We had the chance to talk to Aaron aka Neon Proxy an Experimental Synthwaver before the release of “Digital Paradise”, his new EP.
Headphones For Robots: Who is Neon Proxy ?
Neon Proxy : Well Neon Proxy is me, my name is Aaron I am from Liverpool in the UK I am 20 years old, and I am an Experimental Synthwave artists who can’t make up his own mind when it comes to genres haha, one minute I am synthwave next minute I am drum n bass then I am making chillstep, it is a wild ride!
HFR: How did you start making music? Could you tell us a bit about your influences?
NP : It all started around May/June of last year when my friend (Eightii) properly got his head down with making music he convinced me to try and I’d been listening to Carpenter Brut Scandroid Gunship and various other “Synthwave/Synthpop artists” and thought “Hmmm I want to be different how though” so I trialed and errored making music and everything that I did when I first started can be heard in my debut album Re-Education.
Mostly my influences come from Synthwave artists to metal for my heavier tracks like Satellite and various tracks to come.
HFR: Can you tell us about “Processing” the track you sent us and your new EP?
NP : Processing was actually the first track I made after a 4 month break from music, and I was so proud of it I wanted to make more tracks using the same techniques and enthusiasm as I did for that track and it happened for the rest of Digital Paradise which is my newest EP that is being released on the 25th of this month on all streaming sites!
My newest EP is the start of a 4 part EP saga which tells a story I will not reveal the story just yet but in time I will, I have a remix album coming out for part 1 that is out on the 25th coming out shortly after featuring many other artists/friends with artists like Kahlina Chernobyl Blackbird Neurocity and various others!
HFR: What is your approach on writing music? Which are the steps you make when songwriting?
NP : My approach hmmm that is a tough one because it can be many different ways I can be listening to music to walking to work or simply playing a game and I will have an idea, most of the time is when I am playing my guitar I will make a random lead on the guitar write down the notes and transfer them onto my DAW then viola!
Song in process!
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?
NP : As I mentioned previously I play the guitar or bass and it really helps with the writing process other than that playing games which have amazing scores/OSTs can really REALLY boost my creative juices.
The software I use is FL studio and a lot of VSTs it hard to narrow down the “main” ones because I will never stick to one VST!
HFR: How is the music scene in Liverpool? What do you think about the last elections in the UK?
NP : For Synthwave? Not good, for Indie bands? Amazing haha, there is no electronic scene in Liverpool unfortunately, it really puts a downer on things when it comes to being an electronic artist around here that’s why I don’t intend on doing live shows with Neon Proxy but I do have a band as well on the side.
Oh god the last election well I voted Labour because you know Corbyn is the man haha I am disappointed we didn’t win but I am glad Theresa May doesn’t have power but I am very upset the Conservatives are going into a coalition with the DUP which just spells out trouble but other than that life goes on I’d rather not get bogged down by politics.
HFR: Neon Proxy in a near future? Are there any shows coming up within 2017?
NP : Hmmmm near future I have my 4 EPs coming out throughout this year I am scoring 1 indie game that has been confirmed and another indie game next year sometime other than that nope no plans just keep rolling with the times.
HFR: Last words?
NP : I’d like to thank you guys for inviting me for an interview and promoting my music for me, I am deeply appreciative
Stay cool guys
HFR: You’re welcome.
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