Tech N9ne: A Journey Through Music, Philanthropy, and Boundless Creativity

Tech N9ne: A Journey Through Music, Philanthropy, and Boundless Creativity

The Legendary Tech N9Ne, Talks Death, Life, Delirium, And Bliss, With Noise From The Pit'S, Lulu Deadly
The Legendary Tech N9Ne, Talks Death, Life, Delirium, And Bliss, With Noise From The Pit’S, Lulu Deadly

In a recent interview, Tech N9ne, the legendary rapper and founder of Strange Music, opened up about his music, life, and the myriad of projects he has embarked upon. From being slated to perform at the Blue Ridge music festival to his philanthropic efforts, Tech N9ne is a multi-faceted icon who continues to make waves in the music industry and beyond.

Diving Into the 22nd Album “Bliss”

The Genesis of Tech N9ne’s Unique Rap Style

Tech N9ne, born Aaron Yates, recently wrapped up a video shoot for a single from his upcoming 22nd album, “Bliss.” Known for his unique style of rapping, Tech N9ne cites influences ranging from Slick Rick to train sounds and phone busy signals. His aim is to introduce his music to a new generation of rock and hip-hop fans, especially at large platforms like the Blue Ridge music festival.

Fearless Exploration Across Genres

One of the most striking aspects of Tech N9ne’s career is his fearless exploration of different musical genres. Whether it’s collaborating with Gary Clark Jr or sending a song to Elton John, Tech N9ne has never confined himself to the boundaries of rap or hip-hop.

Philanthropic Efforts and Social Responsibility

Secret Santa and More

Outside of his music, Tech N9ne has been deeply involved in charitable activities. Every year, he and his team act as secret Santas, spreading joy and gifts during the holiday season. They also collect bras at concerts to donate to shelters for battered women and children, showcasing a unique approach to philanthropy.

Taking a Stand Against Predatory Tactics

As someone who runs his own music label, Tech N9ne condemns predatory tactics in the music industry. His label, Strange Music, aims to be a safe and fair platform for artists, contrasting with many traditional labels known for exploiting musicians.

Beyond Music: Other Creative Ventures

The Iconic Face Paint and Future Projects

Tech N9ne’s creativity isn’t limited to his music. He has also considered other artistic ventures like a gallery to showcase the various iconic face paint designs he’s sported over the years. He has even pondered over the idea of launching a comic book series.

A Life of Sobriety and Health

At 52, Tech N9ne has committed to a healthier lifestyle, marking two years of sobriety. The rapper believes in constant self-improvement and has been working on cutting down unhealthy habits, becoming a role model for fans and fellow artists alike.

Tech N9ne is not just a rapper but a prolific artist, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. His fearless exploration across musical genres, commitment to philanthropy, and ventures into other forms of art make him a multifaceted icon worth celebrating. With his 22nd album “Bliss” on the horizon and a slew of other projects in the pipeline, Tech N9ne continues to break boundaries and inspire generations.

The Legendary Tech N9ne, talks Death, Life, Delirium, and BLISS

The Legendary Tech N9ne, talks Death, Life, Delirium, and BLISS

“Think about the vibe around us with all the fighting around us, and still finding happiness in your own heaven, that you create. All this fighting, from the Democrats and Republicans, the Crips and the Bloods, Ukraine and Russia, the racial battles, to find happiness in a place like that, you would have to be a bit crazy. I am happy AF. “

Tech N9ne
(Interview with Lulu Deadly, Noise from the Pit, 9/1/23)

Ascending to another stratosphere, chart-topping multiplatinum hip-hop legend and the most successful independent rapper of all-time Tech N9ne has delivered his anxiously awaited new full-length album, BLISS, out now via his Strange Music label. He sat down with Press Pirate, Lulu Deadly, to discuss death, life, delirium, and BLISS.

“I’ve never labeled my music as horrorcore, even though I would have the dark themes like demons; because I always talked about my real life. Usually horror is fictional, mine is not.”

Tech N9ne
(Interview with Lulu Deadly, Noise from the Pit, 9/1/23)

As always, Tech’s world remains the most dynamic and diverse in the culture. You won’t hear another album this year with its tentacles so far outstretched in not only every echelon of rap, but also R&B, alternative, soul, and heavy metal. As always, an A-list cohort of friends and likeminded outliers showed up to play, including Conway the Machine, X-Raided, Joyner Lucas, Durand Bernarr, Qveen Herby, King Iso, Joey Cool, Kim Dracula, and HU$H, among others.

In his interview with Lulu Deadly, Tech N9ne discussed the collabs he would like to see next, a radically unique spectrum of artists, including Ghostemane, and Ronnie Radke from Falling in Reverse.

