vrijdag 21 juni 2024

Interview met Isaac Waldron

Via Facebook ontdekte ik recentelijk de muziek van de Amerikaanse trance producer Isaac Waldron. Zijn nummers deden mij direct herinneren aan de trance muziek van einde jaren ´90/begin jaren ´00. Helemaal te gek en fantastisch dat de klassieke trance sound, in een modern jasje, nog steeds wordt uitgebracht. Ik ben dan ook zeer verheugd dit interview aan jullie te mogen presenteren.

I recently discovered the music of the American trance producer Isaac Waldron via Facebook. His songs immediately reminded me of the trance music of the late 90s/early 00s. It's absolutely fantastic that the classic trance sound is still being released, in a modern guise. I am therefore very pleased to present this interview to you.

Isaac Waldron Music

Isaac, thank you for having this interview. Can you please introduce yourself?
Sander, thank you for offering me this opportunity to connect with your audience; as a small artist I was pleasantly surprised when you reached out to me about my music. I am a “serious hobbyist” trance music producer based in Florida, USA. My interest in music started with electric guitar in middle school and that culminated in playing in a small band in college for a couple of years. Once I left college and started my career (I’m an electrical engineer by day) I mostly dropped that until 2011 when I decided I wanted to try my hand at the Electro House sound that was popular then. I spent a couple of years learning this but then dropped it when I hit a moment where I was good enough that I realized I was not good, if that makes sense. At some point, I discovered trance through the popular A State of Trance weekly show and then I got the bug again in late 2021 to start making music. Since then, I’ve been developing my style and regularly releasing tracks on first SoundCloud and since late 2023 on all the major music platforms

You just released a new track called ¨The Call¨. What can you tell us about this track?
My music is very much driven by the process I have built, where I try to quickly create the backbone of something and then flesh that out into a whole track. As a result, I often don’t have a particular direction, theme, etc. in mind when I start a track; instead, I let the music come to me and then see how it makes me feel before choosing a title; I liken my process more to “discovering what’s already there” than “creating.” With “The Call,” there is a large, somewhat distant horn sound that plays periodically throughout the track. This sound to me represents the inner direction in all of us that drives us to pursue our highest ideas and interests. This inner force is “The Call.” While I hope my listeners hear this in the track as well, I’m also a big believer that the meaning of music depends as much on the listener as on the artist’s intent, so whatever it makes them feel I just hope it makes them dance! 

How would you describe your style?
Though they are around the same tempo (134-142 bpm) and often similar in track structure, there are two distinct styles that my music tends to fall into.  The first is a more subdued style where both the drops and breakdowns are primarily made up of sustained or rhythmic chords and a classic pluck sound. Examples of this style are my tracks “Sunday” and “Trançonata No. 1.” The second is a harder style, generally with a prominent rolling bass and more aggressive lead synth sounds; I also often use heavy doses of the classic TB-303 acid sound in these tracks and in these cases I call it my “low pH” style. “Acid Sunrise,” “Hyperdrive,” “Sunstorm,” and an upcoming track I’m working on now are in this style.

I am very curious in what way the Dutch and German trance sound influence(d) your way of producing music. Can you share some of your thoughts on that?
I think this answer may surprise you. Throughout my life, my musical influences have tended to come from music that was not the current style. When I was a teenager in the ´90s (I’m 41 now) I was drawn to the progressive and classic rock sounds of the late ´60s onwards; Pink Floyd are my leading influence from that time. This was the time that the original trance sound was growing up as well, but I wasn’t really aware of it then. I discovered it through listening to A State of Trance, which occasionally would play a remix of some classic track that I would really vibe to and which my own style now draws from.  A great example of this is the Mark Norman track “Phantom Manor,” which I first heard MaRLo’s remix of but then loved the original track as well. 

What is happening right now in the world of trance music in the USA?
Since I have a young family, I’m unfortunately not that connected with what’s going on in my local music scene and I don’t have much time to attend live shows, but I hope to correct this in the near future. 

