A stroll with Night Club

Interview wih Night Club

Emily and Mark from Night Club on interview with Electrozombies

An inter­view about Night Club's L.A., the 'Scary World' that entered stage only a few days ago and a short trip to a trop­ic­al island – all in one inter­view right here right now!

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L.A. seems to be the new american hotspot for dark electronic music: you're from L.A., Nyxx, Aesthetic Perfection, just to name a few. What do you think which factors influenced this development for exactly this genre?

Emily: I know, it’s pretty crazy how LA has become sort of the epi­cen­ter for dark music. We just toured all over the US and Europe and we saw so many people wear­ing shirts of all these LA bands we know and play with. It made us real­ize some­thing sig­ni­fic­ant is hap­pen­ing here and it seems to be mak­ing an impact in the under­ground worldwide.

Mark: There’s a lot of dark elec­tron­ic clubs here now and the scene has been grow­ing over a long time. I would def­in­itely say that Das Bunker (club/event pro­moter) has had a hand in that. There are so many places dj-ing dark­er music in the clubs here, that has only helped the scene grow. Plus there's a lot of tal­en­ted musi­cians in this town and in this genre and that always makes a difference.

How close are you L.A. bands? Is it a mere side-by-side living or do you actually meet up or even work together?

Emily: The dark electronic/industrial/goth scene in LA is def­in­itely a small clique- every band for the most part knows who every oth­er band is. We all play togeth­er, we're all on bills togeth­er. We go to the same clubs, same DJ nights, same shows. So we sort of run into each oth­er a lot. Obviously through all of that, you form some friend­ships. We've been a band for the past 6 years so we're for­tu­nate to know a lot of the up and com­ing bands here. There's so much tal­ent here and it's inspir­ing to be around.

Mark: We def­in­itely end up hanging out at the same events as well as per­form­ing togeth­er. For example, last year I ended up writ­ing and pro­du­cing songs with Prayers. That def­in­itely came about from being in the same town and at the same events. Also, we always reach out to friends to do remixes and vice versa.

You both moved to L.A. from quite different parts of the US. How does the city influence you and your music?

Emily: This city influ­ences us in a great way. A lot of our new album was writ­ten about LA and the rela­tion­ships you form (wheth­er real or fake). It's not the easi­est place to live for many reas­ons but in terms of inspir­a­tion, it’s great when you’re mak­ing art. There's def­in­itely a dark­ness and a sad­ness here that we tapped into while writ­ing 'Scary World'. You just can’t help but be affected by it when you’re con­stantly sur­roun­ded by it.

Mark: Yeah, this town has def­in­itely influ­enced our lyr­ics. It's not an easy place to main­tain friend­ships since people are pretty con­sumed with them­selves. Also there’s a lot of people on the streets here so it’s hard not to be affected by the des­per­a­tion and sad­ness everywhere.

What's your favourite place in L.A. and anywhere in the world and why?

Emily: Favorite place in LA is prob­ably any old man steak­house where I can get a good filet and a great glass of wine. Sorry, I know that’s like the least goth answer ever. Or PF Chang's.

Mark: My favor­ite place in LA is Vegas. (Kidding. It's four hours away) That's my happy place.

What is an average Night Club day like? When does it actually start?

Emily: Right now for me it's wak­ing up as late as I pos­sibly can and try­ing to rest my body before head­ing out on tour again in a couple months. The last tour was incred­ibly gruel­ing, we had barely any days off and since I'm not 16 any­more I am def­in­itely feel­ing it.

Mark: We go through so many dif­fer­ent types of days. When we're mak­ing a record, we're pulling our hair out. It sort of con­sumes your life. When we're not mak­ing a record, we try to tour as much as pos­sible. That's a dif­fer­ent type of exhaus­tion but it's fun to explore the world.

Night Club - Scary WorldI just reviewed your new album 'Scary World'; as you know, I love it. Tell me a bit about it. How long did you work on it?

Emily: Thank you! We fin­ished it in early May before head­ing out on tour with Combichrist, and I would say it took roughly about 9 months to write and record. We're just so excited it's finally com­ing out. We've been sit­ting on it for months.

Mark: When we star­ted writ­ing this record we real­ized that we both had a lot to say about men­tal ill­ness. I grew up with a par­ent who was insti­tu­tion­al­ized and we both have had our bouts with anxi­ety, depres­sion and med­ic­a­tion. The album kind of turned into an opus about men­tal ill­ness and how to cope with it. The 'Scary World' is about the world inside and out­side of us along with a mes­sage to those that are young­er about what lies ahead.

What makes you start writing? Do you need a special set-up or do you go by a plan?

Emily: We don't start mak­ing an album until we're actu­ally inspired to write. After fin­ish­ing a record, we typ­ic­ally need months to gath­er our thoughts and fig­ure out what we actu­ally want to say next and how we want to say it. How will this album be son­ic­ally and lyr­ic­ally dif­fer­ent than the last? How are we grow­ing as a band? The last thing we want to do is just rehash the same shit over and over, there's noth­ing more bor­ing than a band who takes no risks.