“It’s a new me. I’m evolved with a new brain, a new soul, and a new heart. I want to start conversations, so we can find a middle ground even if we are different. We can agree to disagree. I want conversation, and these are my observations. I’m opening up and talking about things I’ve obsessed over. To me, this album is a mirror of society.”

Tech N9ne

The song “W H A T (We’re Hungry And Thirsty)” [feat. Kim Dracula & HU$H] has already generated over 780K Spotify streams and counting in addition to earning widespread acclaim from KERRANG! and more. Revolver hailed it as a “scream-spiked, metallic new single,” and Metal Injection professed, “Tech N9ne is here to show y’all how it’s actually done.” Hear the song here:

“I’m talking some shit I’ve never talked before. These songs mean a lot to me. I’m not trying to do what’s hot now; I want forever music. This one could be controversial, because I’m talking about people who wrote the Bible and how we’re waking up and being controlled. Kim Dracula was a perfect specimen for this because they are fucking lyrically crazy. HU$H killed it.

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One of the most insane, influential, and impactful legacies in hip-hop belongs to TechN9ne. He has consistently accomplished the impossible from outside of the system. He’s bucked every trend, overturned all expectations, and not only built a culture, but a whole world with Strange Music. The craziest thing is how far he’s come since he co-founded Strange Music back in 2000. The Kansas City, MO rapper has gone from packed Midwest underground shows to the annual Forbes “Cash Kings” list multiple times, the cover of XXL, the playlists of Sir Elton John and Dwayne Johnson, and national commercials for the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs. Beyond tallying billions of streams and views, he has scored four platinum singles, three gold singles, and a gold album. He has notched twenty-three entries on the Billboard Top albums Chart and remains the record holder for “most Top 10 albums on the rap chart.” Not to mention, he cracked the Top 5 of the Billboard Top 200 four times.

For as unconventional as Tech’s story may be, he actually embodies what hip-hop was meant to be all along.

“I love words, because they can heal. When you say certain things, the crowd gets louder. That’s a Master of Ceremonies. Our words move people and save them. So, I’m going to keep rapping for a while longer.”

Tech N9ne

Tech will be performing at the Blue Ridge Rock Festival on September 7 and has joined forces with platinum-certified 21st century rock luminaries Hollywood Undead to co-headline the “Hollywood & N9ne Tour” across North America this fall. It stands out as the first full jaunt by these two genre-busting outlier forces, yet it continues a collaboration that began with the fan favorite “IDOL” in 2020. Buzzing rap phenomenon King Iso serves as the special guest with other surprise acts to be revealed soon. “Hollywood & N9ne ” launches October 16 and visits major markets coast-to-coast. Tickets are on sale now. For tickets and more information, visit https://hollywoodandn9netour.com/

“I enjoy dazzling my fans with new flows, and new topics, and just dazzling fans lyrically. Showing off.”

Tech N9ne
(Interview with Lulu Deadly, Noise from the Pit, 9/1/23)


10/16 – Chesterfield, MO – The Factory

10/17 – La Vista, NE – The Astro

10/18 – Chicago, IL – Radius

10/19 – East Moline, IL – The Rust Belt

10/21 – Denver, CO – The Fillmore

10/23 – Grand Junction, CO – Grand Junction Convention Center

10/24 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex

10/26 – Riverside, CA – Riverside Municipal Auditorium

10/27 – Las Vegas, NV – The Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas

10/28 – Tempe, AZ – The Marquee

10/29 – Albuquerque, NM – Revel

10/31 – Dallas, TX – The Factory Deep Ellum

11/1 – Tulsa, OK – Tulsa Theater

11/3 – Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom

11/4 – Grand Rapids, MI – GLC Live at 20 Monroe

11/5 – Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theater

11/6 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre

11/8 – New York, NY – Terminal 5

11/9 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium

11/10 – Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theater

11/11 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE

11/12 – Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore

11/14 – Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle

11/15 – Tampa, FL – Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

11/17 – Newport, KY – MegaCorp Pavilion

11/18 – Columbus, OH – KEMBA! Live

11/19 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works

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KMFDM “Sick New World” Interview

KMFDM “Sick New World” Interview

Nearly 40 Years of German Industrial Greatness!

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, an industrial counter-cultural movement was brewing across Europe. This movement sought to challenge the status quo of mainstream music by embracing electronic instrumentation, bold lyrics, and provocative imagery. One of the most prominent groups to emerge from this underground scene was KMFDM – a German industrial band that would go on to become one of the genre’s biggest names.

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A drug against war!

