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Electric Moon interview with Komet Lulu and Dave Sula Bassana

August 2, 2013

Electric Moon interview with Komet Lulu and Dave Sula Bassana

  Nestled in the bosom of Germany there’s something undeniably
unique and interesting about Electric Moon and I was bound to get to the bottom
of it!  With fifteen full-length albums
to their name, three years might as well have been a lifetime for psychedelic
acid rockers Electric Moon.  A back
catalog that would put most people to shame, none of it appearing to be filler
culled mostly from live improvised performances keeping up with Lulu and Sula
is a full time job these days!  Soaring
psychedelic guitar lines cut through a tide of thunderous drums and crooning
keyboards forming a cosmic nod to those pioneers in the field that long
preceded them.  Relying more on
composition and a tight control of atmospheric noise than a wanky forty-five
minute guitar solo there’s nothing boring about songs that build into massive
crescendos, fading back into hazy trance like soundscapes before crumpling in on
themselves like white dwarf stars.  Sula
and Lulu took some time out of their hectic schedules to talk about where the
band’s been, how it got there and most importantly where they are heading from
here so catch the cosmic wave and I will see you on the other side!

Where are you
originally from?  Where is the band
currently located?
Lulu:  We are from
Germany and the band is currently located in the middle of Germany at the
moment, our new home is between Kassel and Marburg.
How involved are
you with the local scene there?  Has it
played a large part in Electric Moon’s history or evolution?
Lulu:  Well, the
scenes in the small cities in Germany are also very small!  In Marburg we now have nice radio station
support and a cool venue to play.
What’s the band’s
lineup?  Is that the original lineup or
have you gone through any personnel changes?
Lulu:  At the moment
we’re just a duo with guest drummers.
Are any of you in
any other bands?  Have you been in any
other bands that released anything?
Lulu:  Yeah, Zone Six,
Krautzone.
Dave:  Yeah, Zone Six,
Krautzone, Sula Bassana.  In earlier
years, Liquid Visions, Weltraumstaunen, Growing Seeds, Psychedelic Monsterjam,
Suedstern 44, and Interkosmos.
How did you all
meet?  How and when did Electric Moon
start?
Lulu:  Pablo our
former drummer, Dave and I met to make some music, just for fun.  But it became so good we decided to really do
something with this band. 
Where did the name
Electric Moon come from?  What does it
mean or refer to?
Lulu:  It comes from
the moon, and it’s electric!
I know there’s a
lot of improvisation involved with your music, especially when performing
live.  Can you talk a little bit about
the songwriting process, or the lack thereof with Electric Moon?  How do you approach jamming?  Does someone come in with a riff or general
idea or is it all totally spontaneous?
Lulu:  Some of the
things we created with a theme, but most of the stuff is totally spontaneous
and gets finished into a more complete song later when, for example vocals get
added and stuff.
Dave:  But it’s not a
typical jam-band.  We wanna make music,
with soul and feeling.  Not the typical
noodling for hours.  It’s more about
painting a soundscape than showing off our talents!
You have a lot of
live material available, due you dislike or intentionally avoid recording in
the studio?

