IIOIOIOII (pronounced I.O.) has seem to have come out of nowhere. Or maybe I just a little slow on learning of him. Christopher Gurney is the mastermind behind some of the most refreshing new music to come out in quite some time. If you like your 80’s Synth mixed with a little industrial you have to check him out. I sat down with him to get a feel of where he is coming from and where he is heading. So here is my 10 questions for IIOIOIOII
1. Lets start with the obvious question ..what is the correct way to say IIOIOIOII and what is it’s meanings It’s pronounced I.O. There’s no meaning or significance behind the name. I chose it purely for the visual appeal. I come from a design and visual arts background and I wanted the project name to be balanced. It’s been incredibly fun to see what everyone comes up with regarding the pronunciation though. People have thought it was binary, numerology based, all the way to some weird yodel. People have been very creative in trying to find the meaning behind a name that never had one to begin with.
2. What impact do you want to have in the world ? There are two things I would love to achieve through this project. The first thing is honesty. Everything I write are from perspectives or experiences that I’ve had. I want everything I put out there to come from a place that is upfront and honest. That’s the only way anyone can ever genuinely take anything from what you’re saying and be able to relate to it. The second thing is openness,. I want people to accept each other and learn from one another. Increasing acceptance and perspective regarding race, cultures, gender/sexuality movements, etc... are the quickest ways to grow and become a better person. I don’t know how much of that I can accomplish in the grand scheme of things but I know if I keep trying I’m doing the right thing.
3. What singer/group was the very first to influence you I grew up listening to a lot of different genres but for this project, Depeche Mode was a huge influence vocally. Gary Numan is a huge inspiration instrumentally with various movie scoring influences from people like Vangelis.
4. How much of your personality or personal experiences are reflected in your songs All of it. I try to write everything from personal experiences or from my perspective if the subject matter is less tangible and more universal. I’ve written songs that were about losing friends to heroin to learning to accept one another for the greater good. A message of despite differences we’re all we’ve got. You can release some great music without putting yourself into it but it becomes entertainment rather than anything you can call a sincere message.
5. Is acid better now than it used to be? How about the x? this is just a silly question no need to answer lol HAHA Surprisingly, I’ve never done them. I am a big caffeine junkie though. I love my coffee.
6. Who have you wanted to collaborate with that you haven’t yet? I’ve got a long wishlist. I mean, who wouldn’t want to work with their heroes like Depeche Mode or Gary Numan? Some of the people I would like to work with in some way would be projects like Health, Aesthetic Perfection, Dead When I Found Her, to name a few off the top of my head. I do consider myself lucky to have worked with or performed with some really talented musicians like Mr.Kitty, The Rain Within, Astari Nite, Architect, and Distorted Retrospect. 7. What is your first ever album to buy? I want to say it was Metallica Ride The Lightning on cassette tape, though I think it was a bootleg tape that I got as a
gift from a cousin (Ssshhh don’t tell anyone). I think the first CD I bought was a Megadeth album. I was really into metal as a kid. Then around the early 90s I was introduced to Pretty Hate Machine and that’s when it really began for me.
8. What are you listening to right now in your media device? Currently, I’m listening to two very different albums. Volt 9000 - Deformer, a great industrial album with heavy influences from Skinny Puppy and Ohgr. The other album is the new Tyler, the Creator release. There are several other releases that get regular rotation like The Black Queen, Health, Pictureplane, and Aesop Rock.
9. What can people expect in a Live show ? They can expect a good time. My end goal is to see everyone smiling by the end of the set. I routinely jump off the stage and give a hug to everyone I can get to during our final song in the set. I want everyone to know that I appreciate that they chose to listen to me for that brief moment and that they were part of this experience.
10. any last word you would like to tell our readers,,,, iE where to buy your music and march ,what you are currently working on ETC Thank you so much for reading this and supporting Public News. If you’re interested in hearing our music, we have our EP Post Brimstone available through AnalogueTrash.com and various streaming sites. The latest info on our project is available at IIOIOIOII.com or follow us on Facebook. Feel free to follow us on Twitter @IIOIOIOII_Music.
We will be in Dallas, Texas September 24th at Granada Theater playing with Front 242 and Leaetherstrip for Industrafest 2017. We hope to see you there!