PSYCHAOS - What got you involved in the industrial scene?
KAI - In the begining it was just gerrit, listening to eletronic music and tried to figure it out on his own. and then they started the first band. It was called Ravenous, And with some other songs they tried gerrit to find a singer, so he knew jens from football (soccer) they were playing together and gerrit asked him if he wanted to sing, and thats how funker vogt started on the industrial scene. Gerrit was always enjoying this kind of music listening to skinny puppy and stuff like that.
PSYCHAOS - I take it you guys enjoy what you do.
KAI - Yeah we do
JENS - Yeah, love it
KAI - its real fun
PSYCHAOS - So its not full time?
KAI - No its not full time, just for gerrit. So jens is still working in Germany. He is a Working at WV cars... Volkswagon. SO gerrit is so busy with all of his side projects Ravenous, Funker vogt, Fusspils
PSYCHAOS - I think that gerrit is genious (kai - thanks!) It great it gets people moving.
KAI - Thats good, thats what we want.
PSYCHAOS - What do you think of the american industrial scene?
KAI - We have no idea right now so we are here to figure that out. Sometimes i look at the internet, and the news groups. And theres a lot of people who don`t like us. for any reason, i don`t knot know they always bitch about the lyrics, sure their not perfect, but english is not our first language. We try our best. I want to see them write their lyrics in german so then i can laugh. (laughing)
PSYCHAOS - What inspires your lyrics?
KAI - everything. Daily life, so whatever happens the news, what happens to me personaly. We all write some times. I do most of them but jens is doing some with gerrit together. (PSYCHAOS - So basicly what comes up?) Yeah what ever comes up, so we write it down and make some good out of it. For example Jens did all the lyrics for thanks for nothing.
PSYCHAOS - Are you pleased with the new album?
KAI - Yeah we are, we think its our best. It went down very well, so everything is better than the old sound.
JENS - i can`t understand the people they read it and they always write "Funker Vogt every CD is always the same so i can`t understand them so i don`t think that we came to kill has anything in common with Maschine Zeit, so i don`t agree with why they write that. but everybody has a right to thier own opinion, but i can`t understand it.
KAI - If you really get into it and really listen to it and try to get used to it they will see its not the same thing.
PSYCHAOS - I must comment that Funker fans are the most loyal.
KAI - Yeah thats good!
PSYCHAOS - I will jump on the internet and chat with people say that they love you guys and they cant get enough, they always ask me about tours. But from what i understand its very costly tour america.
KAI - Yeah its pretty hard. Its pretty hard for us. You figure it out the exchange of the dollar is high/low for us, and we have to spend a lots of money we don`t really get paid for the shows we get the hotels and plane tickets. But thats all we have to pay the rest for ourselves for meals and stuff. We don`t make any profit. It just for the fun of it to come to the states and play for out fans here.
PSYCHAOS - Thats good to hear, you don`t do it for the money.. you do it for the love of the music ans the fans. Thats why i think you get respectible loyal fans, they see that.
KAI - I know of some pepole flying here from california to see us. I know that are pay that much to come and see us, thats a really a loyal fan. We are really pleased to hear that.
PSYCHAOS - What do you think of the entire german industrial scene?
JENS - there are a lot of changes right now, a lot of the old school electronic party music (witch you call industrial) its turning, its mixing up with more techno and gutiars, not like front 242 witch get into really old school stuff. So there is a big change right now in europe so i think lots of thing will happen right now.
KAI - U see all the new bands coming up now. and what they do. And the electro bands can get a pop at "pop". SO that they get accepted by the "normal scene" the acceptance is higher that changes a lot that means they have to be a little more comercial
JENS - Punk! In the 90s, hard metal and now this day, electro.
KAI - I can`t want for 2 or 3 more years to see what left of this... how it will sound. Its really a good time now.
PSYCHAOS - Is there anything in the future to look forward to?
KAI - Ah yes we are doin a box special edition, doubble CD. Its should come to the states im pretty sure metroplis will do it. It will have 4 topics/4 headlines So it what we will do is one topic will be new songs - for new songs, another will be remixes from Maschine Zeit. Plan the release for before christmas.
KAI - Also we did soundtrack to an online video game. You can already play the game, in the deathmatch. We already have the songs finished. They are gonna do a special level of the game where its all Funker Vogt and stuff like that. We will try and put a playable level on our cd in autam.
PSYCHAOS - Are there any tours that might be coming up in the future?
KAI - No.
JENS - Next year. New album new tour. This will take some time because we are working on the new box set that will be out in autam. The we start on new songs and new tracks. It will take a while.
PSYCHAOS - What do you think about the concert tonight?
KAI - We have to see how much we like it here. So far its very unorginized not what we are used to. We ask for somthing and it might be there. maybe it won`t. Right now it harder to tour the states than germany. But we are gonna try the stage is small here, we have never played on a stage this small. This is all tricky for us. We have a lot of extras on the stage, we need a bigger stage. Jens is running around gerrit is running around with keyboards. And fans usuly come up on stage and dace at the end, but its pretty strict here in the states they don`t let anybody up there.
KAI - Are there any special last requests?
PSYCHAOS - I thnk we covered a lot... Just keep the music going and play hard!
KAI - YEAH!
JENS - We will, We are doin the music for the fans.
Note from Psychaos: To the fans of Funker Vogt - Without you this band would be nothing stay true to the bands that are true to you. This is all for you. Seeing them in concert, bust their ass and take a hit in the wallet earns a lot of respect from me. I have never seen anybody go this much out of the way just to please some fans.
To the members of Funker Vogt - With out the fans i think you would be lost. I have so much respect for you. You played you hearts out for us. Kai i want to personaly thank you for taking the time to allow me to bother you and jens for this interview. You are the best! Guys keep it up and all the funkers of the world will come together and give you the greatest gift.... Our apprication.
Funker Vogt RAVE ON!