KMFDM then fully returned to kick ass again with 2002’s ‘Attack’. And the industrial titans have been creating music and performing sold-out shows non-stop since! Frontman Sascha Konietzko’s musicianship worth ethic simply cannot be matched. It’s as if the man creates music every second of the day, even during his sleep. Simply awe-inspiring how much great music he can produce in under a year. KMFDM’s most recent record ‘Hyena’ (2022) is another instant classic release that will grab hold of first-time KMFDM listener’s musical souls, due to its vicious, virulent, vocal presentation and compelling lyrical structures that helps give the misfits of society the courage to stand up to the corruption of our World Leaders on a global scale! If you’re attending Sick New World in Las Vegas on Saturday, May 13th, be sure to not miss KMFDM”s upcoming explosive Sick New World performance!

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Sick New World 2023 Las Vegas

Please enjoy this in-depth Noise From The Pit interview with the legendary Sascha Konietzko below!

Current KMFDM line-up

Sascha Konietzko – vocals, guitars, bass, programming, keyboards, synthesizer, percussion, drums (1984–present)
Lucia Cifarelli – vocals, keyboards (2002–present) Andy Selway – drums (2002–present)
Andee Blacksugar – guitars, backing vocals (2017–pres

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1990s Discography

Ahead Of Their Sick New World Set Sascha Konietzko of KMFDM Chats With NFTP

Chad Thomas Carsten: Define Industrial Music in your own words.

Sascha Konietzko: Thesaurus list among other synonyms, “machine-made” and “mechanized”.
Tchaikovsky’s 1812 “Ouverture” is technically the very first piece of industrial music since cannons were fired in the end of the composition in order to create massive percussive impact. Generally speaking, industrial music is music that utilizes sound sources that are not commonly associated with the term “musical instrument”. If for instance jackhammers, vacuum cleaners, power tools, etc. are being used to create a musical performance then it’s fair to call it industrial music. The genre evolved throughout the 70s and 80’s of the last century and mutated into industrial rock, where such sound sources were combined with sampling technology, later guitars were more and more used as well as synthesizers which in turn are actually “musical instruments”. All that said, KMFDM may have begun as an industrial project, over the years we have branched out into a number of other musical genres such as reggae and dub, techno and metal, etc. KMFDM is not your typical industrial band.

CTC: What was life like for you during your youth, growing up in Germany in the mid-1960s and 1970s?

SK: Some of the most memorable impressions during my growing years was the fact that we lived literally 20 minutes away from the iron-curtain and the daily realization that if a war between the two super-powers Russia and the USA would start, we’d be the first in the lines of fire. The war in Vietnam and the images on daily TV. The student revolution was closely associated with the Vietnam anti-war movement and the political awakening of the German students who grew up in post-war Germany not exactly knowing what role their fathers and mothers, the judges, policemen, and state servants played during the Nazi regime. The formation of the German RAF “terrorist organization” and the heinous trial at Stammheim prison. Which ultimately ended in the death of the inmates, followed by the question of whether or not they were murdered by “the system”. Hippies, free love, drugs, flower power, and ultimately, punk rock came as the big release.

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KMFDM Live 2020 Photo by Kidd Gloves Photography

CTC: Do you remember the first poem or first lyrics you wrote while still in school? If so, what was the subject matter focused on?

SK: Suicide.

CTC: Which specific musician from your past would you say still influences you to this very day?

SK: Too many to really list here, so just a few. T.Rex, Frank Zappa, Johnny Cash, Miriam Makeba, Dr. Alimantado, The Stranglers, Iggy Pop, Blondie, etc.

CTC: KMFDM will be celebrating its 40th anniversary next year. As you’ve been creating music with KMFDM since 1984. What motivates you to keep string towards success after nearly 4 decades?

SK: I am not striving toward success, never actually did. KMFDM was a big fluke that just happened. There’s more coincidence, random chance and sheer luck as well as “being at the right time at the right place” involved than anyone could ever strive for. I had a thing going as I worked as a photographer in the early 80’s. And all of a sudden I was making noise performances, then began recording stuff, then self-released an album, got signed a year later by an obscure British record label, who first introduced me to the artist known as “BRUTE”. Who to this day designs KMFDM artwork, then licensed the release to Chicago-based WAX TRAX records. At the time (WAX TRAX) was the hippest label in the U.S. for this kind of stuff.

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Vintage Ministry Show Flyer

SK: Then KMFDM got invited to open for Ministry on one of the most legendary rock ‘n’ roll tours the world has ever seen! Consequently, I moved the band from Germany to Chicago, and we began headlining our own tours. And gained notoriety really quick and really massively. But I always stayed true to my DIY roots and never did things for money, quite the opposite. I refused to do many things that would have made me rich because I didn’t like how they struck me.

