Icarus, the electronic artist is back with his third single: Every City We Reach Is Dead. A perfect occasion to talk a bit. Check out the interview.
Headphones For Robots: Who is Icarus? Son of Daedalus?
Icarus: Icarus would indeed be a reference to the son of Daedalus who as described in the greek mythology built his own wings to escape Crete. However he ended up going too close to the sun plummeted towards his own demise as his wings melted.
I’ve decided to use that name for this solo project to create an alter ego as it symbolises the vibe and context of the stories i tell with my songs. A feeling of hope together with the sense of impending doom.
HFR: How did you start making music? Could you tell us a bit about your influences?
I: I’ve been writing songs for about 10 years, it all started out with my old rock band which i will not name! Over the years i’ve gathered a lot of experiences and seen some amazing places in the world through that work. As for influences i tend to tap into that together with great artists such as Kavinsky, Daft Punk, Justice and Mstrkrft.
HFR: You have just released your third single, Every City We Reach Is Dead. What can you tell us about it?
I: Every City We Reach Is Dead is a song I recently wrote about not being able to recognize where you’re from anymore. It’s about the search of a better place, a place to belong and gathering your inner strength to keep on pushing forward to get there. I think it might be the least synthwave-ish track I’ve released so far but still carries some heavy influences from the genre.
I have also animated my first video (ever) which I am releasing as the official music video to it. In the video you get the follow the main character (Icarus) in a futuristic and post-apocalyptic world as he is trying to uncover information leading to “the source” a mythical piece of technology remaining from the old world rumored to take the shape of a human. The reason for this is that with it he thinks he will be able to rebuild the world together with his home.
HFR: What was your approach on writing music? Which are the steps you make when songwriting? How have you collaborated regarding the vocals?
I: When writing music I try to gather my idéas and come up with a concept for a story I would like to tell. Once I’ve set on a “theme” for the song I try to create a world portraying that using audio. You could say that the vocal part of the song would be the “narrative” and would be an attempt to put words on the emotion I’m trying to channel into the song.
As for the actual singing, I record everything at home right now in my home studio. I tend to just sing my heart out and experiment with different techniques until Iachieve what I’m after. The final step is adding vocoders and talkbox through my trusty microkorg which I then blend in with the original vocals.
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?
I: My to go to equipment would definitely be my microkorg and talkbox but apart from that I usually like to try out new things, basically, any synthesizer I can get my hands on would do the trick! I also like to experiment by recording unorthodox sources of sound then pitching, stretching and resampling the audio waves. There are actually some “items” in my kitchen that made its way onto Every City… haha!
HFR: Do you plan to make a full length album?
I: As for now I’m currently releasing new material each month and have some plans for a live-action music video in the works. Thus I’m not sure if there will be a release in December or if I will go for another double release in January!
Regarding an eventual album, I’m definitely considering the option, if enough people request it, I don’t think I’ll have a way of weaseling my way out of this one!
HFR: And in a near future, will you go live? Do you have other projects?
I: I’m quite used to performing live considering my past, so as soon as I’ve built enough material I think I’d be more than happy to start performing live. I’m currently not running any other artist projects. However, I still write for others and are currently involved in creating commercials and visual/audio content together with a production company called Revelation stories.
I also do a bit of features, my latest one was together with the artists Straplocked and Sequencer on his song “Time” so check it out on youtube or spotify if you haven’t!
HFR: Last words?
I: This music video is the first animation I’ve ever so don’t judge me too hard… Just kidding, tear it apart, people!