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?
Mach Fox from Zwaremachine
Zwaremachine is a Minimal Hypnotic Industrial Body Music band from Minneapolis Minnesota USA
We recently released our first full-length album "Be A Light" on CD/Cassette and digital April 11th 2018 via Phage Tapes
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?
Minneapolis has alot of stages to perform on so sometimes there is so much going on it can split the crowd a bit. Alot of the venues are in small pockets of the city so some nites when there are 2 or 3 live electronic and DJ events you may be able to hop between them and catch sets by different acts.
The DJs with monthly events will support the live local and national acts by having them as cameo sets or dedicating the whole night to live acts with DJs spinning so that tends to encourage the live scene. There are always new spaces and monthly nites popping up that support an electronic industrial/EBM and Darkwave vibe and that is amazing for this time now in Minneapolis. Monthly nights like Dark Energy,Cassette,Tourniquet and Deeper really help make the scene alive. There are also promoters like Absynthetic Productions and Kilted Farmer who have been around a while bringing really solid lineups to stages in town.
Grant Mayland the promoter for Dark Energy(a local dark music monthly dance nite) continues to impress me with his unique vibe shows, events and venue choices. It's great working with the local crews and dancefloor is usually packed. I have to mention the venues like Kitty Cat Klub, Red Sea & the Nomad who have competent soundtechs and systems that support and really care about electronic music which needs different type of mixing and monitoring. There are alot of people working and playing hard around here right now and underground music is alive.
We do have quite a few local radio shows and a few publications but they seam geared toward mainstream and softer styles, rarely will they cover the darker edges of the Minneapolis scene...but we're here in the shadows.
After playing electronic rock and purely electronic styles of music here since the late 90s and being part of different scenes over the years my attitude on the local scene is basically the same- I'm just going to do what I do and not expect to fit in.
Zwaremachine was also very fortunate to get support early on from Sam from Phage Tapes most known for harsh noise releases. When he expressed interest to include some other electronic releases I checked his catalog and noticed several friends had released with him. He offered to release the CD and Cassette as we were preparing to record and I had a few labels in mind I wanted to send our music to so I kept a date in mind to reconnect with him. The other labels were midwest labels that really specialized in our genre and we would have most likely been part of a cue and release pushed back to later 2018 and maybe a less of a priority as their established acts. Those labels passed on the release for various reasons and we knew the offer from Phage was very fair so I contacted Sam and we made plans to release as soon as mixing and mastering could be completed...no waiting or delays. The whole recording, artwork and final release came together quickly because the songs were written and I already had great artists lined up as well as our Mastering Engineer Nic Heidt.
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What do you feel separates your music from the rest of the music in the EBM music scene?
I have been using Minimal Hypnotic Industrial Body Music as description to just branch of of the EBM tree and be more descriptive of our sound on the Be A Light release.
Its always been a goal to have custom visuals and equipment be part of the live performance. With Zwaremachine I really wanted the audience to become part of our world. It's dimly lit with fizzing electronics and the lighting design and color pallette become our tiny universe in the club and want to envelope them in a cold dark zone.
I work as a VJ and do visuals for live bands and DJs so incorporating that part into our set has been easy but its not always possible to run them live while singing with the band.