December 30, 1965 in Ontario, Canada.
Around the age of five, I began singing. I remember making tapes of myself singing along to stuff like "We´ve Only Just Begun" from THE CARPENTERS to compare the sound of my voice with their studio recordings. My parents had a Hammond organ on which my brother Stephen and I took lessons until I was about 12 years old. As my brother then moved on to guitar lessons I felt prompted to learn bass guitar so we could play together. At this time the Huss family was living in Edmonton, Alberta (Western Canada).
We had just gotten into KISS, and I was trying to learn the song "God Of Thunder". By the time I was 17, we were playing some of our own tunes as well as "Planet Claire" from the B-52´s. In the beginning we called ouselves THE ENEMIES and played a kind of Art-Rock inspired by THE CLASH, SEX PISTOLS, TALKING HEADS, and PRETENDERS. The synth explosion came shortly after when we heard Cabaret Voltaire, Chrome, and Gary Numan for the first time. I then decided to sing fulltime as my bass playing wasn´t getting anywhere and we discovered we could make music in the style of D.A.F. and Fad Gadget with our newly invested electronic equipment.
On the date of December 13, 1982, with a concert at a fashionable downtown club called "Krieg", my brother Stephen, Dwayne Goettel and I made our debut as PSYCHE. With Dwayne (who later would join SKINNY PUPPY), we performed numerous shows in Edmonton and Calgary, and began the usual process of recording cassette demos. (Many which have been issued on our "Tales From The Darkside" CD). Dwayne decided to move to Vancouver, leaving my brother and I to continue on our own. After PSYCHE's successful, and inspirational support for ALIEN SEX FIEND in Edmonton, Alberta at "Scandals" in 1984, the Huss familly moved to Kitchener-Waterloo. (We also supported fellow Canadian Band MOEV at Scandals, but that's another story)
At our new location, Stephen and I decided to take our music further, and recorded "Insomnia Theatre" to release in the summer of 1985 on our own label (Malignant Prod). We worked hard to book concerts at universities, made our own videos, and had some radio-play, but decided that Europe was where we wanted to go, and when New Rose Records in France said they wanted us, away we went. Our first highpoint being our support for SUICIDE (Alan Vega, Martin Rev) in Paris, France for 2,000 people in the illustrious Elysee Montmarte! (Just before that we had a small radio hit in Canada with our 12" release of "Thundershowers".)
1989, PSYCHE made a label change to SPV Records in Hannover, Germany. Due to my brother's illness we had stopped performing together since the release of "Mystery Hotel" in 1988. Other than "The Influence" album with David Kristian all PSYCHE recordings were mainly composed by Stephen and I. As I had chosen to stay in Germany in order to continue PSYCHE´s career, I found myself uncertain as to what should happen next. I had made several tours with hired keyboarders in my brother´s abscence, but still had made no decision as to an actual replacement recording partner for PSYCHE. By 1994, I had just released "Intimacy", the last recording with Stephen for PSYCHE.
Just as I was wondering what I'd do next , there came a call from Carl D. Erling who had heard PSYCHE, and whom I had once met earlier, just around the time he had released the debut of DEINE LAKAIEN. I was told that an electronic music group was looking for a singer that might be a new direction for me. I later found out this was Winus Rilinger and Mark Borowski, the musical half of THE ETERNAL AFFLICT. This group had separated after the release of their "War" album, but both wanted to continue making new music. When we met, I received a demo track from Mark that was later to become our first song "Labyrinth". The word "Inside" was written on the cassette, and after several suggestions we in fact ended up choosing this as the final name of our group. Angela who sang on the last T.E.A. album joined the line-up and INSIDE was born. After a year of recordings and trying several musical arrangements "Room Full Of Mirrors", our first full length album was released in September 1995 on Carl D. Erling´s label Gymnastic (now Chrom Records). With "Vampire" and "The Whip" we made a name for ourselves in the dark electro scene, while our release of the pop single "November Day" proved our versatility. After several festival performances with INSIDE I decided I would still like to continue developing PSYCHE, and I began working with Per-Anders Kurenbach.
At the end of the 90's I had two groups to experiment with in electronic music. After spending quite some time in the studio, two more PSYCHE albums "Strange Romance" (1996) and "Love Among The Ruined" (1998) were released and toured while planning the next attack with INSIDE.
This was to become "Beware" which was released by the end of 1998. The later reformation of THE ETERNAL AFFLICT meant that Inside would now be created by Winus, myself, Angela, and new member Joshino. "Beware", the result of this line-up showed a harder more perverse side to our sound. We were the first "Porno-Pop" band.
Julia Beyer, who joined us on our F.G.T.H cover of "Relax" had replaced Angela becoming the new female vocalist for the next INSIDE release, and our tour at the beginning of 1999.
PSYCHE, after a re-releasing of our first 2 CD's in remastered format also went on tour in the summer of 1999. I'd gotten around alot in Germany in that year as well as Sweden and even Norway.
