We took advantage of the recent release of Midnight Vice, his latest ep, to ask UK based synthwave artist Cryocon a few questions.
Headphones For Robots: Who is Cryocon?
Cryocon: A lone producer/DJ from deepest darkest England. Alias : Dan Exton.
HFR: How did you start making music? Could you tell us a bit about your influences?
C: I started DJ’ing in the early 00’s doing breaks and electro nights, then just progressed into production as the club scene became more commercial. I’d say my major influence would be all of the horror and action movies I was lucky enough to rent on VHS during the 80’s as a kid.
HFR: You have recently released Midnight Vice, a 5 track EP. What can you tell us about it?
C: My usual style is quite dark and sci fi inspired, so I wanted to do something a bit different. This time I took inspiration from 80’s action/cop B movies.
HFR: What was your approach on writing music? Which are the steps you make when songwriting?
C: My tracks usually evolve from just messing around with basslines or melodies, the tracks I’m most happy with are always the ones that just naturally come together without too much stress.
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: My go to DAW is Ableton as the creative freedom is unbeatable, and my favorite vst’s are Predator & Blue by Rob Papen, and anything by Native Instruments is amazing, especially Reaktor & Kontakt.
HFR: What is the best thing that happened to you lately that you would like to share?
C: I was lucky enough to be asked to do a live show.
HFR: Cryocon in a near future? Where will it be possible to see you in a show?
C: I should have another E.P out at the end of October if all goes to plan. And, yes, I will be playing at Retro Future Fest – Neon Winter this December in Cheltenham along with some fantastic artists!
HFR: Last words?
C: Thanks for the interview! It’s been a pleasure.
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