Keeping Up With Gord Clement
nTTx. Not a name that is well known as of yet, but some of you might know Gord Clement from his past involvement in Atomzero, the electropop/EBM project that has been featured on the site before. After a mutual understanding, Clement left Atomzero to start up his own project, nTTx.
This is Clement's EBM/synthpop full-time solo project that he's mastered on his own, however, that was not the original intention. Clement said, "I intended this project to actually be a side project while still continuing in my main band Atomzero... In all seriousness, Peter and I had some differences on some important issues and they couldn't be resolved, so I made the difficult decision to leave."
To leave another band that one has invested so much time in was a difficult move, but that's not to say that Clement didn't enjoy his stay in the band. He has stated that he's enjoyed his ride with Atomzero, and even brings Clement back to an earlier time.
"It marks a stylistic return to my early period in the 80’s of working in a bedroom with just a drum machine and a synth and a cassette deck and I took the name I used back then," Clement stated, also admitting that "...being an electronic musician in Oshawa in the 80’s was a criminal offense." With a sort of early dream dashed away, Clement is making a move to fulfill his life choices that he had made way back when, and he is pushing as hard as ever to become successful.
Not only that, but Clement is looking to stay simple in the way he creates music, " I got to listening to those cassettes I made, and what grabbed me was the fact I made the music with very little gear." Clement was used to creating music with such simple exercises, from a synth that could only play eight notes at once, he evolved to an infinite amount of possibilities with modern technology. However, in regards to that, he has stated, "I made a promise to myself to keep nTTx music as simple of an arrangement as possible."
But simple does not always mean bad. That can be heard in Clement's latest debut single under nTTx, "Falls Beautiful". Straightforward but made with care and precision, he discussed the way he creates music. When it comes to writing lyrics, he has stated, "All my lyrics evolve out of the song.. that is, I never shoehorn existing lyrics into existing music. They must grow from each other and evolve so they belong together in my mind. My mental state may create a situational thing wherein I write a song, but may not be representative of it in the end." Utilizing the philosophical thought that music is universal, Clement allows the music and lyrics to cement into the listeners mind to allow them to create their own perspective about his music.
In regards to further plans with the single, Clement will be releasing it on his debut EP that he hopes will be out this fall. He states, "The tracks have been mostly written, just some final touches and mixing to finish. I also have a few remixers lined up but at this time can't reveal anything. It will consist of 4 originals with 3 remixes." And discussing whether or not his music will all fit under one theme, you can expect a few surprises as Clement clearly says, "I don't believe in pigeonholing myself into a certain sound, so the other songs have a different feel."
Other than that, as a fresh new face on the scene with a new project, nTTx has a lot to build up. He has mentioned that the support from magazines and DJs has all but humbled him, and that he will be rehearsing for live shows soon.
For more on nTTx, check him out on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or his official website. You can purchase "Falls Beautiful" here.
P.S. Clement has stated that he will be adding cooking recipes to his site. Seriously. He is not joking. All the more love to him.
I've been writing for Brutal Resonance since November of 2012 and now serve as the editor-in-chief. I love the dark electronic underground and usually have too much to listen to at once but I love it. I am also an editor at Aggressive Deprivation, a digital/physical magazine since March of 2016. I support the scene as much as I can from my humble laptop.
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