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Interviews: Blue Eyed Christ

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Industrial Electronic Rock band, Blue Eyed Christ, from the USA. Check out the interview and follow the band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1. Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or came out just like that?

John D. Norten: The name Blue Eyed Christ is a statement about how ethnocentric American religious institutions can be. When I was a kid all the pictures of Christ I saw showed him with sandy blonde hair and blue eyes. Christ was from the middle east so he would have had a dark complexion, dark hair, and dark eyes. The common misconception about the band name is it’s self referencing, because I’m the only real band member and I have blue eyes. 

2.Why did you want to play this genre?

JDN: When I first started writing songs I was interested in synths, electronics, and underground music. Being from Chicago, we had the Wax Trax! record label and that whole scene was starting to emerge. I just gravitated towards the heavy side of Synthesizer and Sample based Industrial music.

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed?

JDN: I am the band, so yes.

4. Each band member favourite band?

JDN: I don’t have a single favorite artist. Everything from Prince, to Nine Inch Nails, to Duran Duran.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

JDN: For this album, World on Fire, It was my immediate surroundings. The influences were anything and everything around me and absorbing and making sense of that information and the rapidly changing world through music.

6. Where was your last gig?

JDN: haven’t played out with Blue Eyed Christ for years. It may have been a mini Germany tour in 2008.

7. Where would you like to act?

JDN: I wasn’t sure if I was going to tour this album, but now everything is kind of on hold while the world figures out how to come back.

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

JDN: I don’t have a dream feature, but I would love to be part of an eclectic and exciting tour that makes sense.

9. Whom not?

JDN: I don’t really have anything bad to say about other artists at the moment. 

10. Any of you has ever suffered from stage fright? Any tip for beginners on how to beat that?

JDN: I’ve never really suffered from stage fright. There’s always a bit of pre show nerves, but then I just get lost in the performance.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

JDN: Prince, Depeche Mode, LCD Soundsystem, Nine Inch Nails, many others in lots of genres and decades.

12. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for?

JDN: I don’t think I’ve ever had fans ask me for anything too weird, they mostly just want to tell me their story and how the music affected them.

13. What do you think of your fans?

JDN: I have a very personal connection with my fans. My Most known song is probably “Catch My Fall”, from my first album in 1992, Leaders + Follower. It had samples about suicide and dealt with that topic, so when I’m contacted by fans it’s often about their relationship with that song.

14. What do you think of our site?

JDN: I dig it

15. Something add?

I hope everyone likes my new Album. It’s the whirlwind soundtrack to the apocalypse!

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