It's been 8 months since Swiss/German dark electro masters Sleepwalk released their 'Tempus Vincit Omnia' album on Electro Aggression Records. The album scored high with an 8.5/10 and we thought we would check in on the band to find out a little more about the album and the creative minds behind it.

Sleepwalk has a rich history within the dark electronic music landscape. How has the band managed to stay intact through the lineup changes, label changes, personal decisions and everything else?

For some people this may look like stress, but it was a natural development. Life changes, as we do. Maybe one thing is, that we're always very focused on the music.

Tell us about the current lineup and the things that still inspire you to write new music and continue the Sleepwalk journey?

The current line up is founding member Bruno Ruch, Char Ly, and myself. We all have different other projects like Rebirth, tEaR!doWn, Framework just to name a few. We are all music junkies. Inspiration comes from nearly everywhere. If you keep your eyes open, there is a lot to write about.

 Your latest album 'Tempus Vincit Omnia' (time conquers all) found positive praise from us at Brutal Resonance as well as other media outlets. What was the process like creating this album. Is it tough to stay inspired after releasing so much over the last 20 + years and why Time Conquers All as the title?

Bruno and me needed some fresh ideas, so we asked Char Ly to join. Three different people in three different locations - you can imagine that this is a lot of work. We sent files to each other and each of us worked on it and sent them back. Thats why it took some years, but it was a lot of fun. It is not tough to stay inspired, if you are a music junkie and interested what is going on in the world today. "Time Conquers All" is the summary of our life. Its like a mantra. The clock is ticking for all of us. A fact that we should have in mind from time to time.

 Tell us about the transition from Scanner to Electro Aggression Records. Scanner released so much of your material. What led to the change?

I don´t wanna say to much about this point. We had a good time and nothing special happened. Sometimes you need a change to work without pressure to have a finished product in the end.

You found yourselves working with Oliver Spring on the track "Downfall". Is Sleepwalk close to former members? What are your thoughts on Oliver's current project tEaR!doWn? Both Oliver and Char Ly are label mates but both groups follow similar yet different paths in regards to sound.

We are all close friends. Its a little bit like a family business. We often work together, help and visiting each other. I like Oliver's and Char Ly's projects a lot.

Which songs are you most proud of as a whole and which tracks specifically have special place for you on 'Tempus Vincit Omnia'? Also, there a ton of remixes on the second CD. What stands out for you?

My favourite tracks are "Degeneration" and "Carbon Ultimate". A very special song for Bruno and his brother Roland is "Embrace". If I had to name my favourite remixes, which is very hard because all are fantastic, it would be the remixes of Tri-state and Second Disease. 

Do you ever play tracks from early 90's at live shows? Is there a track the fans insist you play? What does your current set look like?

Unfortunately there are no tracks from the early 90s left, cause most of the files are lost. Bruno did some reworks, but we never played them live. He did also a new version of "Goddes of Delight" which is in the set of his other project "Rebirth". "Life as a gift" and "Hackerstate" are songs that fans insist us to play. Our current set is a mixture of the last three releases and some well known older stuff.

The music scene has changed a lot over the years. What has been one of the biggest changes the band has endured from promoting, marketing and sales perspectives? Is it better now?

With all that social media stuff and digitalisation the possibilities are more diverse, but is it better? I think not. The market is flooded with releases, because everybody can publish his stuff even without a label. Sales getting lower, costs rising. Everything is available everywhere. Sometimes really frustrating, but the postive feedback and the passion for music keeps us alive.

 Aside from music, what do Sleepwalk members enjoy doing?

Brunos second passion is minigolf. Char Ly and me have a passion for fishing and our families.

Last words?

Thank you for your support!

Sleepwalk interview

August 20, 2018
Brutal Resonance

Sleepwalk

Aug 2018
It's been 8 months since Swiss/German dark electro masters Sleepwalk released their 'Tempus Vincit Omnia' album on Electro Aggression Records. The album scored high with an 8.5/10 and we thought we would check in on the band to find out a little more about the album and the creative minds behind it.

Sleepwalk has a rich history within the dark electronic music landscape. How has the band managed to stay intact through the lineup changes, label changes, personal decisions and everything else?

For some people this may look like stress, but it was a natural development. Life changes, as we do. Maybe one thing is, that we're always very focused on the music.

Tell us about the current lineup and the things that still inspire you to write new music and continue the Sleepwalk journey?

The current line up is founding member Bruno Ruch, Char Ly, and myself. We all have different other projects like Rebirth, tEaR!doWn, Framework just to name a few. We are all music junkies. Inspiration comes from nearly everywhere. If you keep your eyes open, there is a lot to write about.

 Your latest album 'Tempus Vincit Omnia' (time conquers all) found positive praise from us at Brutal Resonance as well as other media outlets. What was the process like creating this album. Is it tough to stay inspired after releasing so much over the last 20 + years and why Time Conquers All as the title?

Bruno and me needed some fresh ideas, so we asked Char Ly to join. Three different people in three different locations - you can imagine that this is a lot of work. We sent files to each other and each of us worked on it and sent them back. Thats why it took some years, but it was a lot of fun. It is not tough to stay inspired, if you are a music junkie and interested what is going on in the world today. "Time Conquers All" is the summary of our life. Its like a mantra. The clock is ticking for all of us. A fact that we should have in mind from time to time.

 Tell us about the transition from Scanner to Electro Aggression Records. Scanner released so much of your material. What led to the change?

I don´t wanna say to much about this point. We had a good time and nothing special happened. Sometimes you need a change to work without pressure to have a finished product in the end.

You found yourselves working with Oliver Spring on the track "Downfall". Is Sleepwalk close to former members? What are your thoughts on Oliver's current project tEaR!doWn? Both Oliver and Char Ly are label mates but both groups follow similar yet different paths in regards to sound.

We are all close friends. Its a little bit like a family business. We often work together, help and visiting each other. I like Oliver's and Char Ly's projects a lot.

Which songs are you most proud of as a whole and which tracks specifically have special place for you on 'Tempus Vincit Omnia'? Also, there a ton of remixes on the second CD. What stands out for you?

My favourite tracks are "Degeneration" and "Carbon Ultimate". A very special song for Bruno and his brother Roland is "Embrace". If I had to name my favourite remixes, which is very hard because all are fantastic, it would be the remixes of Tri-state and Second Disease. 

Do you ever play tracks from early 90's at live shows? Is there a track the fans insist you play? What does your current set look like?

Unfortunately there are no tracks from the early 90s left, cause most of the files are lost. Bruno did some reworks, but we never played them live. He did also a new version of "Goddes of Delight" which is in the set of his other project "Rebirth". "Life as a gift" and "Hackerstate" are songs that fans insist us to play. Our current set is a mixture of the last three releases and some well known older stuff.

The music scene has changed a lot over the years. What has been one of the biggest changes the band has endured from promoting, marketing and sales perspectives? Is it better now?

With all that social media stuff and digitalisation the possibilities are more diverse, but is it better? I think not. The market is flooded with releases, because everybody can publish his stuff even without a label. Sales getting lower, costs rising. Everything is available everywhere. Sometimes really frustrating, but the postive feedback and the passion for music keeps us alive.

 Aside from music, what do Sleepwalk members enjoy doing?

Brunos second passion is minigolf. Char Ly and me have a passion for fishing and our families.

Last words?

Thank you for your support!

Aug 20 2018

Luke Jacobs

info@brutalresonance.com
Writer and contributor on Brutal Resonance

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