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Rapid-fire psych-profile of Atari Teenage Riot/DHR mastermind...

What song describes you best?

“‘The Punisher’ by Underground Resistance, but I say that with a

smile on my face.”

What is heaven?

“It’s above our heads, another definition of sky.”

What is hell?

“Life, society. It’s already here.”

What is your earliest memory?

“I was in this room and there was this red carpet and my parents

weren’t coming and I was screaming.”

What is your greatest fear?

“That I couldn’t fall in love any more.”

Who is your all-time hero?

“The actor Tim Roth, because he was in Made In Britain and he was

cool. But in general I don’t have heroes.”

What’s the worst trouble you’ve been in?

“I was being called a faggot by these rednecks in Bavaria. They didn’t understand a word, and it was getting worse and worse. I got out of it because they thought I was so gay that I don’t fight back.

They just left me there.”

Who was the first love of your life?

“This girl in my school, Sandra, when I was eight.”

Upon whom would you most like to exact revenge? Why? How?

“Adolf Hitler. If I could travel back in time I would try and kill him so he doesn’t have an impact.”

What is your greatest talent?

“Being not unkind.”

What is your most treasured possession?

“It’s a CD called ‘Jazz Satellites’, a compilation on Virgin, and it’s really intense and good. I take it everywhere. It puts me in different moods so I can cope with everything.”

What have you most regretted doing while drunk?

“I don’t drink. I’ve never tried . Maybe that’s what I’ll regret one day.”

What can you cook?

“A lot of simple Japanese food, the fish without the rice. It’s not fatty and it gives you energy.”

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?

“Don’t give up.”

Can you read music?

“Yeah.”

If you were invisible for a day, what would you do?

“I would get on the news programme with the most TV viewers and really fuck everything up.”

If you had three wishes, what would they be?

“I would like more people to take responsibility and be aware and be active. And you know that apparently most human beings secretly wish for a power structure and a leader? I would really wish that this is totally not true. And sorry, I don’t have a third one.”