I've been a fan of CattaC since I stumbled across their song "Morticians" a couple years ago. I've loved everything I've heard from them and I'm so happy I got to interview them. Big thanks to DarkTunes Music Group for hooking me up with them.
Q: Tell the readers who you are and what you do
A: Hello, i´m Helm - one part of the german band CattaC where we play Dark Electronic Wave.
Q: Favorite road snack?
A: As a dark electronic artist, my favorite road snack would definitely be black licorice. It perfectly complements the brooding atmosphere and adds a touch of darkness to my travels. Plus, it's a great way to keep my energy up during long journeys through the night.
Q: If you were a salad what dressing would it have?
A: Perhaps a combination of balsamic vinegar and olive oil with a touch of smoked paprika for a smoky, intense flavor - and a sprinkle of crushed dreams!
Q: Tell a story about a song that had a big impact on you when you were growing up.
A: Oh, there are many… If we began with music our influences was the new and harder grunge, rock, metal and deathmetal scene. This is the reason why we like atmospheric & rockin themes in our tracks without to leave the electronic paths..
It can happen, for example, that black metal-heavy guitars suddenly appear in an otherwise purely electronic song (e.g. on our track "Just One More Day".
We don't have any favorite groups in the black scene that we absolutely have to emulate... I even have to admit that, in contrast to my bandmate Chris, I have a hard time with the bands in the black scene because I know so little. .. We are all the more honored when we are compared to other bands...Of course there are the usual "suspects" to whom we take our hat off: here are Frontline Assembly, Skinny Puppy, Front 242, Depeche Mode, called NIN...
Q: How did you develop your sound?
A: Whilst we switched from the rock/metal genre to the electronic genre relatively late, it was a premise from the start that we wouldn't use the dance sounds that had been exhausted to the point of gassing until then...that we wouldn't set any limits to what kind of music we would like to play and that we want to sound atmospheric, fat and dirty... which also explains our fable for distorting analog sounds...
Q: Who is your dream collab
A: My dream collaboration would be with an influential figure in the dark electronic scene, such as Trent Reznor from Nine Inch Nails. His innovative approach to music, rich production techniques, and ability to create intense emotional experiences would be a perfect match for my artistic vision. I think for Chris is this person Rhys Fulber.
Q: If you couldn’t do what you do, what would you do?
A: Answer with black humor: If I couldn't do what I do, I probably would become a professional funeral director. I turned up uninvited to funerals and gave eulogies to people I'd never met just to see the confused looks on everyone's faces. It's a niche career choice, but someone has to do it.
Q: What is your motivation?
A: The fear of mediocrity keeps me going. I strive to be exceptionally average in everything I do. It's a tough job, but someone has to do it. That also explains my perseverance when it comes to singing, although I never wanted to be the singer and sounded terrible as a singer in the first few years
Q: Have you had any weird fan interactions?
A: You mean next to the hundreds of boobs we have to sign? ;) Once I was allowed to sign a picture for a waiting fan. When I was done and I thanked him politely, he said to me: It wasn't necessary because he collects autographs from bands that are doomed to fail
Q: Do you have any pets?
A: We have two faithful and mysterious companions who roam the shadows with me - two Sphynx hairless cats named Frodo & Eddy. With their mesmerizing eyes, their extremely affectionate nature and their penchant for lurking in the darkest corners of my studio, they brought a touch of mysticism to the creative music process.The two also inspired our cat logos and the two cat masks are likenesses of them, which the saber from the band Carach Angreen made for us
Q: Where can people follow you?
A: You can follow our dark electronic escapades in the usual, haunting ways of the internet. We lurk on Instagram and Facebook (although the latter has often caused us problems). Otherwise we can of course be found and heard on all common streaming platforms and on bandcamp. Join us at our live shows... where we always like to come up with something new...
Q: What do you want to say to your fans?
A: To our beloved fans, you are the shadows that dance to our tunes, the midnight echoes that reverberate in our souls. Your unwavering support and embrace of darkness fuels our creative spirit. Thank you for joining us on our sonic odysseys and allowing our music to touch your hearts and minds. Together, let's continue to explore the depths of our existence, enjoying the beauty of the night and finding solace in the haunting melodies we create. Stay in the dark, stay curious and remember: we are never alone in the abyss.