Ho99o9 give mind-opening answers on how to become a movement for freaks and hardcore kids, how their ideal movie script looks like and how to entertain an audience. Luca Fuchs pictured their almost spiritual aura.
Ho99o9 combine rap, punk and metal to a powerful sound-mayhem. The genre knowledge of the New Jersey duo and their love for cinematic horoscopic images provide the background for their live shows and video footage. Before the curtain rose for the Ho99o9-show in Vienna’s fluc, Luca Fuchs got some close-ups capturing their almost spiritual aura.
Both of you were founding fathers of NJstreetKLAN - a performing art collective from New Jersey. Could you tell us a little about the idea behind it? How does this background still influence the band?
TheOGM: The idea, concept, lifestyle, way of living was simply to help promote the artists coming from New Jersey at the time. We had to go to New York for cool shit, like shows. We had it there in New Jersey too, just no one was putting it together in a way everyone could see, hear, feel us. A platform for us and others. We started putting together shows, parties, art shows, pop ups and such. It then became a movement, a melting pot, where hardcore kids, hood niggas, squares, freax, skaters could come and hang amongst one another and it was ok - shout out to Salomon, who let us be free. Submerged became the home to us and everyone who was there for that time. This collective, being a Haitian/American black man in America, my niggas and my upbringing are my influences.
You guys created a macabre universe around yourselves, where the horror genre seems to play a big role. What are your cinematic influences?
TheOGM: Devils Rejects (Rob Zombie), Texas Chain Saw Massacre (2003 w/Jessica Biel), Death Proof , just about all of Quentin Tarantino’s films… and so on.
Yeti 999: Every Hell Raiser.
If you’d be asked to score a movie scene: what would happen in it ideally?
TheOGM: Well it’s not up to me to tell you what is happening. The director makes the film, I create the sounds.
Yeti 999: I would be this badass dude from Detroit with a trench coat and long braids who walks around with a gold shotgun under his coat, stopping crime and committing them, all for the better. My name would be “Ox”, standing at 6’2, built like an engine, complete wrong person to fuck with, and he has a pet kitten named psycho.
Anger seems to be the driving emotion in your music.
What makes you angry in real life?
TheOGM: Dumb ass questions, stinky pussy, cop terrorists, a bad cook, roaches, waiting to shit and finding out there ain’t no toilet paper and lazy mothafuckas.
Yeti 999: Racist human beings, crooked cops, people who park their car and take up two spaces and the San Antonio Spurs.
Since performance plays such a central role for you: what kind of behaviour gets the most out of an audience? And what has been your most extreme audience reaction so far?
TheOGM: They just want energy. The most extreme is yet to come.
Yeti 999: They want to be entertained, want something to go back to their friends and family and say, “This is something I’ve never witnessed before!” You have to give the people something new and fresh and exciting and happy and sad and insane and crazy and loving and brutal.
Text and photos by Luca Fuchs