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‘Conducting Chaos’ is a great name for the debut of Doganov. The
group thrives on chaos, on the razor's edge between electro and metal.
They already impressed us with their first EP 'Dark Something To Dance
To', and their performances were such a burst of energy that we were
simply blown away. Now their debut is released, we had no other choice
to go listen to what singer Carl Cleeren has to tell us.
Chaos’ is your official debut. We think it’s great. How did the
recording process go?
Thank you. We have done everything ourselves. The
recordings, pre-mixing, artwork ... Only the final mixdown (Dee-J La
Muerte), and mastering (Frank T. Wallace) was given away. It was a
process of writing and recording at the same time. We met once every
week in the studio, and did our homework apart of that. We had put a
deadline for us on October 10th 2015, when everything had to be ready
and presented. We succeeded. The music was there. All the artwork was
finished. We solved the legal issues regarding the cover of Front242,
and al the CDs were pressed. We have also played live a couple of times
in between. That was a very pleasant change.
The earlier EP ‘Something
dark to dance to’ was impressive also. This one appeared on CD in a very
limited edition, to the frustration of some. Are there any plans to
publish it on CD?
You can still purchase it at performances and it is
available on all channels online. Spotify, Deezer, I-tunes etc. In
addition, you can tbuy both CDs via email@example.com. Then you get sent a
‘Conducting Chaos’ still guarantees a mix of loud guitars and
electronics, but I think ‘Conducting Chaos’ is a bit more electronic
than its predecessor, which perhaps lies in the fact that you now work
with only one guitarist. Do you have that feeling too?
Not really. Yes,
it sounds different. As you evolve as a band. But it was never the
intention to consciously use more electronics. Doganov often is a matter
of feeling. If the music invites you to go in a certain direction
during the writing process, then we follow. And if it really does not
work, then we drop it. Not everything we have written is on the CD.
Logical. And yes, there is "only" one guitarist, but that is man enough
to stand alone against all that electronic violence.
why it sounds more electronic is firmly mastered by Frank T. Wallace, a
famous name in the dance world. How did this collaboration come about?
We know Frank a while. He has his own vision and is always open to
suggestions. He just delivers good work! We did not have to think a long
time about it.
On the other hand the mix was done by Dee-J
alias Didier Moens La Muerte, and that we associate more with the heavy
guitars. Was it a conscious decision with Didier and Frank's two core
elements of your music - guitars and beats - into the paint? Yes.
Didier is our live mixer. He knows Doganov well. And he is also a
musician. That in itself is a fine approach. He was also the only one
that we trusted to ‘give’ our music to. In retrospect, it was a very
Your CD also includes a cover of Front 242: ‘Headhunter’.
An homage to the musical heroes of all time?
Funny ... It was not the
original intention to put Headhunter on the CD. This is mainly done at
the behest of others. We saw what our version did with a live audience.
It was well received. Ultimately, it was Didier who pulled us over.
Crazy, because Doganov has the tendency NOT to listen to others... And
if that is simultaneously a friendly wink to Front 242, that’s good. Is
it an homage? No idea.
What are the prospects now for Doganov?
live. As much as possible. We are negotiating with organizers. The only
thing we can say with certainty is that we play in Poperinge on November
5 at Dubhfest.