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02 Jul 2012
Name-Change Explanatory
56_warchetype.jpg Last year in 2011, I decided to change my artist name to 'WARCHETYPE', after long and careful consideration. Since then, people have been asking me questions about this matter, be it through E-mail, Facebook or in real life. Questions like:

- Why did I change my name?
- What does Warchetype mean?
- Is it just a new alias or will it entirely replace Mental Wreckage?
- Why is Mental Wreckage still present on some line-ups?
- What's up with "Warchetype a.k.a. Mental Wreckage"; can't make up your mind?

Apparently there is still some confusion about this matter. Because of this, I'm writing this explanatory to answer all of these questions.

Reason(s) for the name-change:
* I personally think that an artist name has to tell something about the person behind it. Nowadays, the name 'MENTAL WRECKAGE' simply doesn't fit my state of mind anymore. Besides, I always thought it sounded a bit too emo, especially for outsiders.

* Also, when the SYMP.TOM record label came to an end, a few other things in my personal life also changed at nearly the same time. So it was as if a whole chapter ended for me as well. I had been thinking about taking on a new name for a while, and this was a good opportunity to do so.

After being active in the music scene for quite a while now (I've been active as Mental Wreckage for 9 years), I do realize that not everyone has learned about my name change yet. Therefore, I will temporarily use both names as a whole ('WARCHETYPE A.K.A. MENTAL WRECKAGE') until most people have gotten used to it. This applies to both my DJ-Bookings at music events as well as to any new releases, Podcast Mixes etc. It also prevents me from having to start my music reputation all over again from scratch.

* As for some of the line-ups; when I changed my name in August 2011, I was already booked for certain specific events at the time. After that, some event promotors also didn't know about the name change, so my old name still got placed on their line-ups.

What does the name 'Warchetype' mean?
It's a combination of two words; WAR and ARCHETYPE. According to the dictionary, WAR means 'conflict or a state of strong opposition' while ARCHETYPE means 'an original model or pattern; prototype'. I have an obstinate nature and I'm also focused towards being original, so I think the name suits me. :)

Note: I also have to give a bit of credit to Guido de Beer (from Syndemic); it was one of his projects' titles that gave me the original inspiration for the combined name.

Any new or unreleased material that previously appeared in my Podcast Mixes as Mental Wreckage (for example, the tracks 'Unusual', 'Out of Light' and my remix of 'Devil on Earth'), will now be released as Warchetype.

Warchetype has its own Social Media pages as well:
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Announcement regarding DJ-Bookings

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Podcast @ Third Movement Radio

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23 Feb 2013
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18 Dec 2012

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