Interview: Trancept

We enjoyed listening to your song “Static Sun”. What is the story behind the song and how did you create/write it? Also, what inspired the song title?
“Static Sun” is the first track of the Trajectory EP, a small trilogy about a trajectory of life. The song embodies the contrast between a static youth – when roaming in urban landscapes aimlessly was a common occurrence – and the luminous energy it can reveal.

It is the punkiest track of the record. The riff came to me quickly, in front of my amp, wrapped in chorus & reverb. It offered a mystical and (strangely) tropical sound at first. I decided to dive into that atmosphere in order to create something new from it, cohesive, sharp and straightforward, driven by a post-punk urge. 

As for a lot of songs, it was like standing in front of a little organism, trying to breathe life into it, aware of its pulse and the dynamics of its breathing. The cohesiveness is also a strength, reinforcing its identity & spirit, unveiling its “truth”.


If you had to describe your sound, how would you do so? Furthermore, what artists (or other sources) do you cite as influences?
The songs are little shoegazed punk symphonies, like streams of consciousness. Trancept follows the steps of the 90’s shoegaze tradition, notably bands like Slowdive, Ride, Chapterhouse, Pale Saints, Blind Mr. Jones… then adding some punk urgency driven by Wire dynamics, glowing arpeggios inspired by Drab Majesty & The Durutti Column, especially on stage – with Sébastyén D. of Opium Dream Estate on keyboards – where we try to reach a spiritual aura, notably influenced by Bowery Electric’s droning dreamgaze of their first album. 


What have been career highlights so far? And what is on your bucket list that you’d want to achieve?
I learnt a lot in studios by working with sound engineers of different musical sensibilities. Playing live in Parisian places has also been something symbolic for me, all the more so as I discovered a lot bands there. I also am really happy of the beautiful art creations from Reuben Sawyer, Laurent Fétis, and Jeff Grimal. It has always been important to connect tracks to ambitious artworks & evocative imagery in order to create a real musical universe.

Playing live again would be great, but we are not in a hurry. For now, I am working on other versions of Trajectory, in order to craft a different ambiance, tell another sonic story, disclose another side of the tracks.

If you could be the main support for any living artist, who would that be for and why? Alternatively, what would be your dream live booking?
Supporting Soft Moon or Drab Majesty would be great, although I am constantly thinking of different sounds that may differ from dark/cold wave. In a shoegaze mood, Alcest maybe, Slowdive of course. But all that is the stuff of dreams…

Swans / Dead Can Dance would be a mesmerizing moment, and a prestigious booking. Mystical, meditative and ecstatic listening experiences, ritual atmospheres, new musical horizons… Both bands are subconscious influences for Trancept music, fruitful for artistic creation. Besides I saw Michael Gira live in Netherlands some years ago.


What artists have you been listening to? Additionally, who should others be listening to?
I immersed myself in Klaus Schulze / Tangerine Dream first albums these past few months, then traveling in space & time. Kosmische Musik is like a book of dreams, I used to dive into many years ago, when I was in university.

I would advise the last Glaciation, « Ultime Éclat », because it is a great work, reminding me of my metal addiction when I was younger, and because it has been crafted & played by some highly talented artists I worked with for Trancept: Arnaud for the mix & Grégoire for the drums.


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Original Photo Credit: Emilie Mauger

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