APRIL 25th 2016

Welcome to Metaltitans, Guardians of Metal Entertainment Worldwide, we have an exclusive interview with Rémi Gallego about his musical project  “The Algorithm”.  Gallego is from Perpignan and his style is a combination of electronic music with features of progressive metal and djent.

1. Tell us how you came to name the band “The Algorithm” ?

Back in the days I was studying computer science at university and writing music on my spare time. The alliance of the two became The Algorithm, as simple as that.

2. When you were young you listened to Daft Punk and Iron Maiden, punk and Maiden are the opposite end of the spectrums, are they the ones that inspired you to go into music ?

Yes for different reasons. Iron Maiden made me love drums and electric guitars, and Daft Punk the synthesisers. I think it’s quite obvious.

3.  Tell us a little about the beginnings of the band. …

I started this project in 2009 on my own, from the beginning I wanted to create some kind of really chaotic metal/electronic hybrid. I released 2 demos on Myspace in 2009 and 2010 and I received a lot of positive feedbacks from people all over the world. In 2011 I started playing the music live, and since 2012 with a live drummer.

4. As of today, who is along with you in the band  ?

After Mike Malyan left in 2014 to focus on his band Monuments (tho he left this one as well), Jean Ferry filled for him and is now part of the live shows. John Sprich is managing us and recently we hired Nativ Kedem as a sound engineer. I consider them all as part of the band even though they don’t have an influence on the compositions, but they definitely have an influence on their quality and their success!

5. What inspired you to have your style as a combination of electronic with some progressive metal and djent  ?

One of the first inspirations was The Dillinger Escape Plan, I always liked how chaotic their music is. I was also listening to a lot of breakcore like Venetian Snares or Igorrr. I saw in Mathcore and Breakcore/IDM music a link in the complexity and technicality of both styles of music. I followed my instinct and here I am.

6. In June of 2013, your band was chosen on  Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards as the best underground artist of that year, how did that make you feel  ?

That was unreal, and I still can’t believe it happened. I feel very grateful and proud.

7. When you write your songs, do you write to satisfy yourself or your fans  ?

I try to make music in a way that is personal at all times. If I’m uncomfortable with a specific riff or section, I will work on it until I’m satisfied. I believe it’s by satisfying myself that I will satisfy the fans.

8. You also wrote music for one of the biggest sport channels, do you still do this ?

That was for ESPN. I had this opportunity and I took it, it was an amazing experience. Later on I wrote music for some video games, including Hacknet released last year. There is a lot more projects coming in this year.

9. You have a new album out, released April 1, called “Brute Force,” what inspired you to call the album this ?

The idea for the title came on a way back from Arctangent Festival in the UK last year, while I was having a conversation with my manager John Sprich about my computer science degree I took years ago. The thought process was that I wanted to give a hacking/code feel to the album, while still making it sound aggressive. Brute Force represents in some sort of way a technique I use to write some of these songs: Keep trying crazy things until it works.

10. Do you personally have a favourite song on the album ?

“Brute Force” is probably my favorite, as it is the most nostalgic.

11. Where do you get your ideas from to write the lyrics ?

 I read the complete œuvre of Molière at least three times and I learn the dictionary by heart, then I spend 10 hours per day working on meaningful lyrics. Just kidding, I’ve never wrote lyrics in my entire life.

12. Tell us something about The Algorithm that we don’t know ?

 There is a hidden track on Brute Force and nobody has found it yet.

13. You are currently on tour, how is it going for you, are you getting a good reception ?

I believe this is the best tour I’ve ever did. Some shows are better than others but overall we’re getting a very good reception. I worked and programmed a light show by myself and Nativ is mixing our sound live, so it now sounds and looks better than ever.

14. What is your favourite thing about being on tour, and the worst thing?

 My favourite thing is to be with my friends and having a lot of fun. We are all very different but we get along really well. The worst thing is being tired from little sleep and poor quality food. But it’s all worth it!

15. Is there anything you would like to add here that you want people to know ?

I want people to know that I’m very grateful for what I’ve been able to do with The Algorithm. None of this would have been possible without the love and support of so many people around the world, love you guys!

Thank you, and we wish you all the success with Brute Force.

Userspace: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0x7sxpCitE