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19 okt. 2019

Album van de week: Compilation Vol. 1 van Synth Valley Productions

Het album van deze week is Compilation Vol. 1 van Synth Valley Productions.

Compilation Vol. 1 van Synth Valley Productions

Voor wie geïnteresseerd is in synthwave muziek uit het westen van de Verenigde Staten, zoek niet verder. Met het onlangs uitgebracht Compilation Vol. 1 ben je meteen op de hoogte van wat er allemaal onder de zon van Californië wordt uitgebracht.

Oprichter van het collectief Synth Valley Productions is Starfarer, van wie eerder dit jaar het uitstekende Into the Unknown verscheen. Op dit compilatiealbum brengt hij zijn nieuwe nummer Final Approach uit, wat hoogstwaarschijnlijk ook terugkomt op zijn nieuw te verschijnen album Voyagers.

Naast de lokale artiesten als Starfarer en Vector Hold, vind je ook producers terug die recentelijk in de Bay Area hebben opgetreden zoals bijvoorbeeld Macready uit Los Angeles.

Synthwave event in Bay Area

Al met al spat de energie van dit compilatiealbum er vanaf en word je getrakteerd op heerlijk dansbare synthwave en darkwave. Hoogtepunten voor mij zijn de nummers van Elevate The Sky, LordNikon, Dead Mall, Starfarer en Vector Hold.

Synth Valley Productions treedt verdiend in de voetsporen van Nitrowave TC en Helsinki Synth City, waarbij artiesten op lokaal niveau met elkaar samenwerken bij het maken van muziek en organiseren van synthwave events.

Petje af voor Starfarer en Vector Hold en hopelijk hebben ze veel succes met dit album en hun andere activiteiten daarbuiten.

Californië ademt synthwave en Compilation Vol. 1 van Synth Valley Productions bewijst dit. Op naar het tweede compilatiealbum!

16 okt. 2019

Interview met Evan Seven

Mijn volgende interview is met de Argentijnse synthwave producer Evan Seven. Iemand voor wie ik veel respect heb opgebouwd. Niet alleen vanwege zijn goede muziek, maar vooral zijn positieve instelling in het leven. Ik wens Evan dan ook alle goeds toe en ben hem enorm dankbaar voor dit interview. Lees snel verder en beluister de muziek van Evan Seven!

My next interview is with Argentinian synthwave producer Evan Seven. Someone for whom I have built a lot of respect. Not only because of his good music, but especially his positive attitude in life. I wish Evan all the best and I am very grateful for this interview. Read on and listen to Evan Seven's wonderful music!

Evan Seven

Evan, can you tell us a bit about your background?
I grew up in Buenos Aires, a very musical city. At home, I was surrounded by music. My father is a composer/singer and plays guitar, accordion and percussions. My mother sings very well to. When my father was on tour, my mom and I spend hours listen to all kinds of music. Pop, rock, latin, etc...

How did you first get into making music?
I began as a DJ first. It gave me the opportunity to hear a lot of music. And after years of listening to different genres, I realised that 80´s music is the best. I started making remixes and covers. And later creating my own music. That was almost 20 years ago.

What is the concept/idea for your latest single ¨Labyrinths Of Love¨?
Labyrinths Of Love tells the story of two persons loving each other but who are seperated. One of them is not ready to be in a romantic relationship yet. Scared of what other people would say. But they love each other deeply. So one of them spend days making music. Surrounded by speakers and wires. Using his or her feelings as fuel in order to be as far as possible from the other, until she or he understands that it doesn't matter what people say. The most important thing in the universe is love. Untill that happens, both of them are lost in the labyrinths of love.

Can you tell us something about your current/future plans?
I also make custom music. Which is very fun and keeps it fresh to my ears. It's also helping me further develop myself. You can find the details in the blog of Vera Music Records, my studio.

What hardware/software do you use in your studio?
Making music is not about the amount of equipment that you have. It´s about what you do with it. In the software area, I like Image Line, Sony, Magix, Avid, FabFilter, Waves and Izotope.

What tips can you give to starting synthwave producers?
A - The most important tip that I can give is: follow your heart. No matter what other people say about you or your music. You make music because you feel happy doing it. Don´t let the music makes you different, whith the sole purpose of make your rich and famous. Money will come if you work with your heart, giving the best of you.