However, with the demise of INSIDE at the beginning of 2000. Julia Beyer had gone on to TECHNOIR, and PSYCHE was once again reformed with Remi Szyszka as synthesist just after the release of "Misguided Angels", a new compilation of PSYCHE's career spanning from 1983 up to the last 3 songs with Per-Anders in 2000, on Art Of Fact Records in Canada. PSYCHE's music finally returned to the North American continent after more than 10 years absence. Although the new PSYCHE had just started working on new material, we decided to perform some concerts in Sweden and Germany to promote this import collection and introduce our new song "Sanctuary" to our audience. Together with the newly reformed INVISIBLE LIMITS we did several shows under the banner "Legends United". And yes, we are!!!
Speaking of legends we ended off the year 2000 by supporting SPARKS for 3 of their dates in Germany. Some pictures are available under earlier news.
In the spring of 2001, "Sanctuary" was finally released as a single.
We moved to the Accession Records label and in fact ended up performing in Switzerland, and France for the first time in 10 years! The wonders of the music biz....
"The Hiding Place" PSYCHE's 9th official album was released in Europe in June 2001. PSYCHE of course did a preview performance in Bochum to present our new sound live. Later in the summer we did a small tour in North America hitting my home town of Waterloo and going on to Toronto, New York, and Detroit. This was to present the Art Of Fact release of "Sanctuary" which contains even more mixes of the song, and a few surprises. "The Hiding Place" was released in North America as well and we hope to be travelled alot to support this release. But that's not all that kept PSYCHE busy. We returned to Poland to play as headliner at the Vampiria Festival in Warsaw, and I've started doing some more surprise guest vocals. SPHERE's "Rotation" where I sing on two songs has been available since November 2001, and there is more, a guest vocal on "Jeanny Pt.1" with SARA NOXX, "Mystery Girl" by REVE SYNTHETIQUE, an upcoming song with YOSHINO and LORENZO.
Although PSYCHE will hold off on cover versions for awhile, there were two releases to be found on diverse tribute CD's. "City Of Night" to honour Canada's RATIONAL YOUTH, and "Charlotte Sometimes" as a tribute to THE CURE. PSYCHE has also made remixes for ICON OF COIL, MASTERTUNE, RUN LEVEL ZERO, COMMON DREAM, and DE/VISION. At the time of this writing we released our remix album "Endangered Species" and performed again in North America including the illustrious SYNTHPOP GOES THE WORLD FESTIVAL and recently arrived for our first concert ever in the UK at INFEST. Together with THE FAIR SEX and INVINCIBLE SPIRIT we became "Legends United" for a second time, and after a mini-tour through Germany make a welcome return to Scandanavia. More will follow.
So stay tuned, and keep your ears on.
Darrin in Bochum, Germany.
Favourite Movies :
THE 4TH MAN
CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS
SPIKE OF BENSONHURST
HAROLD & MAUDE
THE NAME OF THE ROSE
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD
THE COLOUR OF MONEY
RUN LOLA RUN
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND
WAR OF THE ROSES
BLUES BROTHERS 2000
BLAIR WITCH PROJECT
THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY
LOCK, STOCK, AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS
LITTLE MAN TATE
IN CHINA THEY EAT DOGS
Favourite Actors :Sigourney Weaver
Jamie Lee Curtis
Haley Joel Osment
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Favourite Vocalists :
Wendy O. Williams
Favourite Albums :My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts - David Byrne/Brian Eno
Kissin' Time - Marianne Faithfull
Savage - Eurythmics
1st Album - Tom Tom Club
Beyond The Valley Of 1984 - Plasmatics
Nice Mover - Gina X Performance
Words From The Shaman - David Sylvian
Exit - Tangerine Dream
Live At Carnegie Hall - Nina Simone
Mambo - Yma Sumac
Pleasures Of Electricity- John Foxx
Kittenz And Thee Glitz - Felix Da Housecat
A Virgin's Tale Vol.2 - Marc Almond
Eat To The Beat - Blondie
Autoamerican - Blondie
No Exit - Blondie
Sugar - Nancy Sinatra
Mesopotamia - The B-52's
Non Comprendo - Les Rita Mitsouko
For Those Who think Young - Rough Trade
And You Thought You Were Normal - Nash The Slash
Cold War Night Life - Rational Youth
Tenebrae Soundtrack - Goblin
Virgin Suicides - Air
New Hope For The Wretched - Plasmatics
Lie To Me - Jonny Lang
The Art Of Falling Apart - Soft Cell
Metamorphosis - Jean-Michel Jarre
Oxygene 7-13 - Jean-Michel Jarre
Bedtime Stories - Madonna
Music - Madonna
Psychedelic Jungle - The Cramps
Compass Point Sessions - Grace Jones
The Falling - Carmel
Incontinent - Fad Gadget
Computer World - Kraftwerk
Travelogue - Human League
Fourth Wall - The Flying Lizards
Red Exposure - Chrome
to be continued......
LONG LIVE THE NEW FLESH!