Lolita KompleX

Lolita KompleX

Established 2008 by the restless globetrotter Eve Evangel (former frontman of Sanguis et Cinis), the very young half-asian girl and Showcase-Lolita Nana as well as Eve's former colleagues and Lennon-McCartney counterpart Dushi, out of the necessity to share their common preferences for music, Japan, cabaret, art and extravagance.
In spring 2011 the time has finally come and Lolita Lolita KompleX would not be complex if they wouldn’t have already 3 videos in the pipeline to present “Le Cabaret des Marionnettes” to the public. Here is an interview with Eve for Subexistance.

-Getting started, I would like you to tell me a few words about the creation and the development of the band.
Since the split up of my old band I felt the urge to create something new. I spent some time in Japan and was very impressed by the aesthetics of modern japanese bands and how common it is to combine expressive visual aspects with music without being reduced to it. I also felt that they don’t really give a fuck about musical borders. I found this to be very inspiring and wanted to incorporate that spirit into my own music without simply copying it. There are a lot of bands who just copy certain styles. We’re not one of them. And most importantly - we’re not japanese. And japanese bands are usually inspired by western bands anyway, so we go back to their roots, take a little bit of this and a little bit of that, keep our cultural identity and voila!

At the time the idea for such a band arose I got to know nana and she liked the idea. The same goes for Dushi who’s also been in my old band and wanted to continue working with me. Kabel was a friend of a friend and we wanted to work with him before but never came around to do it. That’s basically how Lolita KompleX started...

-How would you describe your musical sound?i cant do that...i wrote in my review a back to the future music.
I also don’t know. I honestly can’t describe it. When we try to describe it we usually just write down a long list. For our record companies sake we reduced it to “Gothic Lolita Metal Rock Cabaret”. Or something like that. But it’s never 100% this or 100% that. We all got very different influences and listen to different music. Sometimes it makes it hard, but at the end of the day that’s what makes our sound unique. And even it it’s not. You can’t re-invent music. There are just 12 semitones. We’re just writing the music we’d like to hear. It all comes naturally. We don’t intend to write a song like this or a song like that. And if we do, we fail anyway. When we say “OK, let’s write a really calm, slow ballad” it turns out to be the heaviest song we’ve ever written. So we just go with wherever the creativity takes us.

-A typical fan of your album would be who?
That’s a good question. Our fans are usually the prettiest and coolest people on earth, but we didn’t release the CD to sell albums. Lucky for us there seem to be a lot of people out there with good taste. Our audience is usually quite mixed. We’ve got a lot of support from the Lolita-community and other people who are into “Japan-stuff”, but there are also a lot of folks from the Gothic-scene, Metal, Punk, Indie or whatsoever.

-I feel as if this album separates the band from any of the other new band.. As well - I think is just an all around insane killer album. But How happy are yourself with "Le Cabaret des Marionettes" does it come up to your expectations?
Thank you, I really appreciate that and I take it as a compliment that we’re not like any of the other new bands. That’s exactly what we intended. As for the album, an artist you’re never really satisfied, you always find things you could have done better and of course we could have recorded it better, but we deliberately kept it a little bitter “rawer”, because we see ourselves as an absolute live band and we wanted to capture that primal energy. I think sometimes the “soul” of a song get’s lost when it’s “overproduced”.

-What were the goals you had in mind when you started to record "Le Cabaret des Marionettes"
To get it done?

-How do you, as a band, react to a favorable or bad review?
Like a zen monk. The blue sky isn’t disturbed by the passing by of the clouds. A lot of people take themselves too serious. I usually get very bored when I read interviews, because most artists are way too self-opinionated and like to hear themselves talk. Fact is - nobody gives a fuck and nothing is THAT important. In times like these with social networks and comments and likes and whatsoever everybody seems to feel the need to state his own opinion all the time. But what for?  Everyone judges according to his own point of view that is controlled by experience, perspective and some sort of motivation. To  evaluate the “review” you’d have to look behind all that. I don’t have the time or need for that. For example, a “you suck” from a 13 year old Justin Bieber fan is useless for me as an artist, so I don’t let myself be affected by reviews. Of course it’s nice when somebody appreciates what you do.

-Tell me about your live performances. What does it feel like, to be on stage?
GREAT, AWESOME, AMAZING! We love to be on stage. As I mentioned earlier we LIVE to play live. We take every opportunity to play concerts. It’s so inspiring and we love to be close to our fans an interact with the audience. We’re jokesters, you know. That’s why we call our shows “cabaret” There’s also a lot of fooling around going on. We’re really having a good time when we play live.

-What is planned and what do you hope to experience as a band in the future?
More concerts, more songs, more videos and we hope to return to Japan soon for another tour and we also hope that we’ll be able to play wherever we haven’t played to far.

-Thank you very much for the interview.Would you like to add anything?
Scream Lo-Lee-Ta! We hope to see you soon!!!

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