Interview with BABYLON DISCO
Mister Martin Rönnlund is behind the
sarcastic and distortingly broken digital hardcore beats of Sweden's BABYLON
DISCO, who have released 2 notorious releases for D-TRASH Records, first
hooking up with us back in 2005. Schizoid here picks BD's brains for a show
of the usual Q&A types of Q's.
BD:Getting my life back
together. A lot of stuff happened in my life which I had to deal with right
away, so I had to take an unwanted break from making tunes for a couple of
BD:I guess that Viva Life was a bit all over the place. You’ve got a lot of different styles on just one pretty short album. Even thou I still like “Getting Away with Murder” and ”New Routine”, I sometimes regret putting them on the same album. With that said, I think ’Natsukashii’ has a more defined sound as an album. Nothing really sticks out, all tracks have that gritty-lofi feel to it and I constantly flirt with VGM-melodies.
BD:And yes, Bomb20 was a
huge inspiration for that album, the intro (named ’Babylon 20’) is of course
an homage to him. A few years back I became obsessed with that man, and I
just recently managed to complete my collection of his work. I’ve got all
his vinyls and tapes, and therefore you shall bow before me, puny mortals.
BD:As I’ve previously stated, Primas Annias took on too many styles. I did noise, digital hardcore and pure chiptunes under that name, and that made people confused (myself included). I wanted to separate certain styles between different projects, hence Babylon Disco.
BD:As of now, Primas
Annias is put on ice. I’m still into making chiptunes, but I doubt they will
ever see the light of day.
But to answer your question about the melodies, I guess I often feel that I need some kind of contrast to my often very distorted beats. And a catchy VGM-lead will do that just fine.
DTRASH: You play live sets with an additional
member. How is the live set and what types of material is played. Are many
classic BD songs played. What is the dhc/breakcore scene etc like in Sweden
where you're from if any.
As for classics, nah. I like to keep it fresh. But I must admit that I often end the gigs with a massive noise outro, usually after playing ’bleed’.
As for a Swedish scene - there is none. Zip, nada, el silcho.
DTRASH: Two kick ass remixes from D-TRASH bands
are upcoming on D-TRASH releases. If you could mix any of your own favorite
bands, who do you think you could tackle well. And what are your worst
artists that you'd like to remix to fuck up their horrible sound.
As for the worst, that’s a tricky one... I guess the new Dillinger Escape Plan. They made one of my absolute favorite albums; Calculating Infinity. Nowadays they’re just…. gay. I’d remove all the lame emo-parts, speed it up and add distortion.
DTRASH: You released "Viva Life" EP DTRASH62 originally as a pressed CD in a 5.25" case. What would you say is your favorite home computer from pre-PC/MAC days.
BD: Unlike you, Schizoid,
I’m not old as fuck [Now hey there! -Schiz note]. When I was a kid
PC-computers, as well as fire and the wheel, were already invented. As for a
favourite game, I guess I’d go for Wolfenstein 3D. Lots of nazis got shot in
1992, let me tell you.
DTRASH: Where did you get the name BABYLON
DISCO. (typical Q&A question)
DTRASH: What are some of your personal favorite
tracks, songs that are definitive classic BABYLON DISCO tracks.
DTRASH: You're working on some new project? I
heard a few tracks with guitar. Whats the deal on that stuff.
DTRASH: What is the capital of Assyria?
BD: I don’t know that....AAAAaaaaah!!!