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Interview with NIGHTRUN87

NIGHTRUN87 has just released the official soundtrack for the video game Nightwolf: Survive the Megadome (available on Steam).

We had the chance to talk to him about this wonderful project.

Check out the interview.

Headphones For Robots: Who is NIGHTRUN87? Where do you come from? Where do you live?

NIGHTRUN87: I am an American-British classically trained vocalist, musician, composer and producer living in Poland.

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

N87: From the age of 4 I started playing the piano. In High School, I started going to singing lessons and soon joined a Punk Rock band where I learned a lot of the “do’s and don’ts” of creating music and playing concerts. After High School gameplay I studied Jazz at the Music Conservatory in Gdansk, Poland and finished with a Master’s Degree in music. In the meantime I also started an electronic music collaboration with a superb producer, and now great friend – Vacos – This relationship has been going on for the past 10 years and has evolved into our duet called “Vacos Malcolm, But in 2014 I decided that it was time to go solo and make music that would make me feel 100% comfortable. I still hadn’t heard of the whole Synthwave – Outrun movement. I just wanted to create synth music with lots of vocals inspired by the 80’s – but with a modern vibe to it. That’s NIGHTRUN87 in a nutshell. When it comes to things that influence me, I would have to say it’s movies from the late 70’s to the early 90’s. The music, the practical effects, the “heart” that was put into these sometimes good – sometimes bad moves never cease to amaze and inspire me.

HFR: You have just released NIGHTWOLF: Survive the Megadome, the official soundtrack of a video game. How did you get involved in the project?

N87: Cyberpho – the Polish software team behind “Nightwolf” went to see Perturbator in concert – and it just so happened that I was the opening act that night. They must have liked my music enough to later contact me and asked: would I be interested in composing a soundtrack for their game. I saw the material and was impressed and felt that with a challenge like this I could compose something which was on one hand very NIGHTRUN87 and on the other, something new and different.

HFR: What was your approach while composing music for this game? Was it different from composing your own albums?

N87: In many ways, it was a totally new experience. When composing music to a game, I found out very early on that you have to create something that will work for all types of gameplay styles. If you are good at the game it has to work. If you are bad at the game it also has to work and motivate you to try even harder. After some time I found the “heart” or “pulse” of the game and from then on I just let the visuals inspire me and take me to different places. While recording this soundtrack I intentionally used a lot of hardware instruments that were new to me. The Moog Subsequent 37 plays a big role on this album. Halfway through the album, I started experimenting with modular synthesizers for the first time. It really took the material in a different – “darker” direction. This is still an official NIGHTRUN87 album though. The main difference is that there are no vocals – which is very unusual for me. But I just felt that the game would benefit from a purely instrumental soundtrack.

HFR: Do you play video games? Which one had an impact on you and your music?

N87: I used to play video games a lot. Unfortunately nowadays I simply don’t have the time to spend 100+ hours playing a Dark Souls game 😉 When traveling I usually have a handheld console like a Nintendo 3DS, NDS, Gameboy Advance ready just in case. A couple of my favorite games of all time are: Blood, Doom I + II, The Dark Souls Series, classic Castlevania games, and Diablo I for its atmosphere.

HFR: Could you tell us a bit about your equipment? What do you use when writing a song and which are your favorite instruments? Do you prefer Software or Hardware?

N87: 4 years ago I was using mostly software. But since The Destroyers are Coming album, I have gone almost entirely hardware. As I said before my friend Vacos is slowly dragging me into the world of modular synthesizers, and I like it. The Moog is a “go to instrument” which always seems to inspire me and sound good in a mix. For pads and leads (and when I’m performing on stage) I like to use a Korg MS2000. It just has something about it that keeps me coming back for more. Strymon Big Sky and Magneto make everything sound amazing. Recently I got a Roland JX-03, and it’s a fun, warm sounding, compact addition to my home studio. Elektrons (like the Analog Four) are a bother to learn but what a sound! I am constantly looking for new instruments which will inspire me in one way or another.

HFR: You regularly play live concerts in Poland. Will we have the chance to see you performing in France or elsewhere in Europe?

N87: I hope so! Working on it!

HFR: Will you play your new album live?

N87: The whole point in composing and recording a piece of music is to be then able to perform it live. Concerts are starting mid-October, and I can’t wait to go on stage and perform Nightwolf live!

HFR: Any last words?

N87: Keep it real!


Support Nightrun87:

BANDCAMP: https://nightrun87.bandcamp.com
SOUNDCLOUD : https://soundcloud.com/nightrun87
FANPAGE : http://www.facebook.com/williammalcolmnightrun87
LIVE : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9yKeHMD7-0
MUSIC VIDEOS : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rthPle8ju_Y&index=1&list=PLIixtZsJng6aQh4tE33vGftdkBMSKRTHF

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