ZOMBIE GIRL is the new exciting and terrific band of the famous Sebastian R. Komor (ICON OF COIL, BRUDERSCHAFT, MOONITOR, MONOFADER, MUSCLE AND HATE) with his wife Renee Cooper-Komor as the alluring and bewitching vocalist. |
Interview with Zombie Girl, done by jet
how did you two meet?
Seb: I let Renee explain that one .
Renee: In 2001 I went to an IOC show (they were touring with VNV) and Seb and I started talking in emails, long msn chats online, phone calls and just fell in love pretty fast and deeply. Then we got together when ever we could. Does long distance love ever work out? Well, we will be celebrating our 2 year wedding anniversary this October
what's it like working on music together with your spouse?
Seb: It's a lot of fun. There is that connection you wouldnt have otherwise. Of course being all pro sometimes can be a blur haha, but it's all good, we have fun, Renee really enjoys singing. And I enjoy recording her. I like to schedual vocal takes around right after shower time tho .
Renee: I really enjoy it. One more thing we have in common and it's the perfect match. I'm a singer and Seb is a producer/musician. Lots of fun can be had in the studio
the zombie theme is pretty cool, whose idea was it?
Seb: I would have to say both. I kinda threw the idea in the air and Renee was totally into doing that, as we both dig horror and zombie movies, it felt like the right direction to go. Renee has the natural abilities to be a sexy zombie wondering the earth for brains and flesh. She is a fragile creature you know, she just has this deep and dark need she cant control.
Renee: Yes and I crave fresh blood and flesh. Am I joking? Find out tonight. I'll meet you in the deserted parking lot, you know, the one with only one light at the far end....where will I be? Don't worry, I'll find you.
who does the zombie makeup?
Seb: Makeup? It's the real thing. haha, well, for the photos we had a friend of ours here in Edmonton doing it for the Halloween show we did. His plans is to be become a movie make up artist so it turned out sweet. Make up is an important part of the whole thing for Zombie Girl, and sure is fun to. Well except the two hours you have to spend in the shower to get it off later.. whoa.
Renee: We do, but yeah a friend of ours named Shane in Edmonton, did our first make up and basically we learned from him and online in tutorials.
what's planned next after your first EP? we want more!
Seb: We are already working on the full lenght album to be released later this year, which will be 99% all new tracks, including some bonues features as well. I just finished a couple of remixes under Zombie Girl. One for KMFDM, the track "You're No Good" which would have made it their Ruck Zuck EP if it was done 6 weeks earlier, but still will be available online when Ruck Zuck comes out. And also did a remix for Implant for their new EP, the track "Fading Away", which will also become a Zombie Girl track for the ZG album, just with changed lyrics and based on the remix. Hopefully there will be some demand to see Zombie Girl live, so we can spread some bloodfest and horror live.
you seem to have created a lot of buzz about the band even before officially releasing an album. how has the overall reaction been?
Renee: A buzz? I guess we are zom-bees then ? Hahaha! Zom Bee get it? Buzz? Buzz? Zom Bee? :/
Seb: Yeah it seems Zombie Girl's generated some fine buzzes around. People have been saying the nicest things really, exept the haters of course, but when did they ever have anything good to say anyways? We've been getting messages from DJ's all over the place claiming the Zombie Girl tunes are clubfillers, which is great to hear, specially considering at that point there were no releases out yet.
to Sebastian: does Zombie Girl mark the end of Icon of Coil? Any current plans for IOC?
Seb: I dont believe so. I know there are lots of rumours hoovering the grounds about IOC, some of them are true and some of them are absolut nonsence. With Zombie Girl my creativity has been given winds again to explore music, as with IOC things seemed to be forced into a stable, and that stable needs to be demolished. There are no current plans on ending IOC, neither of releasing a new album..yet.
to Renee: you're a great singer, what kind of background / experience do you have in singing?
Renee: Well thank you I've been singing since I was a little girl actually. I gave my first concert at age 5 from my bed while my 'audience' of friends sat on my bedroom floor and watched me sing. My microphone was a candle. I've been singing ever since
to Renee: I see you also sell dread falls, what else do you do?
