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  Necessary Response June 10, 2007, 04:05pm
Picture, if you will, the aggressive sound of Los Angeles‘ Aesthetic Perfection, reborn with more melodic vocals and synth-lines. A kinder, gentler take on that same ferocious spirit; it speaks more eloquently, but with the same violent core lurking behind the words. Present it to the listener with a ‘romance/romantic soul in the midst of bloody self-destruction’ strain of melancholy, give it more personal messages behind the music, and allow it to marinate for a year of production time. The outcome; Necessary Response’s new album, “Blood Spills Not Far From The Wound“. The side-project of Daniel Graves, front man of aggressive electro band Aesthetic Perfection, Necessary Response offers a complex blend of melodic interludes backed by percussion that is oddly timed enough to sound like jazz (think Haujobb), but holds it’s own as an individual work. Necessary Response has been slowly gaining popularity, recently getting club play at new york city's Cybertron, and the band is an underground favorite for our close knit group of rivetheads.

so the story is that "necessary response" started out as b-sides from "aesthetic perfection". i heard a few of the necesarry response tracks started out as "aesthetic perfection" tracks originally posted on mp3.com. can you tell me a bit about the history of necessary response?

My original idea with Aesthetic Perfection was to create a project that wasnt limited by small genre specific labels. So the first draft of "Close to Human" was totally different than the version that was released. It had loud agressive tracks and softer more vocally melodic ones. But, the powers that be felt this was too bold an idea to try on a debut album and asked me to split the projects in two.

So I did and Necessary Response was created...

where does the name "necessary response" come from?

The name came about as an inside joke between me and someone I know. When the time came to name my new project, I picked Necessary Response because I think it fit and related to my musical situation at the time... but mostly I was curious about the reaction I would get from the person the joke was created with.

i heard "necessary response" is a play on the name "imperative reaction"?

Ockhams Razor - the simplest solution to any question tends to be the best one.

your "necessary response" profile says your location is "hollywood, california", yet your "aesthetic perfection" profile says you're in germany. do you move around a lot? where are you currently residing?

Hollywood is my home, where I will always go back to, but at the moment Im living in Berlin, Germany. Before that it was Salzburg, Austria. I figured I should get out of the states for a couple of years and see the world. Its a totally different experience here, really disorienting when you pull yourself out of your element. I think its great. Plus I can smoke in bars and buy Absinth. Thats a plus.

it's pretty impressive that you manage to make a living off your music, what's your secret?

The secret is to sacrifice everything but the essentials. I literally sold all of my worldly possessions when I left LA. I had a computer, a synth and a suitcase of clothes when I got on the plane. In all honestly Im surprised I made it this far, Ive been here over a year now.

"necessary response" was featured artist of the month in zillo, orkus and sonic seducer magazine. congratulations! how has the overall public reaction been to "necessary response" compared to your work from "aesthetic perfection"?

Strangely its been a slow moving, steady build up. When the record was first released, I didnt even see any sort of peak in interest, which is what happened when the AP album came out. But now that its been released, slowly but surely, the amount of feedback I receive gets more and more every day.

From what Ive seen, people either love the album or they hate it, which means I did something right. Any measurable reaction has value because if people just think its... bland or boring or "whatever" it just says volumes about your mediocrity as an artist. I was actually a bit touched when an AP fan told me he hated the NR record because "It was weird" or something like that. The only response I could give him was "Yeah well at least it sounds different."

i love the necessary response album, but the song "vapor" is particularly my favorite. what inspired your songwrinting and lyrics on this track?

The song is actually 6 or 7 years old now. My friend and I wrote it when we were doing music together back in 2000, I think. We just kind of threw the music together in an hour or so and then let it sit on a CDR until 2 years ago when I was going through the old tracks remeniscing.

Lyrically I think its pretty straightforward, but I dont like giving longwinded explanations about the meaning. Simply because when an artist reveals his or her own inspiration, a lot of the time it takes away from what the listener gets out of it.

how did you get started writing music?

Ive been making music since I was 12 or 13. I started playing bass with the intention of being in a punk band. When I was young I was looking up to bands like Dead Kennedys and Rancid... lots of California punk. In High School I started playing guitar with a goth/metal band. The singer introduced me to electronic music and how to produce it. I started working with his equipment without any real idea or goal, but a year or so later another friend introduced me to Leather Strip. And so it began...

what can we expect from necessary response in the future? any thoughts of some remixes or live dates?

Both AP and NR have recently signed with Neuwerk Booking here in Europe, so you can definitely expect to see live dates from both bands. NR will most likely be restricted to festival dates, at least for now. And as for remixes there are a few in the works that should see the light of day soon.

AP will be doing a full scale US tour hopefully in the Fall and people can expect to hear a couple NR tracks at those gigs.

the difference in sound between "necessary response" and "aesthetic perfection" seems pretty drastic. "necessary response" is very emotional melodic ebm, yet "aethetic perfection" is hard crunching agressive terror-ebm. what is it like having 2 projects that differ so much and how do you separate the two?

