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2 sep. 2019

Interview met ALPHABOT

Leven we niet in een grote simulatie? Misschien wel, misschien niet. Gelukkig is daar ALPHABOT, die als missie heeft ons blij te maken met mooie synthwave muziek. In welke wereld dan ook. Een mooi moment voor een interview met deze geweldige Franse producer.

Are we not living in a large simulation? Maybe, maybe not. Fortunately there is ALPHABOT, whose mission is to make us happy with beautiful synthwave music. In any world. A great moment for an interview with this great French producer.

ALPHABOT

ALPHABOT, how did you first get into making music?
Somewhere around 2001, when FL Studio was called "Fruity Loops". But it wasn’t until 2014 when I started to really sink my teeth into it.

France has a great history of wonderful musicians. Which of these artists inspired you when making music?
Oh yes, many. I will try to be brief but it won´t be easy. Firstly Jean-Michel Jarre and his "Oxygen" album that helped me breath electronic joy for years. Daft Punk who are simply pioneers at pioneering, and then deeper within the synthwave realm I´ve always loved Kavinsky, Carpenter Brut and of course the "fantastique" Perturbator.

Can you tell us something about the concept/idea for your latest track ¨The Program¨?
"The Program" attempts to portray the hypothesis, which proposes that the whole universe is just part of a computer simulation.


How are the reactions on this track?
Reactions have been pretty nice between listeners on platforms such as YouTube or SoundCloud and fellow synthwave artists. I am very thankful for that and eager to jump right back in the studio and create more music.

When working in the studio, how goes the process for creating a new song?
For the most part a new song will be written or even hummed to a voice recorder as soon as it comes to mind. Usually building from a melody and other times I will start writing while tweaking around and playing with synths.

What equipment do you use in your studio?
Lets see...a couple of synthesizers, a DAW with some of my favorite plugins and a new Talkbox that has just been added to the family. Trying to keep it simple (for now).

Can you tell us something about your future plans?
Apart from taking over the world with my robot army, I'm working on some tracks that aim to place the listener in the driving seat of a 1982 Stingray taking a sunset cruise on "Ocean drive, Miami".

What do you think about the current state of synthwave and where do you think it will be going?
I think we are currently witnessing a sort of transformation in this young genre. With many more artists today, we get some really creative spins and takes while staying true to the essence of synthwave. I also think that we are bound to see higher mainstream attention to synthwave in general and its futuristic subgenre "cyberpunk" in particular. Partly also thanks to the much anticipated videogame "Cyberpunk 2077".

What is your favorite movie of the ´80s and why?
Oh that’s a tough one. I'm gonna go with "Back to the future 2" - flying boards, flying cars and auto-lacing shoes. Really love the plot and the way the "future" was portrayed. I rewatch it every few years.

And finally any last words to the (Dutch) synthwave community?
The Dutch electronic music community is one if the best in the world. I have really awesome memories of the electronic music scene in Eindhoven. All I can say is thank you and would like to just note that 2020 promises to be an absolutely RAD year for synthwave.

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