DH: As a begin could you please tell me a little bit about your artistically development. How did Antique start out? Which musicians are involved?
It started with the song "Take This Sullen Timber". At that time there were several other projects, and the song wasn't appropriate to any of those, so a new project needed to be started. That song thus ended up starting with the keyboardist, and was basically rewritten as guitars and vocals came into the picture.
The project has had influences and participants come and go. Nobody likes to steal anybody else's credit, so mostly the individuals involved stay masked behind the name Antique.
DH: Why did you choose the name Antique? What do you want to express with this name?
Over the 30-40 thousand year history of mankind we must have experienced something that brings us joy and happiness. Whatever that was, is for the most of use now, lost. Thus, everything we could ever want must be an Antique.
The exact reason for the choice of the name is lost, but mainly it revolves around that concept: something we want has been lost in the past.
DH: Your music seems to me as combining different styles like Gothic and Metal and it is very dark. Can you describe your music style in your own words? Why do you make exactly this kind of music?
The project is about emotion and story. It is simply not possible to convey what we want with a single musical style. The actual choice of styles comes both from our own abilities and from what is needed by the story. Obviously as our own experience grows, and as our membership changes, the actual selection of genres will be altered.
DH: Your new album is called "Book One". Is this your first release or had there been other releases in the past?
There was a demo release before this, but it doesn't contain any songs not on "Book One". There have also been many other songs done as experiments under the name, most of which are probably better forgotten, but some of which just didn't fit the story on "Book One".
DH: Can you tell us something about "Book One"? Is "Book One" a kind of a concept album? What do you want to express with "Book One"? How long did you record the album? How did you get in contact with your label "Trostlos"?
"Book One" is the story of a man's downfall in life. Each song tells a particular tale from that overall story, with the last song (or two) leading into the topic of the next album (whenever that happens to come out ;)
It is hard to answer the question of how long it took to record -- as a studio-only band we can spend an eternity changing things with little regard to the time. Generally, it took a long time.
The label was formed as an avenue to distribute/promote Antique. Since then they seemed to have gone on to other things, but will still be there for any new Antique album.
DH: On the album there is a song called "What Temptation" that I like very much. What is this song about? How do you get the ideas for recording this song?
This is one of those emotional songs, primarily instrumental, yet with a tiny bit of text about 2/3rds through. At this point in our story our protagonist is beginning to wonder if his condition is his own, our one of humanity's. So this song starts pleasantly and then changes over time, with the text indicating he is wondering what happened to "us" in the past such that we ended up the way we are. However, this is both meant to mean "us", but also an externalization of himself, what happened in his life.
DH: How important is your work as musicians for yourselves?
As an independent band we can basically write our music and not worry about whether it will be accepted or not. However, since we have a story to tell, it doesn't make sense if nobody wants to hear it. There needs to be a good balance between our wishes and those of our listener.
With that said, we hope to improve the quality for all you next time.
DH: You are from Canada. How does the music scene look like there? Are there many electro and gothic bands in Canada? Are there any discos where your music is being played?
Well, Canada in general was not very diverse for music, particularily Calgary were we started. The main parts of Antique have since moved to Germany, where the scene is much better, though our scene mainly comes from online presence, so our real location seems to have little to no effect on that.
We do know of a few clubs that had played our music at least a few times , but we don't have any lasting presence I believe.
DH: Are you planning to play live in Germany? Which further plans do you have with Antique? Do you record new songs for another album?
No current plans to play live anywhere at the moment. Well, there are long-term plans, but as we don't want to just have a bunch of synths on the stage, we'd need to rearrange the music a bit to be playable with a reasonable number of performers.
Several new songs have been started, that's all we can say now.
DH: Thank you so much for answering our questions. We wish you good luck for the future. Is there anything else you'd like to tell us?
Thank you all very much and we hope everybody continues to enjoy our album. We promise that another one is on the way, it just may take a while.
Interview: Andreas Ohle