Implant - "Opinions are like assholes, everybody has one"

Industrial music CDs on eBay USA | eBay UK | eBay GER

24 Nov, 2006 Share

Implant
Since 1992 Implant has been playing a hybrid music, half way between techno, dance and dark electro. It took some years for them to arrive at a really personal sound, a signature of their own that they now improve on every new album, exploring each time new aspects of their musical landscape, just the two of them or with a little help from their friends. The release of their forthcoming album "Audio Blender" seems to be the perfect opportunity to have a little chat with the leader Len Lemeire… (By Olivier Noël)

SL. By releasing the album "Audio Blender", Implant seems to keep playing a darker and less "dance-floor" sound than before, just as the album "Self-Inflicted" had let us presume. How could you describe your music's evolution between these two albums?


L. I'm not sure if this is a darker sounding album. I think this album is more minimal, techno or even pop oriented. And that is kind of what I'm trying to do for a while now with Implant. Give things more a poppy feel and yet stay dance.

SL. Some tracks like "Was it always this way?" and "You Push Me" create atmospheres reminding me of some gloomy science fiction movies… Do you sometimes find inspiration for your music in films?

L. Yes, I'm a big SF fan. In any way possible. Ranging from graphical novels, mangas, books and films. I always liked the idea to emphasize current social-evolutions and project them into some weird crazy thing. "1984" remains my top-shelf SF book. "Was it always this way?" is actually part of a William Gibson novel. And I think the way Anne reads it sets the perfect mood for the album. "You push me" has a nice filmic intro but burst into industrial madness, witch I like a lot about this one. I think a track always is a little story on its own, using different elements to build up to a certain feeling. The sounds and samples used, the structure, the vocals, it all comes down to a little journey you take the listener on.

SL. Why did you choose to write lyrics in French for "Chanson d'amour tragique"? Who are the male and female singers who perform this song?

L. The male vocals is me, the female vocals is Sofie Dykmans. She does a few other essential things on the album, like the choir in "Your World", that is actually one girl… I'm not sure why we did this track in French. It makes sense to me. And it has a "Gainsbourg" feeling to it I think. And with the wave-synth type of baseline, this is also a little wink of the eye towards Vive La Fête as Jan used to be in Vive La Fête.

SL. "Chanson d'amour tragique" also contains some poppy sounds quite surprising from Implant. Where did the idea come from to experiment with this?

L. Yes, this is maybe the most pop oriented song on the album. But it sure is not the only pop track on the album. We are not afraid to use pop in our songs. I mean listen to bands like Tiga, his latest album is a pop album. But it's a mighty fine album for sure. Tracks on my album like "The Stimulator", "Your World", "The Creature", "Don't feed the robots", they are all meant to be catchy and supposed to run around in your head when you're not playing the album. (Laughs)

SL. Among your contributors on this new record, there is Jean-Luc De Meyer, Front 242's singer… How did your collaboration work out with him? He seems to be a busy man in view of the fact that he's involved in many projects these days, Front Line Assembly, Punish Yourself, Cobalt 60's comeback and so on.

L. Seba played a few tracks to Jean-Luc, and he liked this one a lot. So he came up with vocals for it. The collaboration went very well, and I think we share some ideas on music. Who knows, you might see more of this collaboration. The will is there, we'll see what comes out of it. I think Jean-Luc did a great job with this one, especially if you see what the vocals are about. The part you don't understand does make sense... I'll give you a tip: one of the words he uses is "redrum" ....

SL. On a few tracks we can also hear the voice of your good friend Anne Clark… Do you still work together as regularly as on the last album, and will she perform live with you so often? Who else will sing at your concerts?

L. What can I say, Anne has a soft spot for Implant. I'm still thanking all the ancient Greek gods - especially Bacchus - for that. We play a lot of lives together. I have remixed about 15 of her tracks, and these can be booked live. It's a very energetic mixture and I think the current set-list is a strong set. If we come near you, you should come and see this one.
But most of the times, we play live as Implant solo. That means Anne is not there, and then we just play it as if she were. We put her voice in the backings, and we hope people can live with that. If they can't, well, then they should book us together. (Laughs)

(…)

To read the complete interview, be sure to buy Side-Line issue 56 !


image Side-Line issue 56
image Implant CDs

Content Continues Below

Get your CDs at the following eBay sites:

eBay USA eBay België/Belgique
eBay UK eBay France
eBay DE eBay Nederland
eBay Canada eBay Australia
   

Industrial music CDs on eBay USA | eBay UK | eBay GER

155650 Share

More headlines

Sisters Of Mercy guitarist Chris Sheehan has lost battle against cancer

READ MORE | Posted on 12/19/14

Again very sad news from the music world. Chris Sheehan (real name Chris Starling) has lost his long battle with cancer. (...)

