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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maandag 22 april 2024

Bezoek aan de Retro Game Beurs Tilburg op zondag 21 april 2024

Eindelijk! Al lange tijd wil ik graag een keer de Retro Game Beurs in Tilburg bezoeken. Gisteren was het dan zover en man wat heb ik ervan genoten.

Retro Game Beurs Tilburg - 21 april 2024

Het was een paar dagen van te voren nog spannend, aangezien mijn zoontje ziek was geworden. Gelukkig konden we wat extra hulp van onze familie inschakelen. Een hele opluchting en met een goed gevoel kon ik dus ´s morgens vroeg de auto instappen op weg naar het zuiden van het land.

De reis verliep lekker rustig en samen met een goede vriend arriveerden we rond 10 uur bij de Ireen Wüst IJsbaan. De auto hadden we snel geparkeerd en we konden in de enorme lange mega rij van ruim 300 meter gaan staan. Na ongeveer 40 minuten bereikten we de entree en werden we welkom geheten door een vriendelijke steward. Yes, het struinen kon beginnen en we besloten eerst de buitenkant van de ijsbaan te nemen. 

Er was enorm veel te zien en aan te raken. Wat mij vooral opviel was het gigantische aanbod aan PlayStation 2, 3 en 4 titels. Niet mijn ding, maar leuk om te zien. Zelf lette ik meer op N.E.S. en Xbox games. En die waren er gelukkig ook genoeg.

Retro Game Beurs Tilburg - Zondag 21 april 2024

Na bijna drie uur rond te hebben gelopen (buiten- en binnenbocht plus het middengedeelte), begonnen de benen toch wel moe aan te voelen in de fris aanvoelende hal. Maar goed, het is dus ook een ijsbaan.

De organisatie was perfect georganiseerd met heel veel standhouders, veel vrijwilligers, een frietkraam en voldoende toiletten. Een extra gewaardeerde bijkomstigheid waren ook de stickers en het muntje voor het arcade gedeelte die je bij binnenkomst ontving. Een dik compliment voor Gerry en het team.

En ja, wat heb ik deze beurs mee naar huis genomen? Nou, drie Xbox games, 1 NES Turbo Controller en de 8-Bit Pocket voor het spelen van mijn Famicom games.

Tilburg, tot een volgende keer en houdoe hè!