C-Lekktor - I don't need an intermediary between god and myself as religion was created to give hope to the people...
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C-Lekktor is a band hailing from Mexico that I discovered a few years ago now on a compilation. Their typical dark-electro sound caught my attention, but searching from a bit more information about the band I realized they were still unsigned. COP International must have thought the same and contacted the band. C-Lekktor finally joined the COP International stable, which give them the opportunity to release their first official album. "The Silence Procession" is a hard piece of 'endzeit electronics' with a clear and hard position against the church. After bands like Hocico and Amduscia, C-Lekktor could be possibly a next and new revelation for all dark electro hearts! (By Stéphane Froidcoeur)
SL: I read on your biography that C-Lekktor originally started as a DJ-act! Tell us a bit more about that period and the way you came into EBM and dark electronics?
Markko: Hi… Ok I got involved into electronic music by a small group of persons and friends since I was on high school some 16 years ago now. At that moment Front 242 was a bomb here in Mexico. I started listening to bands like Depeche Mode, Skinny Puppy, Ministry, Nitzer Ebb and all old-school. A few years later I started to go to underground events and I was interested to put music on this kind of events (I was a real big cd collector so why not share it as a DJ). Together with a friend (DJ Gein) we started DJ-ing at different parties and shows. The scene here in Mexico is really small but that was not a problem to do my firts DJ appearances
SL: How did you finally come to transpose C-Lekktor into a real electronic band and what was you original purpose when starting to compose music?
Markko: To be sincere, it was just for fun! I never went to a music school and had no plans about setting up a band, but it just happened naturally. I just really love this kind of music so I guess it's normal for some persons to go further than remaining a simple listener. When you hear the music as a musician you can appreciate it in a totally different way.
SL: In which was have you been influenced by some of your compatriots like Hocico, Deux Ex Machina and later on Amduscia?
Markko: For Hocico and Deus Ex Machina, they marked my life because together with another band called Sourcex they were the first electronic bands that I saw live. It was like a big shock and I really loved the stuff of Hocico. They have a sound any band would like to have. Deus Ex Machina caught my attention because they were the first band with Spanish vocal samples I ever heard. I really love samplings from old movies. According to me Amduscia have a real different touch; they create a much more actual sound... so they keep me into the point between the new and old stuff and I really love their songs.
SL: Your official debut full length "The Silence Procession" is now a fact! How do you feel about this album and what kind of album is it all about?
Markko: I'm very happy with it! It was a lot of work and I spend a lot of time to achieve this album. It's not easy in Mexico to release a cd (I mean an official cd with label etc) so I'm definitely glad. Globally this cd is a kind of protest against church and humanity.
SL: The front cover took my attention for the kind of provocative-religious aspect! What did you try to illustrate here and in which way does it reflect your music?
Markko: As you know Jesus Christ is the symbol for the church! I told you the cd is a kind of protest against church (hey not Christianity!). I think that the church always obtains benefits at cost from the fear or ignorance of the people so I try to keep the attention of the people on this point through this cover with this colours… reflecting the other face of the church, the other one that the people do not want to speak or know because they think that their life are good this way.
SL: I suppose the title of the album deals about this perception as well?
Markko: In a way it's a kind of sarcasm because this cd has nothing to do with silence. I decided to choose for this title because it's the way I see the church and his doctrines. I think that we need new reasons and symbols to believe in. The ones that we know are dead cause they don't care about us, but just about their owns interest and benefits. It's just the simple idea that for me the church is like dead and with this cd I wanted to give a kind of funeral procession.
SL: Your website contains several religious and symbolic elements so tell us a bit more about it and what's your own perception about religion and Christianity?
Markko: I believe in God; maybe I'm not best religious man, but I always try to be in peace with myself and with the other people around me, but I try to keep out all kinds of religious doctrines. Religion has often caused wars, death, hate and all kind of human scorn. I don't need an intermediary between god and myself as religion was created to give hope to the people, but as always some people abuses from other ones.
SL: Tell us a bit more about the music and the songs from this album?
