by Jett Black
High-energy darkwave, peppy electronics and
atmospheric trance-dance with samples lightly sprinkled throughout certainly
influences the industrious new release, Symbols, by Noxious Emotion. Variety is
the Spice of Music! Diversity in music generates certain specialization and
auditory intrigues which will either grab you, or leave you cold.
Seattle, Washington, well known for providing sensational
new music for more than a decade has not neglected to contribute to
post-modern, post-pop musical styles. Gothic-Rock, Industrial, Electronic,
Dance, Hip-hop, Modern Rock, Darkwave and other influences have conspired to
experiment along imaginary musical borders of style and sound which have in the
past been so uniformly imposed by the music industry. Unique and fantastic new
music is available for all who are willing to find it.
Noxious Emotion reflects an evolutionary achievement and the
product of talented and determined creativity. Vocals and programming spawn,
Michael Wimer slides from one set of keys to the next and responds to a few
quick questions off-the-cuff.
What is symbolized by the artwork on the actual Symbols
Well, I was working with several different things on that.
The symbols I used to name the songs themselves, but wait, there's more
(hehehee, damn, I sound like Ron Popeil). The symbol on the back is a Uroboros
(it's the symbol for water), a snake in a circle eating itself. And the
background of the cover is water, just like Count Zero had a fire background
And This Hallowed Ground has an Earth background...get it? The next CD will be
called "Elements" and it'll have an AIR symbology to it.
When and at what location is your next tour set to
We're gonna be touring in August across the Northern US.
There's a list of shows at http://www.noxious.com.
Who is Fockewolf and how does their style compare with
that of Noxious Emotion?
Well, Fockewolf is like a sister band to NE. I actually play
keyboards with them live and Robert (from Fockewolf) plays keyboards live with
NE. It's a very incestuous thing. Fockewolf will be touring with us in August
and their basic "sound" is what most people call Darkwave. A lot like NE, but
with a female vocalist added.
How did Fockewolf get paired with Noxious Emotion for the
Well, we're both ADSR Musicwerks bands. Plus, Robert and I
have always wanted to tour together. Plus the music of both bands compliment
each other very well.
Where will you be travelling during the course of your
It's gonna be the Northern US, Chicago, NY, DC, then back
through Denver and Salt Lake City. It's gonna be a short 2 week tour, but it's
gonna have a LOT going on...a show everynight...UGH...oh well, it'll be fun as
Of the venues on this tour, which have you performed for
in the past?
Actually, the last 4 tours have all been West Coast only so
a lot of these venues will be completely new to us! It's a change of scenery
for us and new clubs are always fun!!!
What do you look forward to on this tour?
Hanging out at the strip clubs after shows (*just
kidding*...my wife is gonna shoot me for that one. D'oh!!!!).
Actually, the one thing that I REALLY enjoy on tour is
finally getting to meet all the people that I have e-mailed back and forth with
over the last few years. It's gonna be cool to finally put faces to the
smart-ass remarks of the e-mails. We're thinking of calling it "The Face of
E-mail" tour, just for that very reason.
Hate Dept., Kill Switch...Klick, Kevorkian Death Cycle,
Christ Analogue, KMFDM, PIG, Mentallo & The Fixer. All bands with which you
have performed in the past. What experiences seem most memorable for you and
what have you been able to draw out of those experiences and into Noxious
Oh, we learn from each and every show. Some that I will
NEVER forget are the KMFDM/PIG shows. Those were INCREDIBLE!!!! There's nothing
quite like going on stage in front of 3,000 screaming people...it's a
What developments have Noxious Emotion
members put into side-projects lately?
Well, I'm playing keyboards with Fockewolf (ADSR) and Ninth
Circle (ADSR/IVY). Fritter is playing drums with Written in Ashes (Cleopatra)
and there are a few others in the works.
What will you call the next release by Noxious
What songs have been in development since Symbols was
released last year?
Well, I'm working on the next CD "Elements" already. It's
gonna be along the same lines as Symbols is...maybe a little more melody.
Which songs will appear on this CD?
They're all in the studio right now, but one song that will
be on it will be "Nitrogen" which has been publicly released on the Circuit
Noir Compilation from the UEF.
Any re-mixes from previous releases?
Not on the next CD. I thought about maybe releasing a remix
CD sooner or later, but not just yet...maybe in 2000? Say, how about I do 30
remixes of Headhunter? (Hehehe. **did I REALLY just say that?**)
After 5 full-length CD releases, which songs remain your
favorites, and why?
