Interview:1999/07/29 Fan Conference

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Fan Conference
Interview with Marilyn Manson
Date July 29, 1999
Source The Nachtkabarett [1] Obsolete tripod fansite[2]
Interviewer Call ins
On July 23, 1999 a contest is announced where fifteen winners would be selected to ask questions at a webcasted fan conference.[3][4]

Marilyn Manson: Thanks to everybody for tuning in today. So I'm going to be answering some questions from some people calling in live so the first one if you want to go ahead, tell me who you are and what's your question?

Marilyn Manson: Is anybody there?

Marilyn Manson: Hello?

AT&T: Ted, talk.

Caller: Hello? Sorry, Who has been the biggest influence in your life and how have they changed you and made you a better person?

Marilyn Manson: Well it's easy to say that I think if I wanted to list artists, you know, there would be people like Aleister Crowley, Anton Lavey, uh, Andy Warhol, uh, Alexander Yortaroski, um, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, um, but I think more than the influence that they had on me, I think, uh, since I've been making things myself, I think it's the people that hate me and try and suppress what I do that have influenced me the most because it's given me a reason to want to do it more and it's given me a reason to want my voice to be heard and want, uh, other people like me to have that opportunity also.

Marilyn Manson: So..what's the next question?

Marilyn Manson: Hello? Who's there?

Caller: Ok.

AT&T: Jesse.

Caller: Hey Marilyn.

Marilyn Manson: Hey.

Caller: uh, I'd like to Thank you., first of all, uh, on behalf of all the fans at the Radio Revolution, we really appreciate that.

Marilyn Manson: Thanks for all your help.

Caller: Yeah, and uh, my question is, Matt Penfield, on MTV, uh, reported that you and Twiggy were working on a solo project? Is this happening?

Marilyn Manson: I, I wasn't even sure that Matt Penfield was even around, but um..uh, not really so much formally, I know that, uh, Twiggy is constantly writing music and he likes to collaborate with a lot of his friends. Um, I think there'll probably be something in the future, but there's nothing really slated right now. We're all concentrating very hard on, uh, composing this new album and, um, really making that our focus more than anything else.

Caller: Great!

Marilyn Manson: Thanks.

Marilyn Manson: What's the next question please?

Caller: Hello?

Marilyn Manson: Hello.

Caller: Um, if you knew for certain when the world was going to end, what would your final grand performance be? If the world was entering into oblivion?

Marilyn Manson: Well, I guess in some ways, uh, I have that attitude every time I step on stage because you never know when the world's going to end, Sometimes I hope it's the next day, sometimes I hope it's uh, today. Um, Other times, you know, I'd like to stay around a little bit longer when I'm feeling more idealistic and I'd like to try and make a difference if that is possible, but um, I think I'd do exactly what I do every time because that's, uh, you know, I always put my heart into it. Thanks.

Caller: Mmm-hmm.

Marilyn Manson: What's the next question?

Caller: Hi Marilyn, this is Chris from Pennsylvania. Each album has, in a sense, dealt with an aspect of your life, uh, Portrait was in part family, Anti-Christ was Religion, and Mechanical was today's worthless media, uh, what's your next album going to focus on?

Marilyn Manson: One thing I should say first, there was, uh, a bit of misinformation when people said that our new album would be called Holywood. Uh, That is the, the title that I've, uh, decided the movie would be called. but the album, although it's gonna be music that'll be in the film, is not called Holywood.

But The new album, uh, in some ways, kind of completes the triptych that I started with, uh, Antichrist Superstar, um, the character of Omega on Mechanical Animals was an ersatz rock star that is part of the story that is contained within Holywood. A lot of people often mistook, um, this last year for being, uh, literal when it's sometimes I was trying to present them with a satire of rock stardom.

