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This interview with Myk Jung from Testify was done through e-mail in December 2000.
Could you give the readers a short biographical background of the
Answer: Testify was founded in late 1992. First releases in Germany
in 1993. Since 1994 co-operation with Van Richter in the US. Mental
wreckness first showed up in late 1995. Rising ever since.
I know most musicians don't like labelling their music but could you
please give a description of your music to those who haven't heard it
Answer: Testify creates aggro-Industrial in the classical style:
Noise-intros. Heavy guitars. Noise outros (or is it called extros? or is
there any definition at all?) Doesn't matter: in the end of each Testify
song you will find it: the noise again (mo
stly the same sample as in the beginning.)
What do you think when people compare you to Ministry which is not
Answer: We change our opi[ni]on concerning that with each year. That was
a decision made in 1996. So let me think. In 1998 we were (again) proud
of that comparision. And logically in 1999 (again) quite cross with
that definition. So, again logically, 2000 w
as one year we were not frustrated with it. We even wrote the famous
lyric-line: Testify? A poor mimicry of Ministry. - to be found on the
soon to be released super-fresh album "Triviality Beyond Acceptance"
What do you think of your label Van Richter Records so far?
Answer: Van Richter is treating us with gentleness, knowing our
Your third album was named "MMMYAOOOO", a word that my cat knows how
to pronounce. How come you chose this strange title?
Answer: It was Moses who came up with that idea. His cat had inspired
him with the word that he never was really able to pronounce.
Your fourth and latest release is called "Crack The Mind". Could you
give us a few good reasons why we should buy this album?
Answer: It is the best example ever of a band with two sides: while
the remixers on that album stressed the electronic side of Testify,
doing four titles, the band itsself created a strongly guitar-ruled-image
bringing fourth five new titles.
How do you compose your music? Do you write the music first and then
the lyrics or the other way round?
Answer: It has ever been the music first.
Are the band members involved in any other bands or projects apart
Answer: Oh yes. The Fair Sex is one of these bands, Electric PowOw
another; Nice Gods Bleed a third, Twisted Brains a fourth. The most
powerful of all these projects is: Testify.
How do you like touring? Do you have any particular event(s) you will
Answer: There were several gorgeous events with maybe the peak of all
on October 13th 1997 in Berlin - but that is an band-interna later to
be told and released. Some time back we have already planned to make a
road movie out of the events of that day.
It will be The Slowest Road Movie ever since.
Your top five bands ever?
Answer: Led Zeppelin/XTC/Abbrechende Waschbecken/The Normal/Warm
The music industry in Germany is huge compared to most other
countries. Do you have any ideas about how this has happened?
Answers: We have, indeed. Germany has 80 millions inhabitants, the
most in Europe.
If you were to choose just one, which of your albums are you most
satisfied with and why?
Answer: MMMYAOOOO - because it's the hardest. No - Triviality Beyond
Acceptance - because it's the newest.
Are the band members real friends or do you only meet to compose
Answer: The Testifylers are real friends - who meet no more to
Anything else you would like to get off your chest?
Van Richter Records (label of Testify)
Answer: The Black Anger we would like to get off our chest - but that
will last a bit I think.
Thank you very much, Vincent Eldefors!!
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