First of all, please
introduce your project to the readers.
Christophe: Re: dux tion is a mixture of all my
influences. It allows me to mix all the various types of
music that I like into one. In some way I am trying
explore the commonality amongst various forms of music.
With this project I am able to create without any
restrictions or compromises. There is a feeling that
there is “no wrong” all is possible.
How did things get started with this project?
Christophe: In many ways this project was started
as soon as I began to write music. Every time I would
start writing new songs I would look to form a band. I
would start the process of finding like minded musicians,
then rehearsing then performing then breaking –up. This
time I wanted to get out of that cycle. I never wanted
to be a “solo act”, it is by circumstance and past
experience that brings me to where I am. I must say that
as much work as it is being “solo” I find myself to be
at my most creative and thoroughly enjoying Re: dux tion.
Why have you picked this particular name for it?
Christophe: I picked this name for the meaning of
“reducing” – down to its’ essence. I liked the way it
sounded – the name doesn’t give a hint as to what I
sound like, therefore I can sound like what I want. No
preconceived idea as to what you are going to hear. Also
I liked the idea of bit-reduction and the sound you get
when you do that. It adds a grainy or distorted quality
and that idea appealed to me sonically.
How would you describe your music? And what are your
Christophe: I would describe my music as
industrial. I have been a fan of the genre since the mid
80’s. “Industrial” is a broad term that incorporates a
lot of elements and mixes well with other forms of
music. In my case I mix it with drum and bass, glitch,
dub, metal and ambient. My main influences would be J.K.
Broadrick, Autechre, Skinny Puppy, Trent Reznor, Foetus,
Goldie and the scores to “horror” movies.
Your 'Three Lilies' EP received a good rating from
our zine. But, what do you think of the release yourself?
Has it any special meaning for you?
Christophe: I am very proud of the EP as it is
the culmination of a lot of work and a lot of
disappointment. It means to me that I can stand by
myself and not have to rely on others to succeed. It is
really an expression of who and what I am. From the
packaging, the title and the music contained within you
are hearing and seeing me.
What were the other replies on that release (by press
and audience for example)? And what about your other
Christophe: The response to that release and to
‘Self/sub:vrsn’ have been very good. The most important
thing for me is that people are getting a chance to hear
You also released a song on a compilation on an UK
label. Could you tell us something more about this song
Christophe: The song is entitled ‘aRhythmia’ and
it is actually the first completed Re: dux tion song.
This song really began what is Re: dux tion. When I
finished this song I had a sense that here was the sound
in my head now realized in music. I had been searching
for that “sound” and here it was, so it’s very
satisfying to have that song connect with someone else.
The CD is entitled ‘Songs of the Unheard’ and is being
released by Violent Release Records(UK). It is being
described as equal parts “desolation and heaviness”.
That is itself somewhat of an apt description of Re: dux
According to your biography you are also member of
'Drug of Choice' and former member of 'Die My Darling'.
What kind of projects are/were these? Anything
comparable with 'Re:dux tion'?
Christophe: Drug of Choice is more of an
EBM/Industrial group. It has one thing you won’t hear as
part of Re: dux tion and that is vocals. With D.o.C. I
have the great pleasure of working with someone who I
feel is an extraordinary singer – Tony Dimeo. Die My
Darling was a Gothic/Industrial/Rock group from Los
Angeles. Who did release a CD through Trisol in Germany.
What can we expect of 'Re:dux tion' in the near
Christophe: Before the end of the year I have a
split CD with an artist from the UK ‘ToNG MeNN’. The CD
will be dual 3” CDR entitled ‘Construction –
Destruction’. It has four of my songs (Construction) and
those same four remixed by ‘ToNG MeNN’ (Destruction). In
the works is a remix for ‘Heat From a DeadStar’. I am
also going be part of a threeway split with ‘True Colour
of Blood’ and ‘Migra’. That CD is to be released in
early 2007. Another split CD for 2007 with ‘Surrain’ and
lastly a full length Re: dux tion CD in early 2007.
There are a couple more projects in the works but not
Ok, the interview ends here, thanks a lot for your
time. If you have something to add, you can do it here.
Christophe: I would just like to thank you -
Gerardo for the opportunity. I would also like to thank
my newest “friends” and also my oldest and dearest.
Interview by: Gerardo (October 2006)