Sleepwalk has a rich history within the dark electronic music landscape. How has the band managed to stay intact through the lineup changes, label changes, personal decisions and everything else?
For some people this may
look like stress, but it was a natural development. Life changes, as we do.
Maybe one thing is, that we're always very focused on the music.
Tell us about the current lineup and the things that still
inspire you to write new music and continue the Sleepwalk journey?
The current line up is
founding member Bruno Ruch, Char Ly, and myself. We all have different other
projects like Rebirth, tEaR!doWn, Framework just to name a few. We are all
music junkies. Inspiration comes from nearly everywhere. If you keep your eyes
open, there is a lot to write about.
Your latest album 'Tempus Vincit Omnia' (time conquers all) found positive
praise from us at Brutal Resonance as well as other media outlets. What was the
process like creating this album. Is it tough to stay inspired after releasing
so much over the last 20 + years and why Time Conquers All as the title?
Bruno and me needed some
fresh ideas, so we asked Char Ly to join. Three different people in three
different locations - you can imagine that this is a lot of work. We sent files
to each other and each of us worked on it and sent them back. Thats why it took
some years, but it was a lot of fun. It is not tough to stay inspired, if you
are a music junkie and interested what is going on in the world today.
"Time Conquers All" is the summary of our life. Its like a mantra.
The clock is ticking for all of us. A fact that we should have in mind from
time to time.
Tell us about the transition from Scanner to Electro Aggression Records.
Scanner released so much of your material. What led to the change?
I don´t wanna say to much
about this point. We had a good time and nothing special happened. Sometimes
you need a change to work without pressure to have a finished product in the
You found yourselves working with Oliver Spring on the track
"Downfall". Is Sleepwalk close to former members? What are your
thoughts on Oliver's current project tEaR!doWn? Both Oliver and Char Ly are
label mates but both groups follow similar yet different paths in regards to
We are all close friends.
Its a little bit like a family business. We often work together, help and
visiting each other. I like Oliver's and Char Ly's projects a lot.
Which songs are you most proud of as a whole and which tracks specifically have
special place for you on 'Tempus Vincit Omnia'? Also, there a ton of remixes on
the second CD. What stands out for you?
My favourite tracks are
"Degeneration" and "Carbon Ultimate". A very special song
for Bruno and his brother Roland is "Embrace". If I had to name my
favourite remixes, which is very hard because all are fantastic, it would be
the remixes of Tri-state and Second Disease.
Do you ever play tracks from early 90's at live shows? Is there a track the
fans insist you play? What does your current set look like?
Unfortunately there are no
tracks from the early 90s left, cause most of the files are lost. Bruno did
some reworks, but we never played them live. He did also a new version of
"Goddes of Delight" which is in the set of his other project "Rebirth".
"Life as a gift" and "Hackerstate" are songs that fans
insist us to play. Our current set is a mixture of the last three releases and
some well known older stuff.
The music scene has changed a lot over the years. What has been one of the biggest
changes the band has endured from promoting, marketing and sales perspectives?
Is it better now?
With all that social media
stuff and digitalisation the possibilities are more diverse, but is it better? I
think not. The market is flooded with releases, because everybody can publish
his stuff even without a label. Sales getting lower, costs rising. Everything
is available everywhere. Sometimes really frustrating, but the postive feedback
and the passion for music keeps us alive.
Aside from music, what do Sleepwalk members enjoy doing?
Brunos second passion is
minigolf. Char Ly and me have a passion for fishing and our families.
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