Markko: The album was created between end of 2007 and 2008. It was mixed and mastered by Jan (X-Fusion). I don't know in which genre you might catalogue my music, but if I had to to do it, I guess It's a kind of melancholic danceable electro-EBM.
SL: What have been the input of the other members in the writing of this album?
Markko: Well the cd was created for 80% by me, Jmt did some arrangements and he give me some ideas on a few songs; Alekks joined the band when the cd was already finished, so his input will for sure be for the further songs.
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SL: You already released a few more albums before "The Silence Procession", which you can download on your site. How do you look back on these albums and especially in comparison with "The Silence Procession"?
Markko: We decided to put our previous works for free downloading as it's a way to say thank you to all the people who supported our music and this way we also try to motivate them to buy the cd… it's a kind of "to give... to receive"J Well time goes by since our first album "Re-Aggression". I always tried and focused to improve my music in all aspects to reach an original sound. Our first official cd is definitely the most mature one for so far; musical wise and especially concerning the production. The vocals have been always our weakest point, but I already learned a lot about production work so I guess we improved quite a lot!
SL: Your lyrical themes aren't the most happy ones, so what do you try to express here?
Markko: I just wanted to express my thoughts about death and life plus some feelings inside of me. I thought that some lyrics are a desperate scream inside our subconsciousness and sometimes we need a small push to let it be free. So I just try to give it to all those people that can't do it. I don't know if my lyrics are happy or sad, but I'm sure that I'm not the only one to have these thoughts.
SL: With such a dark and desperate lyrics I was wondering how you guys really think about life and happiness?
Markko: Well life isn't easy and sometimes it's really tough for some persons. I'm a sensitive person and my mood regularly moves in between happiness and sadness; from comfortable to miserable, but I try to keep the best from these bad moments, trying to transpose it into my music. Here in Mexico we have a popular phrase that says "everyone speaks as how it was in the fair" I guess my life isn't the most happiest thing that I have.
SL: Reading your lyrics on your site I discovered a huge amount of faults in the English language! How comes?
Markko: Sometimes it's difficult to capture an idea in another language, but we are trying to improve all these aspects including lyrics and translations.
SL: You mainly sing in English language, but a few songs have been sung in your mother tongue! How comes and do you feel a difference in the use of both languages?
Markko: I think singing in English is much better for the composition of the songs and it's very important because this is the universal language. It's necessary to sing in English especially if you want to get more recognition and audience worldwide. We decided to sing a few song in Spanish because a lot of people asked us to sing in our Mother tongue so this was the best time to do it. I love to sing in both languages… maybe the sounds will be different for everyone, but the ideas and feelings remain the same.
SL: You finally joined COP International. How did it happened and what do you expect from this debut album?
Markko: Christian from COP International heard some good comments from people knowing our music. Christian contacted us via myspace when we were just finishing the songs from the new album. So I send him some samples of the album and he liked our stuff. We finally got a deal and got signed. We're very happy and grateful to have got this opportunity especially in this times that music business are in decline while at the other side a lot of new bands are rising like mushrooms. With this first album I hope to get a name in the electronic scene, but I'm not interested in fame neither dreaming to become a electro-star. I just want to share my music with all our friend and why not to get some little profits that will be used to keep us going on.
SL: What does the name of your band come from and is there any possible link with the legendary Hannibal Lektor?
Markko: Well, as I told you before I took the name when I was active as DJ under the moniker of DJ C-Lekktor, The name comes from the word selector; that is exactly what a DJ is doing… selecting songs that will be used for his sets. In a way it's a catchy name and that's why I finally decided to keep it for the band.
SL: What are the plans right now after the release of your album?
Markko: We keep doing the promotion here and a few presentations as well and why not trying to do some shows in the USA and Europe. After that release we'll work on a new EP. I already have a couple of songs ready so I'm sure that will be ready soon.
SL: Anything essential to conclude like side-projects and other plans?
Markko: For the moment there is no time for a side project but maybe in a near future who knows...I would like to thank you for this interview and a big hell J to all your readers!
C-LEKKTOR IS NOW LOADED
Band: www.clekktor.com / www.myspace.com/clekktor
Label: www.copint.com / www.myspace.com/copint
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