Five voices speak as one in I Am Legion
Nosisia and Foreign Beggars join up for some new material
Posted: October 2, 2013
Five people from two groups make up I Am Legion.
Prague will see a new joint musical project called I Am Legion at Roxy on Oct. 10. The somewhat mysterious venture is the meeting of Dutch-based electro-dnb trio Noisia and two members of British hip-hop-dubstep band Foreign Beggars.
An album from the project was just released and two tracks will be accompanying a short film directed by both bands and also a Dutch short film maker Thijs Gloger. The project began its tour Sept. 26 and will play 19 dates across Europe before going to Australia.
Before the tour started and the album dropped, the project was a bit of mystery.
I Am Legion answered some questions via e-mail ahead of the Prague show to clear it up. "We've been working on tunes together for a long time now, but we had so many good tunes that we just had to do an album together," they said in the brief interview provided by the show's promoter.
They also addressed the name of the project. "'I am Legion, for we are many,' is a quote from the Bible. It is said by a dude who's possessed by evil spirits, who speak through his voice. With us it means that we are many voices in one project: five opinions [making] one sound. There's a lot of ways to interpret it, though," they said. The quote comes from part of the New Testament that describes an exorcism.
Much of the actual speaking comes from the Foreign Beggars part of the collaboration. "Sometimes the Noisia guys have something to say about the lyrics, suggestions for different wordings or different tones of voice, but it usually is Foreign Beggars' expertise," they said.
The project started as just something for amusement but eventually became more serious. "In the first few sessions we were just making some music, we did long days but it was for fun so it wasn't demanding at all. Later on, when we knew we were doing an album with those tunes, and we were doing finishing sessions, it got a little more stressy; we had certain deadlines etc. Studio days were usually 10-12 hours," they said.
Noisia - when capitalized NOISIΛ is the word VISION turned upside down - was in Benešov, central Bohemia, in August for the Let It Roll open air festival. Apart from their own works, they have also produced Hadouken's album For the Masses and did remixes of songs by Moby and Robbie Williams. They have also worked on music for computer games such as Devil May Cry and Gran Turismo
Foreign Beggars was at Prague's Roxy club in April. Only two members, Orifice Vulgatron (known as OV) and Metropolis are part of the five people comprising I Am Legion. A third member of Foreign Beggars, DJ Nonames, is lending support for the evening along with Californian-based DJ and producer Samiyam.
The latest release from Foreign Beggars is 2012's The Uprising. The track "See the Light" was featured on the video game FIFA 2013 and the Ministry of Sound compilation Addicted To Bass 2013.
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