Obszön Geschöpf - at this moment the situation is: NO CONCERT = NO MONEY, it's simple
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One of the most "special" acts in the alternative scene nowadays is undoubtedly the French band Obszön Geschöpf. Formed in 1996 in Boulogne-Sur-Mer, they first went through an EBM-period, over Industrial-Metal to finish with old-school Metal. Madman Remzi Kelleci kindly gives us an update and explanation of the insane world he lives in... (by DJ Wildhoney)
SL: I like the way you are promoting and announcing all informations on MySpace. It looks like you put a lot of time in it. Do you have time enough to do it all by yourself or do you also still have to spend time going to work every day?
RK: Yes, I spend a lot of time on MySpace etc. to do promotions for Obszön Geschöpf, look for gigs etc. but it doesn't trouble me because I haven't got another job. That's why I can devote my time to music and promotion.
SL: Did the evolution from EBM to old-school Metal come naturally on your new album?
RK: Actually at the beginning Obszön Geschöpf had to be an Industrial-Metal project, but I didn't find a guitarist for my first albums. So I focused myself on electro, but to be honest at this period I listened to a lot of "dark electro indus" music like Yelworc, Leaether Strip, Amgod, GGFH, X-Marks The Pedwalk, Nigra Nebula, Psychopomps and a lot of other bands from old labels like Zoth Ommog, Celtic Circle, Ras Dva, Off-Beat etc. But I'm a big fan of Metal music since 1993 and now as I have a live-guitarist I can compose and produce the music I wanted for Obszön Geschöpf from the beginning. Of course I'm still a fan of EBM old school music and a lot of time I mix these 2 styles of music (EBM/Metal) on my last albums.
SL: It was announced on your MySpace profile that Obszön Geschöpf will tour in the USA in May 2011?
RK: Yes, normally we will make a USA West-Coast tour in March 2011 (not May). We have a lot of fans in the whole USA (a big part of my fanbase are from USA) and that's why I want to make this tour to meet my American fans.
SL: I once read that you were in the beginning a very shy person. When I look to videos on YouTube where you are spitting and kicking on other band-members I must say that this has changed seriously, isn't it?
RK: Actually I'm shy and I'm not, haha! In real life I'm quite shy, but on stage my dark side predominates and I'm uncontrollable. I'm the nice Remzi in daily life and the furious Obszön Geschöpf (german for obscene creature) on stage. I certainly must be schizophrenic!
SL: Through the years, you already went through a lot of misery in the music-business and even wanted to stop completely. Do you have the feeling that you are now finally on the right path with your new label and band-mates?
RK: You know, I was so disappointed about my last labels, no promotion, no good distributions etc. Some of the labels think that you can obtain success without promotion, it's simply stupid and they kill the bands who sign. Believe me, I had a lot of experience with that!!! I can't say a word about my new label at this moment, it's too early yet.
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SL: Will you still play songs from your four previous albums when you're performing live?
RK: No, only still from "Tomb Of The Dead" and "Erection Body Mutilated". The sound of my first two albums doesn't correspond to what I want to give to my audience now. Playing these tracks would give a more "dark and melodic" side to my gigs and I don't want to bring that on stage, except if I do the gig seated on a chair, haha!
SL: How is Obszön Geschöpf surviving nowadays in the music-business?
RK: As I said above, it's too early yet because I only just signed with my new label Twilight Vertrieb and this label is bigger than my last ones (Twilight Vertrieb make better promotions and have very good distribution on the Metal and dark scene all over the world). I have no sales figures yet. But at this moment the situation is: NO CONCERT = NO MONEY, it's simple!!!
SL: Except Punish Yourself and Treponem Pal, which other bands in the French Industrial-Metal scene are still active and worth listening to?
RK: Actually I don't listen to French Industrial-Metal bands (except Treponem Pal, or in the past old bands like Proton Burst, Spina, No One Is Innocent, Naked Apes, ...). I prefer the sound of US Industrial-Metal bands like Acumen Nation, Skrew, Fear Factory, 16 Volt, Unit 187, Kevorkian Death Cycle, Diatribe, White Zombie, GZR, Morpheus Sisters, Die Krupps (Metal period), KMFDM, BILE etc. and some new good bands from US like Cyanotic, Ventana, Rabbit Junk, Circus Of Dead Squirrels, Marazene etc. or some European bands with US sound like Clawfinger, Second Skin (old band from Dynamica label), Swamp Terrorists, Think About Mutation, Misery Loves Company, Jerk, etc.
SL: I know you're a big fan of horror movies and serial killers. Please explain this a little bit more to our readers, which movies/killers are your favourites and why?
RK: Yes, I'm a big fan of old horror movies (I watch horror movies since I was 4 years old) from 60's, 70's, 80's like all the movies of Dario Argento, Lucio Fulci and movies like Bloodfeast, Deranged, Love Butcher (I know what you think about these names of movies, haha), Return Of The Living Dead, Demon, Ambaled, Friday the 13th, Phantasm, Halloween and a lot of other totally unknown. I have around 300 movies (on horror theme), but my favorite movie is probably Fright Night, it's not really a horror movie (more funny horror) but I love the ambience from the 80's, probably because my other Gothic/Batcave side. I read a lot about serial killers. Of course I condemn their acts but I'm interested by their madness. I admit I have a little morbid fascination like in the horror movies.
SL: A last word to your fans maybe?
RK: I can already announce that I will create a new project called DEAD TEENAGERS with the Metal producer Andy Classen (Die Apokalyptischen Reiter, President Evil, ...) and my wife doing the femal vocal parts. I can tell you that this project will be more "Electro" than Obszön Geschöpf, but of course still with big Metal/Rock guitars. I want to make a mixture of Electro-Techno-EBM-Dance and Industrial-Metal (a mix of KMFDM, Prodigy, Junkie XL, Steril, Cubanate, Ladytron, Celldweller, Sister Machine Gun, Machine Of Loving Grace, etc.). Actually, I'm working on it right now!
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