Last night I was lucky enough to get to go chill, drink some beers and chat to Fabio and Masi (Thanks Danna) who make up the Cyberpunkers. These two crazy Italians gave me the low down on who they enjoying listening, the Cape Town partying scene, the story behind there masks and if any South Africa DJ’s have caught their ear while down here.
MCBN: What artists are influencing the sound you guys are playing today?
Cyberpunkers: A lot of DJ’s, too many to name, in the beginning it was rock and older punk stuff such as Korn and The Ramones. But definitely the Beastie Boys, Daft Punk (they are insane) Chemical brothers. They are both amazing acts to see live! We also like Fatboy Slim, The Prodigy and Basement Jaxx ( but not so much at the moment though) Bjork, she is hot!
Bands: Sex Pistols, The Clash, Nirvana, System Of Down, Depeche Mode and Black Sabbath for the dark sound
For our melodies we use in our tracks, we like massive attack, tricky, themed sound tracks from movies such as Edward scissor hands.
MCBN: Have any of our local DJ’s caught your eye? Or should I say Ear…
Cyberpunkers: We only know Haezer and now Bruce Willis, Grave Danger and Blush and Bass because we played with them at Assembly, but from Italy we only know Haezer. We have remixed Haezer’s ‘Here come the punks’ “Who the fuck is Haezer” track! Eben is a very good guy.
MCBN: What are your 3 artists sounds are enjoying at the moment?
Cyberpunkers: Gtronic, Sterio Hero’s, Hourotron, we will be remixing Gtronic soon, he is a crazy guy!
MCBN: You must have seen some crazy things as DJ’s, what stands out in your mind as the craziest things you have seen?
Cyberpunkers: We have seen our fans who have a tattoo of our masks on their bodies, not only one but quite a few. Its really cool. We once saw a girl in Greece came who came up to us and showed us her tattoo of our two masks on her calf!
If some one can tattoo our logo on their body, its an incredible feeling. We are honoured that people can feel our music and enjoy it. Also when we see the crowd is screaming and jumping, is always a good thing. It makes us want to go wild!
MCBN: Having partied worldwide how does Cape Town Compare?
Cyberpunkers: Cape Town is the same level as other countries in a party scene, Pretoria was cool as well, both very good parties. Here the party was huge and the same in Pretoria, it was a rooftop party. Everyone wants to just party, scream and jump! Its better even then in Germany and Belgium and some other places in Europe, but you guys are the same as Australian people. Party people! We have the same experiences here as we do over in Australia
MCBN: How come you guys DJ in masks, whats the story behind it?
Cyberpunkers: It’s a long story, when we met 4 years ago, we had the same love for the cyberpunker character, we are DJ’s, we are producers and we want to make our interpretation of the kind of style that suited our outfit. We did the outfits with the music and we used the mask in the beginning as a fusion between human and machine. We tried to remake the same things with our mind, music, and our outfits. That is why we always use our masks for this reason! Its gives us that Cyberpunkers feel. we just use it and we go with it. The Cyberpunkers is grotesque and it inspires us to keep on going!
MCBN: Is there any single gig that stands out as your most memorable?
Cyberpunkers: We played at our own personal party in Italy, which is always fun. We did a big festival in France, we played in the middle of punk rock band and a hardcore rock band played straight after us, the vibe was insane and we fitted in perfectly. Rock into Cyberpunkers into Metal music, all in 3 hours and everyone LOVED it. This festival was the one of our best experiences for Cyberpunkers.
MCBN: If you weren’t Djing, what would you be doing?
Cyberpunkers: DJ’ing is our first job, it’s what we were brought up on. I (Masi) started at 14 years and Fabio started around the same time. We both came from 2 different projects and when we met 4 years ago we became the Cyberpunkers, since then we haven’t looked back. I (Fabio) would be a manager, it would be good for me, I would manage DJ’s, a lot of big DJ’s all around the world. Otherwise I would be a chef, I am keen to see the Good Food and Wine Festival at the CCTIC this weekend.
MCBN: What are your thoughts of coming back here again?
Cyberbunkers: We would love to come back here in the summer, possibly December but we would love come back here again, we have seen the beaches but no sun yet, which is a little pity. Next time it’ll be less partying, more sight seeing, you have a very beautiful place. If we can do one party in each city next time, then we would do that, we’ll be there 🙂
MCBN: The question on everyone in South Africa’s mind right now is who will win the upcoming world cup?
Cyberpunkers: We don’t like soccer but South Africa will win, maybe… hahaha
Fabio and Masi… we love you, thanks for taking the time out to chat to us. We cant wait to see you guys slam it at Fiction on Saturday for Arcade’s: Mad Scientist Party (Click here)! BOOOM!
Just a little earcandy for this Friday:
Cyberpunkers Live at Plastik Club by INNATE STUDIO