A CONVERSATION IN BERLIN BETWEEN MARK STEWART AND ALEC EMPIRE
Alec: „Hey Mark…..I kind of feel that there is so much that should be said in lyrics these days, and I keep wondering why nobody really says anything.
Sometimes when I drink my orange juice in the morning I can get deeply depressed about the current state of the music scene. Which is silly I know but it keeps happening. This theory keeps popping up in my head that if there was a concentration camp in Oranienburg (city next to Berlin), the music scene would be exactly the same as it is now. It’s not even like majority of music is expressing anything deep which words can’t say… How do you feel about that? Your lyrics stood the test of time. A lot of stuff you said 20 years ago, still seems to make so much sense. What is worse…people not listening or artists not saying anything?“
Mark: „For me berlin is a hungry ghost of the city in the 20s a time of political upheaval/economic meltdown i havent seen so much decadence since the fall of rome!“
Alec: „Decadent? I feel like waiting for a train when I am in Berlin…waiting with a bunch of people who can’t get a job. Which part of Berlin you see as decadent? Can you give me an example? I was born here so I wear my pink Nu Rave shades….“
Mark: „Taste is a form of personal censorship?“
Alec: „It depends. I see it more as a filter. But I guess you are right that for many people taste is something they copy from others to belong to a larger group. The question is if that is still ?taste?. I am shocked about the fact that most people don’t even feel the need to develop something that could be described as taste. In the elections , is it about ?taste? at the end? Do people consume the politicians, like they do with ?entertainers??“
Mark: “ VOTESCAM lizard leaders kissing babies selling fake sincerity who stole your identity? nations of couch potatos chained to YOUR tv screens it doesnt look much like living to me CITIZEN ZOMBIE“