We are very pleased to get the chance to ask you both a few
questions. Thank you Christian and Graham that you have found time for
Both: Our pleasure.
>Can you introduce yourself and the band members of K-Nitrate to us?
Graham: K-Nitrate currently consists of two band members, myself and
Christian Weber. I formed the band with Steve Etheridge back in 1993
after we left Cubanate.
Christian: I joined the band in 1998 after meeting Graham at a local gig and he's still not managed to get rid of me.
>How did you get the name K-Nitrate?
Graham: It's a drug reference.
>What kind of sound produces K-Nitrate?
Graham: Currently we're doing a mix of EBM, Industrial, with a bit of UK Techno added to the mix.
>Who or what was an inspiration to you for your compositions?
Graham: Inspiration usually comes from whatever we've been listening to
the most. It might not be obvious with how "Voltage" sounds but we were
listening a lot to bands like Void Kampf, Orange Sector, Kloq, Nitzer
Ebb and Modulate before the album was written.
Christian: Our previous album, "Active Cell", was quite light in terms
of sound so with "Voltage" we wanted to write something heavier again.
We decided that we wanted to write something that had a similar feel to
Cubanate's debut album "Antimatter", that Graham co-wrote with Marc
Heal, but we wanted to include EBM basslines and a more modern edge to
it, I think we achieved that.
>How did you came up with the title "Mutagen" (K-Nitrate latest
CD) and what were your thoughts to have this finished album in your
Christian: We did cause a bit of confusion with this because "Mutagen"
isn't the latest release. "Mutagen" was originally released, unmastered,
as a free downloadable companion to our previous album "Active Cell",
in 2007. We recently released a mastered version of "Mutagen" as a
downloadable release. It won't be released as CD. The latest album is
"Voltage" and is available now from Advoxya Records.
Graham: Getting back to your question, there's always a huge sense of
satisfaction when you hold your new album in your hands because a lot of
work has gone on behind the scenes to get it to that point. I'm not
just talking about writing the music but negotiating the record deal,
getting the artwork created and having the album mastered. You end up
juggling a lot of things on what can be a tight timescale. Of course,
once you've got the album, the serious work of promotion, rehersals,
negotiating with promotors and gigging starts along with the scene
politics that you try your hardest to not get involved in.
>What is your opinion on the current state of this genre scene in
Cambridge, UK.in terms of creativity and audiences? And the scene in
Graham: The scene in Cambridge is quite small, it's more of a goth scene
that plays the occasional new Industrial track. We're not particularly
part of that scene.
Christian: Locally I can't think of any Industrial bands other than
ourselves, the Cambridge music scene is geared more towards Indie guitar
bands so we're a bit of an anomaly doing what we do here. A few years
ago we used to promote Industrial/Alternative band nights in Cambridge
but you'd rarely see anybody from the local the scene turn up to support
it. The most supportive of those nights was, surprisingly, the local
heavy metal scene who enjoyed the aggressive music, even if most of it
was electronic. I keep meaning to re-start promoting here but it eats
into a lot of your limited free time and that, for us, can better be
used writing music.
Christian: On the surface, the current scene in the UK suggests that
it's now all about monotone basslines and glow sticks, but beneath that
there are plenty of bands refusing to conform to this and are knocking
out interesting, aggressive, music. I was hugely pleased to see the band
Concrete Lung doing well because it proves that there are plenty of
people in the UK who still want heavy, aggressive, Industrial music.
Graham: I can't really comment fairly on the scene in other countries
because I've not gigged the band abroad for 17 years! We're friends with
a number of foreign bands and the picture we get is mixed, some are
finding life to be difficult and others are doing very well for
>Since the music industry is more open now to purely electronic music has this made things easier for you?
Graham: No, not really, the UK is very much into catagorising all forms
of music and if you don't fit neatly into an existing catagory then
you're going to struggle. To make matters worse labels, promotors and
people generally are completely turned off the minute they see you're an
Christian: What adds to the frustration is that you can go into pretty
much any UK Techno club and hear music that's, effectively, EBM and the
people there are absolutely loving it. Sure, you might think "leave them
to it, this is 'our' scene.", but lets be honest here, this scene isn't
growing, I'd love to know just how many people under the age of 35
listen to this music. If we can subvert some of the kids from these
Techno clubs and get them to broaden their musical horizons and into
Industrial then surely that's good for the survival of this scene, we'd
hate to see this scene die.
