Can you please introduce yourself to those that may be new to your work?
Yes, Hello. My name is Nick, I’m a 28 year old producer from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania going by the artist name of Betamaxx.
What are your musical influences? What kind of music do you listen when not producing?
My influences stem from plenty of artists, new and old. Some of my biggest modern synthwave influences are Mitch Murder, MN84, Lazerhawk, Anoraak, MPM, and FM Attack. When focusing on some older synth based artists, I enjoy John Carpenter, Harold Faltermeyer, Tangerine Dream, Madonna, Ministry, Talking Heads, New Order, Giorgio Moroder, and the Cure just to name a few. When i’m not producing, I listen to a pretty wide spectrum of other music such as death metal, funk, classic doo wop, classic rock, jazz, and hardcore punk.
What is your earworm at the moment? What have you been listening to on repeat recently?
Recently i’ve been listening to a lot of the Ministry “With Sympathy” LP.
What inspires you while working on new Music?
Mainly my hardware synthesizers, and the inspiring sounds they create. There is nothing quite like sitting behind such a powerful instrument as an analog synthesizer. It really puts you back in time into a nostalgic place and almost seems to play itself.
What programs and instruments do you use for your Music? What is your favorite VST? And which Drum Machine do you prefer?
I produce all my music in FL Studio by sampling my synthesizers into the plugin called “Edison” and simply plugging those clips into the master sequencer. I don’t have any real drum machines, but some of my favorite VST samples are from the Linn Drum, and Roland TR-808. My synthesizer collection includes: Roland Juno 60, Roland Juno 106, DSI Prophet 8, Ensoniq ESQ-1, Korg Poly 6, Korg Poly 61, Oberheim OBX-a, Mini Moog, Roland RS-09, and a King Korg.
What are the plans after the release of the last Betamaxx album? Will you continue one day on a new Betamaxx maybe?
Lately I have really been missing producing for Betamaxx, so I do feel that I will be producing a track or two here sometime in the future just for fun. I would like to travel in a new direction with electronic music, while still having synth based influences i would like to add more new wave to this style and have more of a modern touch. The music will still be very heartfelt and hopefully even more catchy at a more mainstream standpoint.
How you came to the name, “Betamaxx”? Is there a special meaning to it?
There really wasn’t anything special behind the name, however I wanted the audience to recognize that I am largely influenced by 80’s technology and culture. I felt I could really project that idea with a name like Betamaxx.
I saw that you posted many photos of Retro-Cars on your Facebook page. What is your Dream-car?
Yes, I am a big fan of vintage and new automobiles. My dream car, not to sound cliche, is a 1981 Delorean DMC 12. I’ve wanted one since i was a kid.
Why did you decide to quit Betamaxx? Were you ever expecting people to love your music so much?
I felt that I need to grow as a musician, and as a turning point I wanted to venture into a new style of music. Who knows, if more opportunities arise with this project, there may be a chance to revive it. I feel like when this project is dead and gone, I will drop an album when people least expect it and blow their minds.
You said in some recent interviews that you still want to make music but in another direction. What can we expect in the future? Is there anything you can tell us at this point?
As i’ve said, I want to take my music to a more understandable medium, because to the average listener, my music is pretty foreign, I would like to make something more appealing to a larger audience.
Are there other projects planned for you in the Future?
I am currently playing keys for an indie rock band called “Wicked Chief”, I play drums for a hardcore punk band called “Young Fuck”, and I also play drums for a funk band called “Headdie Rock Steady”. My friend and I have been toying around with starting and electronic funk project, so you may see an EP or something of that nature coming out sometime soon.
There are many New Artists in the Scene right now. Is there some artist you really enjoy? What do you think of the whole Synthwave-Scene?
Right now, I feel like it is very saturated with artists that are sounding the same. I consider myself fortunate enough to get into the scene as early as I did. Some current artists i’m enjoying are Jordan F, Perturbator, Lost Years, Cougar Synth, Trevor Something, and Droid Bishop. I realize that some of those are veterans, but those are some of the artists that excite me for new music.
If you could choose one film director to make a music video for you who could that be?
Thats a good question. I mean, initially I would say John Hughes, but he is no longer with us. It would be neat to make a track for George A. Romero, of a movie from the Criterion collection.
What are your favorite Movie flicks or Video Games?
I like anything from the 80’s or 90’s and that goes for movies and video games. My favorite movies are Repo Man, Christine, American Psycho, Swingers, Risky Business, Nothing But Trouble, Return of the Living Dead, Pee Wees Big Adventure, Phantasm, The Shining, They Live, Home Alone, and Trading Places. Some games I like are Contra 3 for SNES, Metal Gear Solid for Playstation, Goldeneye for N64, and shadowgate for NES.