1) Hello Emileigh, and welcome in Italy! Let's introduce yourself!
Hi! I'm Emileigh Rohn, and I have a solo electronic music project named "Chiasm" available on COP International records. I began writing music under the name in Detroit, Michigan in 1997 and released my first demo album, "Embryonic", in 1998. I was signed to COP in 1999 and have since released 4 albums, 3 EPs, a remix album, and several tracks on compilations. My recent full-length album, "11:11" is now available!
2) What is the meaning of your monicker, "Chiasm" and what is the reason you have called your project with this name. You are a really a do-it yourself-er artist. You are on music scene since 1997! All of your music is self-written, programmed, performed and produced in your studio, the MausHaus.
I named my project "Chiasm" after the optic chiasm, a neuronal structure in the brain shaped as an "X" that allows for continuous and peripheral vision. It is also a term in genetics in reference to chromosomes at the point of crossing over. At the time I began the project, I too felt at a crossing point of disciplines, where I needed to expand my vision and also decide on a particular path. I am currently both a scientist and musician and have learned to include both interests in my daily life.
3) Before speaking about your music and new album "11.11", speak a little about your videos... I have seen "Petals": it's very cyber and futuristic, full of colours, lights, fantasy about sci-fi landscapes; in Italy we have had, in the first years of '900, an Artistic Avanguard Art and Literature movement, called "Futurism"; It spoke about the machine, the speed, and the progress of future in a Technologic-Era. Your video has got a touch of this avanguard! I have seen the video of "Someone", too; very thrilling and "cinematographic"; it begins as a horror movie...
Both of these videos were created by students that contacted me in the interest of creating something innovative for a school project, and I think they did a terrific job. The world's current students are the future and have the privilege of working with some great new technologies. I'm hoping to allow for such collaborative projects again, and am also working on putting together some creative videos myself from footage I've collected over time.
4) Your music is dark and electro, futuristic, "robotic-style" but not cold as project like Kraftwerk; your music is hot, embracing, pulsing, and your vocals are really sweet, deeply, angelic, ethereal and decadent, as an electro-mermaid...How you describe your music style? Some magazines, speaking about you, wrote:
"What Kate Bush is to pop culture, Chiasm is to electronic music" (Zillo)"
"If you want just another electro-pop album with 4 on the floor and the typical song structure, look elsewhere, because here you have some truly great talent and creativity to enjoy! 5/5 -(Gothic Paradise)"
The ghost haunting a machine vibe of this album makes for a unique and darkly enjoyable experience. With vocals alternately floating, crooning or hissing alongside the distinctly mechanical mixture of electronic drums, pulsing synths and occasional dialogue sample this is one of those banshee albums that sucks you in and won't let go until it ends. (Chain D.L.K.)"
I am agree with Chain D.L.K. in particular.
I write how I feel and describe my music as industrial-influenced, open-genre electronic. As my own producer, I have all the freedom I desire to experiment and continue to create something completely new, so I try to take advantage of that. It's the industrial music that got me started writing, and I really enjoy it, so I usually start from there.
5) You have done lots of interviews with the most important magazine as Zillo or Vampire Freaks. Speak about your first cd's as "Disorder" (released in 2001), "Relapse" (2005), and "Reform" (2008); and with the different among those album and "11:11".
Each album was a huge part of my life as I was writing it, and much of it has been quite personal. Through time and experience, my music has changed somewhat in content and complexity, but remains very similar at its core. Many of the songs on “Disorder” were originally on the first demo album, and it's been 15 years since that was written. I use some different techniques now, but I try not to lose the impulsive edge present in the earlier material. There's been a lot of experimentation, trial and error, and growth since then. I hope that my project continues to progress as it has, and over time I've certainly learned a lot.
6) You have realized one song for a video game: "Isolated", available on the 2001 debut album "Disorder", on the Vampire the Masquerade, "Bloodlines" PC game; that song appeared in the Navy:NCIS episode, "Marine Down", too. Speak about this experience. I have read you appeared on the prestigious female-fronted compilation "Diva X Machina vol. 3", too, and joined the Detroit Electronica Coalition. I don't know who are The Detroit Electronica Coaliton; can you introduce them to us?
The NCIS episode was a huge shocker at the time because I was actually watching the show on television when I heard my song and learned it had been included. I thought I'd accidentally left a CD in my stereo system and that it'd switched on spontaneously! It took a while for the reality to sink in on that one, and I started receiving a lot of email from fans. It was a similar situation with the PC game as well. I knew the song would be used in "a game", but I had no idea which one until a fan contacted me that they had found it! It was all pretty exciting. The "Diva x Machina vol. 3" compilation was my first appearance on COP International records. It featured all female-fronted acts, and was an honor to be included. The Detroit Electronica Coalition was a group of artists and musicians in Detroit back when I was starting the project , and we met and discussed techniques, helped each other promote and play shows, released compliations, and it was a great group of people to be acquainted with.
7) You have already played some gigs. Tell us something about them!
Ah, where to start? If it was winter, it usually involved driving through a snowstorm. Montreal was interesting because I didn't realize that most people do not speak English there, so I kept responding to French in broken German because it was the only other language I knew any of and somehow it made sense to do so. There was the night my bassist was served a drink on fire and I eventually found someone in the audience to play on stage in his place. There was the Berlin nightclub in Chicago that didn't actually have a stage and we played on tiny ledges around poles. There was the industrial park in Pittsburgh we played at 3am that felt like an Iron City dungeon. There was the Detroit Electronic Music Festival overlooking the Detroit river where I witnessed a giant hoard of people rushing the stage the moment I began playing "Bouncing Baby Clones". It's always a fun time, a completely different experience than the last, and certainly different than recording in the studio. I always try to liven up the stage with additional musicians and video footage. I'm also looking forward to creating some live style videos to create some interesting scenes and share with a wider audience.
8) How are the things in Gothic/Electro scene in America, actually? In Italy we have some interesting bands like The Shade, Narr!, Blank, Surgery, Helalyn Flowers, Bahntier...If I am non wrong, you came from the zone of Detroit Area; a very storical zone for the Electro, 80's Techno in particular! You said: "Detroit at night feels a lot like the Bladerunner movie". It seems interesting.
The gothic/electro scene in America is alive and kicking. The club nights are full, and there are plenty of labels including COP International that continue to release albums by both new and experienced artists. In reference to Bladerunner, Detroit is full of tall buildings, electric cars, and lots of interesting characters. It can be viewed as both an innovative hub of technological advancements and an urban apocalypse depending on what corner of the city or the internet you happen to be standing on. So I think the general attitude here embraces all of that, stressing the knowledge of our own importance in what the world becomes. We're self-starters here because we've seen what happens if we're not. Music is infectious form of communication and we have the desire to be heard.
9) Finish as you like our interview!
Thank you again for your interest and support! You can always find Chiasm news and updates on my website or Facebook at the links below. Thank you! -Emileigh
Chiasm official website: http://www.chiasm.org
Chiasm on Facebook