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Knife Party break silence on Phoenix Pk stabbings
Rob Swire on the issues arising from recent stabbings at two Swedish House Mafia gigs...
The Hot Press Newsdesk, 08 Aug 2012
The response, which arrived yesterday, came from Robert Horsfall, a lawyer representing Knife Party. As this indicates, the issue is understandably being seen by the band as a highly sensitive one.
We were asked if we would print the responses verbatim and in the sequence in which the questions had been asked – with the stricture that this was the only basis on which we could publish the response. As it happens, this is a perfectly reasonable request, to which we were very happy to agree.
Not all of the questions were answered – we have reprised the ones which were not included in the response below.
Our questions are in bold text and Robert Swire's answers follow in full.
Where did the name Knife Party originate from?
"Knife Party" was the title of a song by The Deftones, one of our favourite bands when we were growing up. As I understand it, it refers to a metaphorical "Mexican standoff" / argument between two people.
When deciding on this name for this aspect of your music, did the issue that it might potentially act as a trigger to incite violence ever occur to you?
Knife Party is just a name, and names alone do not incite violence. As it happens, we're against any and all forms of physical violence, including knife-related crime.
What identity are you seeking to project with the name Knife Party?
We started this project with the aim of making heavy, energetic, emotionally charged dance music, therefore the name is a metaphor. Similarly, Swedish House Mafia have nothing to do with the actual mafia, Daft Punk are not actually punks, The Killers are not homicidal and Guns n' Roses do not endorse firearms.
Can you give an insight into the thinking behind the colour scheme and the logo that seems to depict a head with a knife through it?
Our logo was designed by @protski on Twitter, with the aim of creating an icon that conveyed "Knife Party" in its own right, without text being necessary. It was meant to be visually similar to the fake knife headbands that kids often wear at Halloween (http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B001C0YUOO)