Code Elektro’s new album WOLF is a concept album something like man against nature. Every track describes a feeling from the rite of passage in the wolf den to some kind of transition. It’s a mix between Blade Runner (Vangelis) and Daft Punk (TRON) but with a more modern vibe. His own version of “Sci-Fi music” is captivating to the ears, let’s tune in…
Interview Meikee Magnetic
Where were you born and where are you now?
I live in Denmark – where I also was born. A small Scandinavian country with snow and rain.
Describe your sound:
Lots of synthesizers and arpeggiators. The sound of Code Elektro is cinematic and retro oriented. I often think of it as a soundtrack to an unmade science fiction movie. Usually people call this genre Synthwave. I think of it as a mix of a John Carpenter, Daft Punk (TRON) and the Blade Runner soundtrack (Vangelis). The music is retro but it’s more 70s than 80s.
Photo by Mads Dam
Is there a big scene for your sound in Denmark and what is popular musically there right now?
No, not really. I see the Synthwave scene more as a global scene, living in a small country I kind of have to. There is a lot of great music out there – but I’m afraid I’m not very informed about popular music here in Denmark (or in general). I usually listen to electronic music or old rock/metal. Sometimes I check Spotify to see what’s popular and I just discovered the amazing band Jungle – that’s how well informed I am… haha!
How do you see the Synthwave movement growing and expanding through out the world?
It’s very exciting with all the things that are happening right now. The scene is really rising with a lot of great releases and amazing artists. Also Synthwave is moving into a more mainstream area. For example, the Stranger Things tv series, the Halt and Catch Fire soundtracks – which both are excellent by the way.
Your new album WOLF is a concept album, tell us more about it:
I started out writing a handful of tracks. At some point it was clear to me that they all circled around similar themes. So I tried to have an overall concept for the rest of the tracks. It did take some extra time, and I have a few tracks that didn’t fit into the concept – so they didn’t make it to the album. Maybe I will release an album with them later on. So the album, Wolf, mixes themes such as technology, the future and the role of man in relation to nature. Each track on the record describes a feeling or an action, and all of the tracks describe an adventure. From the initiation ritual of the wolf den to the Scandinavian nature, storms, the darkness of night, the city lights – and some kind of final transformation.
LABEL: Iceberg Records (Denmark)
Release date: June 3rd, 2016
Medium: Vinyl + Digital
Will it be available on Vinyl and where can we find it?
Yes, it’s available on vinyl as well as via streaming and download (Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, Tidal). The vinyl can be found on my website.
What synthesizers and production programs are you using?
Some of the hardware synths I’m using right now are JX3P, Moog Sub Phatty and the Korg MS20. It’s hard to beat that analog sound and it’s a lot of fun! I’m a longtime Cubase user and some of my softsynths are DIVA, Predator, Omnisphere, Arturia, Reaktor and many more. I also use real and “analog” basses and guitars (Fender, Gibson, Ibanez and Yamaha). My Fender P-bass RI1962 is just amazing, so basic and yet it sounds great.
Top 3 favorite Sci-Fi movies:
Only 3? Well the list could look like this:
1. Blade Runner
Honorable Mentions: Terminator 1+2, Aliens, 2001: A Space Odyssey, District 9, The Martian and TRON.
If you could musically score the soundtrack of a movie from the past, present or future what would that movie be?
Ridley Scott actually planned to have an electronic score for the first Alien movie. He asked Isao Tomita but the producers wanted a more traditional orchestra score so they went with Jerry Goldsmith. I feel that a synth score would tie it more together with the Blade Runner movie so maybe a new synth score for Alien but then again it would be dangerous to touch a classic like that.
Do you feel director John Carpenter is aware of the Retro Wave movement and would you like to see him make a new film using some of the best Retro Wave artists in the industry?
I’m sure he is aware of it. John Carpenter is an excellent storyteller with his music (and film) so I think he should continue to score his own films. I can’t imagine a better composer for his movies than himself.
Any plans on performing in the US?
Not at this moment but I hope to do it sometime.
What is coming up for Code Elektro?
I’m always writing new music so at some point I’m going to sit down and open the drawer and see what I have. Maybe there’s a few remixes coming up.
What does Dark Beauty mean to you?
I get a lot of inspiration from Dark Beauty. There is beauty in the dark.