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Ascending ‘To The Sky’ With Positronic’s Synthpop Album

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Positronic talks about his new Synthpop album ‘To The Sky, in this exclusive interview. The artist from Corona, California is finally revealing the names of his musical heroes, the spiritual inspiration behind this material, and loads of juicy details about his tunes.

1 — Any particular Synthpop legends that you tried to channel on your new album?

I don’t really try to channel them but I know it’s come out. I really can’t help it. I just really love my musical heroes music: Depeche Mode, Erasure, & OMD. Their music changed my life in the 80’s.

2 — What’s the deeper meaning behind the album’s title, ‘To The Sky’?

I play live to the local AA community and their message is looking to your hire power for guidance and strength. I’m also a Christian and used both as inspiration for the album. It’s all about looking upward for peace and meaning.

3 — Which track from the album would you say is the heart of ‘To The Sky’?

Hard to say…it’s a cross between the album title track and “Surrender.”

4 — Can you share an unexpected or hilarious experience that happened during the recording process?

Nothing really funny happened but unexpected, yes. My son makes Indie Synthwave and he had recently released a song. When I heard it, I was blown away by how good it was. So I asked him if I could put words to it and he said, go ahead. So I did just that and it turned out great. Then he permitted me to put it on the album and that song is “Elixir.”

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5 – What combination of vintage and modern tech do you rely on for your sound?

I only use soft synths these days. They sound incredible and it’s super convenient just to use them. My favorite plugins are Codex, Synthmaster 2, The Riser, and Roland’s Zenology.

6 – Do you find it challenging to convey deep emotions through your vocals, or does it come naturally?

Well, my songwriting is mostly personal so usually I’m singing about something that is near and dear to my heart, so it’s easy to convey deep emotions.

7 – If your songwriting process were a recipe, what ingredients would it include and why?

I could go on and on about that but to keep it simple, 9 times out of 10, it happens this way:

1. Have a theme or an idea.
2. Sit down at the keyboard and write the music.
3. Arrange and sequence the music.
4. Write lyrics.
5. Write melodies and harmonies.
6. Bounce a rough draft.
7. Listen to the draft and critique.
8. Go back and make changes.
9. Repeat steps 7 & 8 until I’m satisfied.
10. Mix and master.

8 – Reflecting on the 80s music world, what do you fondly remember and what do you think has improved since then?

I remember the great music. Bands putting out great music and listening to it on KROQ. I also remember how much harder it was to record and produce music back then. So, what I’d say has improved is the technology for recording music. It’s much easier now.

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9 – As an artist, how do you stay motivated and inspired to create new songs?

It’s pretty easy for me. Not that making music is easy but staying motivated to create it is. Music is in my blood. It’s something that I just have to do and comes as naturally as eating and breathing.

10 – What’s next for Positronic? Any plans for a tour or maybe even a music video?

Not sure exactly. I’d love to tour if I had the fanbase. I’m working together with my record label, Retrosynth Records on that though. I think I’d like to put out a Synthpop Worship EP next.


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