Masked from Buenos Aires, Argentina, has recently released The Dying Cult, his first album. We had the chance to talk a bit. Check out the interview.
Headphones For Robots: Who is Masked?
Masked: Masked is more a character than an artist. Maybe I can say, it’s the character on the history of my music, a dark priest of his own religion. But, talking about the artist, I make darksynth, darkwave, horrorsynth, as you wish to label it. It’s like synthwave dark but hardcore in my own style. I want to combinate synthwave, metal and some hard electronic music in one creepy song.
Masked: How did you start making music? Could you tell us a bit about your influences (Music, movies, videogames)?
M: Well, I didn’t start with this project originally. I play music since I have 6 years old, playing rock and metal. At 13, I was in the dubstep scene, trying to make some of this music in Fl Studio with the name of “RAG3”, like about 6 years on it, but I was not enough to be a good dubstep producer. After that, I realized something; in every music project, my style was hard and dark. Just like the first two artists on the retrowave scene I heard and I loved : Carpenter Brut and Perturbator.
I always loved bloody video games like Doom, Mortal Kombat, or more recently, Hotline Miami. I always loved hard music, like Slipknot, Metallica, Motorhead. And I always loved dark scenes and horror movies, like Friday The 13th, Nightmare On Elm Street, Predator. And I think “This style has everything that I love!”. I started with this project, called Masked, with all that dark and retro scene. After the first EP (The Killer EP), I tried to make a harder style, and I just loved it.
HFR: Can you tell us about your first album? What is the Dying Cult?
M: My first album, The Dying Cult, it’s the continuation of the previous EP, Welcome To Blindwich Valley EP. Since that ep, I want to tell a story with my music. This one has a Cyberpunk ambient, with bloody neon lights, futuristic motorcycles and bullets. The “Dying Cult” is a dark religion that born in the Blindwich Valley, and it becomes stronger by the fear that they installed in the world.
My inspiration for this album, apart Perturbator’s style, was Pink Floyd’s album, The Wall. I love the way that they tell a story through music and foley effects. Just like the interludes of The Dying Cult.
HFR: What is your approach on writing music? What is your purpose: make people dance or trip?
M: Why not both? That’s the good thing about Masked’s songs. You can sit and experiment with the music, trying to go to that chaotic universe. And if you want, you can dance, make headbanging and mosh pit with this. Masked is not “synthwave” or “darkwave” at all. It’s like “dark-horror-synth-metal-core-wave-synth”, whatever you want to label it, It’s hard and experimental music.
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?
M: My DAW always was Fl Studio. I feel so comfortable here, I started here, maybe I will die here. My VST favorite is Sylenth1, I use it so much, it’s easy and you can do some good sounds here for every retrowave style. Mainly, for pads, leads and that hard basses. For that choirs in almost every song, and someorchestrall instruments, I use Sforzando VST, “Virtual Playing Orchesta 2” bank. Sometimes, I use my guitar with Guitar Rig, and making basses or solos for some songs.
HFR: Masked in a near future? Are there any shows coming up within 2018?
M: For sure, but only in my local city, Buenos Aires. Our crew “Synthwave Argentina” has a special event that we made every month: Outrun Buenos Aires. So, for sure on my YouTube channel you can watch my live shows!
HFR: Last words?
M: Thank you HFR for contact with me. I’m so happy you interested on my music, I feel like I’m growing with this project.
Keep the good music on, guys. Never give up, and fight for your own dreams. We can do it! Rise the old-new-era!