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6 Comm Interview with Patrick Leagas

By Malice F. aka Fotini G.

 

Before we begin, we would like to thank you for this exclusive interview for your fans in Greece, who have been eagerly waiting for your live performance here in Athens at 21/01/2015 for a long time now. 

Patrick Leagas: Well thank you Fotini very much for asking me. I must say that after nearly 36 years since I first played in band in 1977/8 I have

finally made it to Greece , the cradle of European civilisation or a big part of it , I hope we have time to see a little of the city.

I must also here apologise to the promoters and people regarding my cancelled concert in Xanthi several years ago. Anyone that knows me will confirm that I had a serious spinal injury which meant I couldn't walk or sit upright for almost 11 months. I thought I could make it with the help of pain killing medication but I was wrong , the pain was just too much and I actually only cancelled when we arrived at the airport in London at 4am . It was very stupid of me & I should have cancelled the concert earlier , I thought I could overcome the problem but I couldn't . I'm very sorry about that.

With that explained I would like to thank George & Sven very much for organising this second attempt.

Only Death will keep me away this time but lets not temp fate.

 

EW: Patrick, thank you for taking some time to reply to our questions. How is your life as we speak? Are you enjoying yourself by travelling, working hard or what? 

Patrick Leagas: I never see music as hard work just a pleasure tainted with un-pleasurable aspects sometimes.

It has been two years or more since I gave up my normal employment & returned to music for one final period.

In the last couple of years I have been performing songs and material which was mostly un played live in the previous decades.

Its been fun so far but I really need to move on to new ground and ideas while I still have the energy to create work. I have been very lucky to be received back into what is left of the scene. I try to remain true to my ideals & ideas even if that means commercially it is extremely difficult to continue & survive at all .

 

EW: The Ontogeny I track reworks and releases were awesome and came along with an unexpected gift bonus for me. You covered the Kirlian Camera tracks Blue Room and Drifting, could you share with us how this happened? 

Patrick Leagas: I knew Angelo for some work from a previous decade. These KC tracks were actually the first tracks that I had created for some years and served me as a reminder & recording lesson using my instruments once again. Angelo couldn't schedule a release for the tracks so we agreed that I would included them on the Ontogeny release. That is all there is to say. I am not known for doing cover versions as I always think that original versions are usually the best. I enjoyed Drifting specially creating all the backing vocals , there are probably 14 vocals tracks just for the choir backing voices.

 

EW: As an avid fan of Death in June for many years now, I have to confess that your musical approach and expression via DIJ is my absolute favourite. Songs like Torture Garden, Foretold and of course the classic The Calling are very distinctive of the Nada period and they shout Patrick! Could you please tell us a little and share your inspirations from that time? 

Patrick Leagas: Its very subjective. Different people have a preference for a particular period and a certain persons style that they favour within the original DIJ. We were three very different people with different approaches in music. However that time was neither less or more special than any other period in my musical career. I would say that within the first album my input was more of an image input and a certain dark austere addition with my drumming and other contributions. By the time we arrived at the second album when one third of the original team was gone , I was just feeling my musical feet and moving away from drumming more to electronics & lead vocals . Both Douglas and I were very apt to experiment & not afraid to try different ways to create music and we helped each other with ideas and contributions when necessary. We recorded our own songs largely alone, in the sense of instrumentation and yet our different styles and approaches formed a special bond on these , as far as I was concerned , the final recordings. Over the years many people and bands have told me what an influence this album has been to them. I wasn't around beyond the release of this work so I have very little knowledge of the legacy.

In that case of the songs you mentioned in your question Fotini , you will be glad to hear that I will be performing these three songs and others from that period.

This is the only chance people will get to ever see this in Greece. So if you are a fan of that period of Industrial then come along. 

 

EW: Your work with 6Comm and Mother Destruction with Amodali was very highly received by fans, but you seemed, if I may comment, like you didn’t quite take advantage of your success starting from the DIJ era. You didn’t tour a lot or collaborated with other artists or talked about it in interviews. You seem to emerge when you have something interesting to say and feel creative. What’s the case? 

Patrick Leagas: Yes you are correct. Firstly I had released all the early 6comm recordings before MD was created in 1989. I left the group DIJ because I didn't want to become totally involved with music full time. DIJ was becoming much sought after and popular in the then huge underground scene after the Nada release but I didn't want to be part of it.

By the time I was 23 / 24 years old in 1984 I really needed to do other things with my life apart from playing concerts & recording which really didn't challenge me at all. So after DIJ music became a part time creative pastime for me. I didn't perform live from the last DIJ concert until the first MD shows many years and a different decade later.

Mother destruction did tour and we did many shows during the 90's receiving great live reviews and critical acclaim for our releases in the then very well read media & big audiences at the time.

 

EW: You have been touring with 6Comm in Europe for some time now with the Ontogeny I Tour. What is your feedback and impressions of the events and festivals held contemporarily, as well as of the audience reactions to your performances? 

