First of all we want to congratulate you on release of “Wish Upon a Blackstar”! We were impatiently waiting for your new album.
Klayton: Thank you!
How did you music taste change through past few years?
K: It is always evolving. I am inspired by sound and good songwriting. Naturally as production methods change and tools we have available to us to create have changed, I am inspired to try new and sonically interesting things. This will most likely be the case until I die.
Which track of “Wish Upon a Blackstar” was the hardest to do for you?
K: Each of the songs seemed completely overwhelming. I remember during the editing of “Eon” that I wanted to give up, throw my computer out a window and become a veterinarian . Many, many times through the album, I felt like I would never, ever, ever finish. Thank God, I did and I am on to bigger and better things.
How did you get the idea to an absolutely new “Wish Upon a Blackstar” album cover?
K: Different visual ideas I had been kicking around in my head for almost 2 years. I started writing this album over 7 years ago and I was in a different musical and visual place. I wanted something more specifically “Sci-Fi” for the album. Something cleaner and more pure looking than what I was doing in older album art.
It will be 10 years since your first album release next year. Do you plan to treat somehow your fans for this occasion? How about “The Beta Cessions II”?
K: There are plans in the works but I won’t say what they are yet :)
Do people you work with (Grant Mohrman, Bret Blue Stahli) influence on your music?
K: I wouldn’t say they influence my music but conversations about production etc can influence ideas which could head me down a different musical path than I had originally intended.
Do you plan to record a duet track with Bret?
We all remember your live performance of “Enjoy The Silence” in 2007. Would you like to release it as a cover? Will there be other Celldweller covers?
K: There are no plans to release “enjoy the silence” but I’ve already released “Klash-ups” for free download of Metallica/Black Sabbath (Disposable War Pigs) and AFI/Depeche Mode (Miss Murder’s Personal Jesus). All are available for free on soundcloud.com/celldweller
How did you know about Sam of DoseProd? What’s the story of your collaboration with him?
K: I saw artwork he had done for other artists and liked it so I hit him up and the rest is history.
What is your attitude to Nine Inch Nails music?
K: I don’t have an attitude towards NIN. I haven’t listened to ‘industrial” (or whatever it’s called these days) since the 90’s.
Your music combines a variety of many styles and genres. We know you love thrash metal, and what do you think about punk and hardcore? What did you listen to as a teenager? Sex Pistols, The Clash, Ramones?)
K: I mix whatever I’m feeling into my music. Yes, I was inspired by metal and punk as a kid, but not really much at all these days. I was mostly into Slayer, Crumbsuckers, Anthrax, etc.
Will we ever hear the song with Stutter?
K: I didn’t know there was one. You’ll have to ask him, I guess.
There are more than 10600 members in our community, Russia loves your music. Did fan reaction match your expectations, what did you know about Russia, when you came here?
K: I was completely shocked. I didn’t know that many people knew who I was. I showed up in St Petersburg for my first show ever in Russia and there were almost 1,000 people there. It blew my mind (in a good way :)
What impressed you both in good and bad way in Russia?
K: Bad was the food. But good were the fans and the people. You guys love your music and take it very seriously and that is an exciting thing for a musician.
We hope you did meet at least one bear in Russia?)
K: I did! Watch the Russia documentary from “Live Upon a Blackstar” and you’ll see Bret (Blue Stahli) with one!
What did you want to become when you were a kid?
K: A doctor. Not even really sure why. Also, a monster like Godzilla but when I got older I realized nobody would hire me for the job, so I went to study to be a doctor instead.
When you were a teen, did you cover walls in you room with posters? (motorcycles, rockstars, naked girls, Albert Einstein?)
K: Nope, I wasn’t allowed to. :(
What would you say if you were suggested to have mustache or beard?
K: I wouldn’t say anything. I’d probably laugh and so would you if you ever saw me with a beard or mustache. It’s not a good look for me.
If there a thing you can’t resist?
K: Yes, I can’t tell you what they are because then everyone will use them to seduce me!
Do you often doubt if you have done things right?
K: Every Day.
How did you earn your first dollar?
K: Pumping gas at my father’s gas station. I think I was 8 or 9 years old .
What do you think about dubstep – is it another threndy thing or a new music direction?
K: It’s just a different musical production as far as I’m concerned. Nothing will last forever, and that includes dubstep in it’s current form. It will mutate and change, as it already has. Drum and Bass is still around, but it’s different than it was 10 years ago.
What do you appreciate in people?
K: Honesty. I cannot stand bullshitters.
According to the law of conservation of mass, if something dissapears in one place it appears somewhere else. If you dissapeared where would you like to find yourself?
Your favorite movie villain ?
K: Roy, the Replicant from Blade Runner
The first thing you do when you wake up in the morning? First thought?
K: “Should I bother getting up?” :)
What is the craziest thing you have ever done in your life?
K: I’ll let you know when my life is over.
Nowadays lots of people talk about the end of days, they say it’s gonna be on 12/21/2012. What do you think about it?
K: I don’t think about it. All I’m concerned about is being ready for the end, whenever it comes. I’m too busy building Celldweller and my company FiXT to worry about things I cannot change. I only worry about the things I can change and be prepared for the rest.
We`re looking forward to see you again in our country.
K: I am very excited to come back and perform for you all! I’ll see some of you at the shows.
This year we`re celebrating 5 years of our community. Can you say something special to its members?
K: Thank you for your support and may you have 50 more prosperous years! //_^
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An English translation by:
Veronika Polozova (https://twitter.com/Sandaleta)