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Exclusive Interview with Andy LaPlegua - CombiChrist : Interview - Pt 2

 

This is the 2nd part of the Exclusive interview Andy LaPlegua (Icon Of Coil, Scandy, Panzer AG, Combichrist) had the kindness to give to MaliceF at the Amphi Festival 2010 for ElectroWelt.

In this part we ask very interesting questions and it looks like Andy was more than a gentleman with us :)

So, here we go ...

 

ElectroWelt : From contemporary bands or projects do you find any new projects or bands interesting?

ANDY : In the scene right now or in general?

ElectroWelt : In the scene or outside …!

ANDY : I listen to so many different things, there are a couple of bands that I listen a lot from the metal hardcore scene, like “Bleeding Through”, well I guess it doesn’t count!!!

ElectroWelt : No, it’s ok!

ANDY : There is a hardcore band that I listen to a lot, “Modern life is war” and then from this scene there a couple of bands that I think they are really good. Unfortunately, I don’t think there are really too many good bands in the scene right now! And it’s a shame, because I like the music, but I don’t think there are too many interesting bands doing something good… definitely, SAM, Northborn, Krishan (from Rotersand). I like them; they really stick out and are really good right now.

 

ElectroWelt : Any further collaborations with other bands from the scene or in the studio that you would like to mention? Are you planning anything these days!

ANDY : We did on the new album…

ElectroWelt :  it’s coming up by the end of August?

ANDY : Yeah! I have Brandon from “Bleeding Through” he does guest vocals on one of the tracks. There is still a couple of things coming up for the next single, but I just don’t wanna mention anything, just in case they fall through! But there are definitely some things coming up, it’s about time, there are so many people we have been talking about forever to do something together and just never gotten around to it until now. I think it’s about time!

ElectroWelt : you also like to perform live on stage with your friends. I remember I saw you live with Johan Van Roy from Suicide Commando, some years ago… it was great!

ANDY  : It was many years ago. It was in England I think…

ElectroWelt : No, M era Luna (festival)!

ANDY : M era Luna? Oh, yeah, yeah! I know, we had Johan and Mark Jackson (from VNV Nation) on stage…

ElectroWelt : It’s great when you all get together and do stuff like that!

ANDY : Yeah I know! It’s fun!

ElectroWelt : Combichrist has supported live Rammstein during their 2009 – 2010 tour. We even enjoyed you live in Athens in June. What are your feelings about it, how was it to collaborate with such a huge successful band?

ANDY : it was great! I really don’t have many things to say about it, than it was absolutely amazing! I mean Rammstein is like family to us; they are like brothers.  On tour, it was just like one band, it was like Combichrist Rammstein, it wasn’t like two bands on tour. It was really like one band touring together; and it was great! I miss the guys already.

ElectroWelt : Is the tour completed?

ANDY : The main tour is completed, but we are still talking about doing some things together. We’ll see what happens… It only takes a few weeks before we call them up and it’s like “man, we should be touring again!” you know, it’s like “I miss you guys” but it’s more on a personal level now than anything else. Of course the shows were great too. It was surprising for us to see that Rammstein fans were really much into us.

ElectroWelt :  You‘ve been in Athens a few times in the past! I personally would like to mention the Icon of Coil gig in Athens back in 2003 – George, am I right? Yeah, I am!, as well as the first Combichrist gig in 2005 at Underworld club! Those were my favorites! What are your memories and feelings about your visits in Greece and of course your Greek fans?

ANDY : Of course it always ends up being one of my favorite shows in Athens too! Just because it’s the first impression, smaller venues and more personal touch to it… you know… it’s like more intimate. And like they say: first cut is the deepest with everything you love as well, you always remember that the most. I guess that’s the memory I will always have with me, it’s just stronger feelings about everything, because it was the first time!

ElectroWelt : and Greek fans are very loyal to Combichrist, you know…

ANDY : Yeah, I know! It’s amazing! I can’t state enough how much I appreciate the fans … sometimes it’s tough to give everything of yourself back to the fans, when you are not on stage, but we try because it’ s important to us and everywhere our fans are ridiculously loyal! Obviously, I am very appreciative of it, of the fact that without the fans we would be nothing!

ElectroWelt : You have a new Combichrist album, it’s called “Making Monsters”(it was released in August). What should we expect from it?

ANDY : More Combichrist I guess!

ElectroWelt : New sounds, different from past ones?

ANDY : it’s what I say every time; it’s more little bit of everything! I think that this time what separates this from other albums is that I based a lot of Combichrist lyrics and feelings on the character Combichrist you know, the comic book kind of character, if you can see that way, like a movie, like a storyline from that is not my life, obviously, violent. I think this album is way more personal, it’s much more me and the character behind it, it’s kind of felt like “Kiss” unmasked! Because suddenly it wasn’t the characters any more. It was us! Without the makeup and stuff like that to show that it was us, more personal, more me! I think it’s just a little bit more on the serious side maybe.

ElectroWelt : Thanks a lot Andy! Do you have a special message for your Greek fans?

ANDY : Without the fans we are nothing! And I appreciate everybody being loyal and hopefully we see everybody again, when we come to Greece again!

ElectroWelt : Thank you very much Andy! Hope to see you again in Athens really soon!

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