Saros FM from Abbeville, USA, produces contemplative Dreamwave.
His new album, Programmed, has been released recently.
We took the time to talk about it.
Check out the interview!
Headphones For Robots: Who is Saros-FM? Where do you come from? Where do you live?
Saros-FM: Well, Saros-FM is me I guess, it’s not a persona or something like that. Just an outlet for me to express any musical inspiration I get.
I live where I came from, hometown of Abbeville, super small sugar cane farm town, really pretty place when it’s not raining. There’s really not a lot to do though, besides take bike rides down the back roads.
HFR: How did you start making music? Could you tell us a bit about your influences?
SFM: Kinda funny story but I started music because I wanted to do YouTube gaming, honest truth. I was getting real tired of finding royalty free songs that were long enough and said, “screw it I’ll just do the music myself.”
The ball just kinda rolled from there, I started with some pretty crappy stuff but none of it was right for YouTube, and I eventually gave up on YouTube anyway. But I kept making the music for myself after that, I got hooked.
Influence is a veeeery vague thing to discuss, cause I get influence by so much in my life. Brian Eno’s Ambient music, The Midnight’s Synthwave pads especially, smoooooth Jazz, Chillhop, Trance, I wanna do it all and I get influenced by so much.
I mean, I made “Programmed” because I had a story that was inspired by Red Dwarf, a TV show from the 80’s.
Generally though, my biggest influence is space. Just like, space in general. Have you noticed how awesome space is?
HFR: You have just released Programmed, an album with 9 tracks, what’s the pitch?
SFM: Oh the pitch? Hmm.
“Downtempo and Synthwave meets Ambient, telling a Dystopian story of hope and freedom.”
I mean I know it’s simple concepts, but still.
HFR: How did you approach writing the songs for your album? The story came before or after composing?
SFM: The story 100% came before the album itself was fully together, some of the songs had been made beforehand but they weren’t yet part of the album.
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?
SFM: I mean, I’d prefer hardware if I had money to get any, I’m saving for a Waldorf Streichfett right now I can’t wait.
Go-to equipment is just my trusty microkorg controller and Logic X.
HFR: Will you play your new album live? Do you have other projects?
SFM: Oh boy no way I’m not that good, I’m actually extremely bad at remembering and playing almost anything.
I do have other projects though, Lofi Jazz sorta album, want to work on some real trance music next, going to be fun!
HFR: Last words?
SFM: I just hope anyone reading this decides to check out the album and enjoys it enough to read the story, I’m really hoping to fully finish it as a real novel. Also, have a good day!