Interview: Remi Gallego of The Algorithm
I don’t really know exactly why, but I guess that in France, now there is this tendency of having a lot of metal elitists, a lot of, like, death metal fans or whatever, they only want to listen to metal, they don’t want to try anything else. Right now, I guess, we’re just trying to break the rules.
As The Algorithm, Remi Gallego has consistently pushed the definition of what can be considered metal, producing a maelstrom of brutality, glitch, synthwave, and bizarre Frenchness. We sat down to chat at Tech Fest, and amazingly, he didn’t even answer any of the questions with the word, “Oui.”
E&D: How’s your current tour going?
Remi: We’re not really touring. We played a show in London on Friday, and then we played Tech Fest…
E&D: So how was the show?
Remi: It was really good. London was sold out actually, which is pretty good considering that Tech Fest is happening at the same time.
E&D: Am I right in saying this is your fourth time at Tech Fest?
Remi: Fourth time? Probably. I didn’t count…
E&D: You’re there a lot…
Remi: We didn’t play for like three years.
E&D: Is there anyone on the line-up you’re particularly excited to see?
Remi: I’m really excited for Igorrr playing… pretty soon I think.
E&D: And you’ve collaborated with Igorrr…
Remi: I did a track with him on my last album.
E&D: What’s he like to work with?
Remi: It’s amazing… It was incredibly easy actually. I was just sending him a few tracks, and a few days later… I’m sending him guitars, and a few days later, he sends me the same guitars but fucked up… It’s like, what the fuck did you do?
E&D: You just gelled idea-wise? It just naturally worked out?
Remi: Just back and forth, sending stuff… the track was done pretty quickly, which is pretty cool.
E&D: On the topic of Igorrr… there’s a tendency that if there’s ever an electronic act at a metal fest, they’re usually French. Like yourself, Igorrr, Perturbator… do you have any insight as to why that may be?
Remi: I don’t really know exactly why, but I guess that in France, now there is this tendency of having a lot of metal elitists, a lot of, like, death metal fans or whatever, they only want to listen to metal, they don’t want to try anything else. Right now, I guess, we’re just trying to break the rules. We don’t care, we’re just going to merge things, this is sort of this counter movement.
E&D: Usually, I try to ask a question about your influences outside of the rock and metal worlds, which seems a bit redundant with you. So I’ll just ask what you’re listening to a lot at the moment?
Remi: At the moment… we played with this band in London that were supporting us called Poly-Math, they’re from Brighton, I believe. They’re really good, it’s a three-piece, instrumental, and the guitarist has loads of pedals, it’s post-rock and electronics hybrid… It’s really cool and I really recommend it…
E&D: You mentioned they were post-rock. Is that something you’re a particular fan of?
Remi: I used to be a fan. I used to listen to it more a few years ago. Now, I guess I don’t really know what I’m listening to these days, but I like a lot of post-rock bands, this band called Jakob, I’ve been listening to this band a lot…
E&D: Is there anywhere in the world you would really want to play, but haven’t played yet?
Remi: We would really like to play in the US, because we’ve played in Canada, and we had the opportunity to tour in the US but the visa application fell through, we didn’t get our visa in time and we couldn’t go tour in the US. That was sad, so I hope that one day we have the opportunity to try again and make it over to the US.
E&D: Is it too soon to ask about plans for a future album?
Remi: No, not at all. Right now, we are playing some shows until November, after that, we are taking a break from touring, and I’m going to focus on writing a new album, and with the drummer, work on the live show, improve the lights, the sound, take the live show to the next step, and come back on tour when we have the new album.
E&D: It’s already a very impressive live show. Did you ever find it weird at the start, playing live, usually at metal events, as an electronic act?
Remi: Yeah, especially in the beginning, because I wasn’t playing any instrument, I was just using the MIDI controller and modulating some sound, so I guess back then, it had more of an electronic vibe to it. So at metal events, it was kinda weird to have just a drummer and DJ, a lot of people didn’t really connect, metalheads didn’t really connect. I think now that I’m playing guitar, it had this more metal approach, having the guitarist on stage, now it’s less…now I love it. I’m very proud of it
Since this interview took place, Remi has released a synthwave album under the moniker Boucle Infinie, listenable here.