10 Quick Ones with FROZEN NATION – September 2017

According to a recent press release: “Belgian based, dark synth-pop act Frozen Nation has released their debut LP, Dark Belgian Disco via Sub-Continental Music. What they describe as a “hazardous crossover between darkwave, goth, EDM and disco music,” Dark Belgian Disco has a nostalgic New Wave sensibility infused with energetic dance beats, brooding vocals, and crisp, modern production that will appeal to fans across the genre spectrum.” We get the band to answer our 10 Quick Ones about new music, their influences, and more…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets the band put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

On the first track “Give Me The Perfect Song,” there is a voice in reverse, we challenge you to guess what Moss says without using any software! On the song “Gengis Khan (Leave Right Now)” there is a moment when the music is in mono, D keeps saying it’s awesome but nobody ever notices… Also in “Une Rose, Un Roi, Un Cœur” you can try to guess who is making the cat and bird noises between the guitar, the modular synth (Elvis), and the 4 guys from the band Mandales. Finally, on the physical discs there is indeed a big hidden nugget!

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

D: I was 4 or 5 years old, it was a wedding in the countryside where I grew up: the drums started to play with the bass and it was like an arrow through my body. I immediately knew that that was what I would be doing.

& D: I started bass by accident, like most bass players. I was not really good at it but I felt music would help me to be a better human being so I said “let’s be a musician.” Later I picked up a guitar to show these assholes (guitarists) how to play.

Moss: I have been listening to a lot of music since I was a child (big band jazz at my grandfather’s place, 70’s rock at my parent’s place)… then when I turned 13, I got a guitar and an older friend of mine made me listen to the Pixies. That was it.

Elvis: I was a modular synthesizer, quiet, easy life, then these guys said “he’s Elvis, he’s a synth but he’s a bit human, he’s part of the band!”, pfff

3. Who would be your main five musical influences?

Marvin Gaye, Joy Division, Giorgio Moroder, Hieronymus Bosch and Chic.

4. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be?

Moss: Henry Purcell

D&D: Brian Eno definitely

5. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before?

D&D: We are huge disco fans; we make catchy shiny songs while Moss, the singer, is die hard Goth, he loves music that makes you want to commit suicide. So he sings our disco tracks with his low brooding voice from the doom. So you know, we created that style, we call it “Dark Belgian Disco”.

6. What’s the best thing about being a musician?

There’s no fucking routine.

7. When the band are all hanging out together, who cooks; who gets the drinks in; and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

D cooks, Moss brings the drinks and drinks them all alone and doesn’t eat, then he talks about his unconditional love of really unknown underground goth artists, tears in his eyes; he might sing but without guitar.

8. If you weren’t a musician, what would be your dream job?

D: A sports or political journalist

& D: An engineer, but like an inventor, involved in technical & creative stuff.

Moss: As a matter of fact I am an attorney at law, but if it wasn’t my dream job would be to be a musician.

Elvis: If I wasn’t a modular synthesizer, I would like to be some medical equipment to save people.

9. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over”?

We are at the beginning of our career in the Dark Belgian Disco scene, for now we’re like babies and babies don’t have any regrets.

10. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

Pet Sounds to see the genius of Brian Wilson with the Wrecking Crew trying to make it better than Spector, or Memories by Leonard Cohen but with a bullet-proof vest to protect ourselves from Phil Spector’s gun shots. Two forms of production and arrangement genius through craziness, fascinating and brilliant.

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10 Quick Ones with FROZEN NATION - September 2017

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About the Author: ToddStar - that's me... just a rocking accountant who had dreams of being a rock star. I get to do the next best thing to rocking the globe - I get to take pictures of the lucky ones that do. I love to shoot all genres of music and different types of performers. If it is related to music, I love to photograph it. I get to shoot and hang with not only some of my friends and idols, but some of the coolest people around today.

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