Gypsy-Punk, Selfmade-Artists and Europe-tours
Our big interview with Voltaire
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In the third part of our big interview with Voltaire we asked the musician about his future plans. Are the rumors true about a tour across Europe next year? And how is the work on his stopmotion-filmseries going on? Find out the answers to this and much more now in our third and last part of our interview with Voltaire.
Part 3: Future Plans
Cabaret-Noir: There are some rumour you´re planning a tour across europe in fall 2009.
Is that true? And do you have some new info about it? Perhaps there
are some dates and places booked yet? And will the band join you if the
tour takes place?
Voltaire: Actually I´m shooting for spring 2009! I have no idea yet how I am
going to do it. It´s more of a goal than a plan. But I tend to take my
goals very seriously. I would prefer to do it with the whole band, but if
I need to go solo acoustic to pave the way, I´m happy to do that too. It´s
absolutely ridiculous that after ten years of making records, I have not
yet toured Europe. I´m long over due. I just hope that there are people in
Europe who feel the same way.
CaNo: I think you can be sure about that!
This spring you mentioned in your blog that you wanted to come to the
german Wave Gotik Treffen in Leipzig, but it did not work. What about
visiting the festival in 2009?
V: I have submitted a booking request to WGT three years in a row now. I´ve
never even gotten a reply. In fact, last year, some German fans of mine
were kind enough to email them and asked if they could book me. I was
told that they said, "This artist has never expressed an interest in
performing here". So I´m guessing there is a big communication gap, maybe
because of the language barrier. In 2009, I will try again. And I will
keep trying until I play there, heh heh. I have this image of me as an
80-year old man playing at WGT for the first time!
CaNo: What are your next plans after "To The Bottom of the Sea"? Any more
music-projects in the near future? What about your band The Oddz?
V: I have no idea what´s next. I just sort of take it as it comes. As for
The Oddz, they are sleeping. It was a fun side project and I think the
songs are great, but eventually, with so many different projects on my
schedule, I had to cut some things and sadly, I had to put The Oddz CD to
rest for a while. I will likely finish it as some point, but there are
other things that have to take priority.
CaNo: On the DragonCon Filmfestival last month your stopmotionfilm "Transrexia" won the price for the best experimental animated film (congratulations by the way!).
In your myspace-blog you wrote you´re working on two more stopmotions. Can
you tell us a bit about these two projects? What will they look like? And
what will the stories be about?
V: That film, Transrexia, is part of a series I started 15 years ago and
never finished. I´ve gotten excited about returning to film and so I´ve
gotten to work on finishing these. They are each about one minute long,
they are all animated in stop-motion animation and they are each narrated
by a singer who inspired me growing up. The first film was narrated by
Debbie Harry of Blondie. Transrexia was narrated by Richard Butler of the
Psychedelic Furs. I´m now working on the 3rd one. I have a wish list of
narrators but it will remain to be seen if I get my wish. Either way, I
won´t spoil the surprise as to who I have in mind!
But I will say this, I have just written my first feature film script.
It´s a live action horror comedy and once I´ve finished my series of
shorts, I hope to be in production of this film.
CaNo: Are there any other plans for comics, books or toys in the near future?
V: I have a Deady toy line in the works which if all goes well will be in
stores by the end of the year. I also feel that another Deady graphic
novel is inevitable. I have three new plush toy lines that come out next
spring from Toy Network and a few other vinyl toys in the works. I
honestly never stop working. If I´m not recording or touring, I´m writing
or designing toys or making films. Someday I´ll really need to
slow down, but I just don´t see it happening anytime soon.
CaNo: One last question (I think you already know it): Will there ever be a
"Banned On Vulcan - Part 2"?
V: I don´t know about that. But I have considered a "Banned on Curoscant",
a CD of Star Wars parodies! I have a million things I want to do. I want
to make a children´s album, a CD of Spanish songs, this Star Wars disc, I
have no end of ideas that excite me, but it all comes down to time and I
never seem to have any.
CaNo: Then thank you for this interview and all the best!
V: My pleasure!
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