Delta of the Deserts: Who’s Who

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ALOIS BEHRMAN

Alois Behrman, 32, is the drummer of TAHS.

Raised in New Jersey by his grandparents and elder sister Mackenzie (Kizzie), is known to be the reclusive band member with Asperger’s Syndrome, always wearing shorts while onstage and avoiding eye contact with photographers (even on album covers).

Recently, has developed an insane passion for cornflakes.


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ATTICUS FRANKEN

Atticus Franken, 32, formerly known as one of the founder
s and keyboard player of Pop-rock band DOTS, is Rukh producer / manager.

Behind his sweet eyes and nostalgic mood, he’s hiding a lot more than one might suspect.


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CORI FRANKEN

Cori Franken, 28, a brunette with dark eyes and a dark character, is the bass player for DOTS.

Now that guitarist Kim Levine has killed himself and brother Atticus Franken has quit the band, she is acting like the leader, leaving “the cozy nook at the left of the stage” to keep the pieces together.

Nothing is more important to her than DOTS or childhood friend – secret object of desire – Narcissa Lachance.


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GARY PORTER

Gary Porter, 23, is Rukh bassist.

Behind her blonde hair and catchy smile, a champion of insecurity, desperately looking for approval.

Always misplaced, she’s still trying to tune in her new life as a rock star.


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KIM LEVINE

Kim Levine was DOTS guitarist and back vocalist, prior to his suicide on September 17, 2010.

Best known for his relationship with lead singer Narcissa Lachance, his reticent attitude during the interviews and alleged drug dependency, he was “the face of the band”.


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MATTI KANGAS

Matti Kangas, 30, is TAHS bass player.

Born in Helsinki, Finland, dropped out of school to pursue his dreams, first in London then in America, where met Tah van der Aart and Alois Behrman, while delivering pizzas in Brooklyn.

Known for his good mood and friendly attitude during the interviews, he’s willing to be done with the album and hit the road again.

He asserts he was born to play live.


 

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MIA de la MOTTE

Mia de la Motte, 27, is TAHS lead guitarist.

Half French, Brooklyn born, she is a declared “Gibson Girl”, playing exclusively a Gibson Les Paul Black Beauty mysteriously called “Stevie”.

Struggling with a Heroin addiction since her early teens (junk being her escape from a trauma nobody yet knows of) she has just left Rehab to rejoin her band members in Berlin.

Six months clean, still waiting to be readmitted in the land of trustworthy people.


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NARCISSA LACHANCE

Narcissa Lachance, 31, is best known as the lead singer of American Pop-rock band Delta of the Stars (DOTS).

When band mate and partner Kim Levine shocked the World with his suicide on September 17, 2010, she suffered a nervous breakdown and then sank in depression.

Three years later, she’s ready to make a comeback: has just checked out of a Clinic for Depression in England and is in London to record DOTS’ new album, Temples.


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PIERLO SAVALLE

Pierlo (Pierre Laurent) Savalle, 32, born in France but grown up artistically in NYC, is the drummer of DOTS.

Hired as a touring drummer for DOTS first National mini tour in 1999, became a permanent member of the band at the end of it, contributing to the recordings of DOTS full-length debut album, Ashtide (2000).

Wearing a bandana to conceal his receding hairline, knowing that he will never be a favourite of the press, he describes himself as “the man who replaced a drum machine”.


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TAH VAN DER AART

Tah – short for Victor – van der Aart, 32, is the leader of the controversial American rock band Total Artificial Hearts. “TAHS”, as he prefers to refer to them (“My band. I am Tah.”)

His being Atticus and Cori Franken’s half brother (born from the illicit relationship between Professor Gus Franken and Dutch student Alice van der Aart) is known to be the epicenter of the legendary Feud between DOTS and TAHS which still get a lot of media coverage.

A self-proclaimed Control Freak with an appetite for Perfection, has just taken his band members to Berlin to complete the recording sessions for their latest project, the ambitious concept album entitled “Love-shaped You”.


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VIRGINIA FERGUSON

Virginia Ferguson, 36, is the daughter of Incarnadine Records president’s and TAHS manager / executive producer.

Known to be the mastermind behind TAHS’ success, she keeps a low profile, secretly taking a PhD in Psychology.

She and Tah are unofficially lovers and most of all “Dream-catchers” to each other.


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AYRTON DANCY

Ayrton Dancy, 20, is the youngest member of DOTS.

Formerly known as “Ayrton D.” of boy band Jolique, has been hired by Cori Franken to replace Kim Levine, all the way.


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NERU DISRAELI ABBASI

Neru Disraeli Abbasi, 25, is the guitarist and songwriter of the English experimental band Rukh.

Self-proclaimed “homosexual by education”, is known for his impassible attitude and drastic opinions.

Currently living in Berlin with band mates Gary Porter and lover Haruki Matsudaira, has temporarily moved back to London to record Rukh debut album at the legendary ALL THAT Records Studios.


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HARUKI MATSUDAIRA

Haruki Matsudaira, 24, is Rukh keyboard player. Born in Tokyo to a rich aristocratic family, has moved to Europe to escape his parents’ moral dimension.

Addicted to pot, sports fancy outfits and always has a deadpan face.


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GEORGE CLARE

George Clare, 28, formerly known as “George C.” from boy band Jolique, is Ayrton Dancy’s best friend.

After having survived a heart attack in 2010 during a concert, he is now living with a heart failure condition and no longer dreams of making music.

Plus, after Jolique’s manager stole all of their money, he has very little left to count on for a living.


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MR. POTTER

Daniel Potter, best known as “Mr. Potter”, is the manager of DOTS and their occasional Tai-chi instructor.

A fifty-something bald bulky man, he believes in old-fashioned ways of dealing with stars and black holes.


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SONAM CASSELS

Independent Fashion designer, Sonam has moved from London to Berlin in order to stay close to Gary Porter, her occasional model / lover and secret love of her life.


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GLORIA SWINTON

Backing vocalist for DOTS (2005 – 2009), Gloria had an affair with Kim Levine.


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LUCKY

Drug dealer. Lucky has been Mia’s drug dealer since she first started using, back in her teens. Based in Brooklyn, Williamsburg, now a hipster neighbourhood.


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KIZZIE BEHRMAN

Mackenzie (Kizzie) Behrman is Alois’s big sister. Divorced. Single-mom of two. Kizzie is a former Jersey Girl.