We had the great honor to get Bionic Resistance tell us about “Must Be destroyed”, his new EP, about himself and other things.
Check out the interview and be sure to checkout this great EP (name your price).
Headphones For Robots: Who is Bionic Resistance? Where do you come from? Where do you live?
Bionic Resistance: My name is Mirko Marszalek and I live in a small village near Bremen, Germany called Scharmbeckstotel.
HFR: How did you start making music? Could you tell us a bit about your influences?
BR: My first favourite band as a kid was Duran Duran and still love them, but when I was 13 years old I discovered distorted guitars in a release called “License to Ill” by The Beastie Boys. So I picked up the guitar and started to play in some local punk and metal bands in the early 90s. Than I switched to vocals and growled in a death metal band and shouted in a hardcore band. My first contact with electronic music was the album Rendez-vous by Jean-Michel Jarre in ‘86. My influences are wide spread from metal bands like Opeth, Annihilator, Slayer to pop bands like A Flock of Seagulls, A-ha, Rick Springfield to newer synthwave artists like Timecop1983 and The Midnight.
HFR: You have just released Must Be Destroyed, a 5 tracks EP. Who or what must be destroyed?
BR: Bionic Resistance must be destroyed! I wanted to pick a title that combines the artist name and the album title, like “The Haunted – Made me do it”. It was also planned to be my last release, so I think the title fits … but never say never.
HFR: How did you approach writing the songs for your EP?
BR: I really do not have a kind of concept for my EPs or albums. I write each track on its own. Sometimes I start with a melody or a movie sample. I had already 12 songs written for this release but decided to cut it down to my 5 favourite tracks. I should have done this on my previous album, too.
HFR: Your tracks sweat 80s sounds. What does attract you from this decade?
BR: I was 7 to 17 years old in the 80’s, so it was the era for me being a kid. I think that the emotions and experiences that you make in your youth will follow you throughout the rest of your life. This period of time has definitely a great impact on my music and my taste in video games and movies. In 2013 I discovered this small music genre called synthwave and I was totally pulled back in time. 80s Stallone, Miami Nights 1984, Tesla Boy and mainly Vector Hold made me do it!
HFR: Do you play video games? Which one had an impact on you and your music?
BR: Yes, a lot! I still play on original old school consoles and home computers. And I am still collecting stuff like that. But the only video game that had an effect on my music was Skate or Die by Electronic Arts. I did a cover version of the awesome title track by Rob Hubbard for the CHIPWARS compilation by New Horizons Records. My favourite game of all time is Conker’s Bad Fur Day for the N64.
HFR: Could you tell us a bit about your “go-to” equipment? What do you use when writing a song and which are your favorite instruments? Do you prefer Software or Hardware?
BR: I prefer software. I do not have enough room for hardware. It’s all crowded with old and new videogames, consoles and home computer. I use Ableton Live as a DAW and an AKAI midi controller. My VST-synth collection is small and clear. I mainly use the TAL-U-No-LX. That is definitely my favourite. Also some u-he Diva, Zebra2, TyrellN6 and the Korg Polysix. Nothing special.
HFR: What moves you today?
BR: My wife, my cat, all cats, soccer, concerts, videogames, movies and beer.
HFR: What annoys you today?
BR: Political debates online, lack of humor and day-1-patches.
HFR: Will you play your new tracks live? Do you have other projects?
BR: I played my older tracks live once, but this “DJ”-thing is not my cup of tea. So there will be no more live activities. Currently I have no other projects, but I could imagine to do some metal stuff again.
HFR: Last words?
BR: Thank you very much for having me! Feel free to download my new EP (it’s name your price) or visit me on spotify.
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