This is another edition of a continuing series of artist profiles, covering all of the participants in the Ohm Resistance Subscription Series.
Lyon, France’s Thierry Arnal is AMANTRA. An artist of several aliases, branching into the Luke Lund / Subterranean universe, while also collaborating for a lengthy ambient masterpiece on the Kvitnu label with Submerged. Thierry took some time to answer our queries:
You are an amazing composer in many different fields. What was your process writing the G & C track for the series?
I really don’t know because i usually never follow a “process”. AMANTRA is just a vehicle, so i can start with a noise a beat or a bass line.
What are your favorite pieces of studio gear?
Actually it’s my Rucci Electronic “Minimal Drone” & Marbeau Synth “Six Drones”. These small boxes are amazing.Right now AMANTRA’s music is changing and i’m more into Drone/Impros today.
Tell us how the collaboration with Ohm Resistance founder Submerged for “Lost Direction” on the Kvitnu label came to be?
It started as a joke on private messages via Facebook with Submerged & it became more serious when he told me that he would like to record something with me. I was surprised and honored because Kurt (Submerged) has a real background and runs a famous label. So i’ve sent two improvs/demos 8 minutes each to Submerged and he replied less than two weeks with fantastic improvs, and i started to edit/mix all the tracks, everything went easy.
Will we ever see Amantra as a live performance?
– I hope so… I’m working on that right now ! But not with the original AMANTRA form. Just drone & noises (no vocals, no beats).
You are an incredibly prolific composer – what records do you have out now, and coming soon?
– My last outputs are “Dawn Of The Fourth Stage” on my Bandcamp page, AMANTRA Vs SUBMERGED “Lost Direction” on KVITNU, and “Missing Link” on Barely Here & a new album “Resilient” will be released on Ohm Resistance in August. “Resilient” will mark the fourth AMANTRA release for 2018. I also have another project “2-W” with a long time friend but it’s going to be a long process to record the first album…