Infidel Interview #106 - Glenn Love


First off, just want to thank you for participating in this edition of Infidel Interviews. Could you start off by giving a little information about you to the audience? Whatever you feel comfortable with, but name, age, and where you live would be pretty standard? Hi and thanks for this interview.

My name is Glenn Love and I am a musician living in Toronto Canada. I’m a Maritimer and you could say that I live part time in Leipzig. I'm a lot older than I may appear to be in a dark dance club or bar. How do you enjoy where you live? Is there a vibrant music community where you are? Would you say you find that your local scene influences your attitude and/or creativity? Well yes Toronto is probably still ranked as one of the very best music cities in the world. We have had many venue closures recently and this is a huge concern.

There certainly is a critical mass of musicians and creative people here and there is still a community here despite the extremely high cost of living.

Frankly I’ve always been a lot more influenced by my musical community in Europe.

I go out constantly here in TO to see indie bands and alternative DJs. What do you see in the near, and far, future for your creative output? I have spent the last year writing new material and am still in process with this.

Some releases as either EPs, a series of singles or a album. So I have a new body of work, now I am waiting for the mixing and mastering. Some new shows and travels for sure, and videos. I have taken this past year off to set up a new studio and to compose. I am OK with a break, having gone to Europe five times from 2014 to 2016 to perform.

So yes lots of plans.

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When you first started making music, was there a particular sound or artistic/musical influence that you would say was your biggest inspiration to start pursuing the creative path yourself? As a kid I discovered the Doors...I guess that had a huge impact. Closely followed by Jean Michel Jarre, then Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans,Bob Marley, Tom Waits, Fela Kuti, DAF, Caberet Voltaire, trip hop, trance…. A really mixed bag. Sorry got carried away there for a second ... Are you musically self taught? Or have you had mentors along the way to help you develop? I started off teaching myself I guess, some friends helped here and there. I then studied jazz piano very seriously for three years. Private lessons. I started doing electronic music at the same time. When it comes to composing music, do you approach things with a clear vision in mind, or do you prefer to let songs feel themselves out? Do you have any particular techniques or tricks you use to keep yourself creative and consistent? The creative inspiration can come from so many places. Sometimes a new sound...boom that's it..a new song that just writes itself. Sometimes a phrase going through my head, sometimes a dream.

Sometimes , yeah a melody then a logical harmonic structure that follows, with a logical bassline, beats breaks and changes, all rather logical.

More often than not the inspiration is ...um...er...rather spontaneous and ….mystical.

We always get the best ideas just before falling asleep ...and always say to ourselves ...oh I'll remember this for sure it's so awesome ...nope... Do you ever find it difficult to balance the creative and technical aspects of musical creation? How do you strike the balance for the need to craft and tweak your effects and sounds, in contrast to actually just getting the song itself created with structure and melody? What sort of element of creation do you prefer, the sonic shaping or the song creation? Extremely difficult….aaaargh ….don’t get me started …

I have always have been hopeless with the technical side of everything.

I have usually not used a computer but rather a sequencer to write everything then have taken it to a producer or musical genius friend.

I am now doing all of the engineering side of things myself. I've spent the last year really working on this.

It's not just song writing in electronic music, it's sound engineering.

And its endless. It takes a lot for courage and discipline to say “ Jeebers enough already ...it's a wrap !”

Song writing and sound engineering kind of go hand in hand creatively I believe ….but don't listen to me eh !

If you could say there are underlying themes or messages that permeate throughout your discography, what would you say are the most important concepts and ideas you've tried to express throughout your artistic career, political, spiritual, or personal? Mysticism ...whatever the heck that is ...hope and optimism despite awareness of everything that's bad in the world.

Ecology, politics, simple joy. The transcendence of love. Anger about people's selfishness and lack of empathy. Gratefulness. Just having a party.