really understood what we wanted to pursue and have not looked back. To this day, Diary of Dreams is still one of our most influential bands we follow, Adrian H seems incapable of anything less than pure genius. Listeners may not hear this in our sound but is very much a major influence.