Well, I never put AP into the terror EBM category because that lends itself to the notion that Im writing "scary" music. My whole idea when I began writing music was to express raw human emotion in any form it takes. So writing for both projects isnt so hard. I just write based on the mood Im in and let it go. But NR was a really cathartic experience because some of these songs are in the neighborhood of 7-8 years old.

personally i think that your album is a bit under-recognized, atleast here in the US, and with more promotion "necessary response" would really be a lot more recognized and successful. the people that do know about it really have given it great reviews and think your work is great, but I think perhaps not enough people know about it. what do you think?

Its always a problem building a name for yourself, both inside and outside this scene. I cant say that Im "under recognized" because that makes it sound like I feel more deserving than other artists who have to work for years to get themselves noticed. Im on one of the biggest labels in Europe, I was recently a featured band on Myspace in the US, Ive been interviewed by nearly all of the great scene magazines and right now Im being interviewed by Vampirefreaks. Sure, I want more exposure, but for the moment Im actually really lucky to get this type of attention. Especially for a debut-sideproject!

anyway, i'm helping to spread the word about your great music! =) what do you do with your time besides music?

And I definitely appreciate it!! All my free time is devoted to writing new music... and a sometimes downloading my beloved American TV shows like the Twilight Zone or Get Smart.

thanks for your time! i wish you the best. anything else you'd like to say to your listeners?

This is only the beginning...

Check out Necessary Response on Vampirefreaks

Check out Aesthetic Perfection on Vampirefreaks

[intro taken from benny hell's review found here]

posted by jet


June 10, 2007, 08:19:pm
Necessary Response kicks ass, thanks for spreading the name around jet :-) Daniel deserves all the best.


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June 10, 2007, 08:42:pm
I've never even heard of them before, but I really LOVE it.


June 10, 2007, 10:10:pm
I <3 <3 <3 the album, I've listened to it soooo many times. Vapor is my favorite. :-)

star2 Lindsey panda


June 10, 2007, 10:11:pm
Good Job, Jet. Great interview for a


Benny Hell
Publisher and Editor in Chief
VF Magazine


June 10, 2007, 11:04:pm
Great Interview
I love this Album.
This cd has been in my car player for weeks now, its the only thing I have been listening too consistly over and over again recently.



June 10, 2007, 11:30:pm
Have you ever seen Jet's Brother?


Benny Hell
Publisher and Editor in Chief
VF Magazine


June 11, 2007, 12:23:am
holy crap this band rocks
they remind me of slick idiot except with a less harsh voice sounding


June 11, 2007, 03:24:am
cool band

I'm gonna smile like nothing's wrong, talk like everything's perfect, act like it's just a dream, and pretend they´re not hurting me


June 11, 2007, 04:38:am
http://vampirefreaks.com/u/METALHEAD_30 is a poser!

GET YA A PULL! -Dimebag Darrell

Cover your ears or KRANK it up!-Garrett Cardoza...ME!


June 11, 2007, 07:40:am
Awsome =] I love both his projects, amazing musician.
I still need to get the album though. :P


June 11, 2007, 08:54:am
loving the music! :-)

Do you have what it takes?

No Sword Fighting With Your Guitarsparanoid


June 11, 2007, 09:45:am
Nice influences he has there :-)


June 11, 2007, 10:08:am
awesome music!


June 11, 2007, 01:39:pm
hey asshole, send me your new album :-p


June 11, 2007, 03:04:pm
Very intriguing music. Vapor is a great track, as others have stated. Definately a great musical project.


June 12, 2007, 04:19:am
Yep, this shit rocks! I love the CD, the best CD I have right now!

He has inspired me and influenced my style of music as well!

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June 12, 2007, 01:42:pm
holy crap! its nice to see them around..they're amazing ^^ and funt o dance too <3

Turquoise is the color I need to get clean..The forest burns, and with it something inside me


June 14, 2007, 10:20:pm
Spun "Forever"
Everyone LOVED it.

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June 17, 2007, 03:35:am
keep making music man.

i found you on myspace about 3-4 weeks ago and i'm getting my friends to listen with...

willis/willice/willas etc.
DANKE SCHON bitches!


June 27, 2007, 10:28:pm
I like the Necessary Response songs, they're pretty cool.

- Prejudice is the son of ignorance -


July 27, 2007, 06:21:am
"Spilling Blood" is a big hit at the clubs here in LA... In fact I was just dancing to that one tonight!



August 14, 2007, 12:52:pm
Awesome band.

You say weird like it's a bad thing.


August 22, 2007, 09:35:am
Great interview.
Daniel is an awesome person, he deserves all the recognition his work gets!


star [Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.] star


August 22, 2007, 02:39:pm
rullllllle don't miss them in the states, coming soon ;-)


September 16, 2007, 04:54:pm
wow love the music

great job



September 17, 2007, 03:51:pm
varyy cute!


September 26, 2007, 04:02:pm
cool :-D

Just one look into your eyes

One look and I'm ready to die

Cause your so beautiful


June 28, 2008, 02:48:pm
Damn hes hot and have great musik




July 17, 2008, 12:44:am
vapor is a great song congratulations wonderful job


July 17, 2008, 12:48:am
vapor is a great song congratulations wonderful job

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