I. Seefeel, can you describe what kind of development you see in the music industry and how it feels to notice it?The impact of the web has changed the industry almost beyond recognition, It seems to be a good thing not to be controlled by so many multinational companies and power-wielding executives.. File-sharing is just a hi-tech bulk version of making mixtapes, and as an artist it always was a problem getting paid.. Having said that, Warp records are still operating as an Indie label,
albeit a much larger operation than whan we first worked with them.
II. How far it is important for you to go a new way or to stay true to your own style?
Both are very important! We're fiercely proud of our style, and hope we've succeeded in bringing it into the 21st century..
III. From the album (Ch-Vox) (1996) on Rephlex to your EP Faults (2010) on Warp Records is a time of almost 14 years –
last published your album Seefeel this year. Which importance had the long interruption for your rebirth?
We never intended to leave such a long gap, indeed we may never have reformed at all.. We were surprised and flattered that there was so much interest in us on the web (having a 'googlable' name helped!) and I'm sure that went some way to convincing us it was worth trying to work together again. I think the most important thing is that we have 'grown up' personally - I feel far better equipped to deal with the stresses of being in a band having had a few years out in the 'real world'..
IV. How can we imagine the meantime? – You have worked on several different projects. Were these routes far from Seefeel?
I think the things I've been involved in have been musically very different from Seefeel but it all informs the way I work - it has felt somewhat like 'coming home' to do Seefeel again, and I feel much more confident performing live.
V. The constellation has also changed.
Yes! E-da and Shige have added vital new supernovae to the arrangement! Not sure what that means astrologically..!
VI. Your album Seefeel has definitely a stunning effect and convinced with massive tunes and a captivating atmosphere.
Thank you! We're very pleased with it and with the reaction so far..
VII. Global is a lot happening this year. The label you’re on, Warp Records, shows a lot of engagement and supported by a reaction with Japan T-shirts, called “Japan Tsunami Fundraising Warp T-shirt” – 100% of the price were donated. Do you have / had in particular also plans for a project of this type?
We were meant to be playing at the Sonar Festival in Tokyo at the beginning of April but decided not to go - we haven't really discussed it but I think we would like to do something to help raise money.
VIII. How is your attitude to the political mistakes and indecision?
Not sure what you mean by this, politics in the wider world or within the band? We're not the most organised band in the world and indecision is a problem for us in most things except the music!
IX. A forecast for the future?
Festivals and a US tour in the summer, then get on with recording the next album!
Interview: Flavia Lamprecht