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Interview with Beat Noir Deluxe
What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
Well, my story is kinda different. I stopped making music around 2005, at the time I played as drummer in an Alternative Rock Band and Synths and DAW in an Electronic Music Project. We made a lot of gigs, released a studio album, but the projects then split up for various reasons. For work (I have a company making software and IT) and for family (I have three kids) I decided to take a break away from music for a while. The while then was quite long, until 2017, when I had a car accident in which I nearly lost my life, together with my family. Today we are all ok again, but it was tough. This made me think on how quickly life can be and that is why I started again making music, which is one of my biggest passions.
What do you like to do when you are not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
I am traveling around a lot, being in contact with many people, I like reading, I go around the world with open eyes, so to say. I also live in a beautiful region with stunning nature and of course my dearest gives me support and inspiration, too.
Where are you based out of and how did that influence your music?
I am based in Bolzano in Italy. The region was part of Austria until first World War, most of the population is German Speaking, like myself. During Fascism the will of Mussolini was to make the German Roots disappear causing a lot of suffering and hate between the German and Italian Speaking Population, partly until today. In addition, the region was of a very catholic – conservative mindset. Maybe this made me realize how important in life it is to have freedom to be whatever you want, and that in the end we are all the same, regardless of the language, faith, or ethnicity.
If you could play any show with any lineup, who would be on the ticket?
Depeche Mode (so sad that Andy is gone), VNV Nation, Massive Attack, Chrysta Bell.
If you could go back in time and give yourselves advice, what would it be?
Not having taken so long break away from music.
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
Morphine is about the months spent in hospital and how it felt getting massively morphine to ease the pain after my car accident, it is kinda part of elaborating that trauma.
But That Circle is the song that I feel most important as message for being yourself and not letting others define what you are.
What kinds of messages do you like to get across in your music?
Beat Noir Deluxe's music blends loneliness and defiance with melodic tunes and lyrics that are mostly introspective, sometimes provocative and always asking for tolerance.
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that is coming up?
I have two more songs ready which will be released in the next months, and we want to plan LIVE Gigs, I am in contact with various bookings.