What can you tell us about the
new Fixmer/McCarthy album "Into the Night"
I usually prepare many tracks, or sequences. Then
Douglas comes to my home where my studio is. He
listen what tracks he likes and then he work on the
lyrics and the lyrics Melody.
Then for this album we have been in a studio to
record his voice.
Regarding the music, it s done at my studio and
mainly arrange at home, then we separates all files
and mixed them in Berlin.
With our first album, I wanted to make a kind a raw
album, where we can hear Douglas voice singing in a
hard way, a kind of That Total age updated.
As well we recognize that many people like the track
Freefall. So for this second album I wanted to show
another direction, more melodic. I know Douglas has
a great voice when he sings on proper songs. So
without thinking of the music I created, it made
Douglas singing more like a melody.
With Fixmer/McCarthy, we don't think on being an ebm
band, or this or that. We just do the music we feel
like without thinking on how it will be defined.
For us the main thing is to be satisfied and to be
honest with ourselves when we are listening at the
Can we look forward to any single release from “Into
the Night” and any guest remixes?
Yes some artists will do some remixes for some of
the tracks. I already had "Look to me”, by Xenia
Belyeva It will probably get released in September.
Some other tracks will get remixed as well; we
haven’t decided yet which ones.
What equipment was used?
I use a mixture of analogue and digital equipment. I
work mainly with the Evolver from Dave Smith
Instruments, a Nord Modular from Clavia, Mono
machine from Electron, and Kong ms20. I also use
lots of different software such as the Moog modular
and mini Moog from Arturia.
As a sound card I use a motu MK2.
Rumors say that Douglas laptop got stolen with all
layouts for the new CD, and therefore it got delayed?
Yes the laptop was stolen, but was not the main
reason for the delay of the album. The reason had
many points. First Douglas moved to LA, and Nitzer
Ebb started to reactivate. Me as a solo artist had
to play as well, quite often. So it was not easy for
Douglas and me to find some time to record the
tracks. When he had some free time, I did not. The
distance between Lille and LA, are longer then you
think sometimes. Then we had the same problem,
mixing it in Berlin. And with all that delay, we
even got more delay in terms of the contract we had
with SPV and find new deals.
We wanted to separate the deal because we wanted to
be signed on a techno label as well, and also in
countries such as France were we are signed with
How did the Nitzer Ebb reunion affect the
As said before it probably affects FM in the delay
to finish the album. Also some people probably take
F/M as a “under” Nitzer Ebb, which is not the case.
With F/M we try to have our own identity. True that
we are both electronic bands with the same singer,
but with F/M we are more into the dance culture. In
all tracks we use a 4/4 kick drum, like techno.
Nitzer Ebb its more a electronic rock oriented band
with real drummers. With F/M we are just trying to
be different. But its true with the reunion of
Nitzer Ebb, it created an auto conflict in some fans
Will people be more aware of Fixmer/McCarthy after
the Ebb reunion?
We are so different, Nitzer Ebb is a classic
institution, F/M is just a new project with a second
album coming up.
But I think we complete each other well. The fans
who like Nitzer Ebb , will most likely like F/M as
well. With the two projects, we can reach all the
range direction of Douglas voice.
Will Fixmer/McCarthy continue to play Nitzer Ebb
Now as we have many so song and classics as well
such as Free Fall, Destroy, Splitter and some of the
2 ND album songs, we don’t need to play so many
Nitzer ebb songs live any more.
Maybe we will do "Control I' m Here". Our version is
more dance orientated, F/M style, so it’s kind of
different from what Nitzer Ebb is doing.
What was your role in the reunion of Nitzer Ebb, I
read that Daniel Miller was very pleased with your
I think I have a little part in the reunion of
Nitzer Ebb; I just “reactivated Douglas”.
I wanted to start to create the project F/M and
Nitzer Ebb was on a split since 10 years back.