Renee: My dread falls can be found at : www.hairoglyphs.com (sorry for the plug, but as they said in it best in the 1920's : baby needs a new pair of shoes) I also paint pictures and work in 3d programs. I've done art work for 2 movies, one a horror. I used to have a lot of my art online at www.reneecooper.com but there is nothing there now. I was going to redesign/revamp my art site, but procrastination lead to neglect. I do plan on putting some art back up there soon though. A sample of my 3d art can be seen in the middle of the booklet which comes with the Zombie Girl : Back From The dead EP which is out on May 5th through Alfa-Matrix ( but you can preorder now) I designed a horror/zombie graveyard scene for the CD booklet. I hope people like it. I've also done vocals on the new Bruderschaft song entitled " Return". We are also working on a remix for Apoptygma Berzerk where I sing also. I sing with Moonitor (one of Seb's side projects) onstage and in the studio. I also have many hobbies and interests. I am rarely bored. I used to write a lot of fiction and poetry, but not anymore.
to Sebastian: what's going on with bruderschaft?
Seb: A lot and nothing or most likely somewhere in between. Erm, the title track Return is complete in all it's forms. Zombie Girl does guest vocals for one of the versions actually. And I do believe there is a hunt for remixers going on for this one at this point. Thats all I know at this point.
to Sebastian: what have you been up to lately? I hear you moved to Canada?
Seb: Sure have. I'm currently located in Edmonton, Canada. Great place really. Amazing scene here, very openminded. Been in the studio a lot as usual messing around with tracks for Zombie Girl and Moonitor, and also currently completing the new Monofader album, named "Everything Changes But The Sea". In the near future I most likely will start working on a whole remix album for Alphaville, including writing to songs, in which Marion Gold will do the vocals to, for an official Alphaville release. Which would be pretty cool. But most of the time if I'm not in the studio I am trying to avoid being attacked by Grizzleys and Cougers haha. Spring is here now so there will be some hiking and stuff happening for sure.
Your music is decribed as "electronic dancefloor music, with elements of rock'n'roll and good old horror movie themes, with a touch of humour."this does seem to be a pretty accurate description, and pretty unique for an electronic band.it does have a certain humorous horror movie aspect to it, what made you decide to go in this musical direction?
Seb: Horror and sci-fi movies is something we both love, specially Zombie stuff. I just started exploring some ideas in mixing groovey stuff with horror themes and vibe, and was very happy to find out it kinda sounded sweet.So I wrote the first track " I Want It", wanting it to be an introduction to Zombie Girl, sweet, yet sexy and evil.Nice combinations that works well. And renee has the ability to be and sound like all that, thats another reason it works; She can be what she sings haha.
so is there some kind of background behind zombie girl? i think with the theme you're going with, perhaps a fictional history of the band would be entertaining.
Renee: We have one.
what bands are you listening to lately?
Seb: Hm, I havent been listening to music much recently to be honest. But when I did it's been lot of Juno Reactor, The Orb, Chris Isaak and the new Rammstein album, thats it pretty much for recently.
thanks for your time, anything else you'd like to say?
Seb: The dead walk among us.
Renee: Jesus was a Zombie, back from the dead just like me. Enjoy the music, have fun and be nice and juicy...brains... What?!! I mean......be nice to each other.
Interview with Zombie Girl, done by someone13
on the new album "Back From The Dead" were you trying to express anything to your fans?
Seb: Back From The Dead is an EP, anyways, the title for us is kind of a symbol of getting up from a time of being "dorment" and re-animate our desire and joy of music. It also a symbol of what Zombie Girl is about: The focus of the living dead girl (Renee) being lost in a world in which her love and warm heart is not seen or understood, due to the nature of her appearance, being brought back to life from the dead.
Renee: Music and fun, horror with humour.
which song would on the album would be your favorite?
Renee: My favourite is We Are The Ones.
Seb: Mine as of today would have to be Creepy Crawler, cause it was a step forward in the right direction and it is pretty spookey .
what thing in life inspire your lyrics?
