Montreal-based producer Luc Leclerc, under the Gloom Influx pseudonym, is releasing in June his first self-titled full-length album. With this release, Gloom Influx joins the ranks of Neuropa Records, home of acts such as Carpenter Brut, Ulver, and Dance With The Dead.
He kindly accepted to answer to our questions.
Headphones For Robots: Who is Gloom Influx?
Gloom Influx: An old school metalhead who grew up in the 80’s, and got tired of playing in bands. A total aficionado of glossy synth arpeggios, distorted bass, and workout beats. A musical entity from another dimension with a strong desire to dance. All of the above.
HFR: How did you start making music? Could you tell us a bit about your influences?
GI: I started playing guitar & bass when I was 11, in 1987. My favorites back then were Iron Maiden, Metallica, Voïvod, Slayer, Megadeth, Sepultura, Testament, etc. As a kid, I did not enjoy most of the 80’s music that I like now. For example, I did not like Depeche Mode at all back then, and now I really like it. After that, in the 90’s, I switched to heavier stuff – like Carcass, Death, At The Gates, Pestilence, Meshuggah. I was also a big fan of Aphex Twin, Squarepusher, and weird stuff like Frank Zappa, Naked City, Mr. Bungle, and Estradasphere.
HFR: Can you tell us about your first LP? How is it to work with Neuropa Records? And with Volkor X as a mastering engineer?
GI: It has been written over the period of a year, during which my production techniques really improved. Volkor was very easy to work with, he is very dedicated and knowledgeable. Neuropa is also very nice; I’m very happy to be part of their roster.
HFR:The artwork of your LP shows a landscape with light rays. Is there a special message behind this scene?
GI: I did the art myself, it is some kind of an imaginary landscape with a silhouette of a man arriving via some light beams from outer space. I wanted to get a mix between Beeple’s fantastic universes and Julien Pacaud’s surrealist collages. There’s no special meaning, except that I wanted to stay as far away as possible from the typical generic synthwave and darksynth themes: palm trees, sunset, grid lines, and satanic imagery.
HFR: What is your approach on writing music? What are the steps you make when songwriting?
GI: It usually starts with one main melodic idea, then I just build around it. Most of my songs are written very fast, in a couple of hours only.
HFR: Could you tell us a bit about your “go-to” equipment? What do you use when writing a song, and what are your favorite instruments?
GI: I’ve been using Renoise exclusively as a DAW, and my favorite VSTs are Native Instruments FM7, Arturia’s Minimoog, and Korg’s Wavestation. As for instruments, I only use a generic 25-keys MIDI keyboard, and an electric guitar. I lean more towards software than hardware.
HFR: Gloom Influx in a near future? Are there any shows coming up within 2017?
GI: There’s the vinyl release from Neuropa, whose release date will be announced shortly. Then there will be 2 EP’s in the fall, one with Alojla on vocals, and one with remixes / remasters / collaboration songs. At this point, I am not sure about doing live shows this year, but I’m definitely thinking about it. Maybe next year!
HFR: Last Word?
GI: Thanks for the interview, and good luck with the site!
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