Douglas was not involved in music at all at this
point. I wanted to use Douglas voice for a track
that later become as Destroy. We had lots of fun and
later we finished a complete album, followed by a
small tour. Douglas enjoyed the touring and being
back on stage, so after 4 years of touring, he
finally contacted Bon again. It took a little while
for them to agree on the reunion and put a tour
So indirectly, I probably gave the motivation to
Douglas by being in a band and touring again. And as
well for the fans to see Douglas on stage again,
this gave the fans hope and motivation to see Nitzer
Ebb together again.
I met Daniel Miller in Berlin, I was supporting
Nitzer Ebb as a solo artist. Daniel Miller told me
that the reunion of Nitzer Ebb its part thanks to
me. So for sure I t was really proud and I take it
as a big compliment. As an old Fan of Nitzer Ebb, I
would never imagine that one day, Daniel Miller
would tell me those words.
What are the biggest differences from your own
project and F/M?
As solo artist, I will define me more techno,
electro , when I work with my own songs, I usually
know if it will be a track for me or one for F/M… I
can hear if it will be possible for Douglas to sing
on the music I create or not.
As solo, I can do a track in one day because I don’t
have to wait for Douglas voice, and to see if his
voice will change the structure of the arrangement.
The main thing in my solo project is the sound, I
use and the sequence bring the atmosphere I want In
F/M the voice is more important and the music
behind, is the support.
How much is live during your live performances and
how much can you change during the show?
In fact, I use ableton for live arrangements which
is great for live shows
What I do, is I separate 8 loops for a song , I send
the 8 loop separately to 8 different channels on the
mixing table , and then I construct the song live.
Also I use external effects that I send live to the
channel I want.
Douglas listened to me when I send the drums,
effects or the sequence and then he adapts his
So in a way there are lots of interaction with us
and the audience. If we want to do a bigger break in
a track, we can do it straight with feelings.
As well, the order of the song we do on stage is not
prepared, its just how we feel…If we feel that the
audience wants lots of energy or not we adapt to
Sometimes after a song, Douglas and I are talking
and we decide on the next track Also Douglas can
tell me to prepare the next track.
In Nitzer Ebb, its different, the structure of the
song is respected in terms of measure and bars. But
they do the rhythmic live.
How are your shows different from F/M?
There is no singer. But I do the live show the
same way as with F/M , I construct my song live
through the Imac, but its just more techno, electro
By any chance you will work with Kourtney Klein in
Why not, she is good friend, and maybe I will ask
her some drums rhythm on some sole track as for an
Do you have a different audience as a solo artist
after your involvement and touring with Nitzer Ebb?
Yes, of course with Nitzer ebb, we can see a more
alternative audience and ebm.maybe as well a little
As solo artist I have a younger audience, but I have
EBM fans as well.
What are the future plans for F/M and Terence Fixmer
For F/M, now we have the new album coming. So in
plans will be some remix for some track.
For me solo, I just have released a new single, I
prepare a new one for September, and probably a new
album for 2009.
What happened on stage at the Arvika gig a couple of
years ago with F/M, why did you have stopped the
Ok let's say that a totally drunk woman with a guy
came up on stage, totally naked when we played and
start to do a Nazi signs. I didn’t stop the music,
but the sound engineer who manages the whole sound
stopped it, after they were forced off the stage,
the music started again.
Was quite funny experience.
5 quick questions:
Ibiza club scene vs. Mera Luna Festival?
It depends of the mood, more colored Ibiza, more
dark mood mera luna
Front 242 vs Nitzer Ebb?
Both, I love the 242 atmosphere, and the energy of
Both band did my electronic education and have big
influences on my music.
Nova Mute vs. MUTE?
Mute, the catalogue mute is the best, nova mute is
just more techno oriented but in a way nothing as
special as Mute catalogue.
Vinyl vs. CD?
Vinyl for the object, I like it because of the
cover, the indication, and the warmness you get when
you play it. CD for the technological possibilities
when you mix it.
EBM vs. TBM?