Igorrr is the diverse, challenging and mind altering brainchild of Gautier Serre, a multi talented musician dedicated to bringing a unique and forward thinking mixture of death metal, classical, electronic music and more to the fore. With the new stunning new album, Savage Sinusoid out now, we caught up with the Igorrr mainman to hear all about it, its creation and influences.
How would you describe the music of Igorrr to someone who hadn’t heard you before?
I would describe it as something that someone should give a bit of time to get into it. We are not a metal band and I’m not a DJ, we do a kind of mix between all the musics we love, it might be death metal, baroque, electronic or balkan music, all those musical universes are meeting in our music.
The albums opener Viande is pure death metal that quickly descends into something even more sinister and unhinged , did you want to start the album off with something so intense and expand from there?
Absolutely, this is a kind of warm and excessive welcoming. Why wait?! Let’s get straight into the most brutal part of the album, then, the people who haven’t left away because of the brutality of this track have the rest of the album to enjoy as reward.
Your brilliant new album Savage Sinusoid is out soon. Is the album similar to the material you have released in the past of is it a new beginning for Igorrr?
Like every album I made, it’s different, this one particularly as the “live feeling » is much more present in it. Every instrument, as strange it might sound, has been recorded in studio, Harpsichord, Sitar, Drums guitars and voices of course, but also, the saxophone, the classical guitars, the accordion, bass, strings and all the strange noises you find inside. This was a very long road to make this happen for real.
Travis Ryan from Cattle Decapitation guests on the songs Cheval, Apopathodiaphukateophobie and Robert. What does he bring to the song and how did you hook up with him?
Travis has an incredible voice, one day, when the track Apopathodiaphulatophobiewas done, there was no voice on it, somehow it seemed very logical to me to imagine the Travis voice on it. He brings such a powerful feeling on the track. We were in touch, me and him already for some time, so I just asked him what he thought about making some growls on this track, he did it and that was so cool that we decided to go further and to record some new voices for Cheval.
Who else did you work with on the album?
There are actually many guests on this album, the first track, Viande starts by the guitars and the bass from Teloch, you can find also the usual Igorrr members like Laure Le Prunenec and Laurent Lunoir with their voice, but also Sylvain Bouvier for the drums. The other guests start to appear step by step on the album, Katerina Chrobokova playing the harpsichord, Erlend Caspersen playing the bass, Benjamin Violet playing the strings, Nils Cheville playing the classical guitar, Antony Miranda playing the sitar and some additional percussions, Yann Le Glaz playing the saxophone, Pierre Mussi and Adam Stacey playing the accordion.
What inspired the music on Savage Sinusoid?
I think many things inspired me to create this album, I believe the desire to have all the musics I love meeting together is the strongest thing that motivated me to create this impossible project which is Savage Sinusoid. As a teenager I was obsessed by searching for new musics, new ideas and a band or an artist able to create a kind of ideal music, which join everything good in music in one place. As I didn’t really find it, it got stuck somehow in my mind and I think with Savage Sinusoid, I kind of try to make the album I wanted to listen when I was a teenager.
What was the vibe like when you were making the album and how did the making of the album go?
The vibe was mostly, composing/deleting/searching/recording/re-composing/polishing, this album was how I spent most of my life during those 4 for years. Svarta Photography was here at the studio during many of the recordings, so we could make a making of the album showing how almost all the instruments were recorded at the end.
You’ve also just released a video for the song Opus Brain, can you tell us a bit about the video and its concept?
The video has a very wide spectrum of inspirations, music but also, theater, movies and literature, it has been made with a fantastic Swiss crew called Letterbox Collective. You can interpret this music video by many different ways. Fabian Lüscher and Garrick J Lauterbach did awesome art here.
You are releasing the album on Metal Blade records, how are things going with the label?
It’s going great, I’m surprised to find such open minded people to talk to, they are in charge of such a popular label, I’m still surprised they haven’t complained in any way that the music is too weird to sell.
Your music is quite different to the rest of the artists on the label despite sharing the same extreme nature as the majority of them. How do you feel your music fits in to that extreme metal world?
Extreme is the right word, exactly. This music is very different from all the artists of the label indeed, but it’s also very different from all the musics on all labels. The fact to have this common love for extreme music is a solid connection to go ahead with, also the fact that I’ve been listening a lot bands from this label as a teenager make the connection easier, as an example, Cannibal Corpse has been a big influence for me, so somehow I believe we can find some similar vibes in my music.
