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.”
“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.”
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.”
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.