THE FANZINE THAT FEATURES SMALL AND UNSIGNED BANDS
Sunday, June 6, 2010
INTERVIEW WITH LUC VAN ACKER
Luc Van Acker is without any doubt the only true chameleon of the Belgian musicscene. From Dutch wavepopband Arbeid Adelt to his solostuff to the industrial act Revolting Cocks (now reanimated into RevCoWorld) Luc always not only stayed true to himself but he put a stamp as no one else. We were very pleased to have a chat with this legend.
HELLO LUC, YOUR FIRST RELEASE WAS A DIY-RELEASE. HOW LOGIC WAS THAT IN THESE DAYS?
A very logic decision as DIY was the only way to release something for me as I had no idea how to reach recordlabels in these days and the punkgeneration showed us before how to do such things. The multitrack recordings which I recorded with a 4 Track Tapeplayer gave me the possibility to record everything without a band.
YOU WERE IN ARBEID ADELT WHICH WAS A BAND THAT USED A LOT OF LYRICS THAT CRITICISED THE SOCIETY WE WERE LIVING IN, SOMETHING LIKE THAT IS LIKE IMPOSSIBLE NOW, ME THINK…
It are different times now, you know. Heavy drinking, drum ‘n bass and putting on the wrong clothes is also a form of protest against the wellness society : extreme pleasures!!!
I THINK YOU’RE A MONUMENT
Yeah but most of the times I feel like some mummy who they took out of the grave to expose. But I try to keep it interesting though…
YOU SAY IT YOURSELF THAT YOU’RE SOME ENFANT TERRIBLE, IS THAT A DECISION YOU MADE YOURSELF?
Yes, I love the spontaneity and the pureness that goes without rules…just the feeling. I still feel that same kid inside my head that wants to play.
“THE SHIP” WAS OVERRULED BY THE SUCCESS OF “ZANNA”. GENIUS TUNE BUT NOT A VERY LUC VAN ACKER-LIKE TUNE, NEVER REGRET IT THAT MOST PEOPLE KNOW YOU FROM THAT SONG…
No, because I adore that song. It’s only so that this song has become the propriety of the masses who have their own story that goes along with it. But In Canada they know “Feels like love” and in Spain they fall for “Heart And Soul”.
WHY DIDN’T YOU RETURN TO THE STUDIO AFTER THE HUGE SUCCESS OF “THE SHIP”?
Because the record company decided that at that moment they want to invest in stuff like Soulsister and The Radios and yours truly was told to pack his bags.
AFTER THAT , YOU WENT TO AMERICA. HOW LOGIC IS THAT FOR A BELGIAN ARTIST?
I was standing next to Richard 23 at the DNA Club in Brussels and before I knew I was standing next to Al Jourgensen from Ministry in the States.
FROM NINE INCH NAILS TO MARILYN MANSON, YOU STOOD AT THE CRADLE OF THE AMERICAN EBM-MOVEMENT…
Yes, all these people I know myself and I know that all of them have lend stuff from Revolting Cocks, but I see that as a honour as it’s great to pass on the torch anyway…
REVOLTING COCKS WERE MOST OF THE TIMES QUITE SHOCKING, I CAN ALREADY THINK THAT IN THE US SOME THOUGHT SUCH THINGS WERE GREAT…
Hahaha, never we felt something from that as we always played in clubs that only allowed people from above 18. At the same time in the US everything’s forbidden and everything’s allowed, but everything in the right context.
THE SEARCH FOR CONTROVERSY, DO YOU SEEK THAT YOURSELF?
Absolutely as I’m a sick bastard!
SOME SAY YOU COLLOBORATED WITH TIMOTHY LEARY
No, he was just the roommate from Al in LA but I never met him, I kind of skipped the “heroin”-part from Ministry…
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THAT AMERICAN PART OF YOUR LIFE?
Most beautiful thing in my life, no doubt. I enjoyed it so much that it’s why I’m only working NOW on a serious career…
AFTER THAT THERE WAS A SILENCE…
I had a family with 2 kids whom I didn’t want to get involved ibn the whole musicbiz. My kids still don’t understand if someone comes up to their dad and telling me that they’re a fan. They know me as good daddy, but having said that : I knew that I couldn’t find any new creative input as well , something I hope to find on my new album “Extreme Gentleman”.
SO WHY NOW BACK ON STAGE?
Because my heart says so and the kids are almost out of home so..
REVCOWORLD, IS THAT A TEMPORARILY THING OR NOT?
After the US Tour in 2006 I wanted to get on with Revolting Cocks but Al wanted to do it with young people and I decided to do it my way which he thought was a great idea! We still are in touch and I even got to remix his new material even if it’s not my style but I stay supportive, of course!
REVCOWORLD, IT’S LIKE THE OLD DUDE SURROUNDED BY SOME YOUNGSTERS!
Well, I think they’re good and some new sauce over old stuff always works!
WHY SO MANY COVERS, LUC?
Well, we are working on new stuff too.
HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE THE TOM JONES OF BELGIUM?
Very disappointed as I found out that the knickers I got thrown at me during Bodybeats were from a man!!!!