It’s been 11 years since you released your debut work as Igorrr with Poisson Soluble, how do you think your music has grown since that initial release?
At first, Poisson Soluble was mostly a demo to experiment what I was aiming alone in my home studio. By mixing a track from Bach with a drum solo of Morbid Angel on Petit Prélude Périmé, my idea was to make a meeting with two giants of the music by using samples.
Today we are going to release Savage Sinusoid where you can find the same instruments but everything was composed, played, recorded and mixed at the studio, plus we’re going to play those tracks live. I think my music has grown in the most honest way possible.
You have worked with Ruby My Dear in the past and released the brilliant collaborative EP Maigre in 2014. How was that experience and how did you get together to make the album?
Julien is a good friend for some time and I love his music, in fact I think he is one of the best electronic producer in the world. The experience was great, and the fact to make music together was very natural. We were sending ideas back to each other improving them step by step until we got a couple of tracks. We kept the five best ones.
Will you work with Ruby My Dear in the future?
We have some ideas to make some new music together but I don’t know what form it gonna take. For now we’re just having fun, searching for the best music we can make.
Who are some of your influences when it comes to creating such genre baiting music?
There is no real influence when it comes to mix genres. Ars Moriendi by Mr Bungle is what seems to be the greatest exemple, but unfortunately, the genius tracks like that are very rare in the music world. Talking about influences, I’m more into bands that go far in their own style, like a material to mix with something else afterward.
Who would you like to work with in the future?
I would love to work with George Fisher or Mike Patton.
You’re doing an extensive European tour in the Autumn, what can people expect from your live show?
I don’t really know as I have never been attending one of my gig, I don’t know how it feels. But you can expect at least some metal, some baroque and some electronic music very loud in your face.
You recently plated a show at the Strasbourg Opera. How was that experience?
It felt great to play extreme music in such a beautiful place, I liked the contrast very much even though playing front of sitting people is a strange experience for us and I think for the audience as well.
Did you play much new material and how did it how down?
Yes, and for some time already, without telling anybody. We played Viande, Opus Brain, ieuD, Cheval and Robert. It’s funny to see how, when we don’t know the track yet, it’s hard to move according to the music.
You’re playing Hellfest in June, what can festival goers expect from your set at the festival?
They can expect something different than all the big mainstream metal names, they can even expect some musette.
You’ve played at Bangface before too, how did your set go down with the Bangface crew?
Very good, the same with metal festivals, the audience that doesn’t know the project is always interrogative, playing non electronic music at Bangface is like playing non metal music at a metal Festival, there is always a moment, like what the fuck!
It’s great that you play such varied events and still go down a storm. What have been some of your favorite shows that you have ever played?
I’m not sure which one was the best, but I have some very good memories of shows happening in Russia, Lebanon, Dour Festival and France, sometimes it gets very very crazy.
Who would you love Igorrr to tour with?
It’s not easy to make an Igorrr tour with more bands. As we are not stuck in a specific music style, there is no real perfect bands to tour with, but of course we would like to tour with our friends from Pryapisme, Vladimir Bozar but also some more with Ruby My Dear.
Will there be any further material from Whourkr in the furure?
Nope, we stopped this project. However, all the music I was doing for Whourkr back then is now made in Igorrr, as an example, Apopathodiaphulatophobie is something I would make for Whourkr in the past, only the name of the project doesn’t exist any more, the music is still going.
How do you feel about death metal nowadays, are you still seeking out new bands to listen to?
I’m still listening to death metal as I love it, but the style is kind of repeating itself for some years now, I feel that this music is fading and I’m angry that bands and labels doesn’t take the opportunity to go for something new.
What are some of your favourite death metal bands of all time?
Cannibal Corpse, Meshuggah, Pantera, Dimmu Borgir, Mayhem, but I pretty much like Opeth and Sepultura as well, in the wide sense of metal, not only death metal.
You have remixed Morbid Angel in the past, who else would you live to do a remix for?
I have no precise name in mind, but there are some bands around that can be fun to “recompose” I don’t like the name “remix” as I’m not doing the electronic boring techno that producers do when they do a remix.