symbols Magazine: You are a band that has been missed. Some would even say there is a hole in the space in which you used to occupy. What have you been up to? And can we expect to see an album from you in the near future?
kaRIN: We have been together as a band for a long time now and have released quite a lot of music. We have also been lucky to work with a lot of amazing people. This is the first time in 18 years that we are not actively working on a new Collide CD. I think after 18 years it’s okay for us to take a break and step back. I’m not sure that we have really been gone long enough yet to be missed, but I am happy to think that we have a space that we fill and that we would be missed. As for when we will be working on a new Collide album ...sometime in the future for sure... although I can’t say exactly when.
Statik: It’s one of those things that requires timing. When the time is right, we will know. It’s good to get some perspective for now.
sM: Your music has been featured on shows like True Blood, Vampires Diaries, NCIS, and in the Underworld franchise. Which has given you the biggest boost? How much do features like these actually help your project?
kaRIN: We have been really lucky to have had our music licensed in quite a bit of TV & Film. Every bit helps get the word out there and it is deeply appreciated. I would have to say though that it all feels like a drop in the bucket as far as actually changing anything.
sM: kaRIN, if you could exchange voices with another artist for 7 days, who would it be?
kaRIN: Hmmmm... I have never been asked that question. Maybe I would like to take Sinead O’Conner’s voice for a spin. She has a depth and a power that is haunting. If not her...Nina Hagen because her voice is so “out there” and she does so many fun things with it.
sM: Out of all albums released, which holds the most memories? Why?
kaRIN: Definitely Chasing the Ghost. That was written at a very emotional time in my life. My Mom had just died of breast cancer and I had been taking care of her for the previous 5 years. Chasing the Ghost was my way of dealing with all the emotions that I was going through. It was very cathartic for me. Writing, for me, is always self soothing, but this was done at the time that I needed it most.
sM: What musical collaboration besides The Secret Meeting has been the most memorable?
kaRIN: We have worked on some really cool things and with some really cool people. We were both fans of Curve and felt so lucky to work with Dean. I would have to say one of the coolest experiences for me was going over to our friend cEvin Key’s (Skinny Puppy) and doing some guest vocals for his side project Plateau. Lets just say he makes the best coffee, there was a little smoking involved and a ghost...so it was awesome!
Statik: In the early 90’s I worked with a lot of different other people as a programmer. I got to work with Prince for 3 years, and I was a big fan of his music. I also did some work with Michael Jackson after that which was interesting as well. I’ve done programming on a couple of Tool songs, and we’ve been lucky enough to get Danny Carey to drum on a couple of our songs.
sM: You are a band that has chosen not to tour. Do you feel like you may be missing out on an important piece within the “Fan Experience”? Do you ever crave the live performance aspect?
kaRIN: I feel that there is a difference between being an artist and a performer. I like to make things but I don’t necessarily crave attention. If it wasn’t for Statik I would just sing forever and nothing would be released. I would probably rather have a drink and hang out with someone than entertain them. When I make music, I open myself up inside and then pull something out which is a combination determined by what I am feeling and how the music makes me feel at that moment. After that I am done and I don’t ever go back and listen. I am a creatively driven person andthere is only enough time to move forward. I am so glad we had the live experience but creating is what I love the most. I was a sensitive child and creating is my ultimate escape. It allows you to make your own world.
Statik: Do I think that touring could be a great experience? Sure. I had a great time when we did our little string of shows. Even at that level though, it was hard. I felt like I was kind of the musical director, and had to make sure that everyone was ok, and from their monitor mixes, to the gear, and everything else. If I could just play my parts, and just be a “player” that would be great. Our setup was fairly complicated so there was a lot to keep track of. It wasn’t just a couple of dudes plugging in their guitars to an amp. I guess I wanted to see if we could do it to the level we did. The answer was yes, but it wasn’t easy.
sM: Alternative Celebrity affords you the luxury of still having a somewhat private life. To some that can be seen as both a blessing and a curse. Most interviews end up strictly being about the music. Do you ever wish that a journalist would dig a bit deeper and get more personal? Would you be opposed to that?
kaRIN: I am a private person, but I am open to anyone asking more personal questions. It is still my decision to answer them the way that I want.
Statik: I suppose our personal lives are pretty boring for the most part. We walk our dog, make dinner, and a bunch of other stuff that just isn’t too exciting.
sM: You two met at a club here in Los Angeles and began sharing common interests. When did you realize the chemistry went far beyond just music? How does that translate within the music?
kaRIN: We were seeing each other prior to making music. I would say that the chemistry of finding out that we could also make music together completely enhanced the relationship. We always treated the two separately though and one did not depend on the other. I don’t know that is does necessarily translate in the music...we are both not easy to please people and the combination of our differences is what makes it interesting. The relationship is ultimately much easier than making music together.
Statik: There was a time when I first heard kaRIN singing, with her acoustic guitar, and I was like ‘you know, I like your voice a lot, maybe you’d like to sing to a song I’m working on?’ That became “Dreams & Illusions”. So the music didn’t come first. At this point we do try to keep it separate. When we’re in the studio together, I have to be able to talk to her as a producer, and not just be the “yes” person, who thinks that everything is great.
kaRIN: Yes, there is no “yes” person.
sM: What is the most amazing thing that you can share with us about the other?
kaRIN: Statik is very funny and does not like peas. Actually the most amazing thing about Statik is the way he cares for animals.
Statik: Besides being a great singer, kaRIN has been a designer for as long as I have known her, and has run her own business that whole time. That in itself takes a lot of dedication and hard work.
sM: For a period of time Statik you felt as though there was a lack of good music coming out. Is that within your genre or just in general? What are your tried and true, never-let-me-down, albums or artists?
Statik: I would say, in general. Even if there is good music out there, there is just soooo much crap out there, it’s tough to find it. Most music magazines are gone as well as record and music stores. I’m not sure if the music business will ever be the same. Well I know it won’t. People will hear whatever is the loudest and most obnoxious thing of the day. I don’t think that I have any never-let-me-down artists any more unfortunately.