This Dark Wave and high fashion inspired group comes from the Black Forest of Germany. What lies hidden in this place of wonder is seduced by the dark, dripping with ultra cool. Dark Beauty dwells in this place and we wish to invite our readers to discover these beautiful wonders…
Interview Meikee Magnetic
Where were you born and where on the planet are you now?
I was born on the countryside area of Frankfurt, in the center Germany. Now I’m based in the mountains of the black forest, close to the border of Switzerland and France. If you have´t heard of that beautiful place before, it’s where the cuckoo clock comes from.
The blending of your imagery and sound are a beautiful combination. It really shines through in your “Somebody Else´s Dream” video. Tell us a bit about the making of the video and the fashion designer:
I had a photo shoot with the designer and used the opportunity by adding some more days with the models at the location. We created a mixture of music and fashion for the video. We had models from Germany, Russia and Belarus. The designer came from Spain, I worked with her already for the “Tiefer“ video some years ago.
Describe your sound and what your music means to you?
It´s very electronic based, but still for people who don´t like typical electronic music. Music has ruled my life for more than 20 years, with assets and drawbacks.
Who are the band members and what are their roles?
Next to me, there’s Steve, who most people know from playing live drums and Jörg on keyboards. The three of us founded the band in the 90’s. Nina and Haydee joined the band some years ago, adding female vocals and live-guitars.
Tell us a bit about how you and Nina De Lianin met:
She was born in Serbia and moved to Germany in 2009. Haydee, who I knew first, shared an apartment with her, that´s how we met.
Which ISC song has the most personal meaning to you and why?
I don´t know really, there are so many I guess it would depend on the moment.
If you look back at your musical journey, what would you say was your most memorial moment?
Probably some of the travels. I saw countries and met people, which I maybe never would have seen that way. Such as Mexico, Israel, parts of the US, Russia and so many more.
‘My Despair’ is a lovely video, what do you remember about the creation of it, highs and lows?
Highs – the result. Lows – I won´t tell but there are some.
How important is fashion to you?
Important to me? For home: if it fits and it is comfortable it´s mine… hey I´m a man! Sometimes it needs a bit more than this, I just saw some new designs from Gareth Pugh, he is great.
If you could speak to everyone in the world in one moment, what would you like to say?
Old but still gold: “Make love – not war”.
What’s coming up in the future for In Strict Confidence?
The new single and album is already done for 2016. We’re already working on another one for 2017.
What does Dark Beauty mean to you?
“Dark” and “beauty” sound like a contradiction and I love contradictions. It´s balancing and focusing the center.