Code Elektro is back once again with another wave of electronic goodies. This time taking inspiration from the Space Age and the general exploration of the galaxies far beyond, we chatted with the producer about his current album and so much more. Read on below!
Hello again Code Elektro and welcome back to the site! How have things been? You’ve got a new album coming out and your past releases have all been met with nothing but positivity.
Code Elektro: Thank you so much for the kind words - and thanks for having me here. Things have been great and I’m really excited about the new album.
You have three albums out in total with your previous one, “Triads”, possibly being the most well received out of them all. What have you learned from your previous three albums that you brought onto the production of “Never Mind the Solar Wind”?
Code Elektro: Thank you. Yes, Triads was very well received – better than I could ever have expected. I think I have learned a lot about the process of writing an album. Now that I have released three albums, I know what I’m getting into…yet still it always comes as a surprise how much work there is in making an album.
I’ve read that the new album is about space and exploration like that of the beginning of the Space Age in the 1960s. Could you expand upon that premise? What’s the story behind the album? Why did you choose to go into that territory?
Code Elektro: I’m very much inspired by the golden age of Science Fiction literature. I like writers such as Asimov, Heinlein and Vonnegut. I like how you can take a space rocket up to Mars wearing your tweed jacket and carrying the newspaper. And you still have to use the phone booth. (Maybe it will be the same situation if we try to imagine how the world will look in 60-70 years…but that’s a different story). So, I decided at some point in the process that now that I have made 3 more or less cyberpunk inspired albums, I would like to try something different. And that was the 1960s Space Exploration Golden Age Sci-Fi style. I hope people can hear this - although I have avoided the cheesy Theremin UFO sounds from that time
Did you use any new equipment or gear to record this album? If so, why? And if not, why not?
Code Elektro: I use Cubase Pro 10 on my Macbook Pro with an RME Fireface soundcard. For synths I have used: Moog Subphatty, Roland JX3p, Korg MS20, Lyra 8, Minilogue, Behringer Neutron, Roland SE-02, Dreadbox NYX and Erebus + stomp boxes and an old Akai tape machine. Preamps are Universal Audio (Twinfinity) and I have an old SSL clone compressor. I have a ton of software. My main synths are from U-He, Rob Papen, Spectrasonics and Dmitri Sches.
Tackling a new subject though still well within the verse of what you’d normally cover, how was it writing an album that had a more positive and upbeat sound to it? Did you find this tough? Did you ever find yourself going back to more cyberpunk-like habits?
Code Elektro: That was a challenge! I hope that I have succeeded to some degree. I think it’s easier to make a dark atmosphere in a track - and I have been doing it for so long. Happy music can be so hard to make. But of course, some of the new tracks do have some darkness in them.
You released a couple of music videos in the past for your previous albums. Do you have one planned for this album? And, if you can say, which song will it be based off of?
Code Elektro: Yes! I will start to work on a few concepts soon.
Out of all the songs on the album, which one do you like the most and why?
Code Elektro: Really hard to say…I like them all for different reasons. For instance, I like Driving on the Moon for the groove and that it’s kind of “underplayed”. I also like Zer0 Gravity since it feels kind of mystic and majestic. Just to name a few of the new tracks. All in all, I truly believe that this is the best release I have ever done. I hope people will see it the same way…but that’s not up to me.
Next thing I would like to ask is this: Now that “Never Mind the Solar Wind” has finished production, which of your four albums that you’ve put out is your favorite thus far and why?
Code Elektro: I like them all. When I look back, I think that I can see how much I have learned and in what direction I have developed as an artist.
And do you have anything else in store for 2019? Eps, remixes, collaborations, etc?
Code Elektro: Yes, I do. And I’m very excited about it…but too soon to talk about it yet.
Lastly, I would like to thank you for your time and I wish you the best of luck! The space below is for any final words you may have. Cheers!
Code Elektro: Thank you so much! I’m really happy to talk about the new album and for having me here on the blog.
I've been writing for Brutal Resonance since November of 2012 and now serve as the editor-in-chief. I love the dark electronic underground and usually have too much to listen to at once but I love it. I am also an editor at Aggressive Deprivation, a digital/physical magazine since March of 2016. I support the scene as much as I can from my humble laptop.
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