Interview – Timecop1983
What initially got you interested in creating music? When I was 12 I had a friend which I met on Holiday in France and he told me he made music with the computer. He showed me how he used a program called Scream Tracker to make great music
you interested in creating music?
and he told me he made music with the computer. He showed me how he used a
program called Scream Tracker to make great music (for a kid at that time). So
I asked him if I could have a copy of it and he gave me a box full of floppy
disks with the program and lots of samples.
have a clue of what I was doing. And since there was no Youtube to teach me and
I didn’t have a manual I just started experimenting with the program.
its commands and I started recreating songs. At first I created gabberhouse
which was really popular in The Netherlands during the early ‘90s and from
there I created anything ranging from metal to hiphop.
the movie Drive (2011) like many people in our genre. I didn’t see the movie
until a few months ago, but around that time I listened to French electro
(mainly Ed Banger guys) and when I was browsing the internet for new music I
found “A real Hero” by College and from there a whole new world opened for me:
80’s influenced music.
Anoraak, Mitch Murder, Miami Nights 1984 and I started recreating that style,
but wasn’t really focusing on anything yet (I still created all kinds of music.
decided to focus on one kind of music and decided to go with the 80’s influenced
sound and created my Timecop1983 project.
splintered into subgenres, the lines between them tend to get blurred. What do
you identify as and why?
any kind of music I don’t even know what to look for anymore when I look for
new artists. Especially in electronic music there are so many styles. I would
like to know who comes up with all these names and kick him in the nuts, it’s
just crazy! But then again, there is so much music coming out these days it’s
normal people create subgenres.
for my music, just because I don’t know how many there are and which fits my
music the best. But i guess synthwave/dreamwave suits my music the best,
although I just like to call it ‘80s influenced music.
that you have recently acquired a Juno-106. What made you choose that
many years, but always thought they are a bit overpriced. They usually go for
around 750 euros here in Holland and I just think that’s a bit much for a 1 DCO
the guy and picked it up a few hours later and already love it to bits! Now I
know what I have been missing all those years. Although it’s used a lot in ’80
influenced music i just needed one and it’s the perfect addition to my setup.
nasty form of GAS (Gear Acquiring Syndrome), but I made a promise to myself to
not buy any more synths. But this opportunity I could not let go.
FL Studio 7.
not “professional” and stuff, but that’s just bullshit; it’s the cook, not the
kitchen. I did try to switch to other software, because the recording of
external inputs in FL Studio sucks, but always came back. I know the program
inside out (at least I think I do) and know how to work around it’s flaws. Time
is usually my enemy, so I don’t want to waste it in learning new software.
UNO62, but I also use software like D16’s Lush101, U-He Zebra2 and Arturia
Spark a lot.
KB, Roland D50, Roland Alpha Juno and recently the Roland Juno106.
musicians/producers have certain production techniques that they are fond of
using multiple times. What is your favorite production technique?
have a FL Studio template I use all the time. It consists of a multiband
compressor, parametric EQ and a limiter. This gives my music the same feel and
sound every time.
also realize this can be a bad thing. It will make every song sound a bit the
same. For the future I will try to use it less, but I like the sound so much
that it’s hard to let go!
songwriting process like?
start I try to recreate that melody in FL Studio. Once I have a melody I create
the bass and from there I will build the drums, choose the right sounds and
then I start thinking about the buildup of the song.
sometimes to create what I have in my mind, so I have to do everything by ear.
Sometimes I end up with something much different than I came up with, but most
of the time I can translate it to the computer.
sometimes I use that to create a basic idea for a song on the road and recreate
that on the computer later. Works better than singing or whistling a melody in
a voice recorder!
yours is going be used in an upcoming film. How did that come about?
“Magneto”. It’s an indie sci-fi film by Michael J. Epstein and Sophia Cacciola
and it’s about a girl who is essential in the preservation of life on Earth
after a huge solar storm.
song for their movie and I said YES!
working on any projects? What does the future hold for Timecop1983?
a few collabs, started working on a new album and played with the idea to start
a side project (that’s on hold now).
“Crossing Souls by FourAttic games. It’s made by 4 Spanish guys who quit their
jobs to focus on their first big video game project. It’s a 2d pixelart
adventure game with an awesome story and they wanted my music in the game.
music “on demand”. It’s going to be a huge project, but I’m super excited to
start working on it.
me to work together on their projects. At the moment I am so busy that I have
to say no sometimes. This sucks, cause I enjoy working with others, but I only
have limited time to make music and I also have a normal dayjob
work with Futurecop!?
and since it was a huge honor to me I sent them a message saying how much I
appreciated it. They sent me a message back that they really liked the song.
fan of their work and that they are partly responsible for the music I make.
And then I just thought: “Fuck it, this is your chance… Ask them for a
collab…”. So I did and as you know now they said yes!
later we finished the instrumental.
collaborate with any artist right now, who would it be?
Although I am very influenced by others, he is the one who is my biggest
inspiration. I love all of his work.
New Arcades and Le Cassette.
song are you most proud of?
Not the song itself I am most proud of, just the fact I did a collab with one
of my old heroes.
though I made the entire song in one evening I’m kind of proud of it.
favorite 1980’s film?
and I think I was a bit too young in the eighties to watch a lot of 80s movies.
But I did like Top Gun, Ghostbusters and Bladerunner (for the music) a lot!