Tactical Sekt Interview by Viki Walden

Having performed on the opening night at InFest 2011, Tactical Sekt rushed down to London to play out to all those unlucky enough to catch them at the festival. Whilst preparing backstage at Slimelight before their 2am set the band kindly gave up some time to speak about military history, getting crowds dancing and having fun, joking about.

You’ve just come back from playing InFest in Braford, what kind of live performances do you prefer- festivals or more intimate gigs, like tonight’s at Slimelight?
Rob: Both can be as good as the other, whether you have 15 people or are at a large festival it really depends on the crowd. The crowd make the gig.
Anthony: For me, the bigger the show, the better it is, it’s great to see a large crowd going nuts! Our philosophy is that everyone at the show is a part of the band.
Jay: I agree, there is a greater sense of ease playing bigger shows.

What have you guys been up to since the release of the last album, Syncope in 2006?
Anthony: Working. A Lot. We’ve all got full time jobs and families, but we’re just starting to work on the new album now.
Jay: We don’t like to release something every 2 weeks, every 4 years or so is nice for getting new material out.

On a curious note, what’s the inspiration behind the name Tactical Sekt?
Anthony: I wanted the name to have some connection to Aslan Faction, my previous band, but wanted it to be independent too. Factions are radical units and so I kept that in Sekt. I’ve always been really interested in military history so, that was a great influence.

There are so many genres and sub-genres continuously appearing on the EBM scene, mostly Tactical Sekt is described as ‘Aggro-Tech’ or ‘electro-Industrial’, what would you describe your style as?
Anthony: EBM. We’re an EBM band, there are so many sub-genres that are popping up every day I lose track. You know, it’s important to keep the music now and embrace electronic music. Keeping the scene as a whole makes it a more powerful force.

You’ve been hailed as one of the major influences of the new Aggrotech Sound. What’s your response to that?
Anthony: I’ve been hearing that a lot recently , well I’m pleased I can be an influence, if what I do has inspired people to make music then I’ve done a good job and I’m honoured. People always have to take influences from somewhere, I have my influences.

What are your influences:
I’m inspired by a wide range of electronic music, some of the classic acts like Depeche Mode, Cold Hard Castle, Human League, Red Flag- anything with synthesizers. When I first saw acts like Skinny Puppy and X marks the Pedwalk they inspired me too. Suicide Commando has influenced me too, you know, he’s a good friend of mine and has helped me out a lot.

Do you feel there are any influences that have carried over from Aslan Faction? Or did you envision Tactical Sekt as a completely different project?
Anthony: Tactical Sekt is definitely more dance focused, Aslan Faction wasn’t dance music. I wanted to create music that got people moving, I love seeing people dance.

o, can you tell us what a typical gig/ tour day with the Tactical Sekt guys is like?
All (almost in unison): Jokes! And Fun!
Jay: It’s a constant mirage of jokes. We have an hour or so of having to be serious and we do that, but the rest of the time we’re just having fun.
Anthony: We’re friends above and beyond everything else.

So, what’s next for the band?
Anthony: After the gig? (Sounding glum for a moment) Back to Work. But, we’re working on the new album now. This is going to be our last gig for a while.
Jay: Yeah, we’ve done our live performances for 2011.
Anthony: In the new year and when we’ve finished the album, there’ll be more live gigs and tours.

Whilst it’s sad to know we won’t have another chance to catch Tactical Sekt on stage again this year, you’ll just have to wait with anticipation for the album release, I for one, am certainly looking forward to it!