An Interview with Rexx Arkana and Dracos collectively known as FGFC820!!!

Dj Rex catches up with the underground legends FGFC820.

Tell me about the journey form Dj to band member, what inspired
Bruderschaft and what inspired FGFC820
REXX: In addition to DJing, for many years I worked professionally as a college radio/club promoter and booking agent. So, Ive always been closely involved with many bands and it was a dream of mine to have my own. It just took the right timing and the right partnership for that to finally evolve fully.

You must have some great stories from your early days as a dj???
DRCOS: I’ve been banned by club owners before, because the audience would stomp their boots a little too hard and get a little too crazy during some of my DJ sets many years ago. One place said my music cost them two noise fines from the city, and they had to pay to reinforce the floor beams because the fans were stomping too hard to my beats.
REXX: I just remember that when I started DJing, things were very different from there are now. These days there seem to be so many specialized DJs, whereas for many years in the beginning I would play everything from Bauhaus to Nitzer Ebb to Thompson Twins to Dead Kennedys. It was much more eclectic.

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What music are you listening to right now? Apart from your own..
DRCOS: I really like that Peter Fox song “Alles Neue” after I saw the video when we were over in Germany. I’ve been listening to some of the new hardstyle and hardcore stuff lately, too.
REXX: Ive been enjoying the new Gecko Sector stuff from Gerrit from Funker. I love the sounds he uses in his music.

What genre of music do you consider your work to be and who would you say are your major influences?
DRCOS: Harsh EBM. Tactical Sekt and Funker Vogt were always influences for me, as well as Feindflug for the militaristic aspect.
REXX: I agree with Drcos, but I would add that a lot of new wave music also influences me, particularly from the melodic aspect.

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Whats the most embarrassing single or album you own
DRCOS: RUN-D.M.C. “Tougher Than Leather”. I used to listen to that a lot when I was younger. I still have my Information Society cassettes from when I was a kid, too, so I’ll let you decide which is more embarassing.
REXX: Im not really embarrassed by it, but my wife hates that I like Neil Diamond.

What would your dream gig be??
DRCOS: Well, it was to play Wave Gotik Treffen. But now that we’ve done that, I guess I’d like to play Amphi or the Castle Party in Eastern Europe.
REXX: Castle Party seems like it would definitely be cool to play. Id also like to do a formal tour of Europe, rather than just one-off dates.

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Where have you performed?
DRCOS: On three continents so far.

Best and worst on stage moment??
REXX: Best onstage moment was probably at Kinetik Festival in Montreal, when a ton of people got up on stage with us for our final song. Worst was probably our first show ever at Funhouse in New York. Just god-awful.

What can you tell me about your instruments? (i.e., are you subject to brand loyalty or will you play with whatever’s available? If you?? What made you choose the instruments you have now?
DRCOS: I mostly own Roland gear, but I don’t have enough money to be too picky about what equipment I buy. Craigslist and Ebay are wonderful things. I still record everything into Cakewalk Pro Audio 6 which is over ten years old, so that goes to show that you don’t need all of the latest gear to be creative.

Do you ever play any covers and if you do, what made you choose that particular track to cover?
REXX: So far weve covered songs by The Cure, Nitzer Ebb and PWEI. I love doing cover versions.

Who writes your songs?
REXX: Drcos writes most of the music. I write the lyrics and do additional programming and we both work on the song structures.

What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs?
REXX: Personality accountability and civil responsibility, in a nutshell.

What are your rehearsals generally like?
DRCOS: The most we rehearse is during soundcheck before a show.
REXX: Yeah, Drcos prefers we spend the least amount of time together as possible.
How can fans-to-be gain access to your music? Do you have a website with sample songs or a CD?
DRCOS: We have some song samples on our Myspace page as well as some samples at www.FGFC820.com. I really need to update the audio page on our website, though, when I get the time.

Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge for giving you support over the years??
DRCOS: My family has been extremely supportive of me over the years. And there are a lot of DJs and club promoters who have been supportive of us as well as our record label.
REXX: Definitely friends and family and, in particular, my wife, Aga, whose put up with my band (and other shit) for almost fifteen years now.

On line or real shops??
DRCOS: Online. I really don’t like shopping in real shops for anything at all anymore.

What are your biggest weaknesses?
DRCOS: Mixing our songs. I try to EQ and tweak our songs the best that I can using the monitors I have, but it’s a good thing we have Soman mastering our albums since it always sounds better than the raw files I send him.
REXX: Manifesting whats in my head into something tangible. I have a hard time extracting ideas sometimes.

What is the one, single food that you would never give up?
DRCOS: Does beer count as food?
REXX: Hmmmmaybe peanut butter. Thatd be hard.

Where do you want to be in 5 years?
REXX: Top of the Pops, baby.

Have you ever gone cow-tipping?
DRCOS: Surprisingly, no, since I grew up in a rural area. But then I was mostly surrounded by wheat fields.
REXX: Are you kidding? Cow-tipping is a spectator sport in Amish Country, where I grew up.

What should your catchphrase be?
DRCOS: “You are what they made you, make them regret it”.
REXX: Please please please, let me get what I want.

What do you dream about?
DRCOS: Scandinavian women.
REXX: Drcos.

Have you ever gambled at a casino?
DRCOS: Yes

Favorite tv show
DRCOS: The Venture Bros.
REXX: Still going with Lost.

Strangest thing a fan has ever told you
DRCOS: That he’s been listening to us for the past twelve years, which was odd because we’ve only been together for five years.
REXX: That we should wear bondage gear on stage because military clothing is played out.

What scares you the most and why
DRCOS: Our government, because our politicians stopped working for the American people a long time ago.
REXX: That something might happen to my girls.

What do you do in your free time?
DRCOS: Can’t say I have a lot of free time. I work on other various styles of music when I’m not working on electronic music, and I tend to read fairly often.
REXX: I watch a lot of football.

Do you like chocolate?
DRCOS: Yes

Do you scream on roller coasters?
DRCOS: I stay away from those damn things.
REXX: Me, too.

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Do you like rainy days or snowy winter, summer days or spring time?
DRCOS: I like the dry, cold winters back home where I grew up.
REXX: I much prefer Fall.

What makes you bored?
DRCOS: The subway rides to work.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
DRCOS: I’d like to visit Prague sometime. I’d also like to see the ancient Persian ruins in Iran, as well as the glaciers in Greenland. There are lots of places I’d like to see, though.
REXX: Heaven.

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