Posted by Liransz
on June 21, 2012

Exclusive Interview with Iorch


We are pleased to offer you an interview with one of our newest additions: Jorge Gallego Lorén (Iorch), Musician and Composer from Barcelona.
Tell us something about yourself.

My name is Jorge Gallego Lorén. I was born in Barcelona on August 5th 1984 and at the age of four I began studying classical music at the school of music and dance ‘Fusió de Sant Cugat del Vallés’ with Albert Sàrrias as my teacher. He taught me to feel the music in a simple yet passionate way, as well as to play the violin using the ‘Suzuki’ method. I also took part in an orchestra, an experience that I thoroughly enjoyed during many years.

However, it was not until six years ago that I began composing my own music; I started feeling that my path had more to do with creativity than with interpretation. 

What inspires you when creating your works?

I normally start with a concrete concept. I feel comfortable creating music that is related to one or more images, as if it was a soundtrack. There are other times when I’m simply walking down the street and I start humming a random melody that later becomes a song. 

When did you start developing as an artist? 

When I learnt that I could create music of my own. 

How would you define your style?

I’ve always listened to a lot of music of a broad range of styles. The very essence of my works derives from this variety. 

Are you working on any personal projects at the moment?

Yes, I’m currently involved in various projects. One of them is a communication study that will be unveiled soon; music destined for publicity. I’m also composing themes for my website, and I’m part of a modern music project of which I am composer, singer and writer. And finally, I am working with Hysterical Minds; you guys rock!

What influences you? 

Many things; if I had to choose, I’d say easterly musicians and composers, because of their really cool mixture between folkloric music and pure classical music. 

What is your process when defining a certain theme?

Once I have the concept, I begin looking for information of all kinds: the music of other artists, images, films, and so on, which work as a support for creating the composition. It is then that the first music notes appear in my head. Once the harmonic structure is defined, I simply get carried away.

Is all of your work digital or do you also use analog methods?

I use both; I really like the audio contrast that can be created. I work with a computer, specifically with LogicPro. As a matter of fact the way I make music is like mixing different textures. For some pieces I have sung and played the viola, the clarinet, the piano and some percussions, while recording them with a microphone. Most of the times I use instruments from the software.

What do you think of the current situation of music?

I’m not going to say anything new, but right now is the perfect time to start working independently. We now have an extremely powerful tool, which is the Internet. On a personal level, it is the moment to make the most of our time and, above all, to help each other. A clear example is what happens within this art collective. I have the tools to create my music and then share it via this website. Just like Juan Palomo.

What is the most important thing of being part of an art collective?

For me being part of an art collective that promotes its members is vital. Together we are stronger. Another thing I really appreciate is the feedback I receive on the works I present. 

What is, in your opinion, the best piece you’ve presented here? Please explain it.

I like them all because of the concept work I’ve been able to develop. However, I think I’d choose ‘Composición Fantasma’ [Ghost Composition] because it is fresh and randy. It is probably the most uncouth song I’ve composed. I come from a very classical music world, where extravagances are not well regarded, but I’ve always been very curious. I had a great time editing it. The voices are mine –with one or two filters, of course! – and I had to take a break more than once, because of how funny it was!

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Matias Szeiman for helping me with his exceptional work recording the guitars!

How do you see the future of Hysterical Minds?

I think it’s very promising. We are working increasingly better, with a magnificent technical level, and above all, with a lot of enthusiasm. The group can become whatever it desires.

What do you think of the current digital art scene?

It is rapidly developing; the tools we have available become more comprehensive every day. That is why I believe the panorama is very positive. 

What pros and cons do you find in the artistic promotion through the Internet?

One of the positive aspects is the rapid and cheap diffusion of content. It is a revolution. I can now work from home or from the other side of the world on a commissioned piece from Japan, for instance. This also allows people interested in your work to quickly contact you, and makes payment relatively safe. On top of that, you can advertise your work through different media: social networks, blogs or personal web sites. Of course you have to be prepared to communicate and answer nimbly.

Do you think the role of art is more or less relevant to society given the current situation?

Not for the Spanish government definitely, but for society in general this phenomenon has been, and will continue to be, vital for intellectual development. Art is freedom of expression. Since man became man the role of art has existed uninterruptedly. Primitive men painted the walls of caves, and it has recently been discovered that they also took advantage of the acoustics of different locations and considered them for their rituals. 

How do you think the current artistic disciplines will develop?

I think the situation will remain as it is now: based on reinterpretation. It has always been like that. Personally I would love to be able to smell, touch and listen to a music piece. Actually, I think it’s already possible. 

What is your opinion on contemporary art?

I think we’ve come to a point where art has become too banal. Sometimes artists working in different disciplines give more importance to business than to creativity itself. In my case, I feel the need to express through music, and if from that I can benefit commercially, that’s great. But I will always remain honest to myself.