Thanks to popular requests, we are proud to introduce interviews in our young blog. Glome kindly accepted to answer to our first questions. Here we go.
Headphones For Robots: Who is Glome?
Glome: I am a budding songwriter and composer from Davis, California (Where I am currently attending university). I have a fondness for retro science fiction, the color magenta, and existential angst to the tune of 80’s keyboards, so naturally, I’ve found myself loving the synthwave and retrowave scenes. I write a lot of synthwave, but some of my work also branches out into different genres such as ambient and industrial.
HFR: How did you start making music? Could you tell us a bit about your influences?
G: It took me a long time to finally start. I had always had an inkling of trying it when I was younger, but it took me until nearly 30 to begin taking music and songwriting seriously. I started with a variety of DAW equipment on my computer as well as some basic virtual synthesizers. My physical instruments are few and far in between–nearly every song I write is digitally composed. As far as my influences, they are across the board, from Vangelis (naturally), industrial rock, 80s and 90s soundtrack music, to more diverse and experimental groups such as Swans. 80’s pop, the good stuff–Depeche Mode, Kate Bush, Tears for Fears… Also, a healthy dose of all things metal. I really need a guitar!
HFR: Can you tell us about Fallen Angel, the track you sent to us?
G: Fallen Angel at its essence is a song about alienation and self-realization. The whole idea of not fitting into the world, but still finding a way to cherish something about yourself.
HFR: What is your approach on writing music? Which are the steps you make when songwriting?
G: I think my songwriting process is a bit infuriating and weird to most who have seen how I work. I really write one note at a time. I sometimes I don’t know what a song will be about until about halfway through writing it. At that point, I assess everything I’ve written, isolate parts I find interesting, and work on generating some sort of common theme. Sometimes, I start with a vague general idea of what I want to write, but usually, the music writes itself! It’s the most natural way for me to create, I think. I don’t censor myself until I’ve given my brain enough time to vomit something up! I recommend that for everyone.
HFR: Could you tell us a bit about your “go to” equipment? What do you use when writing a song and which are your favorite instruments?
G: I use FL Studio 12 with a few custom VSTs. I don’t use many physical instruments–they take up a lot of space, and not to mention I suck as a musician anyway. The realm of composing is a more natural fit for me, although I am slowly learning guitar and piano.
HFR: In your opinion, what makes the 80’s pop culture and synthwave trendy today? Do you think it’s a trend?
G: Every dog has its day! One day, even the 90’s are gonna come back… and it won’t be pretty. But the 80’s aesthetics, in particular, I think, hearken back to a simpler time. The 80s were so expressive, hedonistic, and over-the-top. The American Dream was still alive, even! It’s no surprise many children of that era retreat back to a love of cheesy synths. And that drum sound! Even a blood-drenched cyberpunk dystopia is preferable to some modern realities. This music is a time machine on cassette tape.
HFR: What’s up for Glome? Are there any EP or shows coming up within 2017?
G: A bunch is planned! Shows are still a ways off, but I am in the process of writing my first full-length album and plan on releasing it near the end of the year. I write new songs constantly and all of them are available for free listening on my SoundCloud and Bandcamp accounts. I’m also looking to work on soundtracks for commercial products, so if you’re interested, drop me a line!