Code Elektro, an electronic synthwave artist from Denmark has been making music for over 5 years. With his amazing WOLF LIVE 2020 single being released, Nightride FM had a few moments to catch up with the artists to discuss his unique sound, his entry into synthwave, and his newest release.
Hi, Martin! Thank you very much for the opportunity to do an interview with the best electronic artist in Denmark of 2019!
Thank you so much! That’s very kind of you. I’m honored to be a part of this. I was in Moscow some years ago. Fascinating city! Would love to go again someday.
You`ve created the Code Elektro synth project in after you had some years in your previous project named Ahmatron where you wrote music for TV and for any famous brand commercials. How did you move from broadcast music to synthwave? What is more difficult to create: commercials OST or synthwave music?
Writing music for commercials is very different from writing music as an artist. If you write music for commercials you have to contribute to someone else’s vision – and there’s a very commercial aspect of it too…the client is paying so he/she decides (and that’s the way it should be).
I think that I lost myself in all my commercial work. Always writing music for other people. So, at some point I wanted to write music for my own sake. To do what I thought was best for the track. And then I started Code Elektro.
I only had one rule when I started Code Elektro. I have to love what I do and what I release.
You`ve released 4 albums to this moment like CE: Superstrings (2015), Wolf (2016), Triads (2017) and Never Mind the Solar Wind (2019). What was the most interesting album to work on? Have you some interesting stories about any album`s creation?
That’s very hard to say. I like them all for what they represent to me.
Funny story about Superstrings…I started working on this while I also wrote music for commercials. And my clients always wanted the music to change every four bars – so on Superstrings the music changes very little. Lots of layers and depth but very few changes. I think I needed to take back control.
Your track Black Rain was released on The Rise of the Synths soundtrack. Did you see this movie yet? What do you feel to know your work is here?
I haven’t seen the movie yet – but I’m sure it’s awesome since there are so many cool people in it. They did a great job making it happen. I’m super happy to be a very small part of the project
Recently you started the new ambient project Telestation Alpha tribute to Greenland island (in my opinion, correct me please if I`m wrong). What is Greenland for you except the fact it`s the biggest island in the world?
Greenland is very special to me - and it has a shared history with Denmark. Actually, I went there to play a gig at the Thule Airbase some years ago in a different band – but it was super cool and had this very 60s/70s Cold War kind of atmosphere….reminded me of the TV shows LOST and Stranger Things.
I think it inspired me to start Telestation Alpha as a side project. Combining this 60s/70s retro synth atmosphere, and the mysterious number stations from the Cold War.
Your works except the last album are based on some cyberpunk stories like Blade Runner, TRON and Gibson & Dick`s literature. Have you ever tried writing cyberpunk genre stories on paper?
I wish I had the skills. But for now, I will stay with music. I have a dream of being good at drawing…someday!
How do you think today`s world is the real (post)cyberpunk space or no?
The world is a very strange place here in 2020. Some aspects of it could be from a William Gibson novel.
I read in one your previous interview that you bought your first vinyl when you were 9 years old. What the release was which could be liked by small boy?
I think it was an album by a Danish stand up comedy group (Linie 3). I don’t think the music was so important to me…it was more about buying my own album.
Now it`s a strange and difficult time for anyone musicians because of the impossibility to have some show tour. Do you planning live show tour after Covid-19 pandemic?
I played my first live show just before Covid-19. I brought a live band with drums and guitar (me playing synth/bass) – and the venue was packed! So I got a lot of great attention on that and several offers about new gigs – but then everything suddenly closed down because of Covid-19. And I really don’t know what the status for the live scene right now is – but I hope that I will play live soon again.
Okay, the final question is: in July you`ll planning to release the new single. Please tell some words to us about it!
YES! And I’m super excited about it. It’s a single from my upcoming live album. As I mentioned earlier, I brought a drummer and guitarist – and it adds so much energy! The tracks get a new life – and a lot of power and live feel. Can’t wait to share it!
Thank you again very much for interview! I wish you to please us more with your works and simple human happiness!
Thank you so much, Oleg! I’m really happy that I could be a part of this.
SOCIALS AND LINKS
Link for the single: https://orcd.co/wolflive
Music Video for WOLF: https://youtu.be/Y20qILu5Gsk