Random Truths About… Cloudland Canyon

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1. What's the first piece of music you listened to today?
Something by Bukka White

2. What are your vices?
I am not very proud of my vices, but I made the experience that
people without vices usually don't have virtues either.

3. What is one of your prejudices?
Animal Collective ruined a whole generation
of music journalists.

4. In what way do you think music has the ability to change
the way people live their lives?

In general I'm not even sure if music still has the power to change
the way people live. I think that taste is an expression of what
people already are but people's lives are not an expression of what
they are listening to. It works like a mirror of what they believe
in, of what they are longing for and what they have experienced
and wouldn't all of that still be there without the music? I really
don´t know.

Soup tastes good but without a bowl you're fucked.

Maybe it gives people strength and hope so they can achieve something
they wanted to achieve anyways and weren't able to. It accompanies
them along their road but it won't tell them where to go. Although
sometimes it will show them something they knew before but just
didn't realize until the very moment they hear a certain song or

To make the decision to play music and go on tour might be something
different, but then again I am sure I would have found other reasons
to travel and get intoxicated. For me basically music works as a

5. At what age did you first feel distrust?
I can't really see how my answer to this question would be interesting
for anyone.

6. Do you think that your name is appropriate for you?
(If not, what name would be more appropriate?)

I like our name. Some years ago, Kip and me went to Cloudland Canyon,
which is one of Georgia's state parks displaying absolute beauty
and eternal bliss through endless forms, colors and species as rough
as nature's breathing it. Basically, what we're trying to do with
music is to create sonic beauty using pretty much the same parameters.

7. What is the best piece of music you've ever created,
in your opinion?

If I start thinking about things like that, I might as well stop
playing music.

8. Right now, how are you trying to change yourself?
I guess I'll get a haircut one of these days.

9. If you had the time, what else would you do?
I would move to the south of France, marry a beautiful girl and
make love to her all day and all night long.

10. What social cause do you feel the most strongly about
(negative or positive)?

When I moved from East to West Germany shortly after the wall came
down a lot of my friends fell for right-wing theory and fascist
propaganda 'cause they had nothing except their pride and were used
to an absolute system. In the meanwhile, I continued to grow up
in a group of immigrants who had nothing either and of course hated
Nazis. So I was stuck in the middle of two groups who didn't even
understand that they were sitting in the same boat. This problem
seems very coherent on a lot of levels somehow. Instead of realizing
that the problem is a vertical one, people are fighting on a horizontal
level which makes no sense at all. Blinded by pride you can't take
away from them cause it's all they got.

Things got a little better in the East now but still, visiting
my hometown and its surroundings makes me feel like I'm floating
through a dead ghost zone of abandoned houses, dead cities and empty
streets dividing Eastern and Western Europe. It makes me wonder
where this is going. Being able to look at it from a certain distance
the whole decay almost has a tragic beauty to it. Unfortunately
the people living there don't have that distance.

11. What are your fears?
Religious fanatics with balls bigger than they can handle and old
greedy men who have children's blood running through their vains.

12. What is your favorite joke (tasteful or tasteless)?

13. Who is your favorite author?
I don't really have a favorite author, but amongst the books I've
enjoyed the most throughout the last couple of months were Jean
Genet's Notre Dame Des Fleurs, Emmet Grogan's Ringolevio
and the short stories of Jorge L. Borges.

14. What is your favorite movie?
Alejandro Jodorowsky's Holy Mountain is definitely one
of my favorite movies of all times. Nowadays, Jodorowsky is living
in Paris and besides other things does Tarot readings in this bar
every Wednesday. You have to go there in the morning, get one of
20 available tickets and come back in the evening. He will ask you
a couple of questions to find out why you are coming to him, then
he'll read your tarot and prescribe you a psycho-magic act that
you have to fulfill to overcome your personal fears. I tried to
go and meet him once, but at the time he was travelling in Argentina.
I will try again this year though. I am also dying to see Matthew
Barney's Cremaster Cycle.

15. Favorite album(s) from the last few years?
Sensational - Corner The Market
Mazzy Star - So Tonight That I Might See
The Black Lips - Let It Bloom
Delia Gonzales & Gavin Russom - Days Of Mars
Sleep - Dopesmoker
The Gris Gris - For The Season
Jan Jelinek - Everything
Marilyn Manson - 667 The Neighbor Of The Beast
Vibracathedral Orchestra - Everything
Mouse On Mars - Instrumentals
The Spits – E.P.
Kieran Hebdan&Steve Reid - The Exchange Sessions
LCD Soundsystem – When Will I Be Famous? – The Bros

16. What would you like to know more about?

17. What is one thing you would like to do/see/accomplish
before you die?

I want to have a family, raise kids and make sure that they'll have
all the possibilities and choices they don't need.

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