Ibanez: How did the last tour go for you guys?
Antoine: The last tour with Bury Your Dead and Bring Me the Horizon went pretty good. It was probably one of the best so far. There were a lot of kids there every night, and everyone was pretty good friends. It was a pretty sweet tour.
Ibanez: Were there any favorite cities for you personally?
Antoine: Seriously I can't think of any, because all the shows were pretty much packed. A lot of shows were already sold out like one week before we were there. I think all the shows were pretty good.
Ibanez: What was the recording process like for the new album, Minus the Herd?
Antoine: Minus the Herd took quite a time to write, because we wanted to do two pre-productions before going into the studio. The other albums that we did, we weren't that ready to go into the studio. So we wanted to make sure this time that we were ready to record everything. We sent the pre-productions to Zeus, who recorded Hatebreed and Shadows Fall. It took about 4 weeks to build it all up. We were really ready this time around, so we had plenty of time to work with him on different aspects of the album.
Ibanez: Do you guys generally experiment in the studio or is everything pretty much arranged at that point?
Antoine: For the first two albums, we were kind of experimenting in the studio and even writing in the studio. The first two albums were a bit more complicated, with more riffs and more stuff going on. Before Minus the Herd, all the parts and harmonies were set and written. We even took time to record all the vocals once before going into the studio.
Ibanez: When did you start playing Ibanez guitars?
Antoine: I started playing Ibanez even before the first Korn CD came out. I started on a Roadstar series II. I still have that guitar in my closet, but I don't want to touch it. I want to keep it clean and stuff [laughs]. When the first Korn CD was released, I went to the store and bought an RG721 7-string. That guitar is like 8 or 9 years old I think.
Ibanez: What aspects of the RG drew you to that guitar?
Antoine: The necks are really comfortable. The tremolo system is really efficient and holds the tuning really well. I really like the way that the RGs vibrate on you. You can actually feel the sound of the guitar.
Ibanez: How do you and Seb differentiate your roles within the band?
Antoine: There's no solos or rhythm parts really. It's kind of hard to explain. I'm doing more of the technical stuff and more of the fast stuff. Seb keeps more of the root and more rhythmic stuff. So we kind of divide it out that way.
Ibanez: Do you think your guitar playing has changed since Ion Dissonance started in 2002?
Antoine: Yeah definitely. From the metal aspect of it, yeah it definitely changed. Working with JF has definitely been a learning experience, because he's always on the click and always on time. So sometimes I have to work to catch up with him [laughs]. He's super tight. I've started to use different colors and parts, and we changed the tuning on our guitars. So we don't really have as good a grasp on what we¡Çre playing. We play more by feeling now.
Ibanez: What do you guys have coming up next?
Antoine: We're working on the new album. We've started writing new songs, and we want to be ready to go into the studio around April or June of next year.
Ibanez: Do you have any advice for young musicians?
Antoine: I'd say that practice is the keyword when it comes to music. If you don't practice, it's going to be hard to get anywhere.