For electronica based music many albums have a theme or concept running through them. I find it hard to compose without a solid concept or idea that fits and pulls all the tracks in an album together into a complete story. This is quite different from most mainstream music for example where it is more times than not a bunch of unrelated tracks with a hit single among them. I prefer an album to convey a larger purpose or message and this was the idea of Insecta. I have been reading articles for a few years now about the sharp decline of insect populations around the world and the effects this is having on the food chain for other animals. From a Guardian article : Scientist Brad Lister returned to Puerto Rican rainforest after 35 years to find 98% of ground insects had vanished. “We knew that something was amiss in the first couple days,” said Brad Lister. “We were driving into the forest and at the same time both Andres and I said: ‘Where are all the birds?’ There was nothing.” “One of the things I noticed in the forest was a lack of butterflies,” he said. “They used to be all along the roadside, especially after the rain stopped, hundreds upon hundreds of them. But we couldn’t see one butterfly.”
After reading an older similar article titled "Where Have all the Insects Gone ?" the idea formed in my mind and these tracks happened. Sometimes we need a spark from the world around us.