Seeming 'Silent discovery' single issued as an 8-track tape

READ MORE | Posted on 12/18/14

Out via Artoffact Records by January 9th is 'Silent DiscoVery', a single which showcases a full 10 unreleased songs created during the 'Madness & Extinction' sessions. (...)

Marilyn Manson announces videoclip for 'Deep Six' + 'The Hell Not Halleluja' tour dates

READ MORE | Posted on 12/18/14

Marilyn Manson has revealed the videoclip for 'Deep Six', a track taken from his forthcoming album 'The Pale Emperor'. (...)

Funker Vogt issues statement regarding yesterday's Out Of Line drama

READ MORE | Posted on 12/17/14

The German band Funker Vogt has issued a statement after the news broke yesterday that Out Of Line is not all too happy that the band appointed Sacha Korn as their new frontman. (...)

New single from Russian act WANT/ed, now with a Swedish singer

READ MORE | Posted on 12/16/14

The Russian synth-pop act WANT/ed have teamed up with Patrik Hansson, frontman and singer of the Swedish band Vanguard on their latest song 'Let’s get entwined'. (...)

Out Of Line not happy with choice for new Funker Vogt singer Sacha Korn

READ MORE | Posted on 12/16/14

Drama in Deutschland where the Out Of Line label says it's not happy with Funker Vogt's choice to appoint Sacha Korn as their new frontman. (...)

More news

Silent Wave debutes single featuring production work by Paul Kendall - interview

READ MORE | Posted on 12/15/14

Essence Of Mind launch 'Wrong' video

READ MORE | Posted on 12/15/14

Essence Of Mind present new song 'Wrong' on brand new single

READ MORE | Posted on 12/12/14

Mondträume returns with 'Still Beating' single featuring remixes Rotersand and more

READ MORE | Posted on 12/12/14

Merzbow returns with picture vinyl and CD: 'Nezumimochi'

READ MORE | Posted on 12/09/14

Picture vinyl for Coil/Nine Inch Nails 'Recoiled'

READ MORE | Posted on 12/09/14

Brand new Black Lung remix album out now

READ MORE | Posted on 12/09/14

Tom De Weerdt, founder Belgian Lowlands label dead

READ MORE | Posted on 12/09/14

a-ha return to Rock In Rio for a very special 30th anniversary concert

READ MORE | Posted on 12/05/14

New a-ha album releases to celebrate the band's 30th anniversary + more!

READ MORE | Posted on 12/04/14

M.O.D. present video for new single 'Broken Machinery'

READ MORE | Posted on 12/03/14

GivingTuesday with Projekt Records !

READ MORE | Posted on 12/03/14

Laibach sees limited picture vinyl for 'Neu Konservatiw' released - order here

READ MORE | Posted on 12/03/14

Desireless & Operation Of The Sun release 'Un seul peuple' - not safe for work!

READ MORE | Posted on 12/03/14

Stahlnebel & Black Selket return with 'We Break The Silence' 3CD album including 'We Feel United' EP and 'We Are United' maxi

READ MORE | Posted on 12/03/14

Sara Noxx remix contest

READ MORE | Posted on 12/03/14

Swedish electropop band Futuro releases EP 'Supersize Everything'

READ MORE | Posted on 12/03/14

Glis' Shaun Frandsen wins Seattle men's marathon

READ MORE | Posted on 12/03/14

Visage releases stems for 'Fade To Grey' to coincide with the newly recorded orchestral version of 'Fade To Grey'

READ MORE | Posted on 12/03/14

Eurorock announces day line-up + starts sales day tickets

READ MORE | Posted on 12/03/14

Paul Kendall at Cinecity for film set installation for imaginary screen version of Ann Quin debut novel 'Berg'

READ MORE | Posted on 12/02/14

Cosmic Armchair launch special sand art video for new single 'I don't belong here'

READ MORE | Posted on 12/01/14

Einstuerzende Neubauten cancel gig in Istanbul due to injury Blixa

READ MORE | Posted on 12/01/14

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' official teaser has been launched. Do you like it? #StarWars

READ MORE | Posted on 11/28/14

Massive Black Friday (and Grey Thursday) sales at Storming The Base starting from $0.00 !

READ MORE | Posted on 11/27/14

Side-Line Poll 2014 - participate now!

READ MORE | Posted on 11/27/14

Deviant and Orgy get tour gear stolen in Newcastle - tour continues

READ MORE | Posted on 11/27/14

Eurorock announces extra names: Kant Kino, Lescure 13, Alien Vampires, ... + last days to get your tickets at early bird prices!

READ MORE | Posted on 11/26/14

New Junksista album finally out incl. a 3CD version not available in regular shops

READ MORE | Posted on 11/25/14

Brand new Celluloide album 'Art Plastique' available - order now

READ MORE | Posted on 11/25/14
READ MORE

SUBSCRIBE TO OUR DAILY NEWSLETTER

Receive our daily newsupdates in your mailbox :

 

Advertisers

RECOMMENDED MONEY MAKERS

THANKS TO