INTERVIEW: Rhys Fulber

By Rev. Daryl Litts

Chain Border

Rhys FUlberRhys Fulber is no stranger to electronic music. His involvement with Front Line Assembly, Delerium(*), Fear Factory and slews of other top-notch projects is now the stuff of Legends. With Conjure One, his latest project, Rhys blends the exotic worldly feel of Delerium with a unique pop sound and an elite troop of incredible vocalists to solidify his sonic atmospheres. The eclectic self-titled full-length album is not to be missed. Look for Conjure One(**) and the current 12" single Sleep on Nettwerk Records.

Rev. Daryl Litts: Your creation is finally here after 3 years! What was the toughest part of the process?

Rhys Fulber: Definitely the vocals. Finding the right people and the right parts. One of the songs was demoed eight times before I settled on a final vocal.

DL: I thought Sinead O'Connor was an interesting choice for a vocalist…how did you decide on the vocalists for Conjure One?

RF: It was all pretty much made up as I went. There was no preconceived plan. Sinead was lined up to sing through some people I was working with in LA on that song before the track was even completed. Chemda was a friend of a friend who had never really done much before and sent us an amazing demo. Poe came about through a contact with her record label because I was supposed to do a remix for her. And Marie-Claire was more of a songwriter who seems to sing her melodies better than anyone else.

DL: You've said many times that you wouldn't work with Bill Leeb again. What made you change your mind for the upcoming Delerium CD?

RF: I don't know exactly. Some time away to do my own thing I guess, and it seemed like it might be fun to do some "classic" Delerium again after five years away from it.

DL: What exactly did you contribute, and what do you think you'll be bringing back to Delerium?

Conjure OneRF: I co-wrote and co-produced five songs. Basically it was like I was back in as a member for those five songs. The sound that made Delerium known was the two of us, and you can hear it again on these songs, though in a more evolved and refined version.

DL: You have undeniably established yourself as a strong and unique identity in electronic music over time; in fact it almost seems like a "rags to riches" story...

RF: Well, not that radical. It's been a gradual increase over the years. I've been lucky enough to make a living off of music since I was 19 years old.

DL: You used to be known for a "metal edge" in projects that you worked on, yet FLA and Fear Factory are light years away from the style of Conjure One…

RF: I'm just a big fan of music in general. To me elements of all the music I've worked on have a common melancholic thread regardless of genre. It's just a different palette of sounds.

DL: I understand that electro/industrial music is generally not lucrative enough to support a "living," but do you ever get the urge to create more abrasive music like you used to? Have your tastes changed completely or is there an economical factor?

RF: Not really. The industrial thing lost its appeal for me a while ago. There are still certain elements of that spirit in everything I do, I just like to update my sound and keep moving forward. My tastes haven't changed that much, they've just gotten broader. I'm now really into the art of songwriting more that sound collage. I still only like to work on things I like.

Rhys FulberDL: Your songs have so many elements that are involved from conception to finalization. When you decide to sit down and write a song, what exactly is your process?

RF: For Conjure One it's different with almost every song. Some were written just on piano and some were written around samples. I usually work out all the basic melodies and chord progressions before getting too deep into the production. Then sometimes after vocals are added, the whole thing will change again.

DL: I've heard rumors of some strange collaborations recently…

RF: I have been involved in an extremely varied agenda, but nothing I would call very strange...

DL: What's next on your agenda for Conjure One?

RF: I'm writing material for a follow up album and there is a possibility of some live shows in the new year.

(*) Delerium's release, Poem, was reviewed in Legends #110.
(**) Legends review forthcoming!

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