Atari Teenage Riot's Alec Empire on Reuniting, Neo-Nazis, and Otto Von Schirach

When Atari Teenage Riot started its revolution in the '90s, the world seemed like such a relatively peaceful place. Sure there were horrors happening around the globe, but looking back, it seems small when compared to the conflicts brought on in the 2000s.

Terrorism and all the limitations of freedom it brought one in the name of "patriotism" seemed like the perfect dialogue for an ATR track. Unfortunately, right around that time, the band -- consisting primarily of Alec Empire, Hanin Elias, Carl Crack, and Nic Endo -- found itself in turmoil. The fatal blow seemed to come on September 2001, just days before 9/11, with the death of Crack.

Thankfully, ATR is back thanks to the unlikeliest of reasons, which Empire revealed to us over the phone. He also discussed the state of electronic music today, the government's push to limit our internet freedom, and what he's been up to for the past ten years. If you think the past decade has wavered Empire's knack for political discourse -- well, let's just say he's still got plenty of teenaged rebellion left in him.

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Jose D. Duran has been the associate web editor of Miami New Times since 2008. He's the voice and strategist behind the publication's eyebrow-raising Facebook and Twitter feeds. He has also been reporting on Miami's music, entertainment, and cultural scenes since 2006, previously through sites such as and He earned his BS in journalism with a minor in art history from the University of Florida. He's a South Florida native and will be a Miami resident as long as climate change permits and the temperature doesn't drop below 60 degrees.
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