Combichrist is an American aggrotech/industrial metal band formed in 2003 by Norwegian vocalist Andy LaPlegua, who also founded the bands Icon of Coil, Panzer AG, Scandinavian Cock and Scandy. Combichrist is based in Atlanta, Georgia.
TM - What can we expect from your Australian tour?
AL - You can expect it to be Awesome. We are going to do a lot of old material and new material. It is imported for people to be a part of something and not just watch your show and wait for one song and go home. The audience is as important as we are at the show, in my eyes.
TM - What can fans expect from your setlist?
AL- A mix of old and new. We had great setlists in Europe, it will be close to that. We want to keep the energy where it is supposed to be. Except we like to change things at the last minute, so we will see.
TM- I Saw you on Hellfest, how was it for you?
AL - It was Awesome, we started our European run with Graspop and Hellfest and they are the biggest festivals we have ever done. It was a great run. There is so much energy and drive because of our new members.
TM - How is it working with the new guys?
AL - They are great. I gave the new guys the job Two weeks before we went out on tour. I said here is the two thousand songs you have to learn, congratulations, you got the job. They learnt them and it was awesome.
TM - Did you have enough time to rehearse as a band, or did you all just walk on stage and say, let's do this and hope it works out?
AL - (laughs) There is never enough rehearsal for a live show. You can play the songs live except it is not the same as doing it live. We flew to Europe and went to a production room and practiced for a few days. Then you step on stage and it's not the same. They knocked it out of the park, they did a great job.
TM - If you could have any band play one of your songs, which band would it be, which song would it be and would it be in your style or theirs?
AL- He can play any of my songs. I never meet him, except I would love David Bowie to cover one of my songs. I have been listening to a lot of Gojira, at the moment. I would like to work with them on something.
TM - I would love to see you and Gojira live on stage together with a collaboration you have done together.
AL - It's not out of the question, we are on a lot of the same festivals together. They are one of the best bands I have seen live.
TM - What is your favorite band you have seen perform live, can you tell us a story?
AL - I would have to say The Hellacopters. They are a Swedish rock band and they are amazing.
TM - What advice would you give to any up and coming bands?
AL - The most important advice I can give, is try not to sound like other bands. Do things your way, make your style of music and always be the best at what you do.
TM - Is there anything else you would like to say to your fans?
AL - See you in Australia and I am excited to come back and party with everyone.
TM - Thank You for this interview today and we cannot wait to see you in Australia.