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Delerium interview


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If you adore shimmering soundscapes adorned with sweet female vocals from operatic to incredibly sexy, never slipping into the cheesy abyss, then you’ll love Nuages Du Monde, the 5th full length album from Delerium. Producers Bill Leeb and Rhys Fulber, in collaboration with some incredible vocalists, like sophisticated soprano Isabel Baryakdarian, chanteuse Katherine Blake backed up in harmonious lushness by the Medaevil Baebes, Zoe Johnston, Kiran Ahluwalia (a Punjabi singer) will mesmerize you with their music, a lustrous sheen of cinematic pop-infused brilliance.

We had a chance to ask some questions of Bill Leeb by email, to find out more...

Your album's title is beautiful - why in French and why that title?

Because I wanted this album to have a real worldly feel. In French, it just had a more poetic ring to it.

We'd love to hear about some of the collaborators... where did you find Kiran Ahiuwalla?

Most of the collaborators came thru Nettwerk records, who have this global reach. They get so many cds sent to them, it was literally sitting here and listening to all these different cds to find singers who we thought would fit the tracks.

How about Isabel Baryakdarian? What made you want to work with her?

I actually heard her first on the CBC Christmas classical show, singing 16th Century medieval hymn songs. I was so taken by her voice. After I heard that performance, I called the CBC, and hunted her down because I was so inspired. The rest is history in the making, She is an absolute woman to deal with in every form of way.

Did actually work together in the studio with all your collaborators, or was some of it long distance?

Actually, Isabelle came to Vancouver. She recorded both tracks her exclusively in the studio. Christy's were also done in Vancouver, and the rest were done overseas.

Where there any funny or odd stories that happened while you were recording any tracks in particular?

I'd like to say yes, but in actuality, it was a very quiet undertaking.

How would you describe the overall feel or direction you took with this album vs. your last?

We definitely stepped back in time with this album, into a more dark, worldly, ambient, cinematic sound vs. the more pop orientated side of Delerium.

Technically was there anything different that you did?

The biggest difference from this album to the last, is that we mixed this on a SSL board, to give more of an analog feel. The last album was done on Protools, which sounded more digital.

Briefly describe your typical process of songwriting from idea to completion.

There is no "one process" that we adhere to. We just start every song with a different concept in mind, whether its a sample, a cool chord progression, or a groovy base line.

What kind of hardware and software do you use?

We use Logic and Protools. Mostly analog keyboards and some virtual ones as well.

If you could score any movie in the world, which one would it be?

Blade Runner/Alien.

Were there any particular influences you felt while recording this album?

No, not really. But I must say that I do like to listen to Massive Attack, Future Sound of London, and Boards of Canada.

Your albums often have dancefloor hits (or become them in the remixes) which songs off this album would you likely hear in a club?

"Lost and Found" and "Angelicous."

Do you go out to clubs at all? If yes which ones and when/why?

In Vancouver I go to Richards and Richards, because they do live bands and guest DJ's..... AND my friend owns it, so there's free cover and free drinks.

What do you do in your down time to relax?

I love watching movies, and love going to art openings.

Do you have other jobs or projects right now aside from Delerium?

Yes, we have a new project called Fauxliage, which features Leigh Nash. We are all pretty excited about this, and will be released on Nettwerk as well.

Will Delerium be touring or performing live anytime soon?

Defiantly in the new year, we want to put Delerium out there.

Anything else you'd like your fans on Raves.com & Djfix.com to know?

Yah, we might be putting out an alternate version of this album next year, which will be more dubbie and experimental.

Cool! Thank you!


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