B - Keep it simple. A lot of times in music productions I feel that less is more. If you add to many sounds to your track, it will sound confussing and the ``feeling´´ of the track (wich is the most important thing) will disappear.

C - Invest your money in a good pair of speakers. We all love nice ultra HD screens, super comfortable gamer armchairs and a good amount of hardware equipment. But if your speakers don´t give you a realistic reference of whats happening in your production, your tracks will suffer the consequences.

D - Stay clean. You must be healty in order to produce more and better music. If you drink alcohol or use drugs, your done. Some people will say: ¨but when I drink (or get high), my workflow with the music is better¨. Buddy, if you need alcohol or drugs to make music, you chose the wrong direction. Drinking or take drugs to escape your problems, let me tell you something. They won't disappear. On the contrary. It will increase and I know this, very well. Face your problems. Face yourself. Solve your stuff. Then, come back to the studio and make some music.

I am very curious to the synthwave scene in Argentina. What can you tell us about this?
I don't know much about it, but I think that is growing. There are several synthwave and chiptune parties. I spend most of the time locked in my studio. I know some good synthwave producers from Argentina. Frank Redux and The Affirmation are great. They produce very good quality music, with a lot of feeling. You'll enjoy their music.

What is your favorite movie from the 80´s and why?
My favorite one is The Breakfast Club. Why? Because it doesn't matter in which neighborhood you live, the style and brand of clothes that you wear or if you have a rich family or not. We have all the same kind of problems. We must face difficulties and overcome hard times. Doesn't matter what your ego tells you.

And finally any last words to the (Dutch) synthwave community?
I send you all my love and gratitude. I'm so happy to be able to share my life in music with all of you. Keep producing synthwave. Keep working on your dreams. Thank you very much dear Sander for taking the time to promote synthwave music and thank you very much for having me. It's a great honor. I love you all. Evan.

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15 okt. 2019

Live optredens laatste Night Arcade nu online

Afgelopen zaterdag, 5 oktober, waren we natuurlijk met z´n allen in De Melkweg bij de laatste editie van 1984 Night at the Arcade. Alle live optredens zijn inmiddels geplaatst op het YouTube kanaal. We kunnen dus heerlijk nagenieten van Sunglasses Kid, Futurecop! en Robert Parker.

Sunglasses Kid


Robert Parker

12 okt. 2019

Interview met Castroe

De Amerikaanse producer Castroe speelt al jarenlang een grote rol binnen de synthwave wereld. Zijn muziek brengt hij uit op het Franse Lazerdiscs Records. Kortgeleden is de nieuwe single ¨Virtual Memory¨ uitgekomen. Tijd voor een interview om meer over het huidige en toekomstige werk van deze prachtige producer te weten te komen.

The American producer Castroe has been playing a major role in the synthwave world for years. He releases his music on Lazerdiscs Records from France. Recently the new single "Virtual Memory" has been released. Time for an interview to find out more about the current and future work of this great producer.


Castroe, can you tell us a bit about your background?
I grew up in and currently reside in the U.S. and have been making music for about 5-6 years.

How did you first get into making music?
When I was younger my father introduced me to music through bass guitar and I quickly moved onto an electric guitar.

What is the concept/idea for your latest single ¨Virtual Memory¨?
Virtual reality, being able to exit reality and enter any world you want to is the general concept.

Can you tell us something about your current/future plans?
As of now I have a couple of remixes that are waiting to be released. Working on some collaborations as well. I´m also working hard on my full length that will hopefully be released sometime in 2020. Really excited about that!

For someone like you, who has been involved in the synthwave scene for many years, what do you think about the current state of synthwave and where do you think it will be going?
Even though I´ve been in the scene for a bit, I still feel like a newcomer myself. Even when I came into the scene it was still pretty big. It seems like darksynth is the big player in the scene today in my opinion. With that, there are alot of newcomers to the already saturated scene, so its getting hard to tell anyone apart. That being said, the artists who are constantly changing and adapting their sound to be different will always stand apart from the rest!

What is your favorite horror movie from the 80´s and why?
It´s hard to pick anyone horror film. But I love anything that Carpenter has done obviously. The Lost Boys, Fright Night. Pretty much anything from the era good or bad!

And finally any last words to the (Dutch) synthwave community?
Keep doing what youre doing. Individuals willing to go out of their way for interviews like this, even for small artists like myself, are what keeps the community alive!

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