Several producers like Blufeld, Push and Robert Nickson have a big background in trance/progressive music. Over the last years they released some synthwave albums which had great reviews. Do you know synthwave music and what do you think of it?
Though I had heard of this genre through participating in music production discussions online, I had not listened to it much before you reaching out to me inspired me to take a listen. I love the classic synth sounds from the late analog and early digital era that artists are using in synthwave, and I think that the relatively simpler sound design that is possible with these devices really puts a focus on the most important elements of music to me: the beat and the melodic hook. Most of what I’ve heard has a generally slower tempo than my own music, but there are some faster tracks out there too that I think would blend well with my style in a set. 

What are your plans on a musical level further for this year?
Since late last year I’ve been trying to produce and release a track every two weeks, which I’ve mostly kept up with other than one short break in February-March. This has really helped me refine my process and I think improve the overall quality of my music, so I hope that’s resonating with fans out there. As I mentioned earlier, I plan to get into my local music scene this year as well. The first step of that is learning to beatmatch/DJ so that I can start playing out at some open mic/open deck nights. 

For the electronic music producers reading this interview, can you give us a look in your studio?
Absolutely. I do everything “in the box” on a computer in a completely untreated room using headphones. I use Ableton Live as my DAW and usually Serum, Spire, and Sylenth1 for sound design. I am a one-man shop so I produce, mix, and master all my own work at the moment. I’m sure this shows in some ways but it’s where I am in my musical journey today. If I may offer one bit of advice, what really helped me was dedicating myself to finishing complete tracks: there are a lot of skills you have to acquire to do this, and having something “out there” afterward is good motivation for the work required. 

What are your dreams for the future?
I hope to play at a few local music festivals within a few years. After that, the sky is the limit but we will have to see what the future brings. 

And finally, any last words?
Sander, thank you again for this opportunity to share my story with your audience. I really appreciate it. 

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dinsdag 28 mei 2024

Interview met Tenodi Boris

¨Red Line¨ van Tenodi Boris is de perfecte openingstrack voor dit zomerseizoen. De combinatie van synthwave en Italodisco houden je bij dit nummer lekker in beweging. Tijd om meer van deze producer te weten te komen.

¨Red Line¨ by Tenodi Boris is the perfect opening track for this summer season. The combination of synthwave and Italodisco keeps you moving with this song. Time to find out more from this producer.

Tenodi Boris

Can you please introduce yourself?
My name is Tenodi Boris. I'm a German based Croatian Producer and songwriter. I was introduced to music very young. At the age of 7 I started my first piano lessons and with 12 I created some first songs. I have been creating ever since.

Your latest track ¨Red Line¨ was released in March on RetroReverbRecords. It is truly a real synthwave banger. What was the idea behind the track?
First of all thank you! Inspiration for the song came from my other song actually named Neon Run, which is also an Italodisco style song. I made that song not actually knowing that it has a specific genre and on some radio show they compared me with Giorgio Moroder and after taking time to research his music and Italodisco in general I was inspired making this one as well.

I love the anime video clip on YouTube. What can you tell us about that?
The anime cut scene I used is from the anime movie "RedLine" made in 2009 by Madhouse. It was a hugely underrated anime movie. It's kind of a tribute to this anime.

Can you share some of your plans for this year with us?
Sure, in June I have a new single coming called Raging Storm and it's going to be a somewhat darker and energetic piece with folk elements, definitely worth looking at. After that I have a summer vocally-feel good single in mind before August if all goes well.

When was your first encounter with synthwave music?
Well I love ´80s music and always loved it. From my parents vinyls to music from my Atari or Commodore 128, it's hard to pick the biggest influence in my life. When I started making music at first it was all kind of retro styled music, but years into my career I didn't actually realise that the synthwave community is very much alive and kicking. So in 2020 I decided to rebrand myself as a synthwave artist and make only retro kind of songs.

When working in the studio, how goes the process for creating a new song?
It's always different for me every song. I don't have a method like many of my colleagues for making songs. I let the inspiration lead and I just ride this wave.

