Originally a metal bass player (current member of Tan Kozh and former member of Les Chants de Nihil), Introspect released his first album Chicago Nights in November, 2017. After releasing a single The Collector in early January 2018, he started playing live shows, at first by himself, later joined by Yohann, a metal guitarist and longtime friend. Between 2018 and 2019, Introspect performed with acts such as The Algorithm, Master Boot Record, Hollywood Burns, Absolute Valentine, Sung, Shredder 1984 and Carbon Killer, released four cover tracks and was featured in three Synthwave compilations. His second album, “Redemption”, is out now!
Interview Meikee Magnetic
Where were you born, where are you now and where are you going?
I was born in Saint-Brieuc, a medium-sized French city in the Western region of France called Brittany. I’ve been living in Orléans, France for a few years now, I moved here because of work. Previously I also lived in other French cities and also in the US, for two years—one year in Chicago and one in St. Louis, which was a lot of fun. Eventually I’d like to return to Brittany, the region of France I’m from, but I’m afraid it won’t be possible right away because of my day job. As far as music is concerned I’d really like to play shows in as many different countries as I can.
Your music is BAD ASS! Tell us what magic or witchcraft are you using to make these songs?
Thank you! Well, you said it, it’s just plain old witchcraft at work here, I made a deal with the devil and in exchange he gave me this weird music-making cauldron, I throw in some musical ideas and tadaaaa! I get those weird tracks at the other end. Still don’t know what I’m gonna have to pay in exchange but since it’s the devil, I think I can assume that I’ll either die pretty young or in some absolutely gruesome way. So until that moment arrives, I just gotta make the most of it.
Tell us about your new album REDEMPTION:
So the initial idea for the album came from a psychedelic vision I once had. It consisted of demons that looked straight out of a David Cronenberg film dancing like crazy as if they were in some kind of club. That vision was followed by a feeling of confusion over my own identity, a feeling of not being so sure of who I really was anymore. So basically, I tried to express both of these things—the horrific vision of dancing demons and the idea of a fractured psyche—in the album. With each track leaning toward one of these two aspects in varying degrees some of them are creepy sounding and others are more serious and introspective. Musically, it’s definitely rawer and harder sounding than my previous releases, I drew inspiration from music styles such as metal, industrial and hardcore. It also has a really fun and funky side to it because I love funk and disco music. I also really like mixing funky melodies and rhythms with the harsh sounds of industrial and metal. So with friends of mine we jokingly call it a “dark funk” album. To be honest it still sounds a lot like synthwave / darksynth, which is the style I first starting making, and it has that “Hotline Miami” vibe to it. Also, the cover of the album was made by Andrew Tremblay, whose work I really admire. It’s a visual representation of the dancing demons I previously mentioned. I think he did an awesome job capturing the atmosphere I was going for with this album.
How many people are in this project?
Basically, this project is just me, I make all the music and manage all other aspects of the project. However when performing live I’m joined by an old friend of mine who plays guitar while I play bass and guitar. Another friend of mine often helps me out with the visual aspect of the project, he’s kind of like my visual consultant. I’ve also collaborated with other friends on some tracks. Sven who recorded dope black metal vocals on my Metallica cover and Enlia who recorded really cool dreamy vocals for my Killing Joke cover. I’m looking forward to collaborating with more people in the future! So to sum it up, I actually like managing the project by myself, but it really helps to have friends who are willing to help me out when I need it.
What are your future plans for this project?
Play as many live shows as possible, we already play a decent amount of gigs but I would like to take it a step further. Also I’m thinking of changing our live shows a little bit by playing other instruments on stage, like synths or maybe percussion and working on a custom light-show. Another plan I have is to learn to DJ (yeah, unlike quite a lot of producers, I don’t know how to do it) and do DJ sets in addition to the gigs we already play. I also would like to make music videos for some of the songs from the album. I have some ideas already and hopefully I’ll have more time to work on that now that the album is released.
What does Dark Beauty mean to you?
It’s a combination of words I really like. I think there’s a certain beauty or elegance in dark works of art. I’m thinking especially of music and movies, for example the movies of Nicolas Winding Refn which I absolutely love. For music, I think of Gesaffelstein. As far as I’m concerned, dark atmospheres come pretty naturally to me, I also like to have some aspects of my music be funnier to provide contrast. A decent part of what I make is pretty dark, introspective and tormented, even though most of the time I’m just a happy dude who likes dancing and partying. In a way that’s also who I am.