low entropy started making music in 1997.
he has released 12"s on praxis, black monolith, blut, kougai, widerstand.
he has played at parties such as the fuckparade, nordcore, break the silence and
many more.

Q: how did u get involved in the scene?

low entropy: techno and hardcore were pretty big here in the 90s, and when i heard
hardcore for the first time, i immediately fell in love with that sound...
i discovered that there was not only the "normal" hardcore stuff, but a whole
underground scene for harder, more experimental music...

Q: what are the influences on your music?

low entropy: well, one influence are styles like gabber, speedcore, oldschool...
as i said, i love it, the kicks, the whole feeling, awesome.
the second influence is the whole "experimental hardcore" sound, that sound has
gotten kind of rare today,
but i still consider it so groundbreaking, so great...
then the third influence is "traditional" avantgarde and experimental music... which
is an influence that is very important for me.

Q: tell us something abour your latest projects

in the last months i made three netrelases:
the "crisp ep" is speedcore... the "winter tracks ep" is experimental. "i/o port ep"
is in the style i like most, synthesizer pads and hard beats...

Q: do you have any upcoming projects?

low entropy: well a lot of stuff is planned, i have many many ideas...
there will definately be more netreleases and i hope some new 12"s too.

Q: you've said "techno and hardcore were pretty big here (in germany) in the
90s". what was the scene back then compared to nowadays?


low entropy: it sometimes seems a bit strange today, when you see how underground
hardcore is, and then you think that back then every 3rd guy was listening to that
stuff and it was a part of the taste of the masses...
this was of course only the more overground type of hardcore, that dutch stuff etc.

on the underground scene, well i think the two scenes (todays scene and the scene
back then) cannot really be compared.
but yes, the scene back then was a lot different.

Q: you've made some radio shows in the past on "FSK" radio station and later
created "Hamburg Hardcore Radio". can you tell more about that? why you've
stopped doing this?


low entropy: The "Hamburg Hardcore Radio" was a show created by Sampler19 and me. i
have to give Betty Bombshell credit too, because it evolved out of a radio show i
did with her.
dj escada and the man unknown joined sampler19 and me, so we four did the show
together.

it was a show on the radio station "FSK". iIt was real radio, not a netradio or stream,
everyone at home could've turned into the show (it was a radio station in the city
of Hamburg, where i live).
we did the show at least monthly, sometimes even two or three times a month.
usually the show lasted around 8 hours, sometimes more, and was on a friday or
saturday night.
for example from saturday 10 pm till 8 am sunday.
we always tried to get many DJs for a show.
DJs that played at shows include Cybermouse, Taciturne, Lonely Freek, Zombie Flesh
Eater, Amboss and many many more.
we sometimes read from books or poems or self-written texts during the show, and we
did other stuff like that.
we also made specials during the shows, about specific record labels for example.

the "Hamburg Hardcore Radio" was so far the happiest time in my life.

we never knew how many ppl tuned in, maybe 50, maybe 500 during a show.
but it happened to me that i for example i did hang out with people in the city that
i didnt know much at all, and when i mentioned the radio show, one guy said to me
"oh you are doing that show? i listened to it on the radio last friday".

Q: what happened to "Maniac Menschen Crew" and "All-Out Demolition!" party
series? can you tell more about that time period, parties and so on?


low entropy: Maniac Menschen was me, sampler19, dj escada and the man unknown.
"All-Out Demolition!" was a party series we did. It was four parties, the first was
in spring 2002. at these parties we and the other DJs played breakcore, speedcore,
gabba, experimental stuff, techno. the parties were in a local squatted building in
hamburg in the basement.

i wont really say too much here, because i dont want to hype myself/ourselves.
but i think these parties have been pretty extreme.

Q: i've noticed "anarchist" in your website title. can you tell more about
your views, ideology and reasons for that?


low entropy: i think we live in kind of bad days today. everyone just seems to care
who has the most money in our society, who has the most fame etc. not many people
try to be real individuals, they're just consumers.
so, yes, there's a lot of stuff that i disagree with.

Q: you said: "the scene back then was a lot different". was it better in your
opinion?


would you like to change something about the nowadays scene? if yes - what?

Low Entropy: well what is better today is that much more people seem to be
into the music.
back then you were lucky if you ran across one guy who listened to the
same strange music as yourself.
nowadays on the internet you can communicate with hundreds of people who
are into this sound.
what was better back then was, the sound was more experimental, it wasn't
so much categorized into different genres like today.

Q: you wrote: "we sometimes read from books or poems or self-written texts
during the show". that sounds interesting haha! could you give some
example of those self-written texts? :) what was they about?


Low Entropy: political texts for example...

Q: back to the music: what role it plays in your life? is it your hobby or
something more?


Low Entropy: Definately much more than a hobby! It's something very
important to me...

Q: what do you think about a hardcore/speedcore as a lifestyle (like punk
for example)? is it possible? what should it be like?


Low Entropy: Hardcore IS a way of life! It's hard to give a description
because it would be wrong to give a strict description or rules for this
way of life. But i would say it has to do with being an individual and
not being someone who always tries to fit in "the masses" in every way.

Q: what inspires you to compose your tracks?

Q: i believe, that every musician has some sort of a message, which lays in
his production... what is it in your case?


Low Entropy: Right now i would say there is no real or "big" message that
i want to put into my music...
Same goes for inspirations... of course, as an artist you're always
influenced by a lot of stuff...
but i would say most inspirations for me just come from other music right
now...

Q: your opinion on digital format, which is so popular in music industry
nowadays? what is good about it and what is bad?


Low Entropy: Do you mean digital download releases?

Q: yes. digital download releases, net labels and so on

Low Entropy: There are many good things about netreleases... for example,
netreleases give newcomers a chance to quickly spread their music to other
people...
But it seems purely digital releases are in our scene not as respected as
other releases. The reason people give for this is that there is a lot of
bad quality stuff released as netrelases. But to be honest, a lot of bad
stuff is put on vinyl too. So, digital releases should gain more respect
in my opinion.

Q: what artists would you mention as the most interesting to you?

Low Entropy: The Somatic Responses. They always were amongst the best
artists ever.

When it comes to older music, I dig the whole PCP crew a lot, miro, the
mover...

The stuff around Praxis is still some of the best music ever.

And i enjoy Mouse, No Name, Zombie Flesh Eater and Amboss a lot.

Q: what are your other interests besides music?

I think movies and animations are very interesting right now, this is
something that has a lot of potential in my opinion.

Q: last thoughts, words, wishes?

Low Entropy: Shouts out to everyone who still supports the sound. Hardcore
Forever!

Low Entropy, we wish you all the best for the future.

Interview done by Zenka for the "What's that noise?!" zine.




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