31/07/2009 14.36.03
Miriodor interview

Welcome again guys on Agartha site, after several years we have the pleasure to talk again with you. Which are the most important changes (if there are) in the music of Miriodor from 2004 to 2009?


Nicolas : On the new album, we tried to limit the number of guest appearances. We decided to go for a more “basic” approach, working essentially with a quartet format. We also tried to develop our ideas a bit more, which is why the pieces are on average a bit longer than on previous albums. Finally, we decided to let Bernard Falaise produce the album, and we think he did a really amazing job.


Pascal : As Nicolas wrote, we decided for Avanti! to work on the pieces as a quartet as much as possible, without relying too much on guests, sequences, overdubs. We did not totally succeed but this approach led us on some new grounds and I think it shows on the CD. The other main change was to have someone from “inside” the band to mix the album. Bernard Falaise did an outstanding job for the mixing, in “interpreting” the music in some new ways, with bold moves at times. I think fans of the band will relish on this, as they’ll get a more immersed or microscopic view on the music.


Why that  title “Avanti”? 


Pascal : As you may have noticed, we’re trying to come with titles that are universal or understandable in at least in English and French. Avanti! is also the title of one of the pieces on the CD. We thought that it was appropriate for the title of the album, fitting the impression that we have of offering something new, at least partially.


you have just produced a new album , what music your old fans will find?  which are the processes used for compose it and which are your expectations from the public?


Nicolas : Well it still sounds like Miriodor, but with maybe a little heavier, rock-oriented angle. Lots of funny time signatures, polyrhythms, breaks in texture and mood, etc. We start with a few basic ideas which sometimes have hardly anything to do with each other, and then we try and find a way to mix them all together and see how they interact together. The basic idea might be to take a rock group and take it to places where most people would not think a rock group might go. I have no expectations from our listeners other than wishing they can share the dedication and enthusiasm we put in all this.


You have planned some gigs for to promote the new album?


Pascal : Yes, we’ll be launching the album in Montreal, on June 19th. We’ll be opening for Van der Graaf Generator at the Festival d’été de Québec, in Québec City, on July 10th. And we will play again the Festival de Musique Progessive de Montreal, on September 13th. We hope to add more shows in the meantime.



The previous album (Parade) was made in 2005, the new-one is out in these day after 4 years. Why this long period for having a new disk?  


Nicolas : Here are my top 5 reasons why Miriodor albums take so long to make :


5. Each song takes 6 months to write. So there you go.

4. We have this impression that people appreciate the music more if they have been waiting for it for a few years.

3. The whole album just took 3 months to produce, but we needed three and a half years to decide on a title.

2. When we try to work any faster we sound like the New Kids on the Block.

1. We are lazy bastards.


Pascal : All members of the band have other projects or jobs and in fact little time is devoted to Miriodor (an average of 10 hours per week). So, at this pace, it takes a while to produce 60 minutes of that kind of music. And we like to take our time to “craft”, polish and buff our material.


Some years ago you guys were not so optimistic regarding Avant-prog world and you didn’t see a real movement of media and bands able to help this music. Something is changed during these years? What about Canadian scene?


Nicolas : Curiously, Italy and Québec have always been two regions where progressive rock was received very enthusiastically. But one of the problems I see in Québec is that parts of the movement are drowning in nostalgia. Some well known cover bands can fill huge venues in Montréal, but it’s not, in the original sense of the word, a “progressive” group.


Miriodor’s music occupies a very specific niche, namely some kind of «RIO instrumental» sound. This does not have much commercial potential, nor is it meant to. I don’t think I’ll live to see the day when musicians can make a living out of this, but then again I don’t think I’m being pessimistic. Some people like to collect stamps or build cathedrals with toothpicks, and they don’t expect to make a living with that. To me, it’s about the same with this kind of music : you make it because of the gratification it gives you, not for paying the rent.


I know that some of you, collaborate with other projects with Ambiances Magnetiques, it’s a sort of collective of musicians who support the music of the label, isn’t it? It could be an answer to my previous questions? Is it a good idea to reproduce all over the world for helping non-conventional music?


Bernard : Ambiances started a long time ago as a collective of musicians creating a label to put out their records and they would only accept projects from their members.

Now it's more like any other label (open to release any music they like and think that «fit» with the label), but they are still representing and promoting a big pool of interesting musicians in Montreal (and elsewhere). I have the impression that most «non-commercial»labels started like that too; a bunch of musicians finding a way to distribute their music. Now, as we all know, CDs are about to become (partially at least) obsolete and «underground» music will be heard mostly on the internet...which is in fact already the case.

Thank you guys see you next time!


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