And uh, Antichrist Superstar, I think, is a lot closer to the basis of what the movie will be talking about and the album kind of leaves, uh, I guess kind of continues on some of the ideas that I started with Antichrist Superstar and really finds a, a more defined clearer perception of ideas about Jesus Christ, about Lucifer, about Satan, about Jehovah, and all these, uh, things that we've been lied to about all of our lives.

So it's, uh, I think for us as a band, it's goin' to be probably, uh, the most aggressive and also at the same time the most dynamic thing and for me lyrically, uh, after recently, uh, spending some time in, uh, Czechoslovakia, strange enough, uh, uh, I had some very interesting revelations about what I'd was gonna be thinking and uh, some things in my mind were, were changed and I was opened up to a lot of other ideas and I'm going to try to share some of those with the world, uh, through this next record.

Caller: Thank you.

Marilyn Manson: Thanks.

Marilyn Manson: What's the next question, please?

Caller: Hello?

Marilyn Manson: Hello.

Caller: Hey, Um, Marilyn?

Marilyn Manson: Yes?

Caller: Um, I have a question for you that I think you might have some fun with..

Marilyn Manson: Ok.

Caller: Um, if you were given the chance to reform or change society in any way, shape or form what do you feel you would do and accomplish?

Marilyn Manson: Well, I think we have finally been given that chance and I think it's a matter of us, whether that be Marilyn Manson fans or whether you be fans of some other rock band.

Anybody who has the desire and who's smart enough to know that there needs to be a change, uh, really has the chance now with, uh, what the internet has the potential of becoming. I think it's an outlet where we cannot be censored anymore it's an outlet where, um, the people who dispense these mediocre forms of entertainment to us can be replaced, uh, by, everyone I think, uh, it would be great that if every person who ever listened to one of our albums, uh, went out and made their own music or made their own website, made their own movies, did whatever they could, I think, it's all about, uh, not relying on the technology, but using it to weed out who's going to be the real artist now, who's gonna be the person who actually has something to say, so I think, uh, I'm hoping that everyone joins together with me and, uh, tries to make their own difference.

Caller: Ok, Thank you.

Marilyn Manson: Thanks. What's the next question?

Caller: Hi Marilyn?

Marilyn Manson: Hi.

Caller: Hi, uh, my name's Andrew, I'm calling from Toronto. Can you give me any details about the plot and/or the possible release date on the upcoming Holywood film?

Marilyn Manson: Um, it's something that I'd like to film this year and it's something that most likely won't be seen until probably late next year. Um, Unfortunately the movie industry moves at a slower pace than the music industry does.

Um, as far as the plot goes, I don't think I'd really like to tell anybody anything other than what I've already said in my brief statement. But I think, um, it's it's something, that uh, for me was essential to write, it's something that I've been writing for ten years, it's something that I've hinted at on on every album so far so I think it's going to answer a lot of questions people have had about things I suggest often uh, with symbolism, um, and it's, it's a tragedy, uh, a lot of early reports were saying something about it being a love story or it being this or that, uh, but I don't think anybody, should, uh, try and decide what it's going to be until they see it for themselves.

Caller: Thank you. very much.

Marilyn Manson: Alright, Thank you.

Caller: Hello Marilyn.

Marilyn Manson: Hello.

Caller: Hi this is Chris from Texas it's a pleasure to speak with you today.

Marilyn Manson: Good to speak with you.

Caller: Alright, uh, My question is, how is your producing career going and are there any projects with you behind the console in the works?

Marilyn Manson: Um, currently, uh, I haven't really worked with any other artists, um, you know I produced the Highway To Hell that we did for the 'Detroit Rock City'. I produced, uh, a song called 'Astonishing Panorama Of The End Times', which, uh, supposedly will be featured, uh, in Celebrity Deathmatch if they don't find it too offensive, uh, and I recently also produced a song called 'Fun Control', um, and plan on doing a new album, you know I'd like to work with, um, a lot of people, but it's a matter of having the right time and finding the right situation.

