DH: Tell us something about your artistic development. How long does Glis exist and when and how did you meet?
Glis is actually a project commanded and coordinated by myself (Shaun Frandsen). Other members will come in from album to album, but since I do all the production and music, I am the only permanent member. Glis began in the summer of 2000 as an instrumental project. Karloz of Manufactura heard my music and suggested I put vocals to it and make it an EBM project… and so it began…
DH: On your new album "Nemesis" are a lot of musical influences besides electro. What are your musical preferences? Do you have any favorite bands that influenced you in the past?
I listen to all kinds of music ranging from indie-pop, synthpop, noize, electro, industrial, idm… pretty much the whole entire spectrum of electronic music. I have always been influenced mostly by the early greats, such as Front 242, Nitzer Ebb, Skinny Puppy, etc. Also, I’m very fond of The Cure and Depeche Mode when I was a teenager.
DH: To me "Nemesis" sounds very modern, dynamic, harder and much more aggressive than earlier releases. Is this aggression something that comes deep from your mind? Did you use new technical equipment for your recordings?
I used all the same equipment as before, I just concentrated on making it sound dirty and harsh and sometimes distorted. The sound of ‘nemesis’ is a direct connection to the state of mind I was in at the time I was writing it. I was very angry and upset for the whole year of 2004. Life just pushes you down sometimes, but now things are getting better. That doesn’t mean the music will go back to being softer. HAHA!
DH: I like very much the song "Dancing On Borrowed Time" from your album. What is the song about?
I like to leave that up to the listener to figure out what the song means to them. Dancing on borrowed time simply means we are all here for such a short moment… in an istant we can be destroyed… so live your life without fear and never hold yourself back.
DH: Who had the idea to work together with Jean-Luc de Meyer for two songs on "Nemesis". How did you get in contact with him? Do you like working together with other artists?
Jean Luc approached me. He liked the previous Glis material and was curious to see what it would sound like if we collaborated. We are both very happy about the outcome. I love working with other singers. I like to have full control over the music but for the vocals I am open to all.
DH: Why do you release "Nemesis" in two different versions? On the limited edition there will be a lot of remixes. Do you like remixes? Do you think that remixes can change the character of a song?
Alfa Matrix releases all of their CD’s as a limited edition with bonus features. I think this is a wonderful concept and should be done with other labels. I have a love hate relationship with remixes. The best part is that several artists can collaborate and this makes it better for the whole scene. The bad part is that you can get lost in the forest of remixes and lose the concept of the artists intentions for the album.
DH: Which further plans do you have with Glis in the near future? Will there be a European tour. Do you visit Germany, soon?
There will be gigs in Europe this August. We are looking to play Holland, Belgium, Russia, and Germany. Some shows will even feature Jean Luc himself performing the track he did on Nemesis, and beyond…
DH: Thank you very much for answering our questions. We wish you all the best. Your last words please.
The devil is everywhere.
Interview: Andreas Ohle