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The Black Flag Meets Tapewyrm

Industrial is growing from strength to strength in the UK, with amazing new acts coming thick and fast with some amazing new material, endlessly and tirelessly created new material,...

Industrial is growing from strength to strength in the UK, with amazing new acts coming thick and fast with some amazing new material, endlessly and tirelessly created new material, remixing, collaborating and coming together to make some of the most exciting and diverse music around. Fresh new talent in the UK is on the front line and representing us in the streets, on the stage and on your streams, one of them is Tapewyrm and we were lucky enough to catch up with the man behind the Noize.

TBF: Hi mate, welcome to The Flag, can you tell us how Tapewyrm got started?

TW: It grew out of a combination of boredom, frustration & necessity. I’d been involved with music in some capacity since my early teens, I just loved being able to create & it got me through some pretty dark times. I stepped away from music in my mid 20’s to focus on shit I thought I wanted, until that came crashing back down & I needed a positive outlet for years of pent up bullshit. Tapewyrm began as a hobby, just me experimenting with various sounds & textures, until it developed its own sound, more towards mid 2011. After getting in touch with a few people in the UK scene, I felt the need to push it, to see just how far it could go.


TBF: What influenced the name?

TW: Ok, time to let the cat out of the bag so to speak, the short answer is I stole it, from Trent Reznors semi-mythical side project & changed the spelling. It works as a reasonable description of what I do though, Tape, as in the lo-fi analogue medium & Wyrm, taken from the WOD werewolf RPG, the force of corruption, decay & destruction.


TBF: Has the sound evolved much since the start?

TW: Initially, Tapewyrm was an experiment, there were guitar based tracks, ranging from blues to metal, sample manipulations, soundscapes. It’s certainly defined & refined itself.


TBF: You’re largely Industrial, how would you describe what you do?

TW: Tough question, its electronic music for metalheads, for punks, closer in spirit, at least to how the scene started, rather than the more aggressive variation on club music that it’s become. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.


TBF: Was the journey into Industrial a natural one? How did that journey begin and develop?

TW: It began with Nine Inch Nails & the Further Down The Spiral EP, that laid the foundations for me, from there I discovered the rest of the NIN back catalogue, Ministry, Gary Numan & Throbbing Gristle. I just kept going backwards. Certain film soundtracks played their part, particularly Spawn, The Crow & Mortal Kombat.


TBF: Who would you class as an influence?

TW: I could rattle off bands for hours, so I’ll keep it short. NIN, Throbbing Gristle, Ministry, Atari Teenage Riot, Korn, Pantera & RATM.


TBF: How do you feel about the Industrial scene in the UK at the moment?

TW: We’re in a pretty good place, there have been a ton of bands coming up over the last few years & the festivals are only getting stronger. What I don’t think we have anywhere near enough of are gigs. There are all these bands & the live scene is pretty sparse, that does seem to be shifting but it’ll take some time & support from within the scene itself.


TBF: Can you see Industrial thriving more and more in the future?

TW: That depends, I’d like to see a paradigm shift towards live music, the UK has the bands, the club nights & the venues, I hope it’s just a matter of time until it kicks off.


TBF: Tell us about your first album, was there a theme?

TW: I write from my experiences, so it’s a good snapshot of what was going through my head at the time. I won’t go in to great detail, it’s a pretty personal journey.


TBF: Now you have a new album out, how did the writing process compare to the first?

TW: With the latest release, I knew exactly what I wanted to say but it took a lot longer because of that. I needed to make sure it was ‘right’.


TBF: When it comes to writing how do you start and what’s the process?

TW: It really does depend, if there is something specific I want from the track then I’ll work to a theme. Other tracks come together pretty quickly, then it’s a question of their context within the release. I’ve got loads of half finished ideas kicking around. I’ll generally start with a rhythmic idea & build upon that but it could equally start with a lyric or chord progression.


TBF: Do you find yourself always going back and rewriting tracks?

TW: Constantly, I’ve ripped tracks apart, rewritten & remixed tracks, some of the tracks on the first album have multiple variations sitting on my HDD.


TBF: You had some help on the tracks, who was there with you?

TW: My friend Tiff of Beinaheleidenschaftsgegenstand, contributed vocals to House of Cards, while fellow UK artists & friends Dirty K & Ruinizer provided some great remixes of tracks from Misanthropic Noize.


TBF: How about the artwork, did you have help there?

Another great friend handled the artwork for both releases, you can check her out on DeviantArt for yourselves.

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TBF: How did it feel when you sold your first album?

TW: It was an amazing feeling when the 1st copy sold at Resistanz last year, I’m still shocked & humbled that people are listening to & enjoying something that I created.


TBF: How does it compare to playing live?

TW: From previous gigs with old projects, very few things that I’ve experienced even come close to the thrill of live performance. Although the upcoming show supporting iVardensphere will be my 1st show with Tapewyrm & my 1st solo performance ever. So I’ll be buzzing for weeks I expect.


TBF: Any plans for a tour?

TW: I’m working on getting a few more dates together for this year, nothing confirmed as yet though.


TBF: Where can someone interested come see you live?

TW: I’m opening for iVardensphere in May at Slimelight. Details can be found on this FaceBook page. After that show, I’m hoping for a few gigs up & down the UK.


TBF: And where can they pick up your music for themselves?

TW: Everything is available through Juggernaut Media on Bandcamp, it’s also available through Poponaut for those on the continent.


TBF: Lastly, what’s your plan for 2014 and beyond?

TW: We’ve got the release of Beat:Cancer a huge compilation featuring artists from around the world, coming together to raise money for Cancer Research:UK. Which is out on the 19th of April & features a remix from myself on the 3 disc premium edition. I’m working on the next release which should be out in time for the show in May. After that, there will be another release later in the year, hopefully more shows. Just more of everything really.


TBF: Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions

TW: Not a problem man, thanks for the opportunity.


There you have the future of Industrial in the UK, be assured mates that in the not too distant future Tapewyrm and the impressive cast of talent he has amassed around him will be proudly representing us all over the world and Industrial will have it’s second coming.

You can catch up with all things Tapewyrm on Facebook, Twitter and Reverbnation. For now here are some tracks to get you in the mood for a stomping. Keep you gazed firmly fixed on The Black Flag and we’ll have a review of Tapewyrm’s latest release and some other treats from Juggernaut Media.


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