>Do you see the Internet as a benefit for bands like K-Nitrate?
Does the growing possibility of someone downloading your material,
rather than buying it, worry you?
Christian: Piracy doesn't worry me, it irritates me because it forces us
to compromise on how we do things as a band. Whilst money isn't the
driving force behind the band it's very naive to think that we don't
need money to help to cover the many costs a band incurs. Every single
sale is hugely important to both us and our label. Good sales ensure
that we can continue to release and promote the music. We're lucky that
we have a hardcore fanbase who continue to support the band; these fans
continue to invest in us so that we can continue to entertain them the
fans and this is very healthy relationship to have.
Graham: If people really want to help promote K-Nitrate band then they
should encourage their friends to check the album out (there are a
number of places online to hear the entire album for free), get their
local club DJ to give plays tracks from the album, talk to their local
promotor about getting us to play gigs and so on. In other words do
something positive for the band, speaking from experience, the pirating
of our music does nothing but work against both us and our label.
>What are your top ten favorite genre Club Songs of all time?
DAF - Der Mussolini
Nitzer Ebb - Murderous
Front 242 - Special Forces
Front Line Assembly - Bodycount
Skinny Puppy - Assimilate
Die Krupps - Germaniac
ClockDVA - The Hacker
Meat Beat Manifesto - Psyche Out
Sheep On Drugs - Motorbike
Ministry - The Land of Rape and Honey
>What band or bands would you like to tour with and why?
Christian: It goes without saying that we'd love to tour with the scene
greats, bands like DAF, Die Krupps, Front 242, FLA, Nitzer Ebb and so
on. We've got a lot of respect for those bands and they've all
influenced us musically on many levels.
Graham: Ignoring the bands Christian has just mentioned, we always like
to play with bands that we feel we've got something in common with
either musically or attitude wise. I guess currently we're talking about
bands like Empirion, Modulate, UCNX and Void Kampf. we really like
what they're doing. I think touring with Void Kampf would involve
drinking a lot of quality Belgian beer and we'd definitely be up for
>What about all the big festivals? Summer Darkness in the
netherlands? Mera Luna in Germany Familientreffen in Germany and Wave
Gothic Treffen in Germany and many more?
Graham: We'd love to play at those big festivals, but I don't think
we're on a lot of organisers radar. In the past we found that
becausewe're based in the UK promotors either think we'd charge a
fortune to play abroad or wouldn't be interested in travelling, which
really isn't the case. Playing the festivals you mention would be a
great experience, we'd love to be a part of that.
>What's the band's favorite song to play live?
Graham: That's actually quite difficult to answer because we've always
played completely new sets each time we're promoting a new release. The
"Voltage" live set is the first live set that covers both old and new
material but for me it's got to be "Supremacy".
Christian: Currently we've only rehersed the new set but I will say that
the live version of "Automatik Killer" is just brutal and really
enjoyable to play.
>If there was one thing you want people to know about your band what would that be?
Graham: We're not a "preset" band, we do our own thing.
>Please let us know about your upcoming plans, some new releases you like to confirm here
Graham: I've been busy mixing the next K-Nitrate release, called "Stark Punkt".
Christian: I've been working on our side project Audiowar. I've
literally just finished an Audiowar remix of a track from UCNX's
forthcoming album "Generation Damaged", they may not be EBM but their
new album is definitely one to watch out for if you like your electronic
music heavy and aggressive.
>Where would you like to see K-Nitrate three years from now?
Graham: I'd like to think that we're still releasing new material, we're
still pushing ourselves as musicians, and that we're playing gigs
outside of the UK.
>Any final thoughts for our readers and your ebm-industrial
fans?Many thanks for your time and answers, and we wish you success in
Graham: Thank you Ruud for interviewing us and for you for taking the time to read our answers.
Graham: There's still a lot of life left in EBM, be it traditional or
progressive, as well as Industrial generally. Keep supporting the bands,
keep supporting the labels, and they'll be able to continue releasing
new albums and play their music live.
Christian: Finally, to those who've supported us over the years we salute you and to the new fans welcome aboard!