Interview of Implant: actually working on a new album!
The new volume of “Endzeit Bunkertracks” (the 7th already, available right here) will be released once again as a deluxe 4CD carton box featuring 68 songs mixing dark-electronics, EBM, dark-electro-pop and related genres. The box also contains an extended 32 page booklet masterfully designed by Japanese designer Tomoki Hayasaka. Next to the 4CD there also is a bonus download card giving you access to some 50 additional songs! Side-Line once again has been asked by Alfa-Matrix to recommend some interesting artists. That’s why we decided to power this new volume by featuring 10 short interviews of bands that you’ll discover on this new volume plus an extra interview by the “Endzeit Bunkertracks” instigator Séba Dolimont.
(by Stéphane Froidcoeur aka DP)
SL: “Endzeit Bunkertracks” is not exactly the kind of compilation series I would associate with the sound of Implant! What’s the point to get featured on it?
Len: I’m not really sure if Implant isn’t associated with a compilation like this. We did make some classic hard stumping tracks. “Cccpcctv”, “Violence”, “Drugs vs Violence” etc. not all tracks on an Implant album would fit for sure, but some fit mighty well.
And off cores it’s important to be on a compilation like this. This is a high profile compilation series. It always gives a very interesting helicopter view of this scene. And it’s kind of a benchmark for DJ’s who claim to turn other stuff then the 80’s/ 90’s classics. Compilations like this proves this is still an active community, despite what some doom sayers are claiming.
SL: Len, you again did the mastering of this new volume. I can imagine it must be a real hard job, but what are the aspects you’re taking care for plus how many time did it take to finalize such a mastering?
Len: Compilations like this (but comps in general) are always the hardest masters. You get so many different sources. From perfect mastered, over-distorted clipping tracks and tracks recorded at -15DB. The overall try is to get it sound as one CD. And for this I have to open Pandora’s box to its max and it’s impossible to please all, especially when you are dealing with over a 100 tracks.
SL: Doing the mastering also means you’ve been the first one to discover all the songs of the compilation so any favorite bands/songs and why?
Len: Like always with a compilation like this, there are some pearls to discover. Stand out tracks for me are Metroland (I love the new beat influence in this one), Llumen, Denial Of Service, Növö, Sebastian Komor … and the list goes on. Best band name was Bereshit. I looked it up, it’s Hebrew for ‘in the beginning’. In West-Vlaanderen (a local dialect) it means ‘mighty good shit’.
SL: I hope that the title “The End” is not a prophetic title, but it for sure is a title of the upcoming Implant-album. What kind of album will it be?
Len: I think we are working on a real interesting album right now. Things are slowly progressing into a release. We are toying with the same ideas. Influences from the 80’s with current production facilities. I think it sound kind of poppy, yet firmly rooted in this dark scene. I also have a feeling things are becoming more minimal in composition, while way more complex in the details. I don’t want to rush things with this album. It will take till we are totally satisfied with the result.