Interview with CRYSEHD

With EP III, CRYSEHD, a darkwave synth artist from Poland,  has just released the third and last part of a concept trilogy. We had the pleasure to talk to him. Check out the interview.

Headphones For Robots: Who is CRYSEHD?

CRYSEHD: CRYSEHD is a music project, influenced on 80s music sounds but not mainly led with it. The best way to describe it is electronic music with retro sounds.

HFR: How did you start making music? Could you tell us a bit about your influences?

C: I started to make music around 2008, using few DAWs to play around with. I have been making a lot of stuff from Trance, Hardstyle, Hardcore to Electro House and Deep House. I’ve decided to stick to Synthwave with CRYSEHD project. My list of influences is huge, but I can mention Power Glove, Carpenter Brut, Big Black Delta, AIR, Death from Above 1979, Cliff Martinez, Gesaffelstein, Massive Attack, MSTRKRFT, The Black Angels and lots of more.

HFR: You have just released EP III, the third and last part of a trilogy. What can you tell us about the whole story behind this 3 EPs?

C: Trilogy was planned since I released my “Serial Killer” album, I wanted to make a complex story split into three parts. I wanted to make it equal, every EP as five tracks, every track name is connected with other tracks in the story. Also closing/opening tracks are connected, not only with name but also with  style of production. I think the story is perfectly closed, those 15 tracks were just enough to tell it.

HFR: What was your approach on writing music for this EP? Which are the steps you make when songwriting?

C: Mostly in the beginning of production I focus more on the sound than melodies. I like to outline and highlight the drums, Then I’m try to create some melody with “my” touch to it, to make it possible to connect with my other work. And finally I add some background sounds, atmospheric transitions or drive sounds.

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?

C: Unfortunately I dont have any analog synths. I mostly use my Fender Bass to play some melodies or my Yamaha Digital Piano. Sometimes I use my Fender Stratocaster guitar to play some leads or solos, most leads from EP I were made on this guitar.

HFR: Poland is not the best known synthwave country, how is the scene out there?  Do you share some contacts?

C: Actually it’s not that bad. From year to year there’s more people trying to make music and it comes out not bad. But I think most producers here are sticking to make more euphoric, 80s neons synthwave than darkwave.  From Poland darkwave scene, I can recommend Fake Stereo, check him out.

HFR: CRYSEHD in a near future? Will you do a special live set to recap the whole trilogy?

C:  In the future I plan to release an EP with some bonus tracks from the Trilogy. Making this three EPs I produced around 25-30 tracks, which from 15 landed on EPs. Live set is also a possibility, I am working on it. Also I am wondering about releasing the Trilogy on CDs, maybe even on vinyl remastered, we will see about that. I have some other projects in the way, connected with the retro sound, but now it’s not the time to talk about it.

HFR: Last words?

C: Thanks for having me !


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