I plan on, um, using this website in the next year, revamping it and making it a place where anybody who's interested in things that are going against the grain that are, uh, thought provoking in any way whether it be music or movies that they would come here and even beyond Marilyn Manson music, other bands, uh, other movies, I want to make my website a place where people can forsake, uh, you know the confines of regular television, the confines of regular record companies and find stuff that artists really want to show their fans, not things they have to censor.

Caller: Wow, that sounds really great, Thank you. very much.

Marilyn Manson: Thank you.

Marilyn Manson: What's the next caller?

Caller: Hi, uh, Alexander from Norway

Marilyn Manson: Hi

Caller: Hi, um, What you see when you are performing, you look in the eyes in the audience? Uh, do you see a reflection of how you were when you were young, um, because I've been both to your concerts, your concerts, concerts here in Norway and both times our eyes are met.

Marilyn Manson: Um, it's hard to say, I think, um, in a lot of way, I get from the audience, what, um, in a way, I guess it makes me feel like I did when I was, before I was a performer, and I would go see bands, um, it's unfortunate that I'll never able to to be that again, that I could never go to a show and feel the same way that I did when I was 16 or 20 even, um, but I think what I see in peoples eyes is often, um, uh, sometimes hatred, sometimes fear, sometimes confusion, sometimes excitement, sometimes, uh, passion, it's uh, I, I think it's everything at once and it's never able to, it's not something I can ever define or describe, I think uh, it would be exciting for anybody to discover it on their own by by doing the same as I did. I think, you know, you should create something of your own and and see people's reaction I guess it's probably, uh, the simple way of answering it it's the best thing that I've ever seen, is what I see in peoples eyes.

Caller: Mmm, Ok.

Marilyn Manson: Alright, Thanks.

Marilyn Manson: Who's the next caller?

Caller: Hey Manson, this is Jenni from Minnesota.

Marilyn Manson: Hello Jenni.

Caller: And um, you expand from self-knowledge and individuality, so how does being and living in superficial Hollywood affect you?

Marilyn Manson: Well, I've always found the most inspiration in places that I don't belong. I think it was living in Florida that inspired me to, uh, to make aggressive music because it was such a plastic Disneyland sort of place and I think Hollywood is is very similar um, but I think there's places like this where the most work needs to be done.

If I lived in a place where, I guess, if there were such a thing as a Utopia, I don't think art could exist there. I think you need uh, resistance, you need, uh, conflict to create, so..

Just on a personal level, I think for me, I don't really leave the house, so where I live is could be anywhere in the world I kind of keep to myself, and sometimes I enjoy going to a movie, or something like that but, uh, I'm not one to really go out.

Caller: Yeah, cool

Marilyn Manson: Alright, who's the next caller

Caller: Hello

Marilyn Manson: Hello

Caller: Hello, Hi

Marilyn Manson: Yeah, go ahead

Caller: Oh, hi, My name's Mike from Temple Cove, Maryland. Um, now that music has really become so one dimensional, and all it really takes to become a star is, really, is like a catchy sample or sex appeal, so in spite of that, what are your hopes for the future of music?

Marilyn Manson: I think actually, uh, the state of music that we're in now, which I'm sure that most people would agree is, is the most miserable of our generation, is going to devour itself.

So if anything, The more garbage I see, the happier it makes me because I know that it will force people to raise their standards. Uh, that's something I briefly touched upon in my opening statement today, um, I think there's a lot of garbage there's a lot of opportunists and record companies trying to churn out as much as they can, there's no more concern in the entertainment world for career artists or people who actually, uh, care about what they do.

That's not to say that Britney Spears doesn't care about what she does but there's no real concern for people uh like there was in the 70s with all the great bands we grew up loving but I think there will be, I think we're in a era very similar to the end of the 70s when disco was king and lot of people found that to be very shallow and what came after that was a lot of great things. So I hope, you know, I hope the new Nine Inch Nails album makes a difference to people, I hope our record makes a difference to people, I hope um, you know, to see stuff from all the really great artists, there's a lot of underground people that, uh, like James Hall or PJ Harvey or, uh, a lot of people that I really have respect for, that I'd love to see thrive in the next few years.

