Single Review+Interview: Blutengel & Massive Ego - Nothing but a void

Updated: Nov 18, 2020


It's not often I get this excited about a single, usually I tend to stay clear of writing about singles as there's not a lot to write about but this release has A LOT of content with seven variations.

Not only that but this is a future hit, there's no doubt about that in my mind and I am so pleased to see/hear one of my favourite artists (Massive Ego) being so strongly recognised and rewarded in their efforts by one of biggest bands on the scene in the form of Blutengel.

It is a story that is almost too beautiful, too perfect to be true: Blutengel singer Chris Pohl and Massive Ego frontman Marc Massive go on tour together, become friends, and in the end, they become so close that they write a song together.

With 'Nothing But A Void' they made this story come true and wrote a Dark Wave Club hit that can only be created by the cooperation of two like-minded creative heads.


So it was only logical for both of them to join forces and now was the right time for it: "Whilst we’ve all been unable to play live it was cool to be contacted by Chris who suggested we work together as a way to beat the pandemic blues with creativity.“, Marc remembers.

It is this creativity that brings together the punching Future Pop of Massive Ego with the dark romantic of Blutengel – a collaboration on one level unifying the best of two worlds.

Massive Ego 2020 (Photo : Zara Lipstixx) 


'Nothing But A Void' will be released on November 13th as a limited, hand-numbered CD club single with no fewer than six remixes and an official video to follow very soon!


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'Nothing but a void' music video:

Interview


Q. What's the story and message behind 'Nothing but a void?

Chris:

Marc wrote the lyrics but I totally agree with the subject! The relation between 'star' and 'fan' is a very energetic thing...

The fan gives you the power to carry on what you are doing but the fan can also become obsessed to the point they can become frightening ;-) we had some fans once who were standing outside my apartment! I don't know where they got my address, it was strange. But the good thing is the feedback that you can get when you are on stage in front of thousand cheering fans!

Marc:

The song is very much about hero worship, the adoration of a pop star and the obsession that can create. That’s the theme when you take the lyrics at face value but it also plays on the notion that the ‘pop star’ needs the fan for the union to work, and fans need to attend the concert for the singer to be able to perform as in the lyric ‘Without you there is nothing, when the stage lights fade away’ it has a double meaning.

Q. How did this collaboration manifest, was it something you discussed when Massive Ego and Blutengel toured together or afterwards?

Chris:

Well I think we said that we should do something together, but this is a sentence that is often said. But we kept up the contact after the tour and than Marc asked me to take part in a song he wrote 'For the blood in your veins.' When I wrote the songs for my new album, I found this track I had written one year ago and I thought this could be a good song where Marc could bring up his vocals and his lyrics because I had no idea for words as I spent all my creativity on the rest of the album. ;-)

Marc:

The song is a child of ‘lockdown’ for sure. I was really happy when Chris suggested it as we’d just had a load of shows and festivals for the year postponed and unlike many other bands who threw themselves into writing their next albums, I didn’t feel particularly inspired to start that daunting task of working on a whole new album so soon after our last album release. So a single was a perfect idea to bridge the gap and round off the year with at least some positivity.