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Interview with NecrogenesiS – Magyar Industrial Webzine
After almost 10 years, the American nolongerhuman released a new album.
And not just any kind of thing! In early May, a very hot, finely woven publication was published, where every track is carefully written. A really mature new school dark electro album is “Marionette,” in which the melody does not go to the expense of the dark mood, – in fact! – it deepens the mood with symphonic musical effects and elements.
Mortel asked Clint Robertson questions about his new album (we wrote about it here.)
Mortel: How did you first come across dark electro/industrial music?
nolongerhuman: I was still a teenager. My earliest experience with it was Leæther Strip and the “Legacy of Hate and Lust” album. In those days, MP3s didn’t yet exist, but once I’d heard that album, I got ahold of an IsoTank catalog and I found :wumpscut:, then Haujobb, then Suicide Commando, and I was lucky enough to have a few friends interested in the same sounds. Most of my money as a kid went to buying new music, honestly.
Mortel: How did the nolongerhuman project get started?
nolongerhuman: I knew early on that I wanted to make music, but I didn’t have the experience. It took many years of learning and experimenting with sounds to find something that sounded unique to me. I was fortunate enough to have the support of local DJs, which led me to Christian with COP International, and the support of both really helped me solidify that this was what felt natural for me to do. The first live show cemented that idea for me.
Mortel: Does the naming have anything to do with Osamu Dazai’s “No Longer Human”?
nolongerhuman: Interestingly enough, I had never heard of the book when I named the band. It wasn’t until the second album that a fan sent me a copy of the book and I love it. For me, even though it was written nearly 75 years ago, it’s still a haunting read.
So, it’s a coincidence, but a happy one. I think the feeling of alienation written in the book is very similar to the feelings I experienced when I thought of the band name.
Mortel: About 9 years have passed since the “Withdrawal” album. Was there a reason for this almost 1 decade long break? Musical recharging?
nolongerhuman: I was in a different place in my life 9 years ago, and to some extent, I’m glad it was such a long break. It gave me time to learn, to study my equipment, and to dig into music theory and sound design more.
The world has changed and I have changed, and although I don’t think the next album will take nearly as long to release, I am very glad that people have stuck with me all this time.
Mortel: If you had to compare the songs from “Marionette” and “Withdrawal”, has anything changed? I’m thinking of things like world view, work process, state of mind, taste.
nolongerhuman: I think the focus on production quality has improved, and I’ve found it easier as the band has aged to convey my feelings clearly. Music for me is like little diary entries, and it’s important to be able to express that. The work process is much less chaotic than it used to be, and although I still love my hardware synths, I find myself doing more sampling and much more experimenting with sound.
My taste honestly hasn’t changed much, perhaps refined slightly. I still listen to and love Suicide Commando, Hocico, Leæther Strip, and Daniel Myers’ new work as much as I always did.
Mortel: Do you have plans for the future? I think a European tour would be very much appreciated by many people.
nolongerhuman: I’d absolutely love to play Europe. It’s something that I have never had the opportunity to do but has always been at the top of my list. Festivals were all booked for 2023, unfortunately, but I will be applying for them all for 2024. So hopefully soon.
Mortel: Do you have a message for your Hungarian fans?
nolongerhuman: I appreciate you more than you know. It’s incredible for me to be able to share music that resonates with people thousands of miles away, and each and every person listening, sharing, and dancing, is so important to me. I hope someday to be able to meet each and every one of you in person.