Hailing from southern Germany, the songwriter/producer-duo offers a fresh mix of catchy synth-pop tunes, explicit lyrics, sensual half-sung half-spoken vocals, funky guitar riffs and tons of bass and synthesizer filled grooves. Diana and Boog love to explore different genres, ranging from good old 80′s dance through laid back electro to harsher sounds. Lyrically they jump from dark/deep/meaningful to silly/dirty/hilarious without blushing. JUNKSISTA stands for music that will make you explore the dance floor, the dark places in your heart and the wet ones in your pants.
Interview Meikee Magnetic
Where were you born and where are you now?
Diana: I was actually born in this little town, Biberach, in the very south of Germany. Because of the girlfriend I was with at the time, I left in 2004 to live near the french border. I returned 4 years later. What can I say, this place is small and boring but also pretty and peaceful. I am drawn to nature, especially the forest and there is plenty of that around here. I guess I am a village girl.
Boog: I grew up in a town a little bit bigger than Biberach but only about 50km away. I moved to Biberach about 15 years ago (am I really that old?!) because of my wife. I like it here, for me life is easier without constantly running into people I guess.
How did this project form?
Diana: I used to work as a DJ since I was 15 years old. That worked out pretty well for me but at one point I quit because producing music felt somehow more satisfying to me. I started recording a couple of tracks and at one point I thought it could be interesting to invite my metal-guitarist-friend Boog, to play some guitar on my minimalistic electro tracks. Obviously that is not what happened. We noticed right away, that working together is not only productive but also quite fun so he joined the band pretty much right away!
Boog: Actually I met Diana the first time at a concert of my former rock band. Our album release party was coming up and a friend told us he knew some “cool Djane“. I didn’t know any DJs at that time because I was – you know – a real rocker. I was glad I didn’t have to look for someone so I booked her. I think the first time we met the both of us were not too drawn to each other, one could say *laughs*. A few years later we started working together as Diana mentioned and over time we transformed into this very efficient and fun team that is Junksista!
Discuss your sound:
Diana: The combination of our backgrounds might be the essence of it! I listen to lots of pop music, electronic music and quite some trip hop. Boog is a rocker to the core. What we have in common, is that we can appreciate so many different kinds of music. We share a love for the 80s, any kind of groovy funk music and an I-don’t-give-a-shit-attitude. We might be the only band that dares to use funky guitars and actual humor in the dark scene. Trust me, we received a fair share of hate for it. Thank god our egos are big enough to absorb this.
Boog: That’s right, we try not to allow any boundaries and that’s why we could end up with 80s style pop tracks with 70s funk guitars and an EBM beat. We LOVE doing that so why shouldn’t we?
Describe your creative songwriting process:
Diana: We actually don’t have just one process. We both write songs, we both record demos and we send those ideas to each other. Maybe it’s a little like we’re remixing each others tracks. Sometimes we start from scratch together then we hang out in the studio, drink wine, listen to music, insult each other in hilarious ways and a few hours later we end up with a song. When it comes to the lyrics, I also have the I-don’t-give a shit mindset. There are times when I feel inspired to write down my feelings and thoughts, something that means something to me. Sometimes I am turning one of our stupid studio jokes into a song. Depends on my mood and the amount of wine I had.
Boog: I think we both work the hardest when we’re working alone on ideas, but the songs really come to life when we are finishing them together. I think that’s a very big part of our sound because the both of us encourage each other to do things that we normally wouldn’t do and when we do it there’s this eclectic Junksista sound that we consider our trademark.
Congrats on the new album, how many songs are featured and where can people find it?
Thank you! We’ve never been happier with a release and we’re pretty much overwhelmed by the positive feedback we’ve been getting! It features 12 songs and 12 remixes… if you go for the 2-CD edition. Cool people get Promiscuous Tendencies in our Junkshop (www.junksista.de). We sign everything, we add goodies, we offer nice packages and by ordering from there, fans can actually support us and help us make the next album happen. The people that prefer their music digital, can find it on iTunes, Amazon or Spotify.
You made a video for the track ‘Fuck For Love’, what were some highlights during filming?
Diana: I especially enjoyed the tiny team we had because everything was so relaxed and easy – a guy on camera, the hot actress, Boog, me and an assistant (errr my girlfriend haha). The location was a highlight to. It was basically a horse farm and the horses were free to walk around anywhere. We were interrupted a couple of time by curious ones. Even thou the video has a slightly dark and artistic vibe, the general mood during the filming was quite silly and fun!
What were some of your career highlights and why?
Diana: As cheesy as it sounds but whenever someone tells us that our music made them happy, it’s just an amazing feeling. We have some very faithful fans that have been supporting us since years now and I really think it’s a privilege. Working with Jane Badler also was an absolute highlight for me. Since my childhood I’ve been a huge van of “V“ and she was always the coolest villain to me. Who would have though that I’d get to know her, get to record music with her and even get to be in a short film with her? Same goes for the collaboration with Layzee on our current album. I’ve been his biggest fan during my teenage years,18 year old Diana would have freaked out, knowing she’ll release music one day, that features him.
What do you wish to achieve with this project?
Diana: There is a constant process of learning and improving my skills. I believe that the best things happen outside your comfort zone. I used to be scared of being on stage – so I did it until I was ok. I didn’t wanna sing and stick to my spoken vocals. On the new record I did sing and now I am quite proud of it. I think being a musician improves me as a person and there is still a lot left to be improved. Becoming filthy rich and having several sex slaves wouldn’t be so bad either.
Boog: That’s a good question! I am not sure if I personally want to achieve anything with this band that we haven’t achieved by now. Obviously I wouldn’t mind if more people would enjoy our music and – even better – buy our cds, but the most valuable thing to me is creating music I like with people I like for people that like us enough to look forward to every song we create.
Diana: We already talked about the next album – we’ve got some great ideas for it and will start working on it very soon. We are also planning to play a few shows this fall with a brand new live-setup!Then of course the master plan: World domination.
What does Dark Beauty mean to you?
Diana: I’ve always been drawn to the dark side of beauty. I wouldn’t describe my own style and appearance as 100% goth but you won’t catch me wearing pastel colors either haha. To me, it’s a life style or rather a mindset. Being comfortable with your own weirdness, being brave enough to be different and not giving a shit about fashion. Seeing beauty in things that others perceive as ugly or strange. Dark Beauty is the perfect place for anyone with that kind of attitude and sense for aesthetics. It really stands out.