It reminds me to European bands, that have been done tours in Japan. The people there are always very enthusiastic about Rock/Metal bands. Here it's sometimes as if people were only using concerts to present their new shirts and things like that. I miss the passion about the live-music. When we talk about gigs what are your plans for this year? Have you ever thought about a longer tour?
KAKTUS: Everyone of us is having a daily job and two of us are having family. I've got a small son and our guitarist is father of a little daughter...
HEDL: ...and he's got a firm!
KAKTUS: But today's the offical release date of our album and we've got a guy, who's been organising the sales and distribution and he will taking care about gigs.
It seems as if it's very important for you to keep control about the band and buisness. It starts with the artwork and ends with the distribution. You are your own boss!
STACHEL: I think it depends on the Independant/Punk ideology.
HEDL: Back to the roots!
STACHEL: You sign up with a bullshit label, then you're losing control over your music. That's still today's standard.No, we don't need to have it.
Is there any special bigger band you would like to tour with?
KAKTUS: No, it's more fun to play in small bars and clubs as headliner than to support a greater band. We've done support for The Damned and it sucked! Not because of The Damned, but the booking agent was shit and the club.The Damned were pretty cool! We've got a fantastic show , somewhere in the suburbs of Münster with World Downfall, a Slayer rip-off but the guys had a lot of fun and we've got a big party together. There were only seven people in the audience, but it was a great evening. We played together with other bands in front of much more people, but when we've have finished...
HEDL:...we go out of it, and we were feeling worser than before, because the whole situation was uncomfortable. Things that were going on behind the stage and so on.
When we talk about live-gigs, what do you expect from a concert or from the audience?
JENSE: No, we don't expect anything.
HEDL: I think it's great when someone comes to me after the show and tells me that they have liked the music. You know, when people are asking for our releases or they want to get in contact with the band. When there's only one person out of twenty who likes our music I'm glad. We want to have a good time to forget the daily shit everyone is involved in.
KAKTUS: Just to get the shit out. Ah, I remember that we've got one of the most miserable gigs in the fucked-up AK 47. We will NEVER return to that place. Never! It sucked and was total negative.
HEDL: It was very dark!
STACHEL: The people over there got no style and no respect for other bands. A shit audience, a shit booker...
JENSE: They really don't care about you, when you not a well-known band...
STACHEL: I've never expected something like this, but it's true.
It sounds to me, like a curious "class" war. If you're still an underground act, they treat you like shit!?
KAKTUS: Let me say it in this way. It's a superficial thing, that's going on over there. I know a lot of people in Düsseldorf and I've toured with a genuine Düsseldorf-based female band named The Bonaraas (?). They were awesome.
HEDL: But as far as I know, they are a Solingen based band, ha,ha...
KAKTUS: Ok, but there are other nice people. But when you think about the Toten Hosen song "Modestadt Düsseldorf" and I remember our own case I must say, that this song is saying the truth (everybody laughs!)
Is it important for you to have an image on stage or are you just trying to be yourself?
HEDL: Yes, I'm trying to be myself. Maybe not everytime, ha,ha...but I try hard!
STACHEL: Our image is, that we don't have any.
HEDL: Yes, we don't want to hide behind something. It depends on our feelings.
And you're trying to be authentic...
HEDL: Sometimes we've got a good day on stage and then a worse day.
STACHEL: In some clubs, there are a few people that are confused about our outfit. We don't have coloured hair or leather jackets with rivets on it...
...and no "flame"-tattoos.
STACHEL: We're just looking very "normal" and sometimes it's very curious, how people are talking with us.
STACHEL: And I remember a situation, when someone had asked us if we were parents, that were looking for their kids after a gig or something like that...ha, ha. The problem is,mh..don't know...
JENSE: On stage we are the same as in our rehearsel room. There's no difference.
KAKTUS: And how will you create an image on stage without drugs? If you've got a bad day on stage, you'll need to use coke for a better form? We don't go drunken on stage, except our drummer. We're drinking our water, except the drummer ha,ha,ha...But he doesn't take coke. We're doing our thing without drugs. Don't know. Our main inspiration is the music.
STACHEL: We've got our "show", but it's not meant in a negative way. You know, we don't want to pose. And we don't want to pretend something, what we aren't. We know other "canidates" , who change their clothes before a gig...
HEDL:...or they spend three hours in the backstage area for cosmetics. Or they were taking stuff on stage as a toilet dish...!
Maybe it's a to early to ask for it, but what will be your next releases in 2002? Have you anything planned?
KAKTUS: Yes, we have planned a single for this year!
Will you release it on your own label Ektoplasma?
KAKTUS: Yes. As far as there isn't any interest from a label in releasing our music, we will do it by ourselves. But we would be glad, if we could put out some stuff from another band on our label. But that's nothing concrete. Maybe in the future. Now we've working together with someone who's responsible for the distribution. The single will include a track, that was recorded during the album sessions and we will find an equal song for the A-Side.
That's new for me, that you're looking for other bands...
KAKTUS: Ah, no! The problem is that we don't have enough money. It's nearly enough for our productions, but we can't afford other releases.
Ok, guys. We've reached the end of this interview.At least, is there anything you like to add?
HEDL: I like garlic. Pizza with garlic and black olivs.
KAKTUS: All the best for this world.
STACHEL: I hope that my daughter will like our music when she becomes a teenager!
JENSE: World peace is fine!
Thanks a lot! Have a nice show!