With an evolving and primal sound, iVardensphere out of Edmonton is the creation of Scott Fox. With a background as a DJ, having played the notorious club nights SICK and Das OOntz, Fox knows what makes solid, hard hitting dance tracks. And when he brought Chris Lacroix into the project they were able to transform that formula into an engaging live performance. iVardensphere’s Scatterface launched them into success, and with the release of their new album Bloodwater and recent tour with Combichrist, it has been nothing but up from there.
interview by Mike Kieffer
If you had to describe iVardensphere’s music to someone who has never heard it, what would you tell them?
Scott Fox : I’d have to say that you should expect to hear a lot of different sounds packed into a short space. iV’s sound has matured quite a bit over the last year but in staying true to the first CD, Scatterface, there is no one style I’ve stuck to. I’ve been digging deeper into tribal sounds and working with aggressive grooves instead of the standard ‘base/lead’ style. In exploring these groove oriented songs, I’ve been able to focus more time on unique sounds that you won’t hear on most other four-on-the-floor club releases.
What influenced you to use tribal drums in your music?
SF : Bands like This Morn’, Omina, and Juno Reactor have always gotten under my skin. There is a primal energy there that is timeless and absorbing. I dabbled with the tribal side with Scatterface, but Bloodwater goes balls to the wall. I recorded a local Japanese Taiko Drum group called Booming Tree for the song “Ancients”. In another song, “Filterscape”, I recruited an eastern Indian drummer to share the hand drum duties with me.
view the full interview in the December/January 2010/2011 Issue