Caller: Alright, Thanks.

Marilyn Manson: Alright, Thanks.

Caller: Keep doing what you do.

Marilyn Manson: Thank you.

Marilyn Manson: Hello?

Caller: Hello?

Marilyn Manson: Hi.

Caller: Hi, This is Katrina from Brooklyn.

Marilyn Manson: Hi.

Caller: Hi, um, I wanted to know if you think your music has a positive or negative influence on society's youth and why?

Marilyn Manson: Well I hope it has both because you can't have one without the other and I think the ignorance that we're taught when we're growing up that you have to pick, uh, the light or the dark is what makes man suffer the most and what makes man fail to evolve to his full potential, um, within the shadow is where most of the things that we identify most with, uh, comes from and, uh, the people who have this false belief and, uh, some sort of universal good and bad, uh, are the ones that are holding us back just as humans, so I hope that, uh, that that people take what they need from what I do.

I think in the end I try to put out something that's positive in my eyes, I try to put out something that makes me feel good about myself and I try to put out something that makes other people feel good and identify with it and think that they're not alone and that's the most that I can really hope to do.

Caller: Hello.

Marilyn Manson: Hello?

Caller: Hi, this is Shawn from Mishiwakwa, Indiana

Marilyn Manson: Hi.

Caller: If you were ever to do a duet with a female singer, who would it be and what would the song be about?

Marilyn Manson: Uh, There's so many that I've liked over the years, um, I think the probably the most interesting thing that I've ever wanted to do uh, is has wanted to sing a song with Diamanda Galas and I'm not really sure what the song would be about, but I'm sure it would probably deal with religion, because she too, uh, focuses greatly on that in her work. I think that she, uh, If you haven't heard her, you should listen to some of her albums, she's very, very strong and very interesting.

Marilyn Manson: Hello

Caller: Hey Manson, this is Daniel.

Marilyn Manson: Hey Daniel.

Caller: How do you want people to remember you after you are no longer alive?

Marilyn Manson: Um, you know, I'd like to be remembered as, uh, the person who was successful in finally, uh, cracking open the gates, the metaphorical gates to the apocalypse, the person who, uh, made mankind become who he has always wanted to be but has never had the courage to be.

Um, I think a lot of great people before me have, have made efforts and have gotten us closer to that point. A lot of great artists, a lot of great writers, people like Aleister Crowley, um, and I'd like to just continue that, you know, I'd like to be remembered as someone who wasn't afraid to say what they thought and, and wasn't afraid to die for what they believed in.

Caller: That's pretty powerful, you take care man.

Marilyn Manson: Thank you.

Caller: Bye.

Caller: Hello?

Marilyn Manson: Hello.

Caller: Hi, Stevie from New York, um, I noticed that Mechanical Animals is, uh, very Bowie influenced, Bowie's a great musician, a huge influence on my music, can you tell me what made you want to go to a more space age type Bowie sound for this record and if you were scared the fans wouldn't accept it?

Marilyn Manson: I think it was a matter of because the character that I created was supposed to be a satire of rock stardom I think people uh from the glam era of music like Bowie and Alice Cooper and KISS & Queen and things like that, uh, were the most identifiable and that music, to me growing up, left such an imprint on me, it was hard to avoid being inspired by it, um, I think, uh, I guess it's hard to say, it was a moment in time, that record is what it is, and uh, uh, it was meant to evoke, uh, an era that Bowie was really king of, the glam era, because that era was probably my most favorite in rock 'n' roll, because it was it was a time when, when people approached music the same way others approached books or movies with a greater sense of imagination.

Caller: Alright, thanks

Marilyn Manson: Thank you.

Marilyn Manson: Hello.

Caller: Hello Marilyn.

