TransZendenZ Posted: Thursday, June 07, 2007
By: Matthew Johnson / USA


INTERVIEW

Tell us a little about how TransZendenZ came into existence. How did you first get into making music?

Kale:

I've been playing music for over 15 years in different styles, like Medieval, classical, and others. Growing up, I always tried to found a band, but unfortunately I never had any luck, so I played the keyboard alone. I've always collected my sounds and made my own releases at home. Starting out, this was enough for me, and my girlfriend from then liked my music, too. I had a big wish to get on stage to play my music live, but I am concentrating on moving my project forward step by step to expand my mind and my melodies.

TransZendenZ started out as a collaboration between you and your sister, Jarn-a. Is she still involved in the project? Is she featured on the new album?

Kale:

No, she isn't. A female singer called Betty joined me on my new record. Jarn-a left TransZendenZ, but this wasn't because of a personal conflict, but rather a process of 'TransZendenZ.' She is still listening to my music, and maybe she will join the project in the future again; who knows?

How did Betty come to be involved in the project?

Kale:

It was really a easy thing. I asked my studio engineer if he knew some female singers, and there was Betty! I am still searching for special female vocalists, and of course you will see a special thing on my next release, too.

You've recently changed your stage name from 'Vendul' to 'Kale.' Can you tell us a little about the significance behind this change? What is the symbolism of the new name?

Kale:

Kale isn't new; of course, it is for you, but people who know me know its meaning. Kale is a name I've had since I was 12, and is a name I've gotten from my own path and faith. But you can call me Mike!

Your music has definite Medieval and classical inspirations. Who are your favorite classical composers?

Kale:

I don't have a special preference, but I like Amadeus, Bach, Handel, Mendelssohn, and all kinds of classical.

Your first two CDs were recorded on a single keyboard. Did you keep to the same approach when you made your latest album?

Kale:

Yes, of course! Why do you ask? Don't you believe me? [Laughs.]

It was enough sound for me to record three releases, but now everything is changing. I'm setting up a new system, new software, new sounds, more ritualism, and more reality.

You describe your music as 'ritual EBM.' What sort of occult themes are you trying to describe with your music?

Kale:

Ritual EBM is the beginning of a harder and deeper sound, one that shows how hard reality is. I don't care about DJs; they don't like my music, and I've always said, 'Music has not just one face, just as every human is different!' My lyrics are about reality, about the normal things in your life, not just stories that never happened. The lyrics are still in German, but that will change in the future. I have packed all of my stories into secrets, so if you don't have the knowledge, you can't understand them. You can hear that in the title track, 'Oui-Ja.' I think everybody knows the Ouija board for speaking to ghosts or whatever, but it's also associated with Psi, the mental power you need to exist in this world.

Are you an occultist yourself? When did you first become interested in the supernatural?

Kale:

No, I'm not an occultist, but that's another story. When did I first become interested in magic and the supernatural? When I was 12 or 13. It changed my life completely, and still does.

Now that your new album is out, what's next on your agenda? What can you tell us about your upcoming plans?

Kale:

The third chapter is closed, and we're working to produce a video for the track 'Hertztot.' The next step is to visit my fans and friends in Brazil, and I'm preparing my next release for next year.