Younsou, a French synthwave producer from Lyon, has just released High Power, a new 8 tracks album.
Perfect time to ask him a few questions.
Check out the interview!
Headphones For Robots: Who is Younsou? Where do you come from? Where do you live?
Younsou : Hi! I am Younsou, synthwave producer from France, I was born and I live in Lyon.
I am an independent artist under 2 projects including “Escape Brothers” which is a side project in duo composed of myself and Vector84 which is also from the Lyon region.
HFR: How did you start making music? Could you tell us a bit about your influences?
Y: I pianoted for pleasure in my spare time in my youth and when I listened to synthwave artists by chance on Youtube, it was THE revelation, I said to myself, “why not try to produce synthwave too! But for real”… So I did what was necessary to be able to produce with a Hardware. I was mainly influenced by Tracks and retrowave/dreamwave artists, like Mitch Murder, Tommy 86, Wice, Morgan Willis, Tokyo Rose, 80Tribe, Mega Drive, but the list is long because still, many artists make me shudder, I would say that the trigger was Nicky Nine with his track “Road”, Big Up Nicky 🙂
HFR: Who is Carmen? What can you tell us about her?
Y: Carmen is a strong woman and the heroine of my life, the soul mate I never had, you will wonder if she exists in real life?…. if I idealize the woman of my dreams it’s because I missed it, unfortunately. I hope to do her proud in this album, Carmen wherever you are!
HFR: You have just released High Power, an album of 8 tracks. How did you approach writing the songs for this album?
Y: Yeah! I was very inspired for this album, the melodies came to me instantly as a matter of course, I am a very melancholic person in life and it is usually felt in my other compositions, but this time I wanted to produce something different, something that makes you want to dance to the beat.
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?
Y: Yes, of course, I am quite modest in terms of equipment, that’s why I mainly use VSTs, and among my favorites and those I use frequently, they are U-he Diva, Serum, TAL-U-NO LX, the fabulous Valhalla VintageVerbV.
Where for the base of my tracks, I always try to find solid bass sounds that I often distort by adding distortion and sometimes a flanger effect.
HFR: Why do you think France is such a hive of synthwave artists?
Y: The question I don’t have the answer to, but if I can answer “in my opinion” I don’t want to sound pretentious by saying that, but in general, the French are meticulous in many areas, except in feature films, sorry.
Let’s not forget the talented synthwave artists in the rest of the world!
HFR: Will you play your new album live? Do you have other projects?
Y: Although I would like very much, I won’t be able to play this album live, for lack of resources, materials, but especially that I am a very shy person, so the live scene is something that still scares me and that I have lost the experience. To slammed these fears I can no longer help myself with the drugs and alcohol I stopped years ago.
If I have other projects, absolutely! I get ideas every day, so projects will come in the future.
HFR: Last words?
Y: Many thanks to Headphones For Robots for this interview, that the Synthwave flame continues to live, and thanks to all those who support the synthwave scene from the little artist to the greatest!