Mark: When we are in the thick of mak­ing an album, we work almost every night. We start with just mak­ing instru­ment­als and pick­ing the ones we think are the strongest and most melod­ic. We throw away most of them (some­times even 50 or more) to nar­row it down to the best of the best. We then take that small group of instru­ment­als and listen to them over and over in our cars until lyr­ics come out of us. Usually it takes months to even fin­ish one song, but we'll be work­ing on a bunch of songs at the same time just in dif­fer­ent stages.

What’s your 3 favourite songs each off 'Scary World' and why?

Emily: For me I would say:

  1. 'Your Addiction' – this song was writ­ten in com­plete anger and the chor­us took about 5 minutes to write (always a plus con­sid­er­ing so many of our song's lyr­ics take weeks or months to write). Very cath­artic for me to write this song. Also really fun to play live
  2. 'Scary World'- I just feel strongly about the sub­ject mat­ter and think it can be applied to so many aspects of life right now in 2018.
  3. 'Therapy (Get High)'- anoth­er one that was fast to write, the words just poured out of us in the room. I just like that it’s a bit of a dif­fer­ent style song for us, and the lyr­ics are real.

Mark: For me I would say:

  1. 'Your Addiction'- Also a favor­ite of mine. I also really love the synth sounds in that one.
  2. 'Scary World'- That songs always hits me hard. There's a lot of truth in those lyr­ics and it's sort of mes­sage that you wish you could have giv­en to the young­er you. Also the children’s choir really brought that song to life.
  3. 'Survive' That one shows a dif­fer­ent side of us and I’m really proud of how it turned out. It's also the per­fect bookend to the record and it com­ple­ments 'Scary World' lyrically.

How autobiographical are the lyrics on 'Scary World'? Do you feel that writing has a cleaning effect on you?

Emily: VERY. Every song on this record is about some­thing per­son­al to us. We really made a con­scious effort on this record to write from the heart and really make sure each word, each lyr­ic is real. When I'm singing on stage, I want to sing songs that mean some­thing to me. I don't want to sing words I can't relate to. On 'Scary World' I FEEL every word we wrote and I can't say that for some of our earli­er songs. We really wanted to focus on our lyr­ics this go around and I think we succeeded.

Mark: Absolutely, we both worked really hard on lyr­ics this time around. We wanted to make sure that the songs had some­thing to say. I think we upped our game on this record and I can’t wait for every­one to hear it.

Mark, you are a veteran in the music scene and a swiss army knife when it comes down to music. What is your secret to maintain your creative energy throughout the years?

Mark: I'm insane, appar­ently. I have no idea how I have the energy I have some­times. I'm just really driv­en to cre­ate music and art. It's sort of what I live for. You only have so much time on this plan­et so I always try to make the most of it.

Emily, you once said it was a long way to build up your confidence on stage – a thing I could hardly believe! Also your acting in the videos comes SO authentic – did you take training for all this or are you just a natural talent?

Emily: Haha, thank you! I thought I wanted to be an act­or for like 15 minutes when I was in high school – I did all the school plays, took act­ing classes, went to Barbizon mod­el­ing school and got really cheesy head­shots. And then I moved to LA and I was like, no fuck­ing way would I ever want to do this for a liv­ing. It’s too brutal.

What's your strategy against nervousness?

Emily: I have a really dif­fi­cult time with anxi­ety. I'm con­stantly try­ing not to throw up before going on stage. I hope people don't think I'm rude when they try and talk to me before we go on, because I don't really say much. I feel like if I open my mouth I'll just throw up every­where and it'll be really embarrassing.

When we go on tours that last for weeks, I get bet­ter over the course of the tour where I think I'm just phys­ic­ally too exhausted to be nervous. But the worst was right before we played those two shows with A Perfect Circle back in May – I wanted to die. That was the most nervous I've ever been before play­ing. As for a strategy to com­bat nerves, I wish I had one. If any­one knows of a good one, please let me know.

Do you plan a tour (preferably in Europe) in the near future with you headlining it? A lot of people would love to see that, me included!

Emily: We have no plans to do that yet, but we're def­in­itely not opposed to it. Maybe soon!

Now let’s do the quick island scenario: You plan a vacation on an island – would it be a tropical or a northern island?

Emily: Tropical.

Mark: Tropical.

On the way your ship is destroyed by a storm and you get stranded on a deserted little island. Not much is left, but your music player survives. Which tracks are definitely on it? Please name 10 each one of you.

Emily: The entirety of Britney’s 'Blackout' album (gran­ted, there are like 15 songs on the record but let’s just say the first 10).

Mark: The entirely of Gary Numan’s 'Pleasure Principle'. I wouldn’t need any oth­er records.

Gary Numan - Pleasure Principle
Mark's fab album for his island trip
Britney Spears - Blackout
Emily's choice of record for the island

 

What’s the food you'd be missing most?

Emily: Wine.

Mark: Sushi

Surprise – you got rescued! Who's the first person you'd call and what would you tell him/her?

Emily: Nobody, because I'm not con­vinced any­one actu­ally talks on the phone anymore.

Mark: I agree with Emily. Fuck phones.

Thanks a lot for this very inter­est­ing tour with and around Night Club!

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