Patrick Leagas: I am lucky that i am usually billed as a headline artist albeit on a midlevel, headlining some festival nights and being a support at bigger events which I like equally. Generally the feedback is very good but you have to ask the audience. Now that I have presented some of the past to an audience who mostly were not around in those days I want to move on and bring something new to the stage. I have recently been asked to perform as 6comm in 2016 in Countries where we have never been to but I have a fixed end time for 6comm and so I am only open to concert offers until the end of this year. I am continuing with my new project Godlesstate & side project Schrage Musik which I am very exited & happy about.

 

EW: I would like to refer to an incident on stage, right before your performance started at the Volkspalast during the WGT festival: your trumpet needed some help and when a fan offered to help you, you accepted without hesitating at all! It seemed so simple, and your reaction so calm, not at all arrogant (because I have witnessed a number of similar incidents on the other side). Are you as an easy going person and accessible, as you seemed during that incident on stage? 

Patrick Leagas: I am usually a complete bastard ((: but age teaches one the way to solve a problem is to let someone else who has more knowledge take care of the problem. I will not go in to what happened , it was a simple thing yet at the time my head couldn't think fast enough for the obvious cause but thank you again to the guy who fixed it. Actually and honestly I think I am a little easier , just , than I used to be. It makes me laugh now to see people lose their temper on stage, especially people who have been in the business for years - its ego , I haven't much ego remaining. Shouting at sound guys usually doesn't help, best to sort out the problem laugh at yourself and carry on. I have a little problem with the hearing on my right side because of too many loud bangs at one point in my life, so often you may see me struggling to hear a monitor sound on some songs, especially when I am drumming. Problems are to be overcome. Its a shame for the audience if the sound is not good so it is up to the venues and promoters to do the most important thing , which is to provide a good loud sound system. Nothing else matters to me. People are paying for a ticket so they deserve a decent sound.

 

EW: What information and inside thoughts would you like to share with your fans about your new projects “Schrage Music” & “Godlesstate”? What artistic need urged you to that road? 

Patrick Leagas: A road with two very distinct paths called Schizophrenia ! That is just the way I have always been.

When I was a member of the armed forces reserve during the 1980's I was also a member of Greenpeace - I see no difference between the importance and necessity of either way or many ways of thoughts. To achieve a liberal society you need strong security to maintain some sort of balance. This is why I don't mix and I have a problem with so many stupid unrealistic idiots within music & art who are totally anti establishment of this kind. Some of them think that they somehow have a divine right to exist in their spoilt little liberal egalitarian utopia. They tend to forget that good people who had no choice suffered and died which enabled some of us to have a little freedom & social care for the first time in human history and it is easily lost. I can't stand this type of stupid arty liberal musicians and artists and that is why I work alone. It would be nice if everyone in the had a sense of fairness to others but they don't so people should shut up & grow up try to protect the little we have. If you change the establishment, which yes we all know has dirt & blood on its hands & we don't need, it will only be replaced by another establishment and the chances of that New order being better and good is very small as history teaches us. Better to try make little changes within what we have at this time raster than glibly think that there are simple answers to our complex World. In life there are always people that wish to ruin the lives of others. Don't we see the same mistakes being made now within Europe and the World that have been made before? Your country is suffering but lets hope it doesn't go too far because the West is busily disarming at a time of potential crisis & burying its head in the sand . Just like on two previous world changing occasions.

Schrage Music is a side project dedicated to the generation that helped to give my generation certain freedoms in life which otherwise wouldn't be there. A lot of younger people from the age of 40 and younger will not understand this in the same way as the children of those who either fought or suffered during that was 39 -45. I am a child of that generation and more of a product of that and those persons than anything else. The people of that generation seemed to have something special for me, a certain grace, quietness, tolerance, sense of humour, which is sadly disappearing as they themselves die off.

Godlesstate my new project is taking me again to the magic, Earth, mysteries, Paganism & ancient history which has always fascinated me. My Utopia & fantasy away from the TV news, Wars, politics and all the other nasty things that no longer interest me. The work will be soundscape, soundtrack, vocalised ancient primal language and a lot of live drumming & percussion which I haven't done in the same way since Mother destruction. Godlesstate will be performing from 2106.

Schräge Musik is open to live events already. 

 

EW: Any further future plans, new albums or collaborations that you would like to let us know? 

Patrick Leagas: There will be a final 6comm release of some kind at the end of this year. Godlessate will be my main band name from this time forward. I have started not one but two GSS albums. No release date is set yet. A second Schrage Musik album is also underway. 

Collaborations ? generally no I don't do them. The occasional track perhaps but no major works . I can't think of anyone I would want to work with.

Music is better when the artist creates his own work, in my view that is, obviously for some people this works very well.

If anyone wants to hear a certain song played in Athens now is the time to ask - If I can do so I will. I am only scheduled to play for 70 minutes maximum - so there is little time onstage… and no ! I am not going to wear your National Military costume, though I like it, its very handsome, I do not look good in tights !!!

 

EW: Thank you Patrick, we are all looking forward to your visit and performance here! 

Patrick Leagas: Thank you again - I hope one day to return to Greece with another project. 

Cheers

Fotini 

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