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Interview with Salvation

Salvation from Paris France, has recently released “The Flesh Of Love”, his first EP. A perfect occasion to talk a bit.

Check out the interview with this unusual composer.

Headphones For Robots: Who is Salvation?

Salvation: Salvation is my solo project. It’s brand new; I started it 1 year ago. It’s particularly close to my heart because it mixes two elements that are very close to me: electronic music and cinema through movie soundtrack.

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

S: I started playing bass and very quickly synth in the mid-80s. Then I started producing electronic music around 89-90. Since then, I have become a sound engineer and multimedia composer. I released a few years ago an album (electro) under the name of Sartorius.

I have always had very different influences (thanks to my parents), but it’s Klaus Schulze (Moondawn), and Jean Michel Jarre’s discs (Oxygene & Equinox) who impressed me as a kid. I then discovered electro pop via New Order, industrial music through Coil and EBM with Skinny Puppy and Leaether Strip.Then, I fell into electro (Plastikman and more recently Oneohtrix point never) and metal. Finally, 10 years ago I discovered M83, College and then more recently Carpenter Brut. It was a revelation. Along with all that, I’ve had an unconditional love for film music through the work of Howard Shore, Vangelis, Wendy Carlos and of course John Carpenter!

HFR: You have recently released the Flesh Of Love, a first EP melting synthwave and soundtrack vibes,  what can you tell us about it?

S: I composed the tracks of this EP as so many little stories that together form a kind of anthology rooted in the movies of the 80s. Moreover, for the most attentive, the names of the tracks put end to end form the beginning of a story. While composing, I had all the time in my mind several films: “Blow out,” “Dressed to kill” and “Body Double” of Brian de Palma, “Manhunter” of Michael Mann and “The fly” of David Cronenberg. The relation to the flesh (in the title) is also a direct reference to Cronenberg.

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

S: I always start by visualizing an atmosphere, a scene. For me, it translates into melody. Always the melody. Then as for a film, I put the frame and the light: it’s the rhythm and the choice of sounds. Finally, I build the story through the arrangements. I really have a very cinematic approach to music! I spend a lot of time by creating the arrangements. I like that as in a story; there are several parts, twists and turns. If the song is too linear, I get bored very quickly!

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?

S: I work mainly with Ableton Live on Mac. I find this DAW very flexible. I obviously use a lot of virtual instruments: I use Absynth and Kontakt 5 from Native Instruments, Zebra 2 from U-He and the Arturia V collection.

I also used the M1 from the Korg Legacy for digital leads! For orchestral sounds, I use the VSL special edition and some banks from Spitfire Audio and Project Sam.

But I also use a lot of hardware synths: Moog Minitaur, Dave Smith Mono Evolver keyboard, Waldorf Blofeld, Make Noise 0-Coast, Korg Polysix, Yamaha SY 22 and a Yamaha guitar RGX421D.

HFR: And in a near future, will you go live? Do you have other projects?

S: No, for now, I don’t have any live project. To attend a lot of electro gig every year, I think we must be able to ensure a powerful show and work the visual aspect thoroughly. For the moment I am concentrating on writing new songs (I am currently finishing a re-reading of the Stranger Things opening theme).

Parallel to my solo project, I compose in a group of experimental and cinematographic songs named Tcheli (2 albums to our credit, a third in preparation).

With Salvation, I hope I can go much further artistically and perhaps be able to release the first E.P on Vinyl.

HFR: Last words?

S: I think synthwave (and all its sub-genres) is an incredibly liberating music. For me, it allows to express many of my musical fantasies. Plus, I find that there are a very active community and lots of ultra creative and powerful bands.

It’s a constantly evolving genre; it’s super exciting!

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