In 1993, Oliver Wand, along with Guido Adolphi, founded Obscenity Trial. It was the cornerstone for a future development that nobody would have predicted.After a 6 year separation, 2004 saw the band reborn -- and finally releasing it's debut album, "Here and Now". More than a simple statement, the album is the exclamation behind the band's remarkable history. Oliver Wand frontman of the band gives an interview to subexistance.
You formed the band at 1993 but your first release was on 2006 "Here and Now"why that happen?
Well we had a self-release in 1996 with "Intoxication" which as until now was never released on a label. Due to the fact not finding a label and changes in all our lifes at that time we decided to end the project in 1998.After that I first concentrated on my vocal education (trained by a classical opera singer in Cologne for three years) and attended various projects, one including a Musical. In 2004 Frank (who is live-keyboarder since 1993) and I met again and wanted to reactivate OBSCENITY TRIAL as a live project. If at that point someone would’ve told us that we would sign a record deal one year later and will support AND ONE in 2006 – and everything that followed - I would’ve laughed heavily .
Which are the band members and how each one of you take part in the music composition?
The composition is mainly done only by myself. A few of the songs over the past years have been written by other musicians but the majority of the songs is written by myself. The other members of the band are only live members and don’t participate in the writing or production process at all.So I think it’s safe to say that OBSCENITY TRIAL is a solo project after all, in a way.
Give me more details about your latest release "Soulstrip"
I am very happy with Soulstrip on a song level as every single song is very intimate. Probably the most intimate ones I’ve written over the past years. Of course I do know that it is difficult playing most of those songs live since people expect a party on stage and playing more mid- or down-tempo songs would be difficult. So I consider the album being more an album to listen to rather than one that is made to heavily perform live.
Are you satisfied with the comments from the press and the fans so far?
Yes and no. Of course I am happy when critics are good but as some wise man said „Critics don’t by records“ which is true . As for the fans I sometimes wonder about some comments coming up. You might find me arrogant saying it this way but this is the way I see it: 90% of todays’ scene releases have a massive lack of quality, either in production or – even more – when it comes to vocals. But since DJs over here are mostly spinning more of the same boring „I am sooooo evil“-tracks with only distorted vocals and stuff most of the fans tend to being not able to judge a difference anymore, just because they are not used to listen to different songs than they here at every club night. If people are happy with it so be it, but my approach is different from that Call me old-school Damn, I’m old lol Something else which was kind of strange to me was when I announced my collaboration with Tino Oac as a producer last year. Yes, he is a singer with one of the most successfull German mainstream-pop bands but still he is a musician. And that’s what this is all about. Music. But still a lot of people already judged just from the announcement and refused to even listen to the songs. Why? Well obviously that is one of the main problems of the scene over here these days: It seems that image is more important than music. Which explains a lot, but people: It should be the opposit!!
What things inspires you the most?
Life. There is nothing more inspiring than that. May it be a word or even a certain look on someone’s faces. Very often that tells even more than just words .
Tell me about your live shows?What is the feeling on the stage and is there any show that you cant forget?
I love the energy on stage. OBSCENITY TRIAL always was a very strong live band with a lot more energy on stage than on a recording. Maybe because we perform like hell . There’re a lot of shows we have great memories of. I guess we really have been lucky being able to play a lot of places in the world over the past years. Greece is yet missing, though I wonder how the audience there is partying to a live concert. Every country is different in it’s own way which makes it even more exciting to travel, meet people and different cultures. That definitely is the most exciting part about touring.
You started your own new label "remote music" why?Did you have problems with your past labels or something else?
That is something I wanted to do for some years already. Now the chance was there so I took it. Of course it is difficult given the times we live in. I don’t understand why people have no problems paying 50 EUR for a concert ticket but complaining a CD for 13 EUR is too expensive. Or buying a sticker at the merch booth for 5 EUR but refusing to pay 0.99 EUR for a paid track download. That is a strange mystery I definitely did not understand yet.As for the past relationships with labels. I am happy that I was able to work with INFACTED as well as MAJOR RECORDS as an artist. There were certain things they did good, some I didn’t like. Maybe because I do have a strong experience being in field sales and marketing for a long time. Running your own label can be an advantage, but of course the risk is a lot higher since now 100% of the investment is on my back. Nevertheless I do have a small team of experienced people around me and so we at least try to avoid heavy mistakes.
Describe me your music give me a name?
Electropop. Nothing more, nothing less
You live in the center of music industry in Europe Germany.How did you manage with the competition cause there are thousands bands there.
It’s not easy, definitely not. Not only because most labels are releasing the same sounding releases over and over again. But also thanks to the internet and all the platforms out there nowadays everyone that claims to have a soundcard can present what he or she calls „music“ in a very easy way. That definitely is NOT helpful at all . Nevertheless playing live is one of the most important things to do today which we always did and will do.
About your future plans?
I am currently working on new material with a lot of ideas around it, hopefully play a lot of more great live shows and just enjoy the time. As I wrote a few years back already: This is all that matters – Here And Now!
A message to all the people that support you all this years?
I can’t thank everyone enough for all the continuous support over the past years. THANK YOU!!