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A Dirty Dozen with FRANZ and GUITARFOX of SCHULTZ – May 2019

 

According to a recent press release: “FSCHULTZ presents his new album Shot of Pain available the 06th May 2019 on the legendary label BLC Productions (Agonoize, Alien Vampire). This new album is a real change in the career of the artist, who has so far composed albums more oriented Harsh, Noise or Industrial Rhythmic before taking decision in 2014 to have a break in his career. After the release in 2017 on the DBSP label of the mini album Raw Fucking Power feat VDREY with his partner VDREY always in a more electro / industrial style, the artist thinks how to define a new sound for his works without idea at this time if a new album was born from this reflection.” We get Schultz and Guitarfox to discuss new music, influences, and much more…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets the band put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

Franz: Shot Of Pain is our new album out the 06th May on BLC Prods. This new album is a real change for us cause’ during long years SCHULTZ was a solo project. I have performed during 10 years with VDREY but all music was made by me. With the addiction of GUITARFOX (Guitar/Vocals) and Sandy Dynamite (Live dance /Vocals) , the project have totally changed and became a real band. The arrival of these two new members also changed the music personality of SCHULTZ, from industrial Noise to Industrial Metal.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

Franz: Nothing very original, I’ve been listening to music since I was in college, a friend of mine ask me to create a band; I bought a guitar, and the story start. I have stop guitar quickly cause’ I was very bad, but discovery new music universe and realize music is my life.

Guitarfox: My parents were born in the 50’s, so they grew up with the Beatles, The Rolling Stones, the Who, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Jeff Beck, etc, and me I grew up between their records collection. When I was a teenager I was stunned by 80’s heavy metal bands and all those guitar shredders, so naturally I came to electric guitar, as many guitarists I think…

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

Franz: It’s hard to say cause when I was a child, my parents listened to lots of things which I think influenced me, from French song to rock, classical and lot of things. And also things I have discovered alone like metal, black metal, experimental music, dark music. So all these things guided my musical tastes in my life.

Guitarfox: 1994, I am seventeen, I come to see Nirvana in concert (just two months before Kurt’s suicide), and the Buzzcocks was the opening band. When I saw them, it was my very first punk rock revelation, since then, there was no turning back…

4. Who would be your main five musical influences?

Franz: Hard too… Maybe, Gravity Kills, Rammstein, KMFMD, Faith No More and Christeen… but I have lot and lot of other, 5 is not enough. I can give you 100,000…

Guitarfox: Mozart, Erik Satie, John Cage, Debussy, and the Sex Pistols.

5. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

Franz: Personally I really would like to makes a tracks with Till from Rammstein. I love his voice since the beginning… so Till, if you read this 😉

Guitarfox: Nobody, there’all much too expensive, or dead.

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

Franz: SCHULTZ music is a mix of lot of things we love but with an electronics and metal basis. We try and we hope to makes the best crossover we can do with all influences we have as punk, metal, electro and more. On time just before a TV interview somebody asked me “do you think we can compare your music with French Hip Hop?” Sorry guy, listen to the album before asking so stupid question!

Guitarfox: This is just the result of all we love in music : Dark wave, metal, primitive tribal music, anything who comes from the heart and balls.

7. What’s the best thing about being a musician?

Franz: You do what you like and always hope to do only music one day and nothing else.

Guitarfox: Sex, drugs and rock’n’roll of course! But for the drugs, I am in my 40’s now, so maybe I have to calm down a little…

8. When the band are all hanging out together, who cooks; who gets the drinks in; and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

Franz: We never cook, just drink lol. GUITARFOX only play guitar so the answer is easy.

Guitarfox: We’re just two composers in the band, so one make the base of the song, and the other one completes with his instrument, that simple!

9. When was the last time you were star struck and who was it?

Guitarfox: The Cramps and Bauhaus in a festival in Portugal in 2006. They were old bands then, but it was a kid’s dream came true!

Franz: I have discover last time Eisbrecher, a real révélation for me.

10. If you weren’t a musician, what would be your dream job?

Franz: Professional musician! Kind of those who don’t have to make another job for eating 😉

Guitarfox: Cartoonist, my second occupation.

11. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over”, even if it didn’t change your current situation?

Franz: I think I have lost a lot of time before finding the best members combination for music. I also have the regrets of VDREY leaving the project – it is her decision, but it’s a shame. Now with Guitarfox and Sandy Dynamite I think the dream team is complete, but only the future will confirm it!

Guitarfox: No regrets, life is too short for that!

12. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

Franz: Without hesitation Mutter from Rammstein, This album was a real revelation to me.

Guitarfox: Shot Of Pain by Schultz of course, just because I really lived it. I don’t know about other records. I just know it’s hard work if you want to make it good, this is no peace of cake. So it is enough to think you did your best at your own work, the rest is other people’s story.

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Todd ‘ToddStar’ Jolicoeur

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