Manon from the blog Chroniques Electroniques who wrote one of the most poetic and insightful reviews of my CD, 'Envisioning Abstraction: the Duality of FluiD', was kind enough to send me a few questions.
Here are a couple of excerpts from the interview:
"Duality delves into a dark blend of industrial music, dub, rock, hip-hop. What inspired you when you create it?"
"Duality is really a reflection of me and the music/musicians and artists that inspired me and made an impact on me. I really wanted to make a musical statement about who I am. Music for me is about communicating what I'm thinking and what I'm feeling. I wish I was better at verbally communicating with people. There is a mystery and a weight to who I am. I think I've begun to understand that and realize it's part of who I am. It's something I can tap into and draw from. It was very important not to compromise and try to fit it into any category or genre. Duality blends different types of music because I don't listen to just one type of music. I have been profoundly affected by the music of many musicians across a very wide sound spectrum. The world is full of amazing musicians and music and I've spent most of my life seeking them out. Inspiration is also a challenge. I was not just inspired but challenged by what I had heard, seen and read. I needed to make something that honored those who had inspired me. In some way it's also a thank you to those who pushed and pulled music and art into new forms and new directions."
"You studied classical and jazz music, and learned to play a wide variety of instruments since you’ve been a child. How this education led you to a musical universe where the first thing you claim is abstraction?"
"Learning to play a wide variety of instruments was part of my musical education and sometimes it was out of necessity. I started on clarinet in the school band and then progressed to piano, saxophone, flute, oboe, drums and bass guitar. I studied classical music and Jazz to gain a greater understanding to those two musics. Abstraction is about reducing things to their essence. From Jazz and classical musics I learned new things, new ideas and new approaches and took those things and Incorporated them into my musical language. Abstraction isn't necessarily about nothingness. For me it's about gaining an understanding of something and then breaking it down into it's core."
The full interview in English here - http://www.chroniqueselectroniques.net/pages/Interview_with_FluiD--4812080.html
The full interview in French here - http://www.chroniqueselectroniques.net/article-interview-de-fluid-69437267.html
Read her review here - http://simultaniety.blogspot.com/2011/02/new-review-of-duality-by-chroniques.html