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13 Questions to Axel Keule (Reptyle)


What was the very first record you bought?

The very first record was a 7″ from Hubert Kah (New German Wave) in the early 80s. The first “Wave/Goth” record was “The Caterpillar” from THE CURE in 1984. I heard the live version of “A forest” in the Radio and only remembered THE CURE, but not the title of the song. You can imagine how disappointed I was when playing “Caterpillar” the first time;-)

What is the most expensive record have you bought?

Puuuh, good question. Maybe this was THE DANSE SOCIETY / Odissea 2001

What are your 5 very favorite bands ever?

FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM, KILLING JOKE, NEW MODEL ARMY, DURAN DURAN, CURVE… I hope(d) they someday will come back on stage, but sadly some weeks ago Toni decided “she no longer wishes to be involved in the music business anymore” .

Name 5 bands that have changed your life?

I could have listed the 5 favorite bands here again, but this might be boring. Let`s add ABBA, my first favorite band when I was a little child, with “Super trouper” released 1980 I became a music fan in general.

Name your 3 favorite Gothic Fests?

I won`t include festivals where I took part as an artist as this is completely different of course. Number 1 was definitely the SACROSANCT-Festival 1996 in London with acts like ROSETTA STONE, SWANS OF AVON, SERAPHIN TWIN, VENDEMMIAN, JUDITH, DREADFUL SHADOWS and many more, what an amazing line-up! – Number 2: Please choose any Wave Gotik Treffen between 2000 and 2016, it`s always big fun!. For number 3 I want to support the little local “Owls `N` Bats-Festival” in Detmold (East Westphalia) which takes place since 3 years. You can always expect great bands, a wonderful open-air location and familiar atmosphere !

Name your 3 favorite gigs as a musician and as fan?

As a musician:

Number 1: Wave Gotik Treffen 2008. We played Open Air at the Parkbühne, which was very well crowded. 10 minutes after we finished our set the complete merchandise was sold out, so I assume that also the audience liked it. Number 2: Our 10th anniversary concert in our hometown Bielefeld with some friends and ex-band members as special guests on stage…and many encores…  Number 3: Last year in autumn we were on tour with our friends from THE HOUSE OF USHER and SWEET ERMENGARDE. The tour closing concert in Mannheim in front of a great audience was definitely one of the best shows we ever played. Unfortunately THE HOUSE OF USHER had to leave early, but hanging up with some members of SWEET ERMENGARDE far into the night with a lot of drinks was big fun !:)

As a fan:

Number 1: Definitely NEW MODEL ARMY + FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM in November 1990 in Münster. I am still deeply grateful that I had the chance to see the Nephs live before the split. Number 2: BAUHAUS on their first reunion -Tour in Hamburg 1998. I never expected to see them together on stage again. Number 3: The re-union gig of PINK TURNS BLUE at the Wave Gotik Treffen 2003 with original band-member Tom Elbern (ESCAPE WITH ROMEO) on guitar. Goosebumps !

Name the most 3 influential albums for you as an artist

Number 1: (Maximum big surprise) “Elizium” from FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM. Was this album ever mentioned in this poll?. Number 2: MARILLION (Fish-area) with their great album “Misplaced Childhood”. This longplayer was a complete new musical experience in my early life.  Number 3: “Autumn on venus” from ESCAPE WITH ROMEO had a big influence on my guitar playing and especially on my sound.

Describe yourself with 3 adjectives

Sorry, but you have to ask somebody else 😉 – Ed. (as I know you personally I would say you are charismatic)

What is the most overrated gothic band?

This would be disrespectful towards musical colleagues. And anyway there would be too many to mention… 

What is the most underrated gothic band?

THE DANSE SOCIETY (in the original line-up)

In which band would you have liked to play live?

I already play in this band . With REPTYLE I have the chance to play our own songs on stage together with not only good musicians but also with very good friends, so what should I want more?

Name 3 new gothic bands that have caught your attention lately?

Unfortunately really nothing in the last 1-2 years, if we limit to goth bands. I saw LISTE NOIRE at this year`s NCN-Festival and they were great.

Gothic Rock or Post Punk and why?

Definitely both, and even much more. It`s very simple: If I like the music, I like it, no matter which musical genre the band is related to.


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