The futurepop project ARIAN 1 has existed since 1992 and has since developed a bit of a cult following. Ever since the project has been creating music non-stop namely inspired by the French Space Program of the same name. With the release of their latest album Signals got an interview with Arian 1 discussing it and more.
Signals came out about a month ago. Have you received any critical reviews or positive reception so far?
Arian 1: There are no reviews at the moment, just articles, notes, interviews, podcasts, and of course included in many DJ shows around the globe. We expect soon that some could pick it up and take the time to listen to it for a review.
The remixes for this LP were made by Mental Discipline and Nórdika. Why did you choose them? Can we expect future collaborations with them or other dark musicians again?
Arian 1: We haven't decided that, but we are more than happy with the remixes. Mental Discipline and Nórdika are very successful bands in the global dark scene. Of course we can make a collaboration in the near future, we are open to new opportunities.
What was the most difficult part of working on the album? Did you manage to do what you planned? Did all your ideas come to life on this release? Or have you left something for the future singles?
Arian 1: Every album has a particular history, Signals was no exception, because we are 2 producers on Arian 1. My brother for example has a predilection for a current Dark Techno sound, and I for the old EBM and Industrial sounds. We needed a lot of time, patience and effort to blend our personal tastes to make the 2017 LP and put together everything on a CD format. If you listen to the album carefully you could find our tendencies and maybe detect what songs come from who.
It is impossible to make “the perfect album”. You always find something here and there, for example some tracks needed more than 200 hours at studio, others no more than 60, but later, when the CD was done, you find something or think: I forgot this part! Or I don'tt like that! Etc. You could work on an album forever, but the deadline is the boss and you need the job to be done on time.
What did the joint show with Das Ich and Jesus Complex on November 22 look like? Share your feelings and emotions.
Arian 1: Was good! And a big honor for us to share the stage with such important acts. The sad part was the day, Wednesday is not the best day to do alternative/dark shows in South America. Everybody needs to go to work early and I think that affected so many people who wanted to assist to the event. Unfortunately, Tour dates are fixed with a lot of time before the shows, so that’s it. We are looking to participate in the future but on a better date with them.
What is today's concept of Arian 1 as a project? What is the list of your priorities in the genre and the creative process in general at the moment? And what changes have they undergone? What is important to you right now?
Arian 1: Good question, the concept is always to bring a fresh sound, a 2017 South American Electro proposal with all that we have: an intelligent mix of old school with the new tendencies from the dark global scene. We are not the copy of the copy, we are unique, we are doing music from a lot of time ago; inclusive more that many of the young successful live act from Europe who don't know anything about us or similar old South American projects. Electronic music is huge, and complex, I’m talking about the styles, so if you want to make electronic music today you must work very hard to bring something with attitude for the audience. The priority is to work on our region. America is our territory so we are thinking to work here first, we know that will be very hard, because on the Latin region the dark scene is small and has a lot of issues with promoters and venues, but we will try anyway, then maybe we could travel if we see and opportunity in other regions, we don't know. About changes we are working now on a full CD of remixes related to the Signals LP, this CD is focused on a more dark techno segment, will be a digital release only, with a local label, just for the dance floor. The most important thing for us is to continue doing music. We love electronic music from decades, so if we have the time and followers who like our work we will continue doing this.
Your project existed since 1992. You are quite experienced and that’s why it is interesting to know your opinion about the modern sound of futurepop. What significant changes have happened to the genre during this time? What did you notice?
Arian 1: We made Futurepop like an experiment in the beginning of 1995 (no internet at that moment). We didn't know about the Futurepop tag until many years later. We like the style, and we included some proposals in the 2010 album Immersion.
Futurepop is a great balance between trance and synthpop. The styles merge two major tendencies and depends on the band and the result to keep listening until the next song. I personally prefer a more powerful futurepop, adding a little of EBM to the mix, for example we do that.
The changes of today’s sound is more like synthpop, not all but I think that we needed put more energy to the style. If you want a light song you could pick up a synthpop song but the essence of futurepop is to have a song with melodies but energy at the same time, more strong drums to move the dance floor, without loose the melodies and messages.
You released an official video this December. How did the working process of shooting the video look like? What is the idea and concept of this music video? And why this idea, not another?
Arian 1: Well it was very hard to make the 'Signals' music video, starting to choosing the correct place and finally reaching “the Cementos LIMA abandoned factory”, in fact we couldn’t enter until we found a hidden path between two big mountains all thanks to some local farmers. There was a private place with many prohibitions, caution signs, armed guys around, etc, so we made it! And this video is 100% dedicated to our followers around the world.
The concept: We were on a post apocalyptic base full of drones watching everything and every life form, There was a major government system to control every signal communication on the base to intercept, find and later destroy the source. We were there to find a glitch on the system, capture a drone to hack his data and then send our messages to the world and the crow who has radio receivers around the area. Of course we made it, after a lot of tactics, plans and races with the drones.
Thank you for your time. We wish you the best with your new album. Cheers!
Arian 1: You're welcome!
The unfortunate thing about the "drama" that started is that it created an environment where people were choosing sides on if they liked the first album or the second. Our idea was just to give the fans a different angle to Die Sektor and we still loved all our fans from the first album. We were not trying to make people choose sides. Just make some new tunes for people to bump in the cars or whatever.
Die Sektor, May 30 2011
I've been writing for Brutal Resonance since November of 2012 and now serve as the editor-in-chief. I love the dark electronic underground and usually have too much to listen to at once but I love it. I am also an editor at Aggressive Deprivation, a digital/physical magazine since March of 2016. I support the scene as much as I can from my humble laptop.
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