Richard Z. Kruspe | Olsen Involtini | Arnaud Giroux | Mikko Sirén | Joe Letz | Margaux Bossieux
“Emigrate stands for pure passion, a lust for making music…”
– Richard Z. Kruspe, 2018
If there's a description that, personally and professionally, fits Richard Z. Kruspe like a Savile Row suit, ‘fired up’ would be it…
As a member of Rammstein, the music world’s most explosive live act, Kruspe has been part of a ground-breaking global success story that continues to build and to ignite; along the way, he’s turned his attention to a number of parallel projects, such as constructing a new studio (and a new home) in his native Berlin, but it’s his decision to launch the Emigrate set-up that has given him the greatest chance to satisfy creative instincts outside of the parent group - in many ways, it’s an antidote to the parent group!
The first Emigrate album appeared in 2007 (a self-titled record that went Top 10 in Germany, with single/video ‘My World’ appearing on the soundtrack to the third ‘Resident Evil’ movie); ‘Silent So Long’ followed in 2014, featuring guest vocals from such high-profile artists as Marilyn Manson, Jonathan Davis, Peaches and the legend that will always be Lemmy; and now there’s a new/third album, ‘A Million Degrees’, scheduled for worldwide release on November 30th.
Featuring 11 new tracks, a fresh production team plus vocal contributions from Rammstein’s Till Lindemann, plus Billy Talent’s Benjamin Kowalewicz and bassist Margaux Bossieux, this latest release is less a successor to ‘Silent So Long’ and more a re-booted take on the overall concept, continuing Kruspe’s desire to craft something personal. He writes the material, including new single / video ‘1,2,3,4’ (spotlighting Kowalewicz), sings the bulk of the songs (in English!) and works hard – sometimes in the face of adversity – to keep everythingrubber-stamped as ‘special’, fashioning a body of work that will appeal to both existing supporters and those who appreciate the power of a great song delivered from heart above head.
In this respect, Emigrate can’t be called either a ‘side’ or a ‘solo project’. A ‘passion project’ might be closer to the mark – a needed extra outlet operating close to the level of therapy for an artist whose energy, vision and quest for perfection are defining factors, keeping him, well…fired-up!
“I really want the freedom to collaborate with different people and to explore different kinds of music,” Kruspe explains, “to express myself as both a writer and a singer away from deadlines, timelines and other such restrictions. The idea is to keep experimenting and to keep challenging myself. Plus, Emigrate works in an organic way, so musicians can come and go, and it’s still ok, it’s positive.”
Richard Z. Kruspe