We had the pleasure to talk to Dallas Nights 1986 about his music. Check out the interview.
Headphones For Robots: Who is Dallas Nights 1986?
Dallas Nights 1986: I Am a Amateur Electronic/Synthwave Producer from Dallas, Texas! I drive a wicked 1986 Chevy Silverado that I have had for 7 years now. I Am into cheesy 80’s Horror movies but also love all the 80’s Action Heroes. I mainly wanna produce Synthwave but I also like to just make anything that sounds electronic! I have a very strange musical ear when it comes to my own personal taste in music but I feel that is what also helps me produce!
HFR: How did you start making music? Could you tell us a bit about your influences?
DN1986: I first started posting my music about 2 years ago but have been fiddling around with different little loop stations since towards the end of High School! I first discovered DANGER, JUSTICE, and Miami Nights 1986, which are the ones who helped me fall in love with a whole new side of music that I have never heard before! Then along came the likes of Com Truise, Betamaxx, Lost Years, Mitch Murder, and Hello Meteor, which are the ones who inspired me to actually try to produce, but that list goes on and on and on!
HFR: Can you tell us about Coastal Demon?
DN1986: It was made with the movie Evil Dead in mind, it’s suppose to be a fast paced evil possessed track with some great samples of demon sounds from the movie. Made for horror fans including myself!
HFR: What is your approach on writing music? Which are the steps you make when songwriting?
DN1986: Honestly, I do everything on the spot……the only thing I know know going in is if it’s a fast paced or slow paced track, strange I know haha but my inspiration comes from what I love to watch which are 80’s movies, and just everyday life. Those things give me the creative processes that fuel me in each track! I guess you can say I produce from the inside and just let myself flow.
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?
DN1986: Well everything that I have made so far have been made through my phone app, FL Studio Mobile, lame I know! I use the built in VST’s like DirectWave, MiniSynth, and GMS. Each of those have Instruments listed underneath them like SlideEcho, 5th Chord, and Sidechain which are some of my favorites! As of Today, I have purchased FL Studio Producer Edition on my laptop so I have officially broken away from my phone! Expect to hear higher quality sounds to be coming very soon, just need to adjust being on a laptop now haha
HFR: How is the music scene in Dallas? Are you in touch with other bands?
DN1986: Well I just missed Com Truise in Dallas at Trees and was very disappointed but DANGER will be here towards the middle of July so I will be hopefully going to that! We are starting to get more and more big producers coming to Dallas so the scene I feel is starting to grow and grow! As of now I am not in touch with any other local producers but im just doing all of this for fun for now!
HFR: DN1986 in a near future? Are there any shows coming up within 2017?
DN1986: I have no wishes to produce live, I am SUCH an amateur right now and wouldn’t feel comfortable attempting that! I am still discovering just how to produce so its not in the cards for the future!
HFR: Last words?
DN1986: I just wanna say thanks to everyone who have helped me so far, dont need to name EVERYONE but YOU know who you are, I could never repay yall! Yall give me a reason to keep producing! I appreciate all the follows, adds and messages on Soundcloud and Facebook. I feel I have JUST started with all of this and I am very excited to see what the future holds and expect some higher quality sounds in the near future! 😉 Thanks everyone! Let’s keep this party rockin 😉 WE ARE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCES