Can you please introduce yourself to those that may be new to your work?
I’m Anoraak, i’ve been making electronic music for almost 10 years, in genres now considered as synthwave and synthpop. I’m part of the Valerie collective, started in 2007 in Nantes, France with College, Maethelvin, Minitel Rose and the Outrunners (now Forgotten Illusions).
What are your musical influences? What kind of music do you listen when not producing?
Well it’s very diverse. Let’s say my musical background is between indie rock, electronic music at large and mainstream pop. I also listen a lot of jazz and funk music. When i like it, i like it, no matter the genre
What is your earworm at the moment? What have you listening to on repeat recently?
I’m still very into CUT COPY’s « January Tape », released in 2016, such an amazing synth work.
What inspires you while working on new Music?
Everything. Inspiration comes from all the little things i can see, hear, feel… It can be a good track or a good movie, but it also comes a lot from life itself. I love to take time to walk, get a coffee and just look around.
What programs and instruments do you use for your Music? What is your favourite VST you use? And which Drum Machine do you prefer?
I equally work with analog hardware and VSTs, i find good (and bad) in both. I record on Logic, use Ableton for the live sets. I own a Korg Polysix (i LOVE it), a SC Pro One, a Roland JX3P, a Kawai 100F, a TX7 and some other stuff. I also use a lot my guitar and bass guitar, at least for the composition process. Never really used a drum machine, i like to mix/stack different sounds, also like to use real drums samples, it’s my thing i like to mix all that up, it leads to different drum kits and drum sounds on each track. But if i had to buy drum machines, i’d get a Linn Drum and a TR808.
Is there some Synthwave/Dark Synth Artist you would love to collab/work?
For people that aren’t in my close circle, like College, Maethelvin, Forgotten Illusions, etc, i’d certainly say Mitch Murder as i’ve been following his work for a long time. I also like Robert Parkers sound very much.
If you could choose one film director to make a music video for you who could that be?
Definitely Sofia Coppola.
What are your favourite Movie flicks or Video Games?
Very tough question. If i had to name just one movie, it will be Risky Business, everything is great in that movie, the photography, the music, etc.
As for video games, i was a big time gamer as a kid, until the day some dudes broke into my house and left with all my games and my consoles. From this day on i stopped to play and to keep informed about gaming. But at the time my fav were Castelvania, Solstice and Mario Bros haha!
Zombies or Vampires? Books or Comics? King Kong or Godzilla? And why?
Vampires because they’re dressed well and live at night
Comics because i always loved it
Godzilla, because Godzilla!
You played some live shows, what was the coolest/most rad moment on tour?
There’s a lot of great moments! I did a massive tour in the US in 2012 and we were late for the show in Los Angeles, when we arrived to the venue people were waiting outside and that queue was huge, it’s something to see the crowd outside when you always see them from stage, it looks even more impressive. But the coolest was the first gig in the US, at the Webster Hall in NYC in 2009 with my homie College, first time in America for the both of us, to play a gig in this beautiful venue with our names on the outside board, it was like a dream.
What was the best or worst thing on tour and do you have a crazy funny tour story to tell?
Well there’s this one time, years ago, i bumped into a stage monitor on my way out from stage, i fell on the floor like a stone and harmed my shinbone pretty bad. This was recorded on video, and it’s been kind of an inside joke with my friends since then, some of them have this very short video in their computer and keep it like a treasure! It’s actually hilarious to watch, even for me.
Before going on stage, how do you warm up and get in the right mood for a show?
I like to be around no more than an hour before, to get the feeling of the night while avoiding the drinking process, i don’t fancy playing too buzzed.
What is the next step for you after the new tour? A new ep? A new Album? Or other projects youre involved in?
There’s quite a lot to say! I’ve launched my label Endless Summer this year, my new Anoraak EP should be out in May with tour dates to follow. I’m also working on several other projects in other musical genres to be released on Endless Summer. More news very soon!