Ghastly Interview 1997

Ghastly: You recently recorded and toured with KMFDM again. Did this tour
influence any aspect of the recording of "Sinsation"?

Raymond: Yeah, in a way it does, because I really kind of admired the way Sascha works, I mean he has a very straight ahead approach. Whereas, I kind of doodle around a bit. Basically disappear a few yards up my own asshole and get lost up there for a bit. So yah, I think it also kind of influences me in a way where I come away say well i don't want to be like that so I'm so I'm going to do this for Pig. I don' t mean that to dis other projects that I've worked with or collaborated on, but it's kind of nice to get back to having both hands firmly on the controls of your own project which you are the umbrella for. I'm not just being a part in a unit, but i like sort of working with people because you do have that defiant role. Where it's like you walk in and they go, "Hi, here's the music. Raymond, what do you think? Can you make something with this?" With Pig, of course, I'm responsible for the whole thing from the foundation up to the chimney. I would say, obviously, what you're working on is somehow a combination apart from what you want to say. Certainly, a combination of the spirit of working with people and rubbing shoulders with people who, maybe, work in a different way. But that works both ways. When we did the first KMFDM album years ago, I know there were certain things i gave them and there are certain things that they gave me, and that's the nature of collaboration.

G: Are there any other projects you're currently working on?

R: Not currently, no. We're looking at the idea of making a new single. Maybe Sasha producing it if we have time and he has time to get out of the studio and we get him over here.

G: Where did you derive the name Pig?

R: A long time ago when i was living in Berlin. I sort of ended up doing my own thing and wanted to release it. So i thought I'd better find a name for it. I don't know, I just like the fact that it's a short word, it's got three letter's everyone's got a vision of what they think pigs are. It's kind of a negetive connotation, that word, in a certain way that people use it, and so I kind of liked that. The fact that it had kind of handle on it.

G. Since it's 1997, do you have any New Years resolutions?

R: Yeah. Maybe to stop diddling around and get down to stuff instead of just goofing off. Trying to get myself to actually go to the studio and work, instead of just sitting around doing nothing.

G: When will Pig be touring for "Sinsation"?

R: Well, that's something that's not planned yet, but it's definitely in the cards. As of yet, nothing is concrete and we're looking for the right thing to do, the right tour to get on.

G: Do you have any musicians lined up that you'd like to work with live?

R: Yeah. I've got a bunch of people on stanby. The main man I work with is named Steve White, and he's sort of the guitar guy. Although, I've done another album since "Sinsation" called "Wrecked" and Gunter from KMFDM did most of the guitar work on that, but the main Pig guitar guy is Steve White, who's also co-written some stuff with me on the follow-up for "Sinsation". I've got a guitar player, a drummer, a girl bass player, and this girl who makes noise and plays keyboards. The band will not come together until I've got everything confirmed that we're going to go out and do shows.

G: What really gets your goat?

R: I suppose the music scene in England, really (which I don't geel anything to with). English people; shit food pisses me off. My computer is the thing that pisses me off the more that anything else, because can't bloody work the fucking thing half the time. It makes me scream and shout, just the usual shit.

G: Are there any up and coming acts you have your ears on?

R: Nothing's really blown me awat recently, I thinkg there's some fairly cool Jungle stuff coming out of this country. The way some of these guys program, it's like Miles Davis on a computer. Nothing really kind of hot and fresh that's particularly turning me on at the moment. I get more excited by old orchestral stuff. Like old Big Band records like Stand Kinton get me kind of excited. Like I said some of these kind of Jungle things, where you've got all these hybrids coming together and you've got different styles colliding together. Where there's a little bit of Reggae and a bit of mad speeded up techno and this and that. You kind of go, "Wow, that's a weird sort of bastard offspring of those talents." What they describe here as Brit Pop or whatever I don't find very exciting because it's the same fucking format, the same formula. It's like a sitcom with slightly different characters, but the same story line. It's the same formula that's been done by people maybe better before. I get really disappointed, sometimes, when i come across some of the new, young bands. You just get kind of go, "Fucking hell! do they bother just ripping off Kinds of whoever." But I suppose that's just the scene here.

G: What's next for Pig?

R: I really don't know. I just kind of take it each day at a time. There's no sort of master plan at all. Like I said, we touched a bit on the touring that would be nice if it happens. If it doesn't, I'll just carry on doing Pig and other projects like I've been doing for years and years. It's great that Trent set up the situation where "Sinsation" was released there on his label. And it's really cool that somebody actually picked up on it and went "Yeah, let's bother to put this out," so that's great. If i go back to working with tiny left field labels, again that's fine with me also, because that's what I've always done. It sure feels nice that someone actually too notice and say "This is worth releasing."

Pig Interview: Ghastly Issue #8 page 27/28 By "Jeremy"