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Fast Five: MACH7NE



How did you meet and what’s the story behind your band name?

We met way back in 1989. That’s when Ed recruited Martin (Bonefish) as a singer to a band named ”Julia”, a Swedish folk rock band that were active for about 6-8 years. The long story is for the movies, the short story is that we met up again in 2008/2009 under a studio session, an decided we wanted to start writing together again.

The name originally comes from a character played by Chris Bauer in the Joel Schumacher movie ”Super 8”, from 1999 (with Nicolas Cage), that goes under the name ’Machine’. It’s a very violent character, numb, with no feelings, that does terrible things, so you have to look pass that to see the layers of what that name represent.

It’s the idea of being something else. Ed and Martin becomes something else when they work together. It’s like the sum of them isn’t equal to the separate parts added. It’s a ”thing”. It’s not a band. It’s MACHINE. That is what the name is all about.

How would you describe your music?

Layered. Headphone-friendly. Massive. Intense.

It is usually “other artists” people want reference to when describing new music, which is good some times, but maybe also a bit box-thinking. We have been doing this for quite a while now, so it’s hard to really tell what exactly inspirers us. We think our music is the result of how we interact with each other. We both have different things that inspirers us and when our creativity meet, it becomes something else.

In our minds it is a collision between Depeche Mode and Marilyn Manson. With melodies. And awesome guitars. And a charismatic vocal. It’s very well produced and it has layers to it that won’t come out until you’ve listened to it a couple of times. At least that’s how we want you to see it… but it’s really not our privilege to decide. It’s up to the listeners.

What have you been up to so far and what can we expect over the coming months?

We have been working on getting this album ready for a while now. There has been a couple of single out and we have been able to hook up marvellous DJ Hilit Kolet (from London) to do remixes on some of our songs (they are all on Beatport).

We’ve got a video out for the first single ’Save Me’ and another one coming. There’s been a lot of travel, a lot of meetings and a lot of administrative work – somethings just have to be done even though some of them are quite far from being an artist.

And since we’re close to being solely a studio production, we need to shake off the comfort of the studio walls and begin to meet people in IRL. So, hopefully you can expect to see more of us as from now. We’ve got some plans for the nearest future, which mainly involves London, but noting is decided yet so we can’t really say that much at this point.

If you could duet with anybody who would it be and why?

Anybody? Personally (Bonefish), I would love to do a duet with Maria McKee, if she still sings? Her voice is like nothing else. Pure magic.

What’s your desert island disc and why would you take this one album?

Since we’re duo we have to be allowed to pick one each:

– Bonefish = Easy, ’Us’ by Peter Gabriel. It’s epic.

– Ed Winson = ‘Achtung Baby’ by U2. Evey song is like a hit single. And it’s such a brilliant example of how you can change your given path and evolve into something else in comparison with your previous work.