Lulu:  Recording in
the studio is lot of fun, but live appearances happen more often than a
rehearsal or a studio session; our drummers all live so far away.  In the future though there will be more
studio stuff, with Dave on drums which is very cool!
Dave:  We did a lot as
a duo in the past like the single-track, The Pop Art Accident, the
sampler-track Madrigal Meridian and some of the shorter tracks from our
Lunatics album.
I don’t like to
define or label music, it’s art and therefor I think defies any sort of logical
categorization in that sense.  Instead of
labeling or categorizing, how would you describe Electric Moon’s sound?
Lulu:  A psychedelic
experience that facilitates the possibility of having an encounter with your
innermost self.
You are obviously
pretty heavily influenced by a lot of psychedelic rock but there’s a ton of
other influences swirling around in your music like jazz that are pretty
apparent as well.  Can you talk about
some of your personal major musical influences? 
What about the band as a whole?
Lulu:  The major
influence is love!  (not the band)
Dave:  Love is a great
band!  Late sixties psych and early
electronic are for sure my deepest influence, next to life and love that
is.  
Lulu Artwork
(http://luluartwork.jimdo.com/) has become synonymous with your releases and
graces most of your album covers and band posters.  Do you put a lot of thought into the visual
aesthetic of the band or images that represent the band?  How did Lulu come to do the covers and
general visual design of the band?
Lulu:  Because I’m in
the band!  It’s only logical that I do
the graphical stuff as I’m familiar with what we are trying to do and
communicate as a band.  It usually has a
theme, it just depends on what we want to express. 
Dave:  It’s sooo good
that Lulu makes all this great artwork that has become synonymous with the
band, I love it!
Can you tell us a
little bit about Lulu Artwork?  How long
have you been doing art and graphic design? 
Did it start before the band?
Lulu:  Yes it started
before the band.  I’ve been doing it for
many years but I was really underground before we founded Electric Moon.  I just did illustration jobs for books and
private stuff before.
I know that Sala
runs his own record label Sulatron-Records. Can you tell me a little bit about
Sulatron?
Dave:  I started
Sulatron-Records to release my first solo-album on CD in 2004.  Then I got offers from some friends, Seid
from Norway and Electric Orange from Germany, to release their stuff on CD as
well so it slowly grew.  Since then some
more bands have come onboard from Sweden, USA, Germany, Norway, Denmark,
Austria and then Sweden again, he-he, plus Italy not to mention our stuff with
Electric Moon, Sula Bassana, Zone Six and soon Krautzone!
You have amassed a
serious back catalog in the relatively short time you’ve been around.  You’ve only dealt with one other label Nasoni
Records, with the exception of the Hypnotized Not Paralyzed split 7” with came
out on TransubstansRecords last year. 
How was/is your relationship with Nasoni Records?  What caused you to begin to exclusively
releasing your own albums?
Dave:  Sunhair-Records
also handled some CD-releases, two albums each of Zone Six and Psychedelic Monsterjam.  Alost 45-Records as well as Sysyphus Records
each released one Liquid Visions album and Pancromatic from Norway released the
vinyl version of my The Night album not to mention Transubstans also released a
split-LP/CD of Zone Six and Vespero, so there were definitely more labels.   Nasoni was my way of getting into vinyl
releases.  Hans-Georg Bier released a lot
of my/our early albums.  The relationship
with Nasoni was good!  Later I had to
decide what to do to get an income though because I was unemployed for a few
years so I founded a label and a mail-order service.
What are the
advantages and disadvantages to releasing your own material?  How about dealing with a record label?
Dave:  It’s a lot of
work to do everything yourself so having both is nice!  Pancromatic will be doing another Sula
Bassana vinyl later this year and a repress of The Night on marbled vinyl.
You release
several albums a year usually, what do you have out right now?  What do you have planned for the rest of this
year album wise?
Dave:  Our latest
album is Introducing Night Sound by Italian band Giobia.  A very nice late sixties inspired album which
will be out on CD and LP.  Next will be
the collaboration with Papir from Copenhagen, Electric Moon and Mogens the
keyboard player from Øresund Space Collective. 
We met in Copenhagen last year for a recording session and had a great
time together.  It was a two guitar, two
bass, drums and keyboards lineup and it worked perfectly.  What a great bunch of people!  It will be out on CD and LP as well.  Then there will be the debut of Krautzone,
our Krautrock-jamproject, featuring Lulu on drums, Modulfix from Zone Six and
me on organs and synthesizers, Rainer from The Pancakes and Zone Six, on guitar
and Kaktus on bass; with the spiritual support of Baba Lali.  Great trancy hypnotic stuff!
If someone is new
to the band and is looking to get their first album of yours which one would
you recommend that they listen to and why?
Lulu:  I would
recommend a compilation of all the albums, maybe I would copy them a
sampler.  
Dave:  Lunatics is
nice, because it has slightly different styles and songs on it.  If you need a bit harder sound than The
Doomsday Machine is your ticket, and if you need loooong tracks, Inferno will
be the best for you with just two songs in sixty-six minutes!
Most of your
releases are strictly limited edition affairs. 
Why is that?  Are there any plans
to make any of that out of print material available in physical formats again
or via digital music distributors like Bandcamp or iTunes?
Lulu:  No we are
totally against the virtual music scene. 
All of our albums are available for free download from several blogs and
we won’t stop them from offering our stuff or anything but we’re against iTunes
and all of that stuff.
How do you go
about recording?  Many of your albums are
recorded live and I was wondering what kind of equipment’s used and how exactly
you go about capturing the fury and splendor of a live show so vividly?
Lulu:  Well, we record
it!
Dave:  We always use
cheap equipment, but we mix and produce it with that sound in mind!
What do you have
planned as far as touring goes this year? 
Are there any plans for any U.S. shows this year?
Lulu:  No
intercontinental shows in 2013.  We go to
Eastern Europe all the way to Romania, and we will have an Italian tour in
September.  We also had a Scandinavia
tour in spring and several shows from here to there earlier in the year.
Do you enjoy
touring?  Do you spend a lot of time on
the road?
Lulu:  Yeah of course,
and yes.  
Dave:  It’s boring
shit ha-ha!  Sometimes.
Where’s the best
place for our readers to keep up with the latest news from Electric Moon at?
Lulu:  Facebook and
http://www.electricmoon.de
You have played
with some of the real legends, can you talk a little bit about who some of
them?  Who were some of your personal
favorites?
Lulu:  I really can’t
decide…
Dave:  We did?  Okay, well we’ve shared the stage with some
fantastic bands that’s true!  We love the
guys from, and music of, so many of the bands it’s really hard to single out
just a few.
Do you have a
funny or interesting story that you’d like to share with our readers about a
live show or performance?
Lulu:  One day, I
wanted to stomp on my effect pedal but instead I ended up stepping on the power
plug!  There was this big boom!  And then absolutely nothing after that, but
no one noticed!  So I stepped on the
power plug again, and after a second boom! 
Everything went on fine, ha-ha.  I
was laughing my heart out it was so funny!
I love having a
digital copy of the album to listen to but I have a pretty deep connection with
physical releases.  Holding them in your
hand, having something to look at while you listen to the music helps create a
universe.  Do you have any such
connection with physical releases?
Lulu:  Exactly and I
totally prefer vinyl.
Dave:  Yeeeees!
How do you feel
about digital music and distribution? You’ve run your own record label and have
been constantly releasing music throughout the rise of the digital music age,
I’m always curious to hear artist’s opinions about the rapidly changing face of
the music industry especially people so heavily involved with the industry such
as yourself.
Dave:  I love vinyl
and I will continue to release music on vinyl. 
I feel that’s important!
I ask everyone
that I talk to this question, in a vain attempt to keeping up with the never
ending tide of awesome music coming out, who should our readers be listening to
from your local area that they might not have heard of?
Lulu:  Local
area?  We don’t really know any bands
here, um…
Dave:  No, not
really…  A couple hundred kilometers
from here there’s a band Vibravoid and you should definitely listen to them
though!
How about
nationally and internationally?
Dave:  Scandinavia has
a lot of great bands, Papir, Telstar Sound Drone, Baby Woodrose, Uran,
Motorpsycho, Electric Eye, Spacious Mind, Seid, The Movements, ØSC.  Also in the UK there’s Mugstar and Gnod but
there isn’t much happening as far as psychedelic rock in Germany.  Right now most of it is stoner rock, but in
my opinion it´s not psychedelic.
Is there anything
that I missed or you’d like to talk about?
Dave:  Peace!!!
 
