We recently sat down with a bunch of bands from the Stencil label to find out what makes them tick. We had the opportunity to chat to industrial act Strange Circuits to find out how things has gone so far this year, and all seems to be good!
By Jane Howkins
How is 2018 treating you so far?
2018 has been great, lots of momentum as far as recording and gigs go. And my UK fan base has to started grow. It was worth all the time and drama as far as pre-planning and the work that goes into it.
Are you working on any new music at the moment? What are you working on, and when will it be released?
Yes, I just did a Recording session in London of all my new music and I’m in talks with a record label in Los Angeles called Private Selection to release my later music called The Opposition. They are considering releasing a 7” single and a 12” album, hopefully in 2019.
You’ve just finished a second successful UK tour. Have you got any upcoming tours planned for 2019? If so, where are you likely to be playing and where are you looking forward to going most?
Well, I did just finish the 2018 tour and I haven’t had enough time to get comfortable back home in Chicago but I had an offer to play a tour in the Leeds area of the UK which is an area I haven’t played in England and I’m considering taking on the tour. It’s always great to meet new people from a different place with different thoughts.
Who/what has influenced you the most as a musician?
Wow, that’s a complicated question as there are so many great musicians that I have seen or met like Jimi Hendrix, Kraftwerk and my former label mates at Wax Trax Records who have all have had some influence on me one in way or another. Music is such a subliminal art that any and all music has an influence on you, even sound tracks from films you may have liked, for instance Blade Runner which I consider to be an excellent work. Or my art work, which is now in several fine art museums like the Museum of the Art Institute of Chicago SAIC in their permanent collection. All of the colors and rhythms of a painting can influence you.
What have you been listening to or seen live recently that you can recommend to our readers?
I like many of the Euro electronic groups and electronic/rock hybrid groups. I also like some of the Nordic progressive metal and folk metal acts that I have recently heard. They are approaching music from a different place or space.
Why do you think people should pick up one of your records or come and see you live, and what can people expect from one of your shows?
That’s a lot of music from house to industrial on there. I think that if you follow me you will find an artist who is always striving for his creative best and doing his best not to be locked into one genre or scene. The media is always trying to lock you into one style or genre. People are curious beings and we are made to explore. If you see me live I hope that you will walk away with many new thoughts and concepts.
Any last words for the fans who enjoyed your UK Tour?
Yes, thanks for your support. I will do my best to always give you something fresh, new and unexpected.