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Sixty Seconds with Andy LaPlegua



Indy: Before starting Combichrist in 2003, you had been in a number of different types of bands, the most recent of which was Icon of Coil, which had an industrial sort of sound. How did Combichrist and its more electronic/dance sound come about?

AL: I experimented a lot with different styles of music ... I'd constantly been in bands and not doing 100 percent of my own thing. It kind of got to the point where I started Combichrist as a side project just so I could do what I felt was right, without having anybody else's opinion about it, and just do exactly what I wanted. And the more I was working on it, the more I realized this is what I should do, this is what I was meant to do the whole time.

Indy: In Combichrist, you've brought a theatrical element to your live show and music. How does Combichrist, your creepy-makeup-wearing character, compare to Andy, the person?

AL: I think at this point right now, I'm getting more and more personal, and I think we're losing a little bit of that fictional character. I think Combichrist is becoming more and more the person that I am and less and less fiction. Of course, we still keep the fictional art form of it. That gives me an excuse to write about things that don't necessarily have to be me. It gives me kind of an excuse to set up a more bizarre [live] show.

Indy: You have a new CD out called Today We Are All Demons. You've said it's your most personal album. What made the album take that direction?

AL: I think it's just because of all the touring, especially in the last year, and being married and having a divorce and the toll [it took] on me personally and emotionally as well, it made this album a lot more personal.

Alan Sculley

At Denver's Marquis Theater, Jan. 31.

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