DISCOGRAPHY  (click
for an official discography and links to purchase music)
(2010)  Electric Moon
– Lunatics – CD, 12” – Nasoni Records
(2010)  Electric Moon
– Live At Epplehaus 2010 – CD-R – Sulatron-Records
(2011)  Electric Moon
– Live At Immerhin – 2xCD-R – Sulatron-Records
(2011)  Electric Moon
– Lunatics Revenge – 12” – Nasoni Records
(2011)  Electric Moon
– Flaming Lake – CD, 2×12” – Sulatron-Records
(2011)  Electric Moon
– Inferno – CD-R, CD, 2×12” – Sulatron-Records
(2011)  Electric
Moon/Glowsun – Sun And Moon – 12” – Sulatron-Records
(2011)  Electric Moon
– The Doomsday Machine – CD, 2×12” – Nasoni Records
(2011)  Electric Moon
– Live At Sulatron Records Night – CD-R – Sulatron-Records
(2012)  Electric
Moon/Hypnotized Not Paralyzed – Split – 7” – Transubstans-records
(2012)  Electric Moon
– Cellar Space Overdose – CD-R, 2×12” – Sulatron Records
(2012)  Electric Moon
– Live 2012 One – CD-R – Sulatron-Records
(2012)  Electric Moon
– Live 2012 Two – CD-R – Sulatron Records
(2013)  Electric Moon
– D-Tune – CD-R – Sulatron Records
(2013)  Electric Moon
– You Can See The Sound Of… – 10” – Sulatron-Records (tour only, 499 white
vinyl copies)
  

LULU ARTWORK Is Now Accepting Commissions visit this page
for details or the official Facebook Page
Do you want sweet artwork just like Electric Moon?  Need an album cover or just really want your
logo to have that extra bit of flair? 
You are in luck!  Lulu is looking
for steady work from other bands designing logos, flyers, posters, covers and
she wants to hear from you!  For details,
contact information and galleries check out the official Lulu Artwork website
at http://luluartwork.jimdo.com/
If nothing else I highly recommend you peruse the galleries
to check out the amazing artwork!
Interview made by Roman Rathert/2013
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