“Implant” Composer Jerry Barksdale
Gives Good Interview
The composer of Implant is Jerry Barksdale. His music was also in Crimson Stained Lace’s “The Sound of Zombie’s. Below is the preview of Sound of Zombies, and you can hear Jerry’s music in the background.
Bzzzline was able to get an interview with Jerry, and he talked about his work as a composer, and as a musician.
BZZZLINE:You’ve been doing Comosing for how long?
JB:I’ve had numerous songs appear on movie soundtracks but ImPlant was my first film composition.
BZZZLINE:What is the process when you are composing for a movie, do you go with the emotion of the scene, or do you try to match the song with the visuals.
JB: I approached composition how I approach songwriting in general. The curse of an artist is that we have the ability to dwell on emotions, we generally thrive on the negative and our arts are usually representations of these deeper emotions. We reach within ourselves and pull out those pieces that others are unwilling to see within themselves. These pieces expose our deepest secrets, mirrors our desires, mirrors our disgusts, mirrors our fears, and mirrors our insecurities. Thankfully the movie dealt with these same themes and I was able to identify immediately with the characters, from then the music shaped around the emotion effortlessly.
BZZZLINE: Are you a musician as well.
JB:That’s actually a tough question. I’m an artist who uses musical instruments as my medium. I have a bunch of instruments lying around and I can make sounds come out of them, but I’m not really proficient at the instruments. Musicians usually develop a deep passion and respect for their instrument. I never experienced that. I fell in love with the sounds that come out of instruments, never the instruments themselves. So I think that is what differentiates me from a Musician. I’m not able to relate to an instrument as anything other than a piece of equipment that makes a sound. I push buttons, or pick strings and sometimes interesting sounds come out, give me a trashcan lid and a hammer and I’d be just as happy so I guess first and foremost I’m an artist and secondly a shitty musician.
BZZZLINE: Do you play in any bands. If so, which bands.
JB:I’m the songwriter in an electro/industrial/hip hop(ish) female fronted project called Strike!!! and the solo musician in LustIcon, a lo-fi black metal / dark acoustic project. I also just recently finished recording a full length with Alice In The Aftermath, an alternative electronic project, where I played keys/synth and programmed beats. You can download all of my cds for free at www.eroxthis.co.nr
BZZZLINE: Who were your influences growing up? JB:I was raised by five people, each with a different taste in music. From a young age I was bombarded with Conway Twitty from one side, Pink Floyd from another, Faster Pussycat, Chuck Berry and Mr. Mister from the others. I developed a deep respect for the various sounds inherent within these genres. Also in the early 90’s on a whim (and because their names were pretty cool) I bought both Ministry “Twitch” and Napalm Death “Death By Manipulation” records. The elements within these seven bands hold complete control over my writing style today.
BZZZLINE: How did you first get into playing music.
JB: My Grandfather tinkered with the guitar when I was a kid so he was certainly one of my main inspirations but it wasn’t until I heard Stray Cats and a swing remake of Elvis’ “Love Me Tender” that I knew I’d be making music the rest of my life. I think I was about 10 at the time; it was certainly one of those defining moments that you hear about.
BZZZLINE: Can you tell me about the composing process for Implant. JB: It was a pretty straight forward process. I would sit down and think back at times in my life where I experienced an emotion similar to that portrayed in the film and I’d write about it. I think the more you edit and tweak a song the less you capture the original emotion so I try to write my songs from beginning to end, in this case scene to scene, in one setting. In this way my original intent and original emotion is captured in the moment. I made little, if any, revision to the original creation, so the music heard is an honest and accurate portrayal of those emotions. It transcribed well to the emotion of the characters in the film.
Again you can find Jerry Barksdale’s music at www.eroxthis.co.nr. You can also go check out more interviews with the filmmaker’s of Implant at www.bzzzline.com/implant/