Hi Noah, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hanging out in quiet desperation ! Thank you guys for having me today.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “The Quest”?
Well it’s not the latest one as Shadows of Fire was released one month ago. The Quest is a rock song with some electric modern elements in it as well. The song and the music video are about hypocrisy, shown in a harsh way with the scarfs I’m wearing on the face.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
My latest trip to Asia did. Seeing all these poor people showing an ideal life on social media while in reality, they live with less than we can even imagine to live with…. that was quite disturbing. The gap between the fake social media life and the reality is much bigger there than in our Western society. This being said, these permanent lies also exist in our countries, in a quite dramatic way.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
As 90% of the filiming was directed straight to my face, it felt a bit like filming the silence of the lambs, I guess. Especially because my character isn’t the very normal guy you meet on a daily basis in the street. That actually gave some awkards moments during the filming days, especially when we went to film in nature. Kids got scared and old people expressed some sympathy for my face. There’s even a guy who was getting angry at us in the traffic, who litteraly drove away as fast as he could the moment he saw my face.
How was the recording and writing process?
The whole text came to me while I was on my motorbike in Vietnam so the writing process was extremely quick. And the melodies were in my mind for years. The recording was complex, we spent a lot of time creating the sound you can hear when the song starts. But we had a great time when it came to the more classical instruments and the singing.
What role does Brussels play in your music?
Maybe the feeling of being chained because of all the irrational rules we have to follow. I’m saying that as a joke but Brussels is becoming a giant prison that I can’t wait to escape from. Music wise, I don’t feel influenced by any Belgian artist. And I hardly ever listen to the music Belgian artists currently release. I mean, I sometimes listen to it just to know what’s on the radar but that’s it. The music I like mostly comes from Great Britain, Canada and The United States. And France as well, but in a more restricted way (certainly not what they have been playing on radios in 2020).
How has Evanescence and Nirvana influenced your writing?
I have always loved Nirvana but my goal will never be to be a new version of any artist. Of course, listening to this band since I was very young has probably awakened my love for rock music.
Evanescence is a band that I started to listen to properly (focusing on the lyrics rather than just listening for the pleasure of listening) very recently, so I don’t consider them as an influence but as a look-alike. Lyrics wise, I mean. You will see with my next songs and the EP that’s coming that my music is going to be much harder, grunge and more brutal indie rock than with The Quest and Shadows of Fire.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along? Any tentative release date or title in mind?
You can and you should as my EP is slowly approaching its release. We are about to fix the definitive dates for the releases. But we already know that the first new song should be released at the beginning of February. And then will come, a couple of weeks later, another track with a music video that we all have been working extremely hard on. A much bigger production work than the two previous ones (and I can’t tell you how much of a huge production work Shadows of Fire was, especially with all the unnecessary restrictions imposed). One song or some songs might be released as well, but I don’t want to tell anything about it yet.
What else is happening next in InHibit’s world?
Hard to make concrete plans when the situation is so uncertain for artists, right ? Especially when it comes to live performances. We keep working on new songs, prepare the first album and if everything goes as planned, it shouldn’t take too long before it will be released. I’m also working on some totally different artistic projects that might be published in 2021.