Thursday, February 2, 2012

Echancrure Interview

1. Can you tell us a little bit about the project for those that have never heard of you before ?

There is not much to say as the project is very recent. I composed for a few years and a day I decided to release a split with a spanish black-metal band, friend of mine, Atrabilis. The track figuring on this CD was quite old but not released until early 2011. A few months later, my first album Paysage. Octobre. was thus completed and recorded. I released it almost immediately, in October 2011, and I'm glad to see that it was well received in France.

2. How would you describe your musical sound?

Echancrure is a mean to experiment; I'm not trying to make music in this or that style. For sure, I'm not doing black-metal anymore. The next record to be published - in February - is a rap record ! a remix of an entire album from the French artists Iris & Arm. I had only the voices a capella, and I made the music.
I don't want Echancrure to be rooted in a particular genre, emotion, ambiance, concept, etc. I want it to change from one record to another; a bit like Ulver did; but keeping a kind of essence, feeling, a representation of music that would be mine.

3. What are some of the concepts and subjects the band explores with the music ?

On Paysage. Octobre., texts and vocals were not that important; the most important was the atmosphere. But the next EP to be released in May is a musical interpretation of Césaire's Discourse on Colonialism, an anticolonial pamphlet.

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?

Echancrure simply means notch. I thought it sounded good.

5. Currently you are unsigned are you looking for a label and if so what kind of label do you feel would be a perfect fit for the band?

I'm actually signed on Nihil Interit Records, a sub-label of Le Crépuscule du soir. I think it fits perfectly, because their "main goal is to release underground music, mostly dark, original..." Moreover, their prices are fair (around 7-10 €) and they're open to free download. But if I had to chose a greater label, I would chose Avant Garde Music.

6. Are there any other projects besides this band or is this a full time project ?

Yes ! I have a lot of projects. Echancrure and Galvauder (http://galvauder.bandcamp.com/) only are the tip of the iceberg. Many albums are already recorded and just waiting to be released.

7. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?

I do not know. I'll probably get more and more closer to contemporary classical music and jazz, two of my biggest influences. Paysage 2 is half written and recorded, and even if the atmosphere is similar to Paysage. Octobre.'s, a lot of new instruments and sounds have been added.

8. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

I don't care about genres, and I like all that's unusual. Everything I listen to, everything I live, read or see is an influence. Talking about music, I'm listening a lot these days to the excellent Kayo Dot's Gamme Knife, Shostakovich's quartets, Al Kaïra Krew, Olivier Messiaen, Pat Metheny, Serge Teyssot-Gay, Heltah Skeltah, The Ex, etc.

9. On a worldwide level how has your music been recieved by fans of experimental, ambient and underground music?

As I was alone to make promotion so far, I mostly did it in France; therefore I do not know how it has been received worldwide...

10. Does Occultism play any role in the music?

Not at all.

11. Outside of music what are some of your interests?

Some of my interests are philosophy, literature, and girls.

12. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?

Thank you very much ! I apologize for my bad english.

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