The synthwave scene in Germany is really strong with a lot of producers creating amazing music and several live events. How do you think it´s going in your country?
Yes it is, but for a "newcomer" it's not that easy to find the right door to come in. So I'm still looking into it :)...

What is your favorite movie of the ´80s?
I always loved comedy movies and sci-fi, but when combining great music in a movie I have to say Beverley Hills Cop is my personal favourite.

And finally any last words to the synthwave community?
I love the synthwave community. From all kinds of communities that exist today, this one is the least poisonous of them all. It's not unusual to have a pleasant chat with a fellow artist or a fan and have a great time. I just want to say, don't let these hard times change you. That's all :)...

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dinsdag 14 mei 2024

Interview met Delta Wave 82

Op vrijdag 24 mei aanstaande komt de nieuwe single ¨Summer Breeze¨ van de Finse producer Delta Wave 82 uit op het Italiaanse label RetroReverbRecords. Het nummer is fantastisch en ademt de sfeer van vroegere zomers. Over deze single en zijn oudere werk lees je meer in dit interview.

On Friday, May 24, the new single ¨Summer Breeze¨ by the Finnish producer Delta Wave 82 will be released on the Italian label RetroReverbRecords. The song is fantastic and breathes the atmosphere of earlier summers. You can read more about this single and his older work in this interview.

Delta Wave 82

Can you please introduce yourself?
Hi, my name is Jussi Lahtinen AKA Delta Wave 82. I`m located in Finland and I compose versatile retro instrumentals. My musical style is a combination of 80's movie music and it also has elements of pop, funk and even hair metal. My debut album "Jungle Warfare" was released in 2019.  

Your latest track ¨Summer Breeze¨ will be released later this month on RetroReverbRecords. What was the idea behind the track?
Well Finnish winters are really cold and summers are really short. When the winter started to ease, I wanted to create something that would create a good and expectant feeling about the coming summer. On my last album, I made some pop songs and I wanted to continue on the same path, making an authentic sounding 80's pop song that would reflect memorable summer nights, hot sandy beaches and an overall good feeling.

Delta Wave 82 - Summer Breeze

Can you share some of your plans for this year for us?
Sure! I will probably continue my musical experimenting and either release a couple of singles or make an EP. I've been spinning a few ideas where genres like acid jazz, electro funk and french house turn into my own kind of 80´s soundscape. Let's see if I can make something cool out of those ideas.

When was your first encounter with synthwave music?
In the early 2000´s, I made 80´s-inspired music with a friend in his home studio. At that time, the term synthwave was unheard of, so I must have heard the term for the first time somewhere around 2015. Sometime in 2017, I heard the song Night Swim by Sunglasses Kid and started listening to retrowave and synthwave. In 2019, I decided to return to those early 2000´s good times and 8 months later I released my debut album. I was amazed how nice it was to make music like that again more than 15 years later.

Recently I have been listening to your last album ¨Synthetic Funk¨, which different styles mixed together I really like. What software/hardware did you use for this album?
Thank you for the kind words! I mainly use Arturia, BeatSkillz, Native Instruments and UJAM software. They provide a good variation of retro synth sounds and drums. I also have my old faithful Roland Juno Di synth, which I used on my first Delta Wave album. I didn't use any MIDI back then so I recorded everything in wav with Juno and my guitars.  

The synthwave scene in Finland is really strong with a lot of producers creating amazing music. How do you think it's going in your country?
I think the scene is doing very well here! Lots of good songs keep coming out and people go to see live events.
What do you like the most about a summer in Finland?
When I was younger, I liked summer festivals and hanging out on beaches. Nowadays, I like to spend time at a cabin in the middle of nature, where you can enjoy peace and quiet. Sauna, swimming, fishing and grilling provide the best escape from everyday life during the summer here.

And finally any last words to the synthwave community?
Thanks for all the support and keep the nostalgia alive! Synthfam is the best fam.  

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