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.
Speed Limits are a duo hailing from Norway & Italy. They produce 80s-tinged electronica that incorporates italo-disco and deep house. They explain their mission statement as “making music that makes you miss summer even if its summer” – I couldn’t put it any more perfectly.
We spoke to the guys about their summer banger ‘Rimini Rimini’, a track to turn the clock back on September.
1. How did you get into synth music?
“Since the first time I heard The Midnight and FM 84, I just fell in love with this music genre. ‘Sunset’ (The Midnight) and ‘Everything’ (FM 84) still give me shivers!”
2. How did you come to write ‘Rimini Rimini’?
“It actually came out of nowhere. I was just thinking summer, motorboats, sea, beach and of course ‘I like Chopin‘.”
3. What does Rimini Rimini actually mean?
“Rimini Rimini is an Italian trash B-movie, which over the years has become a cult movie. Rimini is a city in the north east coast of Italy, popular location for summer vacations.”
“The movie itself is artistically really bad, but it was part of my childhood and it still gives me a smile when I think about it.”
4. Was it a challenge to record?
“Not really a challenge, but it took me quite sometimes to figure out which direction to take. I had about six different versions of the same track and it was difficult to decide which one was the best.”
5. If this could be the soundtrack to any 80s movie, which one would it be?
“Rimini Rimini of course!”
Read our previous Secrets of Synth with Crockett here.