Q1: Hi, Gautier! Thanks a lot for accepting our interview again! It’s been a while since last interview. How’s it going these days? Is your chicken doing well recently? haha. The successor of “Chicken Sonata”, “My Chicken’s Symphony” was very impressive, but how did you come up with the idea mixing chicken and music?
【GAUTIER】: Patrick is no longer with us unfortunately, she is now in the chicken heaven with as many seeds as she wants. Actually, she has been living much older than a regular chicken, she definitely was a warrior.
Well, the idea of making music with her came when I saw for the first time a piano toy, you know, the very small pianos. I actually really like also the idea of coming from a random music and try to make something out of it. Patrick was always playing random notes with a random rhythm when I put the seeds on the piano, without musical arrangements, this doesn’t sounds like music, but when you analyse it, you can always find structures, logical music developments etc… and it’s so much fun to find out that without noticing, she sometimes could compose some incredible melodies, I just had to find how to make them visible.
Q2: You seem to ready for conquer the world. You signed with big label Metal Blade, and will release definitely masterpiece “Savage Sinusoid”! How do you feel now?
【GAUTIER】: I feel relieve, I’ve been working for more than 4 years on this album, spending all my time, all my energy and all my money trying to make it as perfect as I could, and that wasn’t an easy task.
It feels great to see that it finally going to be released, and that I’ll finally be able to share those 39min26 of music with everybody.
While I’m answering this interview, the release date is in 6 days, I can’t wait!
Q2: ビッグレーベル Metal Blade と契約、傑作 “Savage Sinusoid” も完成し、世界制覇の準備は整いましたね？今はどういったお気持ちですか？
Q3: I think “Sinusoid” means more diverse sense of sine wave. And OK, album opener “Viande” shows exactly what “Savage” is. But why did you mix these two term for the album title?
【GAUTIER】: I like the contrast in music, see how a track like « Viande » is different from a track like « Problème d’émotion », see how an harpsichord, which is the most baroque instrument possible fits with death metal blast beats, the contrast is a deep part of my music. With the title « Savage Sinusoid » and such an album cover, you have all the elements to see what’s inside the album. The brutal side of the music « Savage », the experimental/research side of it as well with the « Sinusoid » + of course the baroque and classical elements represented by the barque pattern on the 4 corners of the artwork.
Q4: Arms and legs make a sphere in the artwork. What does it mean? Does it reflect on the concept of “Savage Sinusoid”?
【GAUTIER】: There is a lot of guest musicians on this album, as there are many different musical universes, many people were involved to play their own style, like the baroque style played by Laure Le Prunenec with her voice and Katerina Chrobokova playing the harpsichord, the Balkan music played by Pierre Mussi, Adam Stacey for the accordion, and by Yann Le Glaz playing the saxophone, the black metal played by Teloch with the guitar, or the death metal singer Laurent Lunoir and Travis Ryan etc… There are plenty of incredible guests and the cover with the flesh sphere represent that union of all those genres and people, all those people from very different horizons working together.
例えば、Laure Le Prunenec の声と Katerina Chrobokova のハープシコードはバロックスタイルだし、Pierre Mussi と Adam Stacey のアコーディオン、Yann Le Glaz のサクスフォンはバルカン音楽をプレイしているね。Teloch はギターでブラックメタルを奏で、さらにはデスメタルシンガーの Laurent Lunoir や Travis Ryan なんかも参加しているんだ。
Q5: You reunited with vocalists Laurent Lunoir and Laure Le Prunenec, along with drummer Sylvain Bouvier. And Cattle Decapitation’s Travis Ryan is typically, you also collaborated with more musicians than on any of his previous releases. How have you changed writing and recording process from your previous works?
【GAUTIER】: Well, this record is 100% studio made, there are no sample, so I wanted to find a specialist of every musical genre. Laure Le Prunenec and Laurent Lunoir are 2 people I’m working with for very long time, but the drummer Sylvain Bouvier is for the first time on an Igorrr album, and also touring with us as a drummer.
The other albums where not as « played » as this one, every musical universe has been studied on many aspects and try to reproduced as good as possible, that’s why also this album took so long to make..
Q6: Off course, your music is definitely eclectic. “Houmous” is typically, From folk elements to electronica to metal, and this song even proceeds to glitch and 8 bit sounds after a guest appearance from his chicken. OK, I have to say that It’s not just only genre’s melting pot but also cinematic music. So, I believe the diverse aspects are one of the “Tool” to make your inspiration to music. Do you agree that?
【GAUTIER】: « Houmous » is a very various and eclectic track indeed, it has probably been the technically most difficult track to record. That what’s I like in music, there are no barriers, we can do whatever we want, whatever we like. The only barriers are the ones you create to yourself, and Igorrr is and has always been a place to make the music we like, without any limit.
Q7: You’ve been at the forefront of metal meets electronic since 2004. I mean, Without you, there would probably be no Perturbator, Carpenter Brut, or the wave of electronic metal currently growing over the past couple years. So, what’s your perspective about the scene now?
【GAUTIER】: I’m always happy to see new artists crossing genres growing up, that means the music is still evolving, and we need new music, specially in the metal scene.
Q8: Anyway, this is Japanese Magazine. And chiptune is essential elements in your music. So, could you tell us about your Nintendo game / musical influences?
【GAUTIER】: I’m not a big gamer, but I like the sound of the 8 bits cheap tunes, as you can see on the end of « Houmous ». Those sounds has been made with a real Nintendo, as you can see on the Making Of Savage Sinusoid part1 on YouTube.
Those questions are always hard to answer as it’s not possible to resume a whole musical life to only 5 albums, I’m listening to a very wide range of different styles, but let’s say, recently I’ve been, not into « albums » but more into artists of bands.