Being active with different projects and as a DJ, the French Electro/EBM-musician Guillaume Letellier (“Gyom”) has built in 2K5 his own Harsh-EBM project entitled :A7ie:. Already with his first track ever, “Pray”, available on the compilation “In This Cold Terrific Room 2” he could enter an unexpected success. This has encouraged him to continue with this project and now his official debut CD “Distress” got released via his own label/organization La Chambre Froide (LCF) in cooperation with the German label Rupal Records. This interview likes to introduce this multi-talented artist…
Chain D.L.K.: Hi Gyom, I guess it won’t hurt us if you could introduce you and your music project to start this interview. Please fill in any relevant info out of your bio, also the mention of your earlier projects and your involvement in La Chambre Froide has our interest…
:A7ie:: Well, I’ve started with music about 10 years ago with instrumental stuff based into dark, Industrial or Gothic styles, but essentially just for fun. Building La Chambre Froide was the possibility for local bands to get their debut albums released and an organization to lead and help them. It was and is my contribution to the French underground scene and a great pleasure to watch bands like Tamtrum or Obszön Geschöpf grow up. I met a lot of people with our gigs with my DJ gigs and when I managed Tamtrum. Our compilation “In This Cold Terrific Room #2” was an opportunity to start something official with my music – so :A7ie: was born.
Chain D.L.K.: It seems that you’ve got tired to be the “drill instructor” for acts like Tamtrum and/or Obszön Geschöpf, which both started their career at your label. I guess even if Sony Music would ask you to leave the LCF team, this would be a reason to think about this. 😀 How much has the LCF team taken damage, that both mentioned artists have left to join the roster of bigger labels?
:A7ie:: Dear Sony music, I’m actually looking for a new job. Please contact me if you’re interested :-DI can’t hide my pride about the work on LCF. Even if we had to make some decisions, sometimes difficult, the objective was to serve the bands. When they left to upgrade their career with bigger labels, it only meant that my work was ending with success.
Chain D.L.K.: Although your first CD “Distress” seems to be a completely LCF-release, you have agreed to get distro assistance of the German Rupal Records. But the German distributor of Rupal, Alive! doesn’t hold your album. Why did to decide to collaborate with them, and why no completely distribution through Alive!?
:A7ie:: Well, I worked with some German distributors in Germany with LCF, but I never been satisfied of this. Do you want some names?? Fortunately, Rupal Records offers their help to introduce :A7ie: in their country, and they seem to be cool people. As :A7ie: is not a 100%-Rupal Records artist, I’m really happy to get the chance to work into the playground of Wynardtage, DavaNtage or Acylum. Alive! couldn’t distribute the :A7ie:-album before 2008, and I didn’t want to wait so long, Rupal Records understood the situation and accepted a release date in 2007.
Chain D.L.K.: “Sick Music For Sick People”, so a slogan out of your info sheet for “Distress”. Please tell us a bit about your manifesto. Why do we have to be sick to consume your music?
:A7ie:: My father always said that I must have some mental disorders by listening this kind of music. So only someone sick can listen my stuff.
Chain D.L.K.: You earned with :A7IE: some first recognition with your track “Pray”, available on the LCF-compilation “In This Cold Terrific Room 2”. Why did you decide not to include this track to your CD in anoriginal version (it’s only available in a remix-version of FSJC)? Is it because you wanted to keep the value of the compilation?
:A7ie:: “Pray” was/is an unbelievable success, and I really thank the audience for their support. But “Pray” is an old track, and the current stuff is going to figure different ways. But I have some more danceable “death”-stuff in my library. About the remix, I think it really kicks ass, and I consider this track as a present from FSJC, who is a band member of Truppenterror out of Argentina.
Chain D.L.K.: Jan L. of X-Fusion and his X-M-P studios seem to become more and more an institution as being the mastering studio for Harsh EBM. After some prominent acts like Suicide Commando or Painbastard, now you’ve decided to give your tracks in his talented hands. Where do you see the advantages to work with Jan and how satisfied are you with his work?
:A7ie:: Jan L. is a very talented artist and also that I so far only contacted him per mail, he seems to be an extraordinary man. X-M-P has of course a lot of recognition in the scene and when I asked for Jan, I knew what I would get. And I’m really satisfied of the result. To work with him was very easy, and I think that I’ll return to him for the next release.
Chain D.L.K.: Please inform us about the sense to separate your 7 own compositions from the remix collaborations of Wynardtage, X-Fusion, Tamtrum and FSJC, since you’ve integrated interruptions at the track positions 8 to 10…
:A7ie:: Well, there is the album, then afterwards the remixes – I separated just because of the 7 in theband name… 😀
Chain D.L.K.: How is it with the technical side of your music? In times of a growing evolution of computer-based software-synths very easy to integrate and to get, which kind do you prefer, the hard- or the software-based solution?
:A7ie:: I’m working on the tracks at home on my personal computer. It’s true, like many Electro-bands, I use some virtual instruments and sometimes even the same. But I prefer using hardware like synthesizers or effects, because of its sound. Also, there is another danger by using only virtual instruments: you will always sound like several other bands, especially remarkable if the band is famous. I see the danger to become a clone.
Chain D.L.K.: What else do you expect from the future, musically and for your private life? Any new releases in the works which you can already confirm here? How is it with live performances, any plans to play some gigs out of France?
:A7ie:: Mmm – why not discover some new countries with the help of my music? I really would like to go to South-America one day. So, we’ll see – for the moment, my next gig will be in Switzerland ( L’usine/Geneva ) on November 9th. I count on the world-wide release of the album to get some more dates out of France. I’ve got some new material and I can confirm a second release, maybe next year.
Chain D.L.K.: Your daily life besides being a musician. Please fill in details, relations, hobbies, and further interests?
:A7ie:: Beside being musician… Well, I’m running from job to job since years, with my kids as motivation. Life learns us to be strong, and producing music is the way I found to put off this mask I have to wear in the reallife. I really like the manifesto: die young, live fast. But there are still so many things to do.
Chain D.L.K.: Your final words to our readers to conclude this interview?
:A7ie:: I would like to thank all the people who care about my acts, and who helped me to believe in myself. Now, I know who I see every morning in the mirror, thanks again.
[interviewed by Marc Tater] [proofreading by Tommy T. Rapisardi]