Headscans music is one of the more complicated
offerings about, lacing different rhythms and grooves together into a
brilliantly blended movement of sound. Their Pattern Recognition release
out in late 2005 on ArtOfFact Records is sure to make a buzz in the industrial
club scene for years to come, with pulsing tracks made just for moving floors
by combining elements of trance, industrial and EBM into fast paced grooves.
While many elements are riveted together for the songs, Headscan still manage
to stray away from the too much mush that some industrial outfits
will sound like and while complicated, Headscan music never goes over the
progressive line where it loses its appeal with too many jagged edges.
How do you feel Headscan differentiates itself from the
plethora of similar industrial artists there are?
Sometimes it feels like the musical and general influences
that drive our project are a little more diverse then some similar industrial
artists out there, many seem to only feed themselves from inside the scene and
somewhat only achieve to copy an existing style without improving on it (like
the various clones of Suicide Commandos distorted snarling vocals). It is
possibly because were older then most of the younger artists coming up in
the scene, i.e. were both 31 and 40 years old respectively. Were
very curious individuals so weve been interested by diverse musical
styles and over the years, not only the electro-industrial ones. What
were hoping to achieve is to bring the experience of musical diversity
back to a genre of music that we both really enjoy but that we believe needs
The Internet has become a major boon for self marketing
and promotion. Does Headscan use the Internet often or more conventional means
of marketing your music?
We try and use both means as much as we can. Weve
worked hard on our website to establish ourselves firmly on this new media
landscape. The more conventional means of promotion are also favored with our
labels Artoffact and Alfa-Matrix doing a great job on that side of things. Self
promotion is a very time consuming activity and weve come to realize that
we do not have that much time on hand so we usually prefer to focus on the
creative aspect of our work.
Contrarily the Internet has been well known to also
provide a means for illegally swapping files. Whats Headscans view
on fans sharing your music via Kazaa and other peer to peer networks?
We dont mind that much because the important thing for
us is that the ideas we promote and the work that we do is itself made
available as much as possible, were all about mimetic viral spread.
Obviously, if fans expect to get more albums produced to the quality of our
last one, but no one buys any of the actual records, then the labels will not
invest themselves in producing or promoting a money loosing venture. Other
means of distribution and compensation are being looked at as a way to deal
with the changing aspects of the music business. We hope well always be
able to produce and distribute our work whatever the situation the music market
With so many facets and angles to each of your songs, how
do you begin going about the daunting task of creating a new one? Do lyrics
come first, or a rhythm to which you anchor other melodies or
The music always comes first,
its sometimes inspired by a concept and sometimes not, as it can evolve
from an improvised jam session. The lyrics are usually written after part of
the song is created and are inspired by the concept we decided would fit best
the music weve chosen to work with.
There is no real method for creating our songs, if not a
certain focus on experimenting with rhythm, synth basslines and melody. Short
loops of music are made by Claude and sent to Christian to see what he thinks
about the musical ideas. When one is inspiring to him, which is a good sign we
might have a potential Headscan song on hand, he sends back versions with his
vocal melodies ideas on top. If were both happy with the general
direction these short excerpts show, we move on to construct the whole song.
The song structure further evolves as we discuss it along the way, so that both
music and vocals have a strong presence in the final production.
Your music tends to be extremely complicated with
different facets, rhythms and melodies fused together. How many passes do you
find yourself taking to create a single track to add more to the mix?
Our songs have many specific parts that all blend together
to form our distinctive sound, the music is composed with all the layers in
mind so it is never about adding stuff on top of more stuff until it gets
interesting. Usually theres a backbone to the song made up of the groove,
the drums and the bass line, then there are layers of synths that bring the
melodic dimension forward. Theres also the ambiance aspect of a song that
is defined by soundscapes inspired by the concept of the song were
creating. If one listens carefully to our music, one can separate every layer
from each other as they are to be coherent in themselves. An illustration of
this idea is a song entitled Metadata featured on the Dead Silver
Sky EP. It is basically the soundscape section for the song Antenna
Manifold featured on our last CD Pattern Recognition. We wanted to
demonstrate with this song the potential of our layering process, peeling off
some layers to show more of what is inscribed in the sound structure of our
With so much complication, how do you avoid creating
music that gets too busy that attempts to incorporate too many elements in a
This factor was not taken into consideration while
composing; its more at the mixing sessions that we were confronted to
that problem. The idea of layering multiple elements of sounds was really
appealing in regards to the concept that drove this project but it really
became evident that it would be a nightmare at mixdown. Our sound engineer
worked really hard to fix overlapping frequencies, we owe him much for his
work. Lets just say that Pattern Recognition is a very interesting
experiment but one that well probably not reproduce on the next album.
Having up to nine bass lines running side-by-side in the same song is not
something well try again soon, even if we feel the results are
How were you able to hook up with and release Pattern
Recognition on ArtOfFact Records and do you plan on releasing more CDs with
We sent our demo CD single High-Orbit Pioneers to
many labels in 2000 but there was only one who replied with much enthusiasm and
that was Artoffact. The owner was really decided to have us join his newly
formed label. To this day were very happy with our decision to join him
and his roster of great artists. We just recently hooked up with Alfa-Matrix
for an exclusive European deal, a move orchestrated by Yolk of Artoffact as a
way to get more exposure for our work in the old country. Both labels have been
doing an amazing job and we hope to produce more albums with these partners as
we go along.
Do band members Claude or Christian have any other
musical or creative projects besides Headscan?
We both have side projects, working with other artists or
alone on different projects. Christian collaborates with local audio-visual
artists making both visual and musical performances. Hes known has a VJ
under the pseudo Gridspace. Claude is working on his musical side projects that
include a double CD of ambient atmospheric music and also an electronic music
project with a retro-futurist concept inspired in parts by the early Russian
space program and the Steampunk aesthetic.
Does Headscan perform live often and how difficult a task
is it to perform a pure electronic set live?
Were quite at ease staying months in our studio
working on minute details but the addiction of playing live is always there. We
really enjoy playing in front of a live audience but it has become more
difficult for us since weve had the enormous pleasure to play with giant
video screens and surround sound. Its more difficult because it is not
usual in this scene to have access to that kind of audio-visual equipment. Most
clubs dont have the audio-visual material we need to present the project
as we think it should be and it has been a challenge to constantly modify our
show to fit with a specific location each time we play.
Are there any plans for another CD as of yet, production
work going on? Whats coming from Headscan in 2006?
Were already back in studio working on the re-release
of our first album Shaper and Mechanist that will include additional
unreleased tracks from that albums recording sessions. Then its
back to work on another album. Weve got a ton of new ideas that crept on
us as we were finishing the latest CD. We already have a concept and a work
title for this new project. Were also looking at going to Europe for a
series of events and our hope is that we can bring our multimedia show on tour
as we intend it to be presented. Wed really appreciate to meet with the
fans that have expressed their support and interest for our work over the
years, something that were really grateful for.
 Pattern Recognition was
reviewed in Legends
 Shaper & Mechanist was
reviewed in Legends