Secrets of Synth: ‘Take Flight’ by Jordan F

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By Jack

Synthwave is a nostalgic, largely instrumental genre of electronic music. We provided a three-part guide to synthwave here. In a new weekly series, we look at songs that have defined the genre and interview the creators behind them.

Jordan F is a synthwave artist from Sydney, whose debut album Slipstream was released in 2014. The second track on the album ‘Take Flight’ is the track we will be focusing on.

Powered by a stiff stomping beat, thudding synthesised bassline and a funky guitar lick, ‘Take Flight’ is an irresistible jam; synth music at it’s most persuasive.

We asked the man himself about the inspiration behind the track.

1. How did you get into synth music?

“I started making music around 5-6 years ago and at the time I had no idea what to write. I was trying all sorts of genres like dubstep and house and so on, but never really found those to be interesting. I came across a website called Disco Champagne, which made monthly mixtapes filled with retro inspired artists including Lifelike, 80’s Stallone and Miami Nights 1984.”

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“I think I was more inspired by the context of the music. The 80’s synth revival music established a scene or situation that evoked a nostalgic emotion. Whereas today’s dance music lacks that contextual depth.”

2. How did you come to write ‘Take Flight’?

“‘Take Flight’ was a song that I made with relative ease compared to others. It’s simple, repetitive but not tiresome…I would say it’s more hypnotic. I think sometimes it’s easy to get lost in a giant production of effects, synths and arrangements.”

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3. I love how you work guitars into the track. Do you come from a rock background?

“Haha they’re actually just VST emulations of guitar, I think it’s called RealStrat. I certainly do not come from a rock background. But I think those guitar emulation sounds definitely added a bit more flair to Slipstream.”

4. I always saw Slipstream as a concept album. We start off in the streets, then take off into the night. Or is that just me?

“You’re spot on with the concept. Slipstream is the record I am most proud of to date. I wanted to give the listener this really dynamic and evocative experience of a neon drenched dystopia where humanity is at this tipping point.”

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5. If this song could be the soundtrack to any 80s movie, which one would it be?

“I can’t think of a film where it would fit perfectly. I think the track would only exist in a scene to a film that only exists in my head.”

Read our previous Secrets of Synth with Timecop1983 here.

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