Interview Meikee Magnetic
Where were you born and where are you now?
We come from, live and work in southwestern Germany.
How was the band formed and created?
Coincidentally and spontaneously at a photographer event. None of the people present thought we were serious or a real band would form from that, but we pulled that thing off.
Where do you create your sounds?
The lyrics and guitar are created in peaceful seclusion at home. Our Synths and general composition come together at the studio.
Tell us about your love for Industrial, darkwave, electronic rock:
Those styles are a mixture of the individual likings of the band members. We draw inspiration from each of those styles and combine them to the unique, passionate sound The Unknown stands for.
What Unknown song has the deepest connection with your soul?
Regarding the content, there’s actually no special connection to one. We usually do not process personal experiences to songs. Of course, the general mood for some of the songs created are to make them favorites, anyway. I believe “Forsaken”, in Lavina’s case is hers.
We love the performance art during your live performances, what was the most effective performance and why?
It’s difficult to choose a certain performance, as we value the visual part of the shows very highly and each and every detail has it’s function, from our creepy horror dolls to the light show. Therefore it’s important to have an able lighting technician at our disposal – and the best one so far we had in Saarbrücken at Garage. If you relate it to a song, the most effective ones are those where choreography and sound go well together. Probably “Mr. Greed’s Property” or “Lullabies”.
Explain what instruments do you use onstage:
An electric guitar, synths, samples – and a voice.
What inspires you to be the artists you are?
Our inspiration is art itself. We all are photographers, and since we decided to make music together, you could say our pictures take an acoustic shape. The song topics are thoroughly thought over in relation to the album concept – and all visual factors are focused on it as well.
Where do you look for inspiration?
Movies, bands, pictures, stories and myths.
Tell us about your fabulous musical twins:
Our ‘dolls’ as we call them have been an important part of the band since the beginning. We always wanted to create something visually appealing and not only perform music. Our latest doll is Fräulein Julia who joined us in 2016.
What’s in your iPod?
Lavina: Metal-core, Nu Metal and some electronic stuff. At the moment, I listen mostly to Motionless In White.
Jan: EBM, Symphonic Metal, Darkwave, Prog Rock, Dark Country Folk, Minimal, Indie, Grunge… Ok I stop now… *laughs*
Oliver: Muse, Editors and The Cure.
What’s next for The Unknown?
Actually, we’re working on our second album, which is going to have the ‘Seven Deadly Sins’ as a concept. It is going to be musically more intense and more dance-able, but will also have a sophisticated ballad on it. Some songs will have experimental or almost avant-garde like structures but it will generally be darker than the previous album.
What does Dark Beauty mean to you?
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Often in the dark, sometimes even in the morbid. We are comfortable with this particular, and exceptional kind of beauty.