My name is Benjamin Hébert.
Music is my passion.
My initial interest was, of course, from a listener's perspective. I was first introduced to the power of musicality through Led Zeppelin's moving melodies and Pink Floyd's cristalline solo's. I was charmed, and I soon began wanting more.
By the age of 14, I asked my parents for an electric guitar so I could follow the footsteps of Hendrix and other guitar gods.They did not like the idea of having a "Voodoo Child", so I had to change my strategy. I unearthed my mother's old acoustic guitar, the kind that could murder your fingers with it's thick, high-actioned rusty strings, and I started messing around with it. After a few months of excruciating pain, I was able to play "Stairway to Heaven" in front of my mother, which brought her to tears. Seeing how dedicated I was, my parents took me in for guitar classes.
From there on, my musical interests varied greatly; from classical to progressive rock, and from death metal to trance music. By the time I was 18, I had stopped taking lessons. I was able to compose simple songs, record them with a computer microphone and improvise solo's on top of that. It did not sound very good, mainly because of the questionable audio quality, but all I knew is that music carried me, and that I wanted continue composing.
As my interest in electronic music progressed from Children of Bodom to the likes of Thievery Corporation, I started wondering how it would be possible to create music from a computer. I was pleasantly surprised when I found out you didn't need the million dollar hardware you see in the successful studios. I got myself a DAW (a computer musician's canvas), some good monitoring headphones and a Midi keyboard, allowing me to start my musical journey into the realm of digital sound.
Starting in 2011, I began exploring the infinite possibilities being offered by my new tools and published a few tracks on Soundcloud under the alias "ElectronicallySpeaking". While the quality of the music I was now creating was already a step up from my previous 5$ mic setup, I was still trying to climb a very steep learning curve separating the amateur from the music producer. Composing was still a hobby rather than a career, but I wanted to understand more about my passion.
Therefore, I stopped producing full tracks for a year and concentrated my spare time on learning about sound and music in general. I read books on mastering and production techniques (EQ, reverb, compression, balance, frequency spectrum and dynamic range, etc) and musical theory. At the same time, I started limiting myself to only a few virtual instruments softwares and plug-ins in order to really get to know them in depth; if Joe Satriani is able to pull off such crazy sounds with his guitar, it's mostly because he knows his gear inside out! The same applies to virtual instruments.
The end of the summer of 2013 marked the beginning of my new musical project. Elecsir came into existence on September 3rd 2013.
From there on, it is an ongoing story...
Comments by Elecsir
The build up of energy is absolutely stunning. Love your work.
This is brutal. Well done Sir!
Groovy et mélancolique à la fois. J'adore!
Cheers de Mtl! Awesome track
Tout aussi cracké que toi. J'adore. Awesome sound design
Knock Knock... Wub WUb Wub?
This is awesome. This is the grooviest shit I'll be listening to today! Makes me think of Nujabes ☺
This is great. You've really captured something quite special with this song. Cheers