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First Hate: »To Mirror the Darkness You Have to Know the Darkness«

August 13, 2018
Text by Christian Glatz
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Artpop duo First Hate toured clubs around the world with great success last year. It was about time they came to Vienna to showcase their cool, synthetic pop music with longing melodies and tapping club beats. Maša Stanić photographed them backstage and PW-Magazine asked a few questions.

There is an assumption that difficult times lead to better artistic output. What do you think?

Art is to take an emotion or story that doesn’t have a shape or form yet and turn it into something that a viewer can see themselves in. We are drawn to materialize the things we keep inside, the taboos, the emotions, the sleepless nights. If we could just explain those things with words, there wouldn’t be a need for art. You don’t have to feel blue to make art. But I think audiences are drawn to art that mirrors the darkness and in order to mirror the darkness you have to know the darkness. For us making music together is a way to meditate, discuss, and express feelings. It is a necessary tool for getting through shit in life. But most of the time we have great fun and laugh all the way. We are complete goofballs in reality. I think that is why our music sounds dualistic and has both light and darkness.

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Copenhagen is the second song you have dedicated to a capital after Warsawa. Are you big city people?

We dedicated Warsawa to Warsaw because we produced it on our computer in the airport while having a layover. At that time we had never seen Warsaw. We like cities, but they are also like tumors eating everything up. Nature is more giving.

Does your music also have a political component? I’m thinking of the title of your album »A Prayer For The Unemployed« …

Everything is political. Every action or non-action a human does has consequences. Of course, we are aware of that. Our songs are free for you to interpret. But our message comes down to something as cheesy as love and responsibility for life around us

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You shot your last music video for Fallen in Vienna. What can you tell us about it?

It was the first time someone else made a video for us. It was nice to meet so many people who sacrificed something and made an effort for the project. It’s interesting and a bit unnerving to see what happens when you let go of control.

What do you do if you don’t make music?

Tour the globe, cook for big groups of friends at home, swim in the ocean, watch films, tarot cards, read books, etc. Anton is also part of Other Story, a group of artists and activist across the world dedicated to documenting human stories. Last year, he did a series about Syrians caught in camps and former revolutionaries during the Arab spring living in Amman, Jordan. This year, he is in the middle east again to investigate the water crisis. We have busy lives, but we also know how to spend whole days doing nothing at all.

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Do you know ways out of loneliness?

Loneliness doesn’t necessarily mean being alone, I like being alone. I usually feel lonely when I’m alone in my head with my thoughts. My way out is to be true to myself and to try and let people in. Or even go home and be alone, and if I have trouble expressing myself, I do it through songs. Or writing in my books.

How would you describe the relationship between you two? Are you also inseparable in real life?

We are yin and yang.

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PW-Magazine is a Vienna-based online magazine for contemporary culture.

By giving voice to a wide array of cutting-edge personas in art and culture, PW-Magazine promotes diversity and a broad mix of artistic expression. The editorial team is tasked not only with reflecting current cultural production, but also with creating new visual content. The bilingual platform works with open structures and attaches great importance to collaborations that create new links between cultural creators and the public.
PW-Magazine was founded in May 2016 by Christian Glatz and Phil Koch.

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Marie-Claire Gagnon
Christian Glatz
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Amar Priganica
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