Interviews 2004 Douglas McCarthy

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This interview was made by the Nitzer Ebb and Fixmer/McCarthy Fan Community. Thanks to Eric Burton (Hardbeat Propaganda) and of course Douglas McCarthy


COMMUNITY:
How do you imagine your further cooperation? How very much the success of the album of it depends. Which aspect is more important to you: the commercial success of your music or the fulfillment of your own performance of music without any commercial background?

DOUGLAS:
I think the future for Fixmer/McCarthy holds more shows, more music, and more recording. We have already discussed ways to make the next album, and the reason for any of this happening in the first place is that we enjoy what we are creating. Of course, some commercial success helps, be to be completely honest we will be happy if it is just Terence and myself that like ‘Between the Devil…’ because we feel we have made a great record.

COMMUNITY:
Are further single releases planned or expect from the first album? What does it look like for the medium DVD for example? It's possibly it to record a concert and then to bring about as "Live Devil ..." to the fans?

DOUGLAS:
‘Freefall’ has been remixed and will appear as a Maxi. As for a live version, nothing has been planned yet, but I think that it would be great to do.

COMMUNITY:
Gives it to enquiries from bands want to make Remixe of your songs or already gives any Remixe of your songs, which perhaps also is published.

DOUGLAS:
VNV Nation, Covenant, and Hacker have so far remixed ‘Freefall’, we have a couple of ideas for people to remix ‘Destroy’ also. How about you? Any suggestions?

COMMUNITY:
There are further projects or plans of you next to FIXMER/McCARTHY?

DOUGLAS:
Most definitely! Fixmer/McCarthy are as much a band as Nitzer Ebb were.

COMMUNITY:
Is it possibly to install further NE-Songs into your Live Set or are there legal problems there? Who has the Copyrights at all the NE-Songs?

DOUGLAS:
Actually we already do. So far we have played ‘Join In the Chant’, ‘Murderous’, and ‘Let Your Body Learn’. Keep a careful eye on future shows! We will play others!

COMMUNITY:
How You like your own Band Website on the Internet?

DOUGLAS:
It’s a work in progress, and as we all contribute more the better it will be.

COMMUNITY:
Gives a little new about of the "body of Work" Release plans? There are symptoms of an improved climate in the area of cooperation of Douglas and Mute Records in this special thing? A hypothetical question: could Douglas also change with Nitzer Ebb to another label? Further releases are besides the "body of Work" of Nitzer Ebb in planning, like the remix series on Novamute?

DOUGLAS:
Sadly, I have no information on what is happening to “Body of Work”. Unfortunately Mute are not letting me in on their plans. No I could not take Nitzer Ebb to another label.

COMMUNITY:
In the present constellation will you play similar music, like at that time with Nitzer Ebb? What can expect the fan from you in future?

DOUGLAS:
I can’t say exactly how Fixmer/McCarthy will develop musically. I doubt we will change the type of music we are making, just the process. With ‘Between the Devil…’ we wanted a rough and furious style. We deliberately under produced the project so that we did not ditract from the energy we feel the tracks have, so perhaps we will invite a producer to the recording process to find another side to our music.

COMMUNITY:
Which music or band you like particularly? Are you also a fan of another band?

DOUGLAS:
I like a lot of different music and bands. Right now I regularly listen to Sonic Youth, PJ Harvey, Afro Rock (African funk collection), Grace Jones, JJ Cale, Joni Mitchell, Lou Reed, AC/DC, Neil Young, A Tribe Called Quest, Money Mark, Can, The Strokes, Kraftwerk, Jane’s Addiction, Cheap Trick, Dinosaur Jr., The Sex Pistols.

COMMUNITY:
How did you like it, when Nitzer Ebb appeared as support of Depeche Mode? Have there been funny or curious events at that time, which you like to tell the Depeche Mode fans?

DOUGLAS:
It was great, apart from falling from the stage in Montpellier onto the barriers 2m below. My ear bled and I felt pretty dizzy, but I continued with ‘Join in the Chant’! we opened for them in the first leg of the 1988 ‘Music for the Masses’ tour in Europe, and the 1990 ‘Violator’ tour in the USA. Both were amazing, every night sold out, lots of girls, lots of parties, lots of fun!

COMMUNITY:
Martin Gore is confessing a fan of germans Wheat beer (Weizen Bier).Which one is your favorite beer or drink?

DOUGLAS:
Everything, but especially vodka and tonic.

COMMUNITY:
Does a NEP reunion have to be excluded definitely?

DOUGLAS:
It would be a cold day in hell I suspect before Bon or myself fancy a reunion.

COMMUNITY:
Doug, you have contributed Vocals to Recoil Songs. I have read years ago, that you played in songs with a band named Emperion (or so similar?), at which you have taken the voval parts. What happened with these songs?

DOUGLAS:
Sorry,I don’t know.

COMMUNITY:
Further projects are planned with Alan Wilder?

DOUGLAS:
I will always be happy to work with Alan.

COMMUNITY:
Doug, what do you think about the current electro scene?

DOUGLAS:
I only know the scene in London where I live, and I love it – Nag Nag Nag fucking rocks, I’ll be there Wednesday. I have always maintained my like of Punk, either as music or an attitude, so combining that with electronic music suits me very well.

COMMUNITY:
Will the music/band have a greater place value for you, than perhaps 3 to 4 years ago?

DOUGLAS:
Yes. I was graduating from university 3 to 4 years ago, and was very much concentrating on design and film. Now I want to carry on as a film director and musician.

COMMUNITY:
Doug, do you have heard the new DAF Stuff? How do you think about the comeback of the DAF? Perhaps, do you have visited a concert of the DAF?

DOUGLAS:
Yes once. Not sure I’m convinced by it. Haven’t seen them live, but I’d love to.

COMMUNITY:
Doug, it pleases you, that there is a great interest for NEP and McCarthy after 20 years of your first musical activity? You could have introduced these durability and immortality to you at that time?

DOUGLAS:
Of course I am happy that Nitzer Ebb is still a known musically force even though they no longer exist. As for what I’m now doing with Terence of course, it can only help. No, nobody ever thinks too far into the future, I know that for Bon and myself we were only interested in making the music that we wanted to, and that’s exactly how it is with Fixmer/McCarthy.

COMMUNITY:
Are you expecting to have a big release in the states with this album as you did with the Nitzer Ebb albums and when will you be touring in the states?

DOUGLAS:
I certainly hope so! Our US label, Metropolis, release ‘Between the Devil…’ a month later than SPV in Europe so hopefully a bit of momentum will have been reached by the time they do. We will definitely be touring the States. Can’t wait actually.


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