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Interview with fatalvector

Coming from Astana, Kazakhstan, fatalvector has just released his first EP: Night City Terror.

We had the chance to ask him a few questions.

Check out the interview!

Headphones For Robots: Who is fatalvector? Where do you come from?

fatalvector: Hello there ! I’m just a guy from Astana (Kazakhstan) with regular job and music production as a hobby. Fatalvector is my internet alias, and now it has become my artist name.

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

f:  Well, I always loved noir-cyberpunk and it gives a the glimpse on my music. My inspiration is : Neuromancer by William Gibson, sci-fi movies like Blade Runner, Matrix, Terminator and Johnny Mnemonic, anime like Akira (it’s not quite cyberpunk I think, but it’s amazing), Ghost In The Shell, Psycho-Pass and Ergo Proxy, some John Carpenter’s stuff and lore of Mike Pondsmith’s Cyberpunk 2020 (and now upcoming videogame Cyberpunk 2077 by CD Projekt Red). Also I’m inspired by Perturbator — this guy is a genius and there are many artists inspired by his music, more or less, I think.

So, I decided to make my own music — decided to try at least. This is how I made my first demo and it was very exciting process. Difficult, of course, ‘cause I don’t have any musical education or experience, but interesting and fun. And I decided to continue.

HFR: You have just released Night City Terror, your first EP. What can you tell us about it?

f: As I said, I inspired by noir-cyberpunk, and from the very beginning I was sure that it will be something dark and tense. It’s a story about Night City with his dark menacing streets, Mega-Corps, gang wars, cybercrimes and other unpleasant things. And I hope, that I can deliver this dark vibe to you and other listeners and make this journey possible, and you and others can feel the atmosphere that I wanted you to feel.

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

f: First of all, I imagine a picture — I always try to visualize something at first, it helps me a lot. Sometimes I’m reading, or watching sci-fi movies, or trying to imagine a story — backstories. This is an important part of my releases like this one, I think. And then music production starts. Honestly, I don’t know how to describe lol — I’m just trying to create a soundtrack for my story, and ideas come in process mostly. Maybe I’ll be able to make some plans for each track later, but now I do it as I can.

HFR: Could you tell us a bit about your “go to” equipment? What do you use when writing tracks and which are your favorite instruments?

f: At this moment all I have is my old PC with FL Studio and some VSTis on board, and cheap earphones (it’s almost broken btw, I should buy something new, ha-ha). If we talk about VST, I use Spire, Synth1, Dune and Serum mostly. Also I want to buy the very first synthesizer or MIDI-controller in near future.

HFR: Where are you heading next?

f: First of all, I need some rest — week or two. Also, I still need to learn so many things — from sound-design to mixing and mastering, and I hope I can do it. And I will use everything I have learned and start working on my next release. I don’t know what it will be, but I really want to make a debut album. Maybe even with some guests on it!

HFR: Last words?

f:  I wanna thank you for interesting questions and also wanna thank everyone for their support and kindness. It’s all that matters to me and I’m very grateful. And big ups to RETROWAVER, Jonny Synthwave, Genesis’84 and Kranatos of course!

Take care of yourself and stay tuned, you’ll hear something from me later. 😉

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