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Experiment Haywire Interview; Cooler than Genocide
Friday, August 01 2008 @ 01:00 AM PDT
Contributed by: Bryan Babylon

Experiment Haywire Interview

Heathen Harvest:  Your essay "Eris is My Biatch" in Generation Hex turned a lot of heads, do you think this has had any effect on your music?

Rachel Haywire:  Absolutely. I was writing before I was making music. I was a spoken word artist and then I started creating noise. A lot of people got into my music through my writing and many of these people were loner occult types who previously had very little exposure to music in general. I can seriously appreciate that because I had no clue about music when I started getting into the occult myself. It was nice to bring people in.

With Experiment Haywire I touch on a lot of concepts that I wrote about in Generation Hex, the song "Occult Casualty" being a prime example. I also have a song called "Dark Discordia" which I'm told is pretty out there. Whether I am writing or making music I am playing with concepts that express the demented mind that is Haywire.

What if any obstacles have you had to overcome to promote and produce your music?

RH:  I wouldn't even know where to begin. I have been attacked while giving live performances because people who never even met me didn't like me. I managed to turn one of these attacks into performance art. It was when I was opening for Boyd Rice and Z'EV and some girl wearing a military uniform attacked me with the chains I was using as a percussion instrument. Everyone thought it was some bdsm performance stunt but it was really just some girl who had an issue with me. I went with the flow though!.

There is always someone out there who doesn't like me and what I'm doing so the slander and libel is constant. The idea of an in-your-face industrial chick with anarchist politics disgusts them to no end. I have no idea why it pisses them off so much but I find their extreme reactions to be amusing.

So yeah, the main obstacle I've had to overcome is the haters. I am learning to use them to my advantage though. I am collecting haters. Some people collect stamps. Some people collect vinyl. I collect vinyl and haters.

HH:  How do you feel about being the odd one out in a predominately male scene.

RH:  Great! Special! Alienated! Revolutionary! Degraded! At war! Struggling! Out of my mind! Who in their right mind would do this?

HH:  The label you are starting MachineKUNT Records is oriented towards females. Why do you exclude up and coming male acts?

RH:  That's a good question. I guess it's the same reason a punk label would exclude up and coming rock acts. machineKUNT is about creating a new sound and that new sound is pissed off females making dark electronic music. A lot of guys are into machineKUNT though. They just like the sound. machineKUNT is a sound. Not a private VIP club.

HH:  What is the ultimate goal of Experiment Haywire?

RH:  To be the soundtrack to a certain part of my generation. Social outcasts who have interesting minds and disturbing personalities should listen to Experiment Haywire. I would like to unite those who feel that they will never unite with anybody. Through my music I want people to understand that they are not the only ones who have these fucked up thoughts. They don't need to sit around feeling bad for disturbing the peace without effort. They have no friends? Good. Neither do I. Let's be friends.

HH:  What do you think about the current lack of women in the experimental music scene and how does Machine Kunt relate to this?

This is actually why machineKUNT was formed. The lack of women making experimental music was appalling to me. Nobody was doing anything about it and this was pissing me off so I figured it was time to step up and change things. The idea is to encourage other females to make the music. It's already happening. New experimental female artists are popping up everywhere and I'm pretty damn excited.

HH:  What are some of the lessons you learned from traveling?

RH:  Don't ever go to a strange city where you don't know a single person unless you are on the right drugs.  That's the main lesson. Everything else is about being ready for change at any second. If the world blows up you are running to the next city.

HH:  How do you think your past figures into your music?

RH:  As someone who has been homeless, locked up in jail and mental institutions, severely traumatized, and simultaneously able to understand the oppressor mentality... I'd say my music is a way to unleash all the hate and anger inside of me.... much of which is related to my past. There is so much tragedy but there is also a lot of manic confrontation that fucks with the tragedy in its own way.

HH:  What do you think of the EBM scene in New York?

I don't.

How has the internet figured into your success?

RH:  The internet is a great tool for promotion but it's also a place where people can trash you anonymously. Yet I think that people hearing a bunch of negative shit about me has actually made them interested in my work as an artist. Thank you internet.


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