SBR : Hi ! Can you introduce yourself for the few that don’t know you ?
Demanufacturer: My name is Wander and my artist name is Demanufacturer. I come from and live in The Hague, The Netherlands. As Demanufacturer i make and play industrial hardcore, though i like to mix things up with powernoise and some gothic industrial when possible. I also organize the Machinery parties here in The Hague, a party that is heavily inspired by David’s STORM parties and also tries to combine various underground and industrial styles.
Next to electronic music i also play drums in a death/thrash metal band called Maelstrom. I have been playing drums longer than that i have been active in the electronic music scene.
DavidK: Hi, I`m Davidk. I organize STORM, study sociology, and work in PR for Baroeg. Next to that I DJ, I don´t eat meat but I do drink cocktails.
SBR how would you describe your style ?
Demanufacturer: As a producer i don’r really have a set style, though there are a couple of things that always seem to come back: edits, simple yet ”trancey” melodies and drumrolls inspired by how i drum in my band. Most of my vocal samples come from cartoons/anime and videogames. I do not have a set tempo, as i have a track at 112bpm but also at 207 bpm.
DavidK: I stick to dark colours mostly: Black, grey and brown. I had a Pink ‘Geenstijl’ shirt once but my girlfriend forced me to throw it away.
SBR : If you could make a collab with an artist (electronic or non electronic) who would you choose ?
Demanufacturer: Right now i am actually doing a collab EP with Biomek and Embrionyc! I have worked with Biomek before and ever since i heard Embrionyc’s work i wanted to do a track with him as well.Now we are working on 4 tracks together, so that’s pretty awesome!
Other than that i would love to do a collab with the Outside Agency guys. Not just for the actual track but to also learn about their way of mixing and possible mastering.
DavidK: I’m not a producer, but I’d like to answer this question as a connoisseur: Sometimes I’d like to act like the nobility in the middle ages did. They bought or imprisoned their favorite artists so they’d write music for them.
I would imprison Neurocore and DJ Hidden. I’d love to hear Neurocore’s soundscapes within Hidden’s production skills. Next tot hat, the blackmetal soundscape act Darkspace is in dire need of some Dimmu Borgir engineering. Maybe I should start a label..
SBR : what kind of parties do you promote ? What is the feel you want to share ?
Demanufacturer: Machinery’s main focus is to blend the relatively seperate worlds of industrial hardcore and gothic industrial. Both scene’s music styles are often fairly alike and can work really well together, as the STORM parties have proven before. I also started Machinery because The Hague, where i live, doesn’t have any industrial parties left. There are some, but they focus more on tekno and acid these days. The feel that i want to share is that for hardcore people there can be music they can enjoy in the gothic industrial corner and vice versa. It is tough, though the last edition of Machinery proved it can be done!
DavidK: I mostly agree with Demanufacturer on this subject. I always try to have an act that’s surprising for people. I love it when people discover something new they like. Be it a style or an act; it does make me proud.
SBR Why do you like industrial hardcore ?
Demanufacturer: It is hard and nasty yet somehow there’s always room for delicate and beautifully subtle melodies. I like how some tracks help me process thoughts and emotions.
Ofcourse there are also plenty of tracks that are made for one thing: dance hard like a maniac!
DavidK: I Like the rawness and the energy as clubmusic. At home I can listen to it, but only really enjoy it when I visualize a club.
SBR If you should go to a desert island what would be your 5 EP only ?
Demanufacturer: The absolute #1 CD i’d take with me is Fear Factory’s “Demanufacture” album. It is the absolute perfect mix of stuff i like in music and has inspired me for so many years on so many levels. Now you also know where i got my name from 😉 Other than that there aren’t any full albums or EP’s because a lot of releases only have like one or two cool tracks. I buy more seperate tracks than full releases. This applies mostly to hardcore though.
DavidK: I’d only take album’s I don’t know yet. There’s so much stuff out there which is really good but I didn’t have the time to listen to. I’d advice others to bring Ulver’s Perdition City, Simeon ten Holt’s Canto Ostinato and Igorrr’s Nostril. Yagya – Rigning would also be a good idea. And some of Bach’s Organ Works. No, I’m not kidding.
SBR What is your first “god this is the sound i want to make !” moment?
Demanufacturer: Omkara Techichi’s “Digital Torment” back in 2004 i believe. That atmosphere, that haunting melody, those rampant kicks. I could not believe what i was hearing. Same goes for his “Twisted Defiance” on that same CD. Not much later i discovered TOA’s “740MHz: Inertial Overtone”. Before industrial hardcore i was listening to a lot of gothic industrial and powernoise.
It’s awesome stuff, but back in the day it was often poorly mixed. So when i hear these three (and i think some Ophidian too) tracks i went apeshit: how can these kicks be so hard yet all other instruments and synths sound so clear? Truly a new world was opened for me.
SBR : When was the first time you heard hardcore and can you tell us a bit about this memories ?
Demanufacturer: See last question 😉
DavidK: When I first heard hardcore I didn’t like it. I needed the long musical journey from metal via cybergothic and noise to appreciate the power in hardcore. This is also why I still don’t like oldschool hardcore: too clean, too boring.
SBR : What is your musical background ? have you played some “real instrument” before being a dj/producer ?
Demanufacturer: I started playing drums in 2002. I was really into metal so i knew i wanted to start playing double bass really quick. Soon i had my first band, which ofcourse led nowhere.
Then in 2006 i got asked to play in a new band called Maelstrom. We are still around doing shows ever since, spewing blood and drinking beer from bottles with (plastic :p) dead babies.
DavidK: I played acoustic guitar for 10 years, but I lack talent.
SBR : How do you see the evolution of hardcore techno ?
Demanufacturer: I have honestly no idea. There’s crossbreed now, bringing in those drum n bass and dubstep influences. There are producers who keep reinventing themselves while other stay true to their older sounds. I guess the only evolution that’s happening is that new influences keep dripping in, giving the fans more options to choose from. I like that, having options.
SBR : What advices would you give to a beginner dj/producer ?
Demanufacturer: Start with trying to cover music you like. Figure out how to play those melodies. Copy rythems and try to build the exact same kicks. How did they do those effects?
When you learn this then you can alter and apply it to your own work and develop your own style.
Ofcourse, this takes time so please, give it time. Oh and listen carefully to constructive critism or tips.
DavidK: Stop asking me if you can play on STORM. If you’re good enough I’ll ask you. Of course I am always on the lookout for acts that create new sounds, even if it’s not top of the bill production wise. Creativity is the most important factor.