FOR FIRST TIME LISTENERS OF JUNE THRASHER.
WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT SYNTHWAVE? RECORDING WITH SYNTHS? AND YOUR PRODUCING METHODS?
JUNE THRASHER: Synthwave has been around for a while and notably associated with quite a few pop culture soundtracks in the 1980s especially in the horror and science fiction film genres. Recently there has been a huge resurgence of synthwave music in movies within the past 15 years. Some of my favourite soundtracks that helped fuel this new musical path are: Daft Punk: Interstellar 5555, It Follows, 88:88 by Make up and Vanity Set, Blade Runner, and Stranger Things.
At the beginning, recording and writing with synths was an immense challenge for me because I’ve never taken a piano lesson. I had no idea what synthesis was and had no idea where to start until I purchased my first synthesizer. I started watching piano tutorials and synth-based performance videos on Youtube. After a year, I was consistently learning new skills to help navigate this path. I’ve always enjoyed the hands-on approach of playing an instrument, however, it took some time to learn to loop and sync multiple synths together to create full tracks without the help of a computer. This project is a lot of fun and at times feels like you’re creating a small symphony. Through trial and error, June Thrasher was born.
Producing and recording methods: I want to send a huge shoutout to my good pal Barrett Ross who is a phenomenal engineer. This past summer we recorded and mixed 7 songs in 4 days. Leading up to recording I spent 2 months working on preproduction to maximize my time in the studio. My June Thrasher album was recorded live off the floor. The only instrument that was added in afterwards was my drum machine. I had so much gear in the studio we ran out of inputs to properly record each individual drum track. I’m quite happy with the result and Barrett did an immaculate job bringing this project to life.