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Vintage Wax Trax Records KMFDM Promo

CTC: Did the making of ‘Opium’ (1984) inspire you to become a better musician?

SK: It didn’t. I am not a musician. Call me a ringleader, a dompteur, or a mastermind, but I do not know how to be a musician.

CTC: When first forming KMFDM. Which main goal did you set out to conquer right away?

SK: Like I mentioned before, I did not set out to do anything. I just did things because they felt right or were simply fun to do and got caught up in it subsequently.

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Vintage Wax Trax KMFDM ‘Xtort’ Press Kit

CTC: What precisely occurred at the very first official live KMFDM performance? Was it a success?

SK: It was a sunny day in Hannover, Germany. We drove up to a sort of social club for young people, and there was one guy waiting “in line,” or so I thought. When I asked him if he was here for our concert, he told me he was trying to find the Braille library.
He was blind. I didn’t get to see another soul for the rest of that day. The next day we played in Aachen, a little to the south of Germany, and all of our five friends that lived there came to the concert. It was a hard start. *Smiles*

CTC: Which three KMFDM records would you recommend to someone discovering your music?


CTC: KMFDM’s influential record ‘Angst’ is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year! The ‘Angst’ song “A Drug Against War” is still highly relevant in this fucked up world of ours, especially with the current ongoing Ukraine crisis. In your own opinion. Do you think mankind will ever succeed in bringing forth world peace?

SK: No. It has spiraled out of control, and as long as mankind continues to overpopulate, there will be no peace. The pressure is too immense; the fight for water, resources, food, and arable land cannot be stopped. Add politicians’ greed and hubris, and you know the end is near. That doesn’t mean that I am a gloomy person *Winks*

CTC: How precisely does the music of KMFDM keep contributing towards fighting against racism?

SK: KMFDM’s message is a simple one. “Black man, white man, yellow man, Rip The System”. Think for yourselves, don’t believe the shit you’re being fed, and do unto others as you would have others do unto you. Don’t buy into every hype. Live and die responsibly.

CTC: Many North American fans of KMFDM discovered your music through “Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie,” the 1995 “Mortal Kombat” film, the 1995 film “Bad Boys,” “Beavis and Butthead,” and even Beverly Hill 90210. Which upcoming film/video game franchise would you love to score on your own as a music producer completely?

SK: I have never scored anything, and I don’t know if I would like it; I’d try it.

CTC: I’m sure you’re tired of answering this question. But will the unreleased MDFMK material with Tim Sköld and your wife, Lucia Cifarelli, ever see the light of day?

SK: I doubt it.

CTC: If you were approached by a major film studio to be involved as a creative consultant in helping create a KMFDM biopic. Would you allow a KMFDM biopic film to be produced?

SK: Nah, that’d be too cheesy. *Smiles*

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Lucia Cifarelli KMFDM Live Photo By Helcat Productions

CTC: Your most recent record ‘Hyena’ is an instant KMFDM classic from front to back! How did the creation process behind ‘Hyena’ challenge you differently than past KMFDM material/albums?

SK: It was recorded during the pandemic and thus allowed us to sit down at some point, take a real good look at what we had created up until that point and then surgically interfere and make it “the bomb”.
There was so much time without touring, seeing people, just sitting in your own head and doing whatever felt best.

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Live Sascha KMFDM Photo By Helcat Productions

CTC: What are you looking forward to the most performing at the very first Sick New World Music Festival event?

SK: Honestly, I have never played a huge festival like this, so I am curious how this will feel. I am looking forward to the experience.

CTC: Nu-Metal Godfathers Korn is one of the main headliners of SNW Fest. Do you have any past touring memories you’d like to share when Korn opened for KMFDM during the 1995 “In Your Face” tour?

SK: Yes, that was great! It just so happened that Korn exploded right around the onset of that tour in 1995. My agent called every day telling me that we had been upgraded to bigger and even bigger concert venues. Of course, I was thinking it had to do with the extraordinary sales numbers of KMFDM’s freshly released ‘NIHIL’ album. But it turned out to just be due to Korn gaining massive momentum. At some point, we were playing venues with 4,000 capacities, and after the opening act had finished, we played in a half-empty venue. *Smiles*

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Vintage KMFDM “In Your Face” Tour Flyer

CTC: What do you hope to accomplish (something you still haven’t but intend to do) as a musician in the next five years?

SK: Just live a bit longer and continue to do what I love most.

CTC: Any final thoughts before ending this Noise From The Pit interview?

Best regards, and thank you for this opportunity.

-Sascha KMFDM

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2023 KMFDM Spring Tour Dates