Seb: Ignorance, arrogance, the facination of the more darker and bizzare elements of the human nature as well as we are fans of horror and sci-fi movies and books. All these things relate into what Zombie Girl is as an act. We do however take all this with a touch of humour, it's more fun that way. Even though most of the Zombie Girl lyrics are fictional, they very often relate to real life insidents in our or others life.
i've wandered before what brands of make up some of my favorite band wear so would brands would you use?
Seb: Thats more Renee's departement haha, I do know what she likes though, but I let her do the talkin. I just do fresh scab, liquid latex and all that fun stuff .
Renee: well besides the liquid latex and this wonderful stuff called "Fresh Scab" I use Mac makeup especially the pigments.
has Zombie girl effected your normal/love life at all?
Renee: Yes to a degree because we often talk about things related to Zombie Girl, be it stage props, special FX makeup or new music/lyrics now and we have something that is a joint project which we both really enjoy It's a fun thing to share.
Seb: Of course. It gave us something we can do together and have lots of fun with, which is making daily life easier to handle I guess. We both really enjoy doing this as it brings good vibes and times in both of our lifes. Haha, even my mom and her friends likes Zombie Girl.
during your free time what do you like to do?
Seb: Currently I am teaching myself to play the guitar, which is coming along well. Exept from that we enjoy going hiking and all that. We have planned this awesome hiking trip this summer up in the Canadian Rockies, in the mid of Canadas "postcard" nature. Will be fun, I just hope Mr.Grizzly wont be around to make me force to smoke the beast, or get smoked. Watching movies and occationaly enjoy some good ol PS2 gaming is welcome as well. And as Renee is the living dead queen of gardening, it is 2nd nature to help her out haha. I do still paint and all that as well. And mostly on a daily basis talk to friends online, important to keep up with whats going on with the mates you know.
Renee: I'm a bit of a Tomb Raider, Silent Hill and Resident Evil Playstation 2 addict. I get any new games about them as soon as they come out. I also love working on art, though since my dread falls business ( www.hairoglyphs.com) has done so well, I am rather busy with that and don't have the time I used to have for my art projects. I love travel too. Gardening, beleive it or not is something I love to do and out back yard is full of berries (strawberry, blueberry, raspberry and red currents) also I grow all my own herbs, tons of flowers of different types, veggies, we also have shrubs and a large cherry tree and apple tree. We put in a bird feeder (in the cherry tree) and have about 60 wild birds that stay close by now and flock to the cherry tree. They are becoming unafraid of us now and I wouldn't be suprised if by this summer, we can hand feed them too I am a gormet chef and enjoy cooking as well.
at what point in your life did you decide that you that you wanted to be in a band?
Seb: When I saw the other job opportunities available hahaha. No, seriously I just have always loved music, and in early 90's I bought my first keyboard, as I told myself: I dont just want to listen to it, I wanna make music as well!. So, I soon got into Depeche Mode, Jean Michel Jarre and all that back then and during those days I guess I really made the desicion to really go for it. Shorty after I saved up money and bought some basic gear to get started. Music just is to big of a part of me to not be doing it. It is a wonderful way to express myself as a human as well.
Renee: I knew I wanted to be a singer from the time I was 4 years old and gave my first concerts from standing on my bed with my friends sitting on the floor
do you have any plans for future albums
Seb: Always. We are already working on tracks for the 1st Zombie Girl full length album, which will be all new tracks. I am also currently working on th 2nd Monofader album, named "Everything Changes But The Sea", which will be different in sound than the 1st but still melodic, mellow'ish stuff.
Renee: I think Seb said it best I can't think of anything more to add.
what are you influances Seb: Hmm, lots. The bands that have inspired me to do music and people who gave inspiration to keep going would be(among others): Underworld, Plastikman, Depeche Mode, Nitzer Ebb, Frontline Assembly, Juno Reactor, The Wachowski brothers, Rammstein, Rob Zombie, Timo Maas, Leftfield, Prodigy, The Orb, H.R. Giger, Jean Michel Jarre, Beastie Boys, Ministry, Hardfloor, APB, Johnny Cash, Chris Isaak, Fear Factory, Don Davis, Mark Snow, Steven Spielberg, Chris Carter, Piccasso, whoa, ok, long enough list.
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