Marilyn Manson: Hi.

Caller: This is Deanna from Oklahoma - uh, if you had one wish for yourself, Marilyn, what would it be and why?

Marilyn Manson: Well, that's always the hardest question, um, and I think, uh, on AntiCS (Antichrist) when I, uh, ended it by saying 'when all of your wishes are granted, many of your dreams will be destroyed', I think that that really is something I have discovered over the years, you know, I wished to be a rock star, but what that took from me, my innocence, what that took from me was my, uh, I guess, anonymity, um, I don't think I'd, I'd ever wish to go back, I think, um, I'm happy with everything I've gotten and I think if I have something I want or something I really believe in, I think it's a matter of will power that you get that, so I think that wishes can be fulfilled if you believe in yourself enough, so it sounds sort of like something, uh, the Marines would say, but to me, I think it's very true.

Caller: Ok, Thank you.

Marilyn Manson: Thank you.

Marilyn Manson: Um, so that was the last question, I'm really glad that everyone came here. Um, at first these conferences are a little more primitive than what they'll evolve into.

I'd like to make this website a place where um I can deliver you not only the things that I want to show you without being censored but also the things of other artists that we haven't heard before.

Um, right now to clear up a few things, uh, there was a few rumors that the video for Coma White wasn't going to be played on MTV, um, that was actually a rumor that was started by SeemsLikeSalvation website, the situation with that is that it's been filmed for quite some time, uh, we've always planned on releasing it uh later down the road with our home video that's gonna contain everything we've filmed over the years uh for public consumption um starting with, uh, way back to Get Your Gunn, there's a video that, um, including on there for the song Cryptorchid that was, uh, filmed by this uh really spectacular director named Aleis Marehi, who, uh, directed a film called "The Begotten" and no one's actually seen that yet so that'll be something, uh, for, any of the die hard video fans that would really like to see that, the video is also going to include, um, behind the scenes footage from the Manson/Hole tour and, uh, I think it will clarify all of uh Courtney's allegations of why she left the tour, 'cause there's a really great speech she gives me about her uh insecurity and lack of fans at the concerts that although it disparages her somewhat, I find it very amusing and I believe most people will, um, the video will be called God is in the T.V. and it's gonna to be one video with a bonus cassette that contains, uh, all this Mechanical Animals tour footage.

We're also releasing sometime later this year The Last Tour On Earth, a live album, which, uh, was recorded in America, uh, on the Manson/Hole tour also. That also includes, uh, the acoustic version of Last Day On Earth that we performed on New Year's Eve last year.

And, um, other than that a lot of people have been asking about my art, I haven't put anything up on the web site in quite some time, and I've been painting hundreds and hundreds of things since then, I'm going to try and update a few things. I plan on having a show later this year where everyone can actually see the things in person, um, and I'm currently also painting a set of tarot cards, uh, uh, inspired by, um, some meetings that I had.

I had the the opportunity to meet H.R. Geiger while in, uh, Zurich and, uh, it was a great meeting and it was very inspirational.

So that's really all we're working on now. Uh, I expect the next album to be done really soon, we've done, uh, probably, 13 or 14 songs, and if everyone keeps an eye here, I'm going to try and, uh, really, uh, stay updated, uh, maybe give few glimpses into the recording studio down the road and make this a place where you can come and watch things, uh, more exciting than just these fan conferences, more creative things so and I, uh, welcome anybody's creative ideas and I love when everyone sends me their poetry, their drawings, uh, I try and go through all of it so, uh, if I don't answer you that doesn't mean I didn't see it and, uh, the rest of the band wants to thank you also.

Um, a lot of people wonder why they don't do interviews, it's because mostly they're lazy and they don't like to, it's not because I don't want them to, um, and that's really it and I want to thank everybody for coming and I look forward to, uh, seeing you all again very soon.


  1. The Nachtkabarett
  2. obsolete tripod fansite
  3. PR Newswire, The Free Library