Haha, Festival Kinetik is barely over and already a few friends bring back word of me being the most hated man in the industrial scene, at least according to the backstage chatter that took place. It always amuses me because the stories are always the same and since I’m bored at home, I give you a little guide to determining the truth about Faderhead by telling you the most common “stories”:
“He’s such an asshole! He thinks he’s better than everyone else!” – almost true, “better than most” would be true.
“He once hit on my girlfriend, but she rejected him and then I beat him up!” – false, I don’t think I have ever even been threatened by anyone, let alone attacked. For some reason this one comes up constantly. According to this rumor, I get beat up on a monthly basis.
“He was really drunk!” – probably true.
“He was so drunk he couldn’t walk or talk anymore” – absolutely false, has happened only once in my life.
“He’s got beef with Ronan Harris!” – true. Actually, Ronan Harris has some sort of beef with me. I don’t know what about exactly but I don’t care either. I don’t like the guy, but I respect him as a performer.
“He did coke in the toilet!” – might be true, but very dependent on availability.
“He fucked girl xyz in the toilet!” – most likely untrue, unless said toilet stall is big and somewhat clean. I don’t like to fuck while standing.
“He talked shit about XYZ!” – depends on what constitutes “shit”. If I said I don’t like his music/artwork or his production is crap or his music is generic, then probably true.
“He bitched at the promoter!” – might be true (last time it happened was Chicago)
“He threw everyone out of the backstage like a diva!” – might be true (last time it happened was Chicago). Most of the time I just ask non-band members to leave 15 mins before and after the show, so we can get ready or relax.
“He tries to score with every girl he sees!” – false, if you know my past girlfriends, you know that at least my visual standards are rather high and the promise of sex alone just makes me yawn (ask The Lord!) – I’d rather sit down and have a drink.
“He contacted me on the internet to have sex!” – false. Usually said by girls I have never seen in my life.
“He puked on everyone!” – false, never happened. The worst I ever did was puke on someone’s sofa where I was sleeping when I was 18.
“He said Thomas Rainer (Nachtmahr) is a Nazi!” – true. Listen to him when he gets drunk. I’ve personally heard him spout racist “Untermensch”-stuff on one occasion (Amphi 2010 backstage) and I know a bunch of others who have too. So I don’t buy his “it’s all provocation in the name of art!”-shtick. If I had known this in 2009 (when I met Thomas at Mera Luna) I would have never done the “Mädchen In Uniform”-remix. But hey, if you play in a band, dressed up as a Hitler-lookalike, you’ll have to live with the fact that people call you out on your shit.
“He asked me to be in his next video!” – could be true. Most likely not if you are not from Hamburg (where I usually recruit extras) or are not an amazing dancer/performer.
“He was fired from Accession Records!” – false. The contract was terminated on my request and we are still in good standing. Adrian (owner of Accession Records) only recently sent some remix work my way. Astoundingly this came up just a few weeks ago, despite being 4 years old!
“He’s too much of an arrogant egomaniac to have a real band! That’s why he hires musicians from other bands!” – true. Well “arrogant” is in the eye of the beholder, but I am not interested in the opinion of the drummer or bass player regarding my songwriting or production. I’ve had enough of that in previous bands. That’s why I write and record my songs and hire my friends like The Lord or Daniel & Joe Meyer for live shows. It’s easy for everyone, everyone is having fun and getting paid. No fights. Tough life :)
“Everyone in Combichrist hates him, which is why he put them in the “Fistful Of Fuck You”-video!” – false. I asked them before if they wanted to be my opponents in the video and they said yes. So it’s officially approved.
“He’s worked as a fish salesman at the Hamburg fishmarket!” – false. This is a joke Kai Hawaii made in 2007 when introducing us before the show.
“He destroyed Kenny Pardo’s (ex-Everything Goes Cold) drumset backstage in a fit of rage on the US tour 2011!” – false. I was super pissed off and punched a stacked up case with a tom that fell down. I picked it up and later told Kenny that I had thrown it down and would definitely pay for it if broken/damaged. We checked it out and all was fine. Kenny and I are still friends.
“Daniel Graves (Aesthetic Perfection) beat him up and wanted to kick him off the tour on three occasions!” – false. Daniel has never done that. There were almost no arguments on that tour and we had one sitdown for about 10 minutes to clear-up some stuff. For a tour with 8 guys in a van for 3 weeks that’s like total peace. The fact that Jason Fiber (AP’s very capable manager) still comes out to Faderhead shows when we are in LA attests to that.
“He’s related to Steve Naghavi (And One) – that explains why he gets so much attention!” – false, we get along well and I’ve jokingly called him “my brother from another mother!” but my real brother lives in South Germany and works as a doctor.
“He lets people speak to his hand when they want to congratulate him on a great show. He does that because he’s bored by those statements!” – false. Never done that. I think someone with an overactive imagination has read the “How To Hang With Faderhead”-post a year ago and then made this up.
“He doesn’t listen to cybergoth at home! Only hiphop!” – half true. No electro, but not only hiphop. I mean, how is that news? I’ve said it 50 times in interviews …
“He’s dating my sister/best friend!” – could be true when I’m actually dating someone who has a sister or a best friend. And even then, who cares?
“Faderhead is not real industrial” – true. And that’s a good thing.
GOT MORE COOL RUMORS? Let me know in the comments :D