Chaos Control 1995
An interview with Raymond Watts
How did you end up working with KMFDM again?
Raymond: "We had to sort out some publishing shit from ages and
ages ago so we started chatting,
this was about a year and a half ago. I was releasing some
stuff in Japan and I wanted get some
remixes done of it so I asked Sascha if he'd like to do one. So
he did a remix for me, so then
we kind of kicked the idea around of doing something together,
but without the kind of finite
idea that I would do it with him and it would be a KMFDM
record. One of my things is called
Pig, so we did a record called "KMFDM Vs Pig" which was done
sort of in the same framework in
which we originally worked. We booked six days in the studio,
this was up in Seattle, and came
up with three tracks and did it really quickly and
spontaneously. That went quite well and we
enjoyed the process, so then when it came around to the putting
together their KMFDM albums,
Sascha asked if I wanted to come and do some yelling and have a
moment on this particular
musical structure. So after Sascha and Gunter had put together
the basic programs and guitars,
I turned up and wandered in. I think in three days before we
went into the proper studio, I
sort of paced around and yelled and screamed and said 'well what
do you think of this?' and they
went 'alright' and that was it, I put some melodies and words on
it. Then we actually set about
the process of doing it properly."
Do you think you'll stay with the band?
Raymond: "I don't know. I just take it as it comes. If I enjoy
the process, then that's it,
that's what I like doing. The end result is the end result, I
don't care, I'm not going to
think 'yeah, I'm in this band' or whatever. I don't like bands,
I find bands really archaic,
old fashioned kind of structures. I think the whole idea is
that people come and go and it
seems to be centered around Sascha and Guntar and En Esch.
There are these other satellite
bodies that occasionally have orbits that come together."
In the live shows, do you perform on KMFDM songs from albums you
didn't appear on?
Raymond: "Yes. There were some songs in the set that I never
heard. So I don't really know
them. I learned them in the studio but I still get them wrong,
and I still get most of it wrong
anyway. I can't remember anything longer than about three
seconds. I've got a scrambled egg in
my head. I think it comes from over indulgence in smoking pot
when I was in my early 20's and
late teens. Of course, I wouldn't touch it with a barge pole
Why did you leave the band in the first place?
Raymond: "I was in Hamburg and I had this little studio and it
was like running a fucking
tobacconist. It was such a drag running a studio. There were
some quite interesting bands
working in Berlin at the time so I gravitated towards there and
was going on tour doing sound
for people and doing recordings."
What else have you been doing in your time away from KMFDM?
Raymond: "I've done about 4 Pig albums and some ideas, and
produced and worked with a
neo-acoustic band from England and was involved with Foetus.
Last year I was working with some
Japanese musicians on a project called Shaft, which was two
Japanese guys and me and we did an
album and toured it. That was quite interesting, and nice
because they were quite popular over
there so I had a budget and could get in people that I wanted.
I'm in London now and I've got a
studio again. I'd got rid of the first one, and before I knew
it I turned around and I had
another one! They just fucking grow, like mold, I just hate
them. But they seem to be kind of
evil but necessary to lancing particular emotional boils that I
need to squirt."
by Bob Gourley
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