Mon, 10 Jun 2013 09:51:56
Dirtyphonics don't mess around. They want you to get as "dirty" as possible with them on their new full-length album Irreverence. It's the kind of sexy, slick, and sharp electro that turns crazy nights into hazy mornings. At the same time, a lot of its propulsion comes from a distinct metal edge. That's right. This French foursome isn't afraid to bust out a guitar and crank up the distortion. They're also not afraid to throw in some sci-fi influences, which makes Irreverence one of the most wild and wonderful EDM releases of 2013.
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Charly of Dirtyphonics talks Irreverence, metal, and so much more.
What ties Irreverence together for you?
It's definitely the Dirtyphonics sound. There are four of us in the band, and we have a bunch of different influences. It was important for us to do a full LP because it gives us the opportunity to go through all of our influences and go further than you can when you're doing a single or four-track EP. When we started creating the album, we wrote a bunch of different material. We wanted to tell a story throughout the whole album rather than having a compilation of one-hitters. That's what brings every together. We open up on a classical piano track and end on a full drum 'n' bass metal track. It goes through different variations of tempos, sounds, and vibes.
What is that story?
When writing music, a lot of musicians will say they think in terms of texture. Fair enough, we use that to write music. What's most important to us is we sort of write the music that would work over a movie that doesn't exist yet. We like to take the listener on a journey and grab him or her from the beginning and take them on a different path. We want to keep surprising them, while preserving the general vibe. Some may say the album is dark, but I'd call it more "sci-fi".
Is sci-fi a big influence?
Since we were kids, we've been watching a lot of those movies. When you're talking about sci-fi, you're talking about a place and time that doesn't exist or that doesn't exist yet. That's the kind of music we write. It's music for the future.
What are some favorite sci-fi flicks?
It goes without saying. I'm obviously a big Star Wars fan. There are so many though, but Star Wars has been a big influence on all of us.
The Empire Strikes Back is just perfect.
I would agree with that. There is a dark side to that movie. Maybe that would be the biggest influence.
What's the story behind "Walk in the Fire"?
We all played in metal bands. We played guitar and bass guitar. We got into house. Then, we all gathered under the drum 'n' bass banner. We wanted to explore the possibilities that electronic music offered, and we thought about going back to our roots and using the sound we created when we were younger. There's something about metal. There's a raw, in-your-face energy that definitely touches us. It's probably one of the reasons we started producing drum 'n' bass. It's electronic music, but it has that fast-paced energy we loved in metal. It was a mix of what we used to do and the new sounds we were creating. Being able to pick up the guitar again and write riffs was fucking awesome for us.
It's not easy to bring metal and electronic music together.
A lot of producers have tried, but I guess if you don't come from that background, it ends up becoming cheesy. We really wanted to avoid that. It was important for us to write a metal track and use electronic tools to take it to the next level.
What metal bands do you come back to?
I'd have to say Metallica first and foremost. Then, Korn, Slayer, and all of those great bands…We all agree on Metallica though.
If Irreverence were a movie or a combination of movies, what would you compare it to?
That's a very good question. I want to say Inception. There's a dual reality about it. When we make music, it's important for us to write music that's super powerful and works on the dance floor. At the same time, we pay a lot of attention to detail so you can put a pair of headphones on and listen to the album at home. That's how I would relate that dual reality of Inception to what we do. You can listen to Irreverence on so many different levels.
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