Apocalypse 2027, a French synthwave producer, kindly accepted to answer our questions about his new album Inner Chaos.
Check out the interview.
Headphones For Robots: Who is Apocalypse 2027? Where do you come from? Where do you live?
Apocalypse 2027: Hey Guys, I’m Apocalypse 2027, a kid from the 90’s making synth music! I’m from Normandy in France but I am now living and working in Paris.
HFR: How did you start making music? Could you tell us a bit about your influences?
A2027: I have been making music for 10 years or so, with some friends in high school we started a rock band and we merged all the influences we had at that time the early synth stuff we were listening to. I was balanced between listening to rock, mainly garage rock, and electronic music from Daft Punk, Justice or Minitel Rose.
We took different roads because of our studies and were forced to split, I took it as a chance to pursue in electronic music but I only found the time in 2016 when I began working on what would be Apocalypse 2027 and my first EP, Lucifer Rising.
Living in Paris was great to see synthwave artists live, like Perturbator, Carpenter Brut or Dan Terminus so it made a great deal when I started composing. I am listening to a lot of artists doing synth music but I don’t really know if they are all showing through my albums, especially Tommy ‘86, HOME or Maethelvin but I always have them in mind when I work. It sure helps getting some ideas though!
HFR: You have recently released Inner Chaos, with 8 tracks of synth-driven tracks. How did it all begin? What was your purpose?
A2027: Well, it all began after finishing Lucifer Rising, I had a couple demos laying in my computer that I used for my first ever live show at the end of 2017. I then, thankfully, realized they were not good enough. I had this general concept for the album and knew what I wanted to tell from start to finish. With that in mind, It was easier to start composing but I went back and forth a few times Ahah
Thanks to my brother and a few friends, I was able to decide what would be the tracks that would make the cut and be in unison with the whole concept.
I generally keep the concept or the story I want to tell for myself but think of Apocalypse 2027 as being similar to the concept behind the movie Babel (from A. Iñárritu), you are following different people that are all tied to the same event. Now apply that to an hypothetic apocalypse in 2027 and you’re all set !
HFR: Can you tell us about the process you’ve been through to compose your album?
A2027: I am usually just doing a few chords or a bass line on the computer (sometimes on hardware synths too) and if I’m liking it I start adding a few elements. I am still satisfied the next I continue working on it, otherwise, it will collect dust in one of my folder Ahah
For the eight tracks of “Inner Chaos,” I had about 20 tracks that will probably not see the light of the day either because they were not good enough or because they were not in the theme. That being said I should be considering an EP made of unreleased tracks, seems like the current trend right ?
HFR: About Until the Next Killer, a track you were not alone to produce, how was the collaborative work done?
A2027: Since starting the project, I always wanted to make a synthpop track with vocals on it. Lover’s Ride on Lucifer Rising was supposed to have lyrics but I abandoned the whole thing due to the lack of singer (I did not really search one so that may be the answer).
Following the theme of Inner Chaos, I needed to represent the encounter between the two main protagonists (good vs. evil, classic stuff) so I started searching for a singer that would be great. One of my friend (Axel si tu lis ça, merci encore !) introduced me to David, who was great because of his musical background and his consistent need for perfection. He fully understood what I was striving to do with Inner Chaos and he had awesome ideas for the song. I let him wrote the lyrics and only supervised the whole thing from afar, only checking the lyrics at the end to make a few changes.
With his friend Léa (the other voice in the track) they did a great job capturing the feel of the track and it couldn’t have been better for a first collaboration so I’m grateful for what they did for me !
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? Do you prefer Software or Hardware?
A2027: I compose for a great part with my DAW loaded with VSTs : Serum, TAL-U-NO, Arturia Collection, etc… I slowly started adding hardware synths: Korg Monologue & Minilogue and my beloved Yamaha DX7. Concerning the speakers, I bought not so long ago some Yamaha HS7 but I also mainly work with headphones.
I always love tweaking knobs and faders so I would say that I prefer hardware, but software is now so convenient, you can do anything using a controller. I think there’s no real answer, as long as you do kickass sounds it’s all good!
HFR : Many of our readers produce music too. What is the best advice you’ve been given you’d like to share?
A2027: Keep doing music because you love it and not because you are in need of recognition. If you are talented, this should come sooner or later, until then keep on working and enjoying the hell out of it.
HFR: There’s a lot of French synthwave artist nowadays. What do you think about it?
A2027: I think that’s awesome, for most of us (including me) we will not be that famous in the end but it does not matter as we are all very passionate about it and happy to share advices with each other. It’s not as the early days of synthwave but we are looking to get the same spirit.
Plus they are so much new talents in France, I will not name them all but they know who they are !
HFR: Will you play your new album live? Do you have other projects?
A2027: I actually already started playing the album live, the first time was for the Imaginarium Festival (which is a festival organized by students in Compiègne) where I played for a few hundreds of people, that was utterly insane and I had a great response with the album.
The most recent live show I did was the release party of Inner Chaos (and Arrakis debut album) with my friends Arrakis, Carbon Killer, Crusader and SkelOne in Paris. We had the most awesome time in there and we almost blew up the whole audio system at the end of the night, good times!
Playing live is rapidly addictive so I am always looking for new gigs to play, let’s hope it will be soon enough!
Concerning other projects, I will probably release another EP next year, not so sure about the direction for now but it will get clearer in the next few months I guess! Wait and see
HFR: Last words?
A2027: Do what you love Folks!
I’d like to thank everyone who supported me on this project, especially Synthspiria and The 80’s Guy who trusted me and helped me get confidence as I evolved! I can’t mention everyone else, but cheers to you guys! You are class acts and will always be.
Game over Man, Game Over!
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