Welcome to Space Daytona!!
Congratulations on your latest EP! Briefly present yourself to our Space Travellers!
Hi guys! I am a Danish Synthwave artist currently residing in Dubai. I just released my new EP on Retro Reverb Records and I am really excited to be here.
What is your production process and what are the tips you’d like to share with the producers who follow us?
Usually what happens when I get an idea is that I will try to build a complete scene or loop around the idea and then make a decision as to where in song the scene would fit (i.e. verse, chorus, mid-8 etc.). When I got that down, I will start contemplate the overall song structure and then build the other parts.
I always try to introduce some contrast between sections and introduce variations and layers over time. I may also make subtle changes in effects processing. For example, I may add increasing saturation on a bassline across chorus sections, and maybe open up the filter, to add my dynamics to the low end. Or I could increase the stereo width across chorus sections and then decrease it again across verses. Just small subtle changes here and there across a track can add to the overall track.
I will initially record a demo version of new track using plugins and VSTs and then eventually re-record everything using hardware synths and stomp box effects. Though many VSTs sound great today I still think they lack the dynamics and punch you get from real hardware synths.
Though I master my own stuff, I am increasingly looking to get my stuff done by experienced master engineers as I tend to find things here and there I am not too happy with.
One of things I always try to do when recording a track is to find a new way of doing things. I think it is important to keep challenging yourself and learn new stuff. You don’t have to re-invent the wheel every time, in can just be small subtle changes to the way you process a sound or the effects you are using.
When did you start making music?
My interest in music goes all the way back to my childhood years. I was a teenager in the 80s and really into the whole Synth Pop scene. The problem back then was that synths were quite expensive and music software nowhere as advanced as it is now, so it was hard to make anything that sounded really good. I did use both Atari and Amiga for music production and had old versions of Dr. T and Cubase. I owned a couple of synths such as the Ensoniq ESQ-1, Roland Alpha Juno, a couple of sound modules and also got my hands on a Korg M1 for a while.
Where do you take inspiration for your musical arrangement?
I always approach my tracks as small stories or movies, where the listener is taken on a journey. My genre, Synthwave, can occasionally get quite repetitive and I feel a lot of artists tend to use the same song structure over and over again. I like to build my arrangements with different sections or scenes if you like. The Last Call EP is an example of trying to use more complex song structures and expressions.
What was the trigger that inspired you to make music?
As I mentioned earlier, my interest in music goes back to my childhood. I grew up in a family that always played a lot of music. My dad in particular, have always had a great interest in music and I guess that rubbed off on me. He would play all sorts of progressive stuff such as Pink Floyd, Tangerine Dream, early Jean Michel Jarre and so on. For some reason I was always fascinated by synth sounds. They were so different and new back in the later 70s and 80s. Eventually, I wanted to do stuff like the artists I was into such as Depeche Mode, Front 242, Nitzer Ebb and all the synth groups of the time.
How is the electronic music scene in Dubai?
We do have quite a lot electronic music going on here, whether it is local acts or major names coming and playing here. There are a lot of clubs and venues here that are trying to put on interesting shows. Of course the pandemic has slowed things down a bit like everywhere else. I think in terms of Synthwave, the scene is still quite small but there are fans around here too.
What kind of direction are you going to take for your next releases and what are your plans for the future?
I am already working on my full album which will be released around spring next year. I working on a concept at the moment, involving Mona Daytona (the avatar on the cover) and will bring in some vocalists as well. The guy who did the video for Palm Beach Marauder, has been working on some characters I will try to integrate into the story line of the album and then have a couple of videos associated with it. But lets see, it is still early days, and things can still change a lot.
This is a question we ask any artist every time: If you had a time machine, in which era would you travel and which kind of music would you bring with you in the past?
Well, I was lucky to be around in the 80s when the whole synth scene started developing. It was really an exciting time if you were into that kind of music. I think there is a bit too much 80s nostalgia these days, and everything wasn’t great. But the electronic music scene was in its early days, which was very inspirational. The 1960s is probably another time that I would like to have experienced simply for the sheer creativity that was going on in music.
What is the last thing you would like to say to our Space Travellers?
I would like to thank all the people who have supported me and bought my music. There would be no scene without the fans, and your support is deeply appreciated and deeply important.