‘Click Interview’ with nTTx: ‘It Boils Down To Thinking Of Some Altered Reality Where A Great Song Was Done In This Genre, And How That Would Play Out’
nTTx is a Canadian solo-project set up by Gord Clement. This artist got previously involved as singer into the promising Atomzero. nTTx reveals similar, but more personal body-pop influences. I first discovered nTTx through a few successful remixes for bands like Stars Crusaders, Comasoft, Advance and more recently for Double Eyelid. After the “Falls Beautiful”-single featuring a cover version of Depeche Mode, nTTx is now back on track unleashing the “Objective”-EP on WTII Records.
(by Inferno Sound Diaries)
Q: What made you leave Atomzero and starting the solo-project nTTx?
Gord: Some differences with Peter and I that we let go on. We were a good team in many ways, but in others, not so much.
Q: What kind of sound did you have in mind when you started nTTx and what does it say about potential sources of inspiration?
Gord: I wanted to get to a more raw sound, less instruments going on, with elements of my favorite genres in an electronic stew.
Q: You seem to like cover versions. You of course made a cover version of Depeche Mode’s “New Dress”, but I noticed you also covered “Should I Stay Or Should I Go” from The Clash. What fascinates you making cover versions and what how do you proceed?
Gord: I love hearing covers from other bands, so I thought I should do some too! Really, it boils down to thinking of some altered reality where a great song was done in this genre, and how that would play out. I got some people upset at that Clash cover, but I think no song is untouchable. Next one is a classic from Michael Jackson!
Q: You made a few, but noticeable remixes. How is it working on a remix and what kind of result do you expect?
Gord: Working on remixes is so much fun. I always approach it as… ‘what if I wrote this song’. In some ways I guess it is the same as covering a song, but I use elements from the original artist tracks. I always take the vocal track and look to it for patterns in rhythm and go from there.
Q: You’re actually starting with a live band, so how do you try to transpose the sound of nTTx on stage?
Gord: I never just want to do a copy of the songs live just as they were on the release. By adding the live drummer and guitarist, I give them creative space to let them discover their own ways through the music. Neither of them are ‘from’ the genre, more rock, so they lend a different feel. The synths are somewhat similar, but when a different person is playing, they can’t help but put a bit of their own feel into it.
Q: What might we expect from your first full length album? Can you already reveal some details about sound and production?
Gord: So far, it is shaping up to be generally a bit more aggressive than the EP. Will still be a amalgam of EBM, pop and funk as they are my calling cards I guess. WTII is very supportive with me and let me go the way I want. There may be some partnered song writing on it too, we will have to wait and see.
Courtesy by Inferno Sound Diaries
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