Could you introduce yourself?
Here we are, FLeUR, we are Enrico D. and Francesco L., two musicians and producers currently based in Turin, Italy. We are involved in several projects and we create music together since many years.
What's the story behind the name?
We had two solo projects one called FL and the other called Ur, the pun is obviously intended.
How does emotion rule your music? Could you tell us a bit more about how emotion affects your work?
Visceral and deeply human emotions are really important in our work, much more than what the common thought can associate with a project like ours which has an eye to the IDM current and creates a great amount of sounds digitally and is not afraid to sound deliberately digital.
Instrumental music like ours has the interesting characteristic of delivering messages that are ambiguous and for us this allows it to be an extremely powerful tool to convey emotions and feelings so deep that it would be scaring to express with words in front of an audience of strangers.
Could you tell us about your music video 'Aborter'? What were the inspirations behind the stunning visuals?
For that video we initially thought to a much more alien kind of imagery, with unearthly colours and landscape, but when we started filming on location we realized that a much more earthly and warm image was giving us the expressive strength we needed. The feminine element, the harmonious dance, the raw beauty of sea and the sun burned landscapes helped us to underline those strong emotional elements that are pulsing underneath the skin of our compositions, in contrast to the cold and mechanical shell that is just one of the elements of our work, as we said before.
Do you have any rituals you do before you start your creative process for a new project, to get your mind and energy in the right place?
The music itself is the center of our ritual, just starting to get the sounds resonate is what creates the right mindset to keep producing. It is a process that feeds itself.
What's a typical day for you?
During our typical day we are mostly busy doing our day jobs, which involve creativity too (one of us is a video operator and the other is a game designer), but music finds its way into our mind most of the time. We are avid listeners in every moment we can and this is in our opinion the most important step in creating interesting work. Also, we often have our mind kinda working in background on the music we are producing at the moment, collecting inspiration from everywhere, to find out, as Igor Stravinsky said, that we know what to do because we have unconsciously worked on it all time.
What are your goals for 2017?
It may sound obvious, but surely one of our main goals is to see our first official full-length “The Space Between” spreading as much as possible and to be able to bring our music live in several places. In the meantime we have already started working on new tracks, and we are keeping on with our constant research and effort to create music that could always be more stimulating.
What makes you happy?
One thing that certainly makes us happy is to keep being creative. For us is a natural, raw urge, in the same way a child feels compelled to throw colours on a sheet of paper to express himself.
Any closing comments?
We prefer to let our tracks speak for themselves, so we hope that everybody reading would be able to take the time to check them out; we thank you a lot in advance for that. And thank you so much for the space that you offered to us. It is a great pleasure.