Chinwag with XPQ-21, by Dj Rex

Tell me about the journey you took to become XPQ-21.
Well, it was a high and low ride. Up and down. Music business isnt my business, all I wanna do is express myself. Make people happy or let them cry. But I am very happy so far to be able to travel a lot and enjoy the world with the people around me.

XPQ-21 is an interesting name, does it have any kind of meaning, or was it just random?
A meaning like: Xtreme Populusque from the 21st century. The other one The another.

What’s the story about how the members of XPQ-21 met?
No story. Different members, different stories. You meet someone, talk, drink together and say: we should make music together then it works or not life is brilliant !
I remember djing with you on a nite in Brixton, you mentioned you Dj as well, are you still doing that?
Yes I do, since 1987. Started as a Hip Hop DJ, than techno. Vinyl only. REAL live mixing. DJ set over 5 hours build an up and down set, full of emotions and kick in the ass tunes. Pity that so many promoters in the Goth Scene dont even know that a DJ needs a monitor for the Mix! For the DJ… not only for a crowd! Crazy world.

What music are you listening to right now? Apart from your own?
Ate the moment MGMT, ATB, Chicane, Rammstein..

What genre of music do you consider your work to be and who would you say are your major influences?
Hmm maybe Hans Zimmer.

What is your all time favorite XPQ-21 song?
Difficult and intelligent question, but not to answer.

Ok, confession time – whats the most embarrassing single or album you own?
There was some songs once, but after a certain time, its a part of yourself and better be nice with a part of yourself. You should love all your mistakes as well

What and where would your dream gig be?
Every gig is a dream gig for me as long as I can sing and perform on stage.

Do you guys have a special venue on the globe where you always love to (want to) play on tours, a place which feels like home?
Every stage is a dream stage for me as long as I can sing and perform on this.

Is there any highlight gigs you’d like to tell us about?
Mayday 2007 in Dortmund (as The Jeynne) and many other Rave Gigs in Germany and Europe in the middle 90s like Love Parade 1994 New York Club, on Tour 2002 in the US (as XPQ-21)

Do you have any upcoming shows?
We play the Halloween Show in Guben, close to Poland dont want to play too much before the next album.

Whats the one thing that is your favorite memory from being in the band?
One of the favorite memory is the US tour 2002 or the Germany tour 2006, but also the first concert in Barcelona or a concert in Edinburgh.

Best and worst on stage moment??
Edinburgh concert, I think in 2006. I was totally drunk onstage, coz I underestimated the scottish beer & whiskey in the backstage, hours before!! Cant remember the gig ive heard it was brilliant! Good to know.

Do you prefer intimate gigs or large scale events?
Both has their special moments I can switch very good in my mind.

Do you have a record label? I know last time we spoke you were looking for a new one, has that worked out??
We have our own label Fourbiddentones Music, then we work with Radar/BMG as my publisher and will have soon a good partner record label as well.

What can you tell the readers about your instruments? (i.e., are you subject to brand loyalty or will you play with whatever’s available? What made you choose the instruments you play now?
I worked long time with old analogue stuff, such as Korg Monopoly, Roland 909, Roland 303. At the moment I love to work with digital software and Apple Macintosh. I often combine some analogue Instruments with the digital software.

What advice would the Jeynne of now give the Jeynne who started XPQ-21??
He would tell him, to be more carefull with money and to think more money-oriented coz this stupid paper helps a lot sometimes!

Which songs do XPQ-21 perform most frequently?
White and Alive, Rockin Silver Knight, Dead Body, Jesus Was Gay, Holland Bizarre (new one), Rock it

Do you ever play any covers and if you do, what made you choose that particular track to cover?
Im sure I heard Sweet Dreams at the Brixton nite, I though tit was So much better than the Manson version!!
LOL, you charmer!
Its not a cover of us, just the very last song after White And Alive, fits good to the end of it. I made a cover of Bauhaus, their Bela Lugosis Dead

Who writes your songs?
Jeynne, thats me.

What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs?
Sex, Drugs, Religion, Love. Sometimes Politics.

Do you think these topics will change over time?
This topics has all the things I need and wanna talk about.

Could you briefly describe the music-making process?
I switch on my mac, start logic then something happens not really know what. I make music, but Im not a musician. Sometimes its good. Sometimes its crap. The crap stuff I use then for music-collegues 😉

What are your rehearsals generally like?
I write songs and introduce them to the other members in the rehearsal room. After a cool brainstorm, we do some changes in the live arrangement and play some test versions. Thats it.

How has your music evolved since you first began playing music together?
XPQ-21 is Jeynne and it doesnt really changes anything if member changes. There are only new and fresh influences. I do develop my style in every album

What has been your biggest challenge as a band?
To teach German musicians that music is not war. Lol

What’s your ultimate direction for your band? Are you seeking massive fame and fortune?
I dont wanna sell records, not to mention to earn money And please do NOT publish this interview coz it would help to promote XPQ-21 !

What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands?
– Do not copy other bands/artists.
– Try to be original as you can be.
– Be disciplined and work on songs as much as you can.
– Dont make music becoz its cool, make music becoz u feel it and you wanna say.
something. If not it kills you inside and you will become mad and kill people.

How can fans-to-be gain access to your music? Do you have a website?
We have the official facebook page

Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge for giving you support over the years??
Guenter Weber (German DJ and friend), Sergio Delirio (Spanish DJ and friend), DJ Mike (german DJ Matrix), my publisher Radar (with Heri as director) there are even more people but that would blast the page.

Ok, some silly questions –
On line or real shops??

What is your biggest weakness?
Sushi !!

What are your biggest strengths?

What is the one, single food that you would never give up?
Sushi !!

Where do you want to be in 5 years? In 5 years I still wanna be a lucky man.

Have you ever gone cow-tipping?

What should your catchphrase/life’s motto be?
Destroy To Create.

What do you dream about?
I already had holyday but could have some more !

Have you ever gambled at a casino?

Favorite tv show?

Strangest thing a fan has ever said to you?
Was not the strangest thing, but the greatest. One day a guy told me how much my music helped him through a difficult time. It helped him not to give up and commit suicide! Then he donated me his necklace. I have it at my altar, with the other holy stuff

What scares you the most and why?
To see how many stupid people we have. It scares me more then, when this people have kids theyll be much more stupid then their parents!

What do you do in your free time?
Snowboard, paint, write a book/stories, make love.

Do you like chocolate?

Do you scream on roller coasters?
A lot !

Do you like rainy days or snowy winter, summer days or spring time?
Every season has an own beauty but I prefer HOT summer and COLD winter!

What makes you bored?
Stupid questions. No, seriously: stupid questions…

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Barcelona. Amalfi coast (southern Italy, close to Salerno, Naples).

Any last words? Dont dream it, be it.

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