interview : Voltaire

Just finishing up a tour for his new album, Riding a Black Unicorn down the side of an Erupting Volcano while drinking from a Chalice Filled with the Laughter of Small Children, we had the chance to talk to Voltaire about his music, his writing, his filmmaking, his geeky side, and even his love life.

photographer : Paul Collins
interview by : Gia C. Manalio-Bonaventura

Hey, Voltaire. I want to thank you for talking to us. I know that you just wrapped up your US Black Unicorn Cabaret Tour as well as a few international shows in Scotland and Whitby and have jumped into your next project, so we really appreciate your time.

Can we talk about the tour a bit? It was described as, “A Villainous Vaudeville of Bawdy Burlesque, Music, Mischief, and Mayhem.” The title alone is so much fun. How did the tour go?
Voltaire : It was great! I really felt like it needed to be more than a couple of bands on tour, it needed to be an event. So I brought along with me a couple of the finest bands I know in the dark cabaret genre, Hellblinki Sextet and This Way to the Egress. And we had local burlesque talent at the shows. So it was a big themed night of dark cabaret and burlesque. Lots of people came out all dressed up and all in all we had a fantastic time.

As I’m writing this, I’m listening to Riding a Black Unicorn down the side of an Erupting Volcano while drinking from a Chalice Filled with the Laughter of Small Children. Once again, I have to congratulate you on an amazing album and I again love the cabaret style. Can you tell us a bit about what went into making it?
V : I had worked with Brian Viglione of the Dresden Dolls on my previous album Hate Lives in a Small Town, so when I was ready to record this album, I asked him if he would join me again. So he played all of the drums. I asked Melora Creager of Rasputina if she’d play the cellos and she kindly joined us. So at this point I realized I had the makings of a supergroup! [laughs] When it came time for bass, I invited David J. of Bauhaus to contribute those parts. The rest of the musicians are amazing New York City-based players. It’s really a great line up!

read the full interview in the December/January 2011/2012 Issue

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