From Devil May Care Magazine September 2008
When I said I would like to meet up with 7 to talk about his band Diable Amoreux it didn't occur to me that I would need to go half way up mount Wellington to get to him.
‘I'm going walking up the mountain,' he said. ‘If you want to speak to me I'll meet you at the Fern Tree shop at ten O'clock.'
But the really strange thing is that I actually went! And he was late of course.
So, armed with my trusty tape recorder and a sheet of questions, I came up with the following interview …
You've just put out a split album with a band from Greece – Ego Death. How did that come about?
What are your songs about?
Are you working on any new material? Tell us about it.
I've been working with a few people on this one. Though when I say ‘working with,' most of it has been through the post.
How's that been going?
You've had fellow Tasmanian musician Sin Nanna (of Striborg) appear on one of your albums. Is there any chance that you will ever appear on a Striborg release?
What do you think of Striborg?
But is the persona true? Is Sin Nanna really like people imagine him to be - living in a cave, never speaking to anyone?
Who would you say are your musical influences? Give us some odd ones.
The ‘scope' of their music is very influential on me, and I think it shows in Diable Amoreux. To some small extent, anyway.
Of course I also really like Current 93, Death in June, Sol Invictus etc. I owe a lot to them, as that is where I have always seen D.A. heading. The reason that I tend not to sound anything like those bands when the final mixes are done, is that the songs I write tend to end up getting side-tracked by… ‘something.' But I have never been able to fully work out what that something is. But as I said before, the Zwergen album is coming together as the closest to what I have wanted to do almost since the start of Diable Amoreux back in 1998.
Then there is Kate Bush. I don't know how much her music comes through in mine, but I think she's bloody fantastic. That reminds me, I really need to buy some Milo when I come down. For some reason it's women who seem to make the strangest musicians.
Why ‘7' as a pseudonym?
What is your real name?
‘7' is a silly name, I know, but that's partly the point with Diable. People get really passionate about the silly, they just won't admit it. Look how seriously people take things like black metal, country and western, rap… Just take a step back from these bands for a moment. I love some of this stuff – a lot of people do – but don't think for a second that it's not completely silly. There are rational people out there who are obsessed with Marilyn Manson, wanting to marry Blixa, or Thumper, or whatever his name is… [I think he's talking about Blixa Bargeld from Einsturzende Neubauten] Christians wanting to get nailed to planks of wood, and molesting snakes because the venom doesn't always kill them. A lot of people go in for this sort of thing. It's only because so many people are into something that stops the absurdity coming out. But it's the ridiculousness that makes something so cool. Where's Flavor flav without his huge clock?
Your music is quite hard to get hold of. I myself only came across it by accident.
Well, thankyou, 7, I hope you enjoy your walk.
Are there any parting words you'd like to leave us with?