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XPQ-21

RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEWED GERMAN BAND XPQ-21, WHAT HAPPENED?

Jeyênne, the title of your next release sounds very promising. What exactly is the track about?

I have tried to wrap up our current times in a track. A topic that we are all struggling with at the moment and flirt with the question of what it will look like in 100 years. 

We are at a turning point. Where Minds Collide” is about an artificial intelligence that is taking over the world. Two systems and philosophies are in conflict, and we humans are badly prepared for the unfolding scenario. Strange, considering that we are the architects of this very development. In just a few years, trust in AI will be indispensable.

Jeyênne’s vocals were recorded in a different way this time, which is atypical for XPQ. Can you tell us something about it?

Jeyênne’s and Laura’s vocals were recorded with different microphones, in different rooms and processed with different effects. This gives the vocals a spatial sound and a special character that you can’t quite achieve with mixdown alone.

Tell us about your musical career in a few words.

XPQ-21 is first and foremost me, Jeyênne. Producer, Composer and singer of XPQ-21.

Techno Raver of the first hour.

In the 90s, I used to play at all the big rave and techno events as The Jeyênne and released numerous records and CDs.

Tours with Prodigy and Moby, DJing at festivals with people like Carl Cox, Richie Hawtin, Ellen Allien…

With appearances on MTV and VIVA TV, Mayday, Loveparade and many more.

From the 2000s, tours through the USA and Europe and mutation with XPQ-21 into electro-industrial-DNB-cyberpunk-goth.

Was there a life before music?

For as long as I can remember, there has never been a life without music for me.

Your album planned for last year was postponed to summer 2024, why?

Shortly before summer 2023, I wasn’t able to select the best tracks for the album from the abundance of around 60 tracks. In addition, some additional ideas came up at short notice, which I didn’t want to rush into realising. 

It was important for me to take the necessary time to ensure that the selection and realisation met my expectations.

What was the first song you heard that set you on the path of music?

It wasn’t a specific song. I just played around on the organ and since then the sound of this instrument and later a synth has gripped me so hard that it still fascinates me today.

What interests you apart from music?

Crossfit, snowboarding, photography, film and painting. Travelling, history.

What’s the biggest thing you have learned from someone else in the industry? 

Always be positive. Believe strongly in what you are doing. Always be hardworking and love what you do. Accept feedback. Never compromise.

What styles of music have shaped your life?

Electronic music styles like: ElectroPop, Cyberpunk, ElectroClash, Industrial, Drum N Bass. But also post-punk, Britpop and film music.

If you could wish for one thing to aid your career what would it be?

I don’t make music because of my career, but because I want to make music.

Do you ever worry about people taking things the wrong way or cancel culture? Discuss….

People often understand what they want to understand. Everyone has their own point of view, that’s normal.

I’m just worried about the increasing lack of morals, empathy and intelligence among people. I hope this development can be reversed at some point.

What was the worst experience on stage?

When I had to replace one of our drummers shortly before the gig because he had missed the plane. I drank so much before the gig out of frustration that I couldn’t remember the gig. But they say it was one of our best. Maybe I should start drinking.

How did you come to found a music school and what exactly do you do?

The EMS – Electronic Music School was founded by me and my former partner in 2010. Since then, we have been teaching production with DAW-based software and have trained countless DJs in techno and house music.

What makes you special?

You had to ask the fans this question. We make music and we’re happy when people like it.

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