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Interview with ERK of Rabia Sorda Part 1

Electrowelt. com visited this year’s Amphi Festival at Cologne (Koeln) in Germany and had a blast! Great organization, line up, parties, fans! The festival was sold out, 16.000 visitors celebrated in Cologne and enjoyed themselves with a number of festivities, such as movies, parties, except concerts. We had the chance to meet up close some of the band leaders of the electro, industrial, dark music scene and interview them thoroughly for the Electrowelt readers!

We start with Erk Aicrag, Hocico and Rabia Sorda frontman, he definitely needs no introductions. He answered us kindly to our questions concerning Rabia Sorda, his solo project since 2006, and of course new plans for Hocico and he also shared with us his thoughts and some very interesting points of view.

Erk  Aicrag Interview  – Rabia Sorda, Hocico [Part 1]

  1. 1. EW: until 2006, you were almost solely responsible for the lyrics of a Hocico tracks, as well as vocals. Was the transition from Hocico vocalist to solo artist with Rabia Sorda easy to make?

Erk: There was a moment when I felt like I have to explore music in another direction to feel complete. I didn’t think much about it, I just had to do it, it was an inner call. Even though I had already composed some songs on my own, this solo project represented a major challenge for me, so a fantastic journey of self-exploration began. I discovered a whole new inner world that was utterly amazing to me, so as hard it appeared at the beginning, it happened naturally after all.

  1. 2. EW: I have read in one of your interviews that Rabia Sorda means “deaf rage”. How did you come up with this particular band name?  Does it mean anything special to you?

Erk: It pretty much defines my attitude towards life. Rabia Sorda is a feeling, a reaction and a way of thinking for me. In a very personal sense, it means that I’m deaf to other’s opinions about me.

  1. 3. EW: You started out with RS in 2006 and your first successful EP was “Save me from my curse”, which became and still is a big dance floor hit. What are the main differences between your first album “Metodos del Caos” and the second one “Noise Diary”?

Erk: It’s more elaborated, more open. I try to blend influences from different music styles, mainly rock and punk music, along with killer melodies to create the Rabia Sorda sound.
The production details, the song composition, the structure of the songs are  just better. The concept and sound of the band really developed and somehow it got to another level. I think it’s our strongest album, and really it’s just the best.

  1. 4. EW: I saw that John Fryer mixed your first single and album. How did that collaboration occur, and what are your feelings about it?

Erk:  John Fryer is a magnificent producer and he did a great job on the mix of “Métodos del Caos”. He is a hard worker, but at the same time calm and relaxed and he was completely open to my ideas and suggestions to get the sound I wanted just right. Working with him was a unique and wonderful experience. Out of Line contacted him, he listened to some of the rough cuts, and then simply said, ‘yes’. We will collaborate again soon in the future.

  1. 5. EW: how would you define the RS sound? It seems like an effort on your part to reach out to a wider range of EBM audience. It’s a different sound from Hocico.

Erk: Definitely! That’s actually my main aim, to produce a sound that actually sounded different from whatever I had done before. That was my real aim. It took time to develop into a sound really different; I wanted to construct a new project a new way. I wanted to do the sound treatment very differently than with Hocico. Actually, I would buy different equipment, create my own thing. I don’t know how to define it exactly! It’s hard… I would say it’s more like electronic, dark, punk, rock, something like that. All I want is to present it with energy that really says exactly what I have inside of me. The main point I would like to make clear with RS is that the energy is very important to feel what is really inside of me. I feel that inside of me there is a machine revolutioning all the time, I have to just let it out!

  1. 6. EW: you were in Athens some months ago for your dj set at Sin City club. I noticed that you played some powerful old school EBM tracks. I was wondering if you were a fan of old school EBM music. Have any such bands influenced you in some way?

Erk: Definitely! I come from the Old School EBM, I really come from this kind of music. I started, actually the first bands I listened to from the scene back then was Nitzer Ebb, Front 242, à;GRUMH. All these legendary bands that I still listen to date. I still have all the records. I love this music! Back then I think music was still used to show exactly how the situation was back then. I mean, there were a lot of political messages inside the music. It was used as a weapon to fight against injustice or to tell what was wrong in the world. And I really love that spirit from this music, you know, in a way that’s what I want to do now. I wouldn’t say that I make political lyrics and texts, but it’s important to say …

EW:but you protest!

Erk: Exactly! I protest, I try to say what I don’t like from this world. I think it’s important to have a point of view of the place you live in. I think if you just close your eyes and don’t want to see what’s wrong here, you are not really living! That’s my opinion. And music lately has lost this sense, you know. People try, most of the bands want to be superficial and they prefer just to talk about superficial things, to make the people not to think, they just wanna party. Back then, people used to listen to this song or make music you could dance to and at the same time to think about some stuff; to give you the feeling that you are participating in the change at least, to make you think about what’s wrong in the world. Yes, I come from Old School!

  1. 7. EW: today’s situation in the EBM scene isn’t of course like that… does it annoy you? I mean most new EBM bands don’t have anything to say, they don’t make music, don’t have any lyrics…

Erk: Exactly, yeah!

EW: …it’s so hard to get to where you are now and it’s totally different with them.

Erk: Yeah, yeah! I don’t know, it’s hard to talk to people, to the new generation. Most of them, they don’t care about any situation in the world which is wrong or right… they just wanna party. We were all young, I couldn’t say that I have always cared about what was right or wrong, but at least, if I wanted to listen to a band, it was important that the music and lyrics were intelligent. It seems now that everybody with just two words can make an EBM band, you know! It’s like “fuck”, and “shit” you know! With these two words, they mix them and make 2 or 3 albums! That’s a little bit sad. People don’t care about the lyrics anymore. And lesser bands care about them too.

EW: …it’s their attitude too. It’s different; they don’t respect other artists, the scene in general. They only wanna be famous and party!

Erk: Exactly!

EW: it’s annoying even to us, I imagine how much annoying it must be for you!

Erk: it is to me too! I realize that most of the bands right now, they don’t even print their lyrics anymore, the cds, they don’t care! They want people to dance and listen to the beat. When I started listening to underground music, it was something that made me feel special, because it was against sick rules of society. Right now that is almost forgotten or actually it’s almost lost.

Part 2 of our Interview with Erk  (click here)

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