contributed a track to one of the growing number of Industrial Metal compilations
(F**K 'EM ALL), we thought you would like to be able to hear more
of this intruiging multi-genre inspired project of Chistophe Gilmore ;
With a plethora of influences and inspirations, Fluid takes in everything from Meat Beat Manifesto to Massive Attack to Godflesh. It's doesnt stop there either - the list of musical influences on FluiD's myspace page is exhaustive (in comparison to many).
Seeing as Gerardo (of Industrialized Metal zine) knows the music of FluiD more intimately, we decided to let him undertake the obligatory interrogation of a man who clearly knows not only his music and literature, but also where he is coming from and what he is about...
I decided to form FluiD as I think it really defines my musical life. I have constantly moved through various styles of music, taking influence from all of them. Having released music as varied as electro-funk all the way to avant-garde classical; it seems that change is the only constant in my musical life.
What are your main influences, and how would you describe your music?
I always have trouble describing
my music (I think most artists have that problem). I would say that the
main attributes of my music are slow tempos, eerie atmospherics, Sci-fi,
noise and a fondness for bass. I would say those five elements are present
in all of my music. I take influence from Public Enemy and the Bomb Squad,
Scorn, Godflesh, Techno Animal, Consolidated, Meat Beat Manifesto, Spectre,
RZA, DJ Spooky, Samuel Delancy, Massive Attack, Bruce Sterling, Kodwo
Eshun, Detroit Techno and Bill Laswell.
I’m really quite proud
and excited by it. I think my song-writing, production and sound-design
skills have all improved and it shows on this new release. This is definitely
some of my best work and I’m looking forward to its’ release.
As for expectations, for those people who already familiar with my work
they will find something new in my overt use of guitars. If you’re
not familiar with my music you’ll get a good overview of my sound.
The title’s genesis lies in the book ‘Holy Fire’ by
Bruce Sterling. I was reading this book while working on these songs.
Sterling has always been one of my biggest influences and he looms quite
large on ‘Unavoidable Abuses’. As
a whole, ‘UA’ is my look at “the future is now”.
So many of the ideas put forth by sci-fi/speculative fiction writers has
actually come true. Not the jet packs, monorails and utopian society but
the darker more sinister elements. Secret government testing, religious
warfare, surveillance, lost of individual rights, large scale wealth disparity,
arms dealing, global tracking, covert military actions, genetic engineering,
destruction of our natural resources, the list goes on and on. It is no
wonder we have seen “terrorism” grow in its’ many forms.
Christophe performing live
I think the best track is ‘antiplagues’ (track 5). The reason is, I feel it adds something new to my sound. I pushed myself to find new elements or colors to use and I think that, ‘antiplagues’ contains a couple of new “colors” from me.
You released already a song on Death To Music's 'F**k Em All - Vol 3' before, so 'Unavoidable Abuses' will be the debut EP for Death To Music. What do you expect of this collaboration?
First let me THANK, James of
DTM for his interest in my music! I’m really happy to be affiliated
with the DTM family. I share many of the same aesthetics as DTM with regard
to the music industry, art and the downfall of society. I hope that this
is the first of many collaborations with DTM. I agree with James’
philosophy, 100 percent ;
Nice to know someone reads
those MySpace bios. (LOL) As for the descriptors I used, it was important
to me to represent FluiD as not just another music act but as a human
being. I spend most of my time making music but at the end of the day,
life is still larger than the music. It was important to show that what
constitutes FluiD is more than the music. I have been a vegan for many
years and do what I can to promote the idea of veganism. As an African-american
who defies the stereotypical constructs of African-americans, that makes
me an activist. My fight / activism is against the clearly defined boundaries
of what it means to be black in America and to a larger degree the world.
Anarchy in its’ truest definition means no rules / laws. However
that comes with personal responsibility. If people would take more responsibility
for their actions, we would need less laws or rules to control behavior.
Consensual S&M relationships are great examples of anarchist ideals.
Anything is possible, no boundaries, no rules except one, If one person
says stop, the other person stops. Both parties have agreed to act responsibly.
“Afro-futurism” is a difficult concept to explain in a short
amount of space. Suffice it to say it is a theory / idea of African-Americans
as aliens. It would take many paragraphs to delve in this idea fully.
In fact, it would take pages to fully articulate this concept as many
books have been written on the idea.
What are your views on the newly elected President Obama?
The election of President Obama is historic but I think it is more important for how he has brought “hope” to many people who had either lost all hope or had begun to feel hopelessness. I can’t even begin to talk about the historic importance of his election to me an African American male. All I can say is I’m glad my parents were alive to see this! They endured far more than I have or ever will in terms of discrimination. Some perspective to offer, I am of the first generation of African-americans to be born with right to vote. Stop and think about that for a moment. Every white-american child born before me had the right to vote. His election rings loudly around the world. I hope that the rest of the world takes a second look at the U.S. I hope that his election helps to ease and resolve the tensions between the U.S. and my Islamic bothers and sisters. His message of “Hope and Change”, must be real. There is no time, no room for political rhetoric. We’ve had too much of that in the last eight years. I hope we use the word “presidency” to describe his time in office not “regime”!
Many thanks to James of DTM Prod., to you - Gerardo and the staff at Industrialized Metal Webzine. Your continued support of me and my music is very much appreciated! I think readers should download, ‘Unavoidable Abuses’ if they’re interested in hearing a very different take on “industrial-metal”. I hope I have broadened the idea of what is “industrial-metal”.