80tribe, from Poland has just released a new album called Synth’em All.
We’re glad he accepted to answer a few questions.
Check out the interview.
Headphones For Robots: Who is 80tribe?
80tribe: Although “tribe” suggests many people, 80tribe is just one guy from Poland, obsessed with synths. The name “80tribe” comes from the idea that all over the world there is a group of people that dig the 80s. That group is called by me the 80tribe.
HFR: How did you start making music? Could you tell us a bit about your influences?
80tribe: It was about 20 years ago when I started playing electric guitar. I got my feet wet in a garage metal band. Then played in various rock bands for many years. Around 2008 I’ve heard a band called “Goose” on MTV, they were from Belgium and played an interesting mix of electronic/techno/rock music with drums, guitars and Teisco synthesizers. And that’s what got me into synth stuff all the way. I’ve started incorporating synths into my own music, at first in a band that I was playing at that time, later as 80tribe.
HFR: You have just released Synth’em All, is this an homage to Metallica’s first album?
80tribe: In some way, yes. For this album, I wanted a strong title with a word “synth” in it, so this pun is of course intended. Also, Metallica was the band that got me into music over 20 years ago, I listened to them over and over. Of course music on “Synth’em all” is nowhere close to that of Metallica’s but yes we could say that this is some kind of homage.
HFR: What was your approach on writing music? Which are the steps you make when songwriting?
80tribe: To me, finding that musical motif or main melody is the most important thing at the beginning. Sometimes it happens when I play some random stuff on the keyboard, sometimes I manage to do that inside my head, without the use of any instrument. After that I create simple song structure, then I try to complicate it (not too much of course) and add some irregularities.
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? Is this your Roland JP8 on the artwork of your album?
80tribe: It’s a mix of computer VST instruments and hardware synths, at this time it’s a Korg Polysix and Alesis Micron. No, this JP8 isn’t mine, but I’m trying to hunt one down, which is a tough task, because it only goes to market, when the owner dies 😉
HFR: What does mean VHS to you?
80tribe: It’s a source of endless inspiration and a bit idealized, colorful memories.
HFR: Where do you think synthwave is going in 2018?
80tribe: I don’t expect any revolution but I think that there’s a lot of unexplored territories out there. I expect many outstanding songs and I would love to hear something new from Lazerhawk. Also, some bands and projects will probably go “mainstream”.
HFR: In a near future, will you go live? Do you have other projects?
80tribe: Yes. Actually, I’m playing two gigs this month (April 2018), and planning several more this year. I’m focusing on 80tribe only but I’ll be making a soundtrack for a B-class, VHS-styled movie and probably some collabs and remixes.
HFR: Last words?
80tribe: Check 80tribe.com! And remember: It is time to Synth’em all!