Weeeeeeeell... let's see here. FPMO, Firemission, Boundary
and Human Suit are some off the older stuff. As for the newer stuff, I honestly
like almost every song on Symbols...if I do say so myself... hehehe. I hate to
give you that standard band response in saying that the latest album is my
favorite, but it's true!! I think that Symbols is our best work to date. It's
shown a lot of promise in the charts and DJ play too. Guess I finally did
something right!! D'oh!!!
Noxious Emotion appears on 3 compilations so far this
year and a whopping 6 compilations last year alone! Very impressive! What's
There are about 10 more coming out throughout 1999. I've
been trying to make sure that every comp gets an "exclusive" remix, that way
the fans have something NEW to listen to. You know, it's been one hell of a
busy year!!! Hehehe.
What changes have been made in Noxious
Emotion during the last year, or since the Symbols release?
Actually, there have been no changes in the lineup of NE
since Symbols. We did lose Shane (a singer from previously), but that happened
before Symbols was released.
One change for NE that I'm working on right now is the whole
distribution and networking thing. NE has reached a point where we're needing
MUCH better distributing. If I had a dime for every time I got that 13 year old
kid e-mailing me saying, "I can't find your last CD in Sam Goody," I'd be rich.
What gear are you using to develop music for Noxious
I use an Ensoniq ASR-10 as a brain MIDI'd to a Nord Lead,
Korg Prophecy, Juno-60 and Kawai K3 right now. It's simple, but it does the
What new opportunities would you seek and develop to
advance the music of Noxious Emotion?
Well, the distribution...definitely. I mean, getting the CDs
to the people is THE most important thing at this stage for NE. We've got a
decent following, now we just need to get to the masses that haven't heard us
yet. That is happening, slowly but surely.
How do you relate with the music that you create through
It all comes from experiences I've had, so I'm very close to
it. I do all the programming and vocals, so what you're hearing is what I'm
Which musicians have won your admiration in the music
industry and why?
Well, there's always the greats: Skinny Puppy, FLA, and
Front 242, but the other one's that I've really come to admire are: Covenant,
Apoptygma Berzerk and Project Pitchfork. Also, Biopsy (from Brazil). I never
knew that Brazil had such a cool scene!!
What motivated the experimental forays into more
synth-pop effects on Symbols?
Well, actually that was me getting back to my roots. I was
brought up on New Order, Depeche Mode and stuff like that. Symbols was my way
of doing some music that was EBM-Industrial, with just a hint of 80's new wave.
Do ya think I pulled it off OK? Hehe.
What types of synth-effects will make appearances on the
I'm not planning on buying any new keyboards just yet, but
you never know, I mean, maybe Roland will release a new board that I MUST
What persuaded you to use drum machines instead of the
live drummers you have available for the production of Symbols?
Two things...the engineering of drum
machines is much more controllable. I can make it sound like whatever I want.
Also, our recording studio at ADSR is not equipped to mike that many drums. It
would have been a real pain and it wouldn't have sounded as good in the long
What are you looking for in terms of musical styles and
I'm just gonna let it flow and see what happens, but knowing
me, that means more melody and danceability. So it should be pretty cool. I
think that if you like Symbols, then Elements is gonna be right up your
What samples would you like to include into your next
recordings for Noxious Emotion?
I'm trying to keep the "talking" samples down a
little...maybe a few here and there, but I'm trying to make "stronger" songs
instead (that don't need a sample to keep them interesting).
The concepts behind these relationships between the CD
title, Symbols, the graphical representation of the name, Noxious Emotion on
the CD cover, and the titles of the tracks on Symbols is clever and
well-developed. This is no random occurrence. How did all of that come
I've always tried to make the covers of the CDs something
that you can sit back and look at while you're listening to the CD on
headphones and always see something NEW that you didn't notice before. Keep the
cover basic, but make hidden things that the listener will find as time goes
on. It's more interesting that way!
It also occurs to me now that the serpent biting its own
tail reminds me of the television show called Millennium. Is there any
relationship between the graphical representations on the CD and Millennium
concepts conveyed on that television program?
Actually, no, but that's pretty astute that you'd notice the
Uroboros from Millenium and the one from Symbols...very good eye!!!
What will you seek to accomplish through Noxious Emotion
before the end of the millennium?
World Domination!!!! No? Ok then, how about...US
Domination!!!! No? Well, then how about a cheese sandwich. Hehe. Seriously, I'm
hoping to take NE to the "next step" as it were. As a band we've come pretty
far. Now I want to get us to that plateau where we can tour all over the world
and be recognized in the EBM community as serious musicians (not that I don't
think anyone feels we're not serious). It's just nice to have that respect from
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