By Kim Mercil
KM: Why did you title your CD with the water compound
you can read the title different ways!
It all started with the idea of water, but finally we came up with the idea to
go further with the initial H-concept (which was the title of our
debut-album). So you can read the title as H Twenty! The 20 stands
for the symbolic turn over from the childhood into the age of becoming an
adult. I think our second album evolved towards a growing maturity in the
writing and production and thats what we tried to express with the title
H20. Speaking for myself, I often read the title as Second
H! We like to create confusion (about our name, the music and the lyrics)
so everyone can read and interpret it their own way. But we thought about the
possibility of H²O-title, which was directly linked to the first
song we wrote for the album (cf. Mobilis In Mobile), which is about a
novel of Jules Verne dealing about water and seas.
KM: The other member of Nebula-H goes by the name
"Deranged Psyche." How did this come about?
thats a very old
and long story, but to keep it short, it all concerns my taste of music. I got
fascinated to music when I was 15 years old (Im now 37 years old), just
in the early 80s. I was listening to new-wave, but still to the good-old
industrial stuff (like Test Dept, SPK, Swans etc.) while most of my friends
didnt like all this stuff. They call it deranged music so I
thought that Id be even more deranged listening to it. I promised myself
that if I would ever got involved into music, it would be under the moniker of
Deranged Psyche. And thats what happened when I started writing for
Side-Line magazine and got involved in my first important band (cf.
FuzeBoxMachine). So you know
KM: Can you give our readers a brief musical history
of Nebula-H members?
DP: I got interested by music in the early 80s
listening a lot to new-wave and industrial music. After having been involved in
a few progressive rock bands, I finally started working for the Side-Line Music
Magazine in 1992. I became member and singer of FuzeBoxMachine (releasing the
Forbidden Games CD in 1995 on Cyberware Records). Together with Johan
Van Roy (Suicide Commando) we set up the Toxic Shock Syndrome project,
releasing a promising demo. I came back to music as an active member when Mika
got this crazy idea to start a common project (cf. Nebula-H) in 2001.
Mika: I was active with CD releases under the This
MornOmina name since 1997, anything before that is not worth mentioning.
Well so many years later after DP had done a review of my first tape we got
into contact and talked about just doing a track for fun, and while
TMO continued, Nebula-H was born as it progressed really well and DP and I
really connected on every level. The rest is history, what began as a
track is continuing with now our second full length and DVD, of which I
am very proud!
KM: How do you go about creating a new way of
DP: Its all a bit meant as fun and propaganda.
Once again you can interpret it your own way
but to me electronic
underground music often means misbehavior in the eyes of the public
opinion. Underground music is hard to understand for the majority of the people
and electronic music even more! Thats precisely the music were
involved in. We didnt want to copy the typical dark electro standards
(like W:, Suicide Commando) neither becoming new Depeche Mode clones or jump on
the Future-pop wagon. We wanted to create something different and new if
possible. Well, Im not affirming that we reinvented EBM, but our
influences are that multiple (house, hard-tech, goa, industrial,
drumnbass, trance) that Nebula-H is writing music without any
KM: What or who influences "Nebula-H" music and
DP: I think I already answered a part of the
question, but for the music Mika and I are extremely eclectic minds so
everything we like can possibly influence us. We never wrote a song by the will
of copying another band, but we sometimes pick-up some ideas. Our new album has
been for sure partly inspired by the trance-tech of Talla 2XLC, but I
definitely prefer to avoid giving you names
Lyrical wise, theres a
kind of concept we set up about art and especially about painters. Most of the
songs deal about painters (S. Dali, R. Baes, F. Khnoppf, L. Da Vinci, E. Munch)
but also about writers and novels (J. Verne, O. Wilde) or photographers (J.P.
Witkin). Im really obsessed by art and especially the pictorial side so
theres nothing more exciting to write lyrics about artists you admire!
Its also a way to get a bit different than all the bands dealing with the
KM: In the track listing it goes from track 10
Hypnos (vs FK) to track 20 Symbiosis (extended beat). Why aren't
tracks 11-19 listed even though they are legitimate songs?
DP: Thats a part of the concept
we like an
album containing 10 songs and a little bonus. On our debut CD the bonus was a
video clip for PC reading, while on H20 it becomes an extra song
(remix). Because of the title of the album, which contains the number 20, we
liked the idea to list this remix as track number 20.
KM: Mika, you have done production work for other
bands such as Aiboforcen which also happens to be on the Alfa-Matrix label. I
noticed the Matrix label mates help each other in different areas. How does
this come about? Do you feel this benefits the label and the bands in any
Mika: Aiboforcen came to me after Alfa-Matrix was
very pleased with the way the debut album from Nebula-H was produced, and they
felt my input on a creative level as well as on the studio-level could have an
impact on their sound. I think we succeeded very well in producing a good
Aiboforcen album. The next level for that band, which is what they wanted.
KM: Mika, you also own Atomic Studios. How do you
manage running a studio, helping other bands as well as being in Nebula-H?
Mika: Hmmm you just go with the flow I guess. I am
involved in 5 projects now which all stand for different types of music which
makes it interesting and new every time I work another project. The studio is
more work orientated, but then again it presents challenges for me on a
creative level as well. I guess I like being challenged and take up 1 challenge
at a time. Also variation is very important for my creative and mental
KM: Being there are only two members do you add any
visual effects to your live shows?
DP: Were a duo for the writing of the songs,
but were joined on stage by a live-member. Goahoma is a girl whos
active in the psychic-trance (goa-trance) scene. Shes often doing some
great psychedelic visuals on parties and so we thought it could be a great idea
to ask her to do some similar kind of visuals during our shows. She became our
VJ and is doing her show live! It creates something new that people arent
used to seeing in dark electronic music. Its very psychedelic and fits
into our music.
KM: Since H2Os release in November 2004,
how has the response been so far?
DP: Were very satisfied about the amazing
response for so far. The regular album is selling well (which remains a very
important item when youre involved in music) and even got a new printing
after one month. We already got some real good reviews about the album and the
DVD. Right now we entered the French and Dutch alternative charts and we also
appeared in the bullets of the German alternative charts which (for a
non-German band being signed on a non-German label) is quite cool! Were
preparing a few shows for the moment, which will be the opportunity to promote
our new album a different way. We thank all people for the response!
KM: At this moment Nebula-H's music is geared towards
DJ's and the dance floor. In the future, do you think you will be changing your
style and sound to reach a new type of audience?
DP: I seriously dont know! As I already
mentioned above, we dont make compromises and just make the music we
like. The stuff is very danceable and I suppose that will be the same for our
next songs because thats now a part and a kind of trademark of Nebula-H.
If Mika and I would have the will to do something different well probably
release it under another name or concept and therere a few ideas about it
running through our mind. Well keep you informed about it!
KM: You released 500 copies of a limited edition CD
which included a bonus DVD. Do you plan on releasing a Nebula-H DVD by itself
in the future?
DP: I honestly dont know, but if weve to
answer you today, the answer will be definitely NO. Its a lot of work
(especially for Mika) and the DVD as music source still needs to grow and
become more popular. The DVD was a kind of challenge because most of the time
only important bands (VNV Nation, Wolfsheim, Apoptygma Berzerk etc.) are
releasing a DVD. It for sure gives a bonus to our band, but we prefer to
concentrate on the writing of new songs. We dont know what the future
will bring us