Checking in with C-Drone-Defect
In 2001 C-Drone-Defect, or Marc Horstmeier who is the sole member of the band, released the debut album "Neural Dysorder Syndrome", a dark, loud and intense ebm listening experience, heavy on the "American Psycho" samples most apparent on the club hit "Psycho2VII". Marc started out as a guitarist at 17, forming a band with friends. All autodidacts, the band was not long lived. But things improved (all guitars on C-Drone-Defect are played by himself) and a few years later, with another band, called Gorbalrog (playing black metal), Marc saw his first CD release. About a year ago the band signed with Black Rain sub-label Noitekk, home to artists such as Grendel and Aslan Faction, and a few months ago the follow up album, "Nemesis", was released.
Who or what is C-Drone-Defect's nemesis then?
- It's the nemesis mankind will have to suffer when they won't stop going on like they do. It's a certain thing that society will destroy the world or itself by our way of living. We live our selfish and ignorant lives, we exploit the resources and destroy the environment, we do almost everything to harm us and the planet, we live on, just for our comfort. Some day mankind will have to pay the price for this. And I believe this will be the just sentence; the nemesis.
Equilibrium part 1 describes the status quo of society. People following blind and unwilling to think on their own. Obeying what is told, because it's the easiest way to live. Part 2 is something like the deliverance. The hope that people are able to think and feel on their own. It is an outlook on what mankind should be, but also with the certainty that people won't be able to free themselves completely. Like the Phoenix, rising from the flames, but burned to ashes again.
The 'c' in C-Drone-Defect is for "counter" - counter drone defect, a euphemism for the flaws in mankind and encouragement to reverse the process. It is with a great amount of irony that this message is put across, such as the opening sample on "Nemesis" - I congratulate you. At last, peace reigns in the heart of man. And the catchy pop refrain of "Fasion Victim" We need it, we want it, to make ourselves complete /…/ and still there is just greed .
What kind of sound were you going for when writing "Nemesis"?
- Because the arrangements and sounds developed much more complex on this album than on Neural Dysorder, I definitively wanted a more differentiated mix for Nemesis. On Neural Dysorder, I've done the mixing myself with not that much experience in it. It turned out to be a rather dense sound, maybe a bit overdone, but for the time and the abilities it was ok. This time Daniel Myer did the mixing and did quite a good job. We live approx. 500km apart from each other. I sent him my unmixed tracks and while he was mixing, it was a constant uploading and downloading and e-mailing to check the proceeding work. It was an experiment to have someone else work on my music. If I had done it myself it would have sounded a bit rougher and more aggressive I suppose. Maybe a bit more punch would have been good for the production, but I'm fine with it and as I said, it was an experiment.
I noticed there weren't any songs in German on "Nemesis", why is that?
- "Staub" on Neural Dysorder Syndrome was quite more the exception. It is the only song I've done in German so far. Though German is my native language and it would be far easier to write lyrics in German for me, I think the English tongue fits better to the music. Its sound is kind of more melodic than German. I don't know if that's the point exactly, but I feel a bit more comfortable with lyrics in English. Maybe I'll do songs in German one time again. It depends on the song, the atmosphere and the intention.
Looking through the booklet, the one photo that stands out is Edvard Munch's "The Scream"…
- It fitted perfectly within the context of the song Sleeper. The song deals with always having to deal with other people’s problems. Being the human rubbish chute for other peoples waste. It's really hard to keep calm in situations like that. Munch's painting is a perfect explanation for this inner struggle.
Where do you see the music of C-Drone-Defect going from here?
- I don't know. I'm working on new songs at the moment, but how they will turn out to sound like I can't tell. I try to learn and develop with every new track I make.