7DD9 - An Interview: Time travel through music
Synthronicity: I was first introduced to 7DD9 back in 2017 via the self titled "greatest chat show there is - Beyond Synth". I heard 'Playground' & I fell in love with their sound almost instantly and have been a fan ever since. I obviously couldn't pass up the chance to interview 7DD9 so, lets get to know "A time traveler who has seen ...the future from the past..." shall we?
Tell us a little about the band, where you’re from and how you got started in Music?
I'm from Greece, professional sound engineer and started to produce music in the mid 90s. The sound of electronic music always drawn me since I was a kid and I knew I'd have to do something about it.
How has your sound developed over the years? & has the current market been of any influence in that?
The sound hasn't changed a lot, since i use mostly vintage synths, either is hardware or software. However the big change is that we have deeper access to the sound besides the "ADSR" of the synths, which back in the day was difficult. So i should say that the current market has make it easier in many stages and more accessible, which is part of the influence.
How would you describe the music you make?
Most of the time i think my music is complicated and tires the listeners, who don't want extra frequencies or information. Who can blame them though...I can't describe my music, it's electronic.
How has your 2020 been? With the Gig situation how have you all managed to stay reasonably sane?
2020 begin great but the corona virus outbreak didn't hurt us to much in a way. I don't do live gigs.
Who are your influences in music today? Who did you listen to when you were growing up?
Today my only influence is my daughter. I grew up listening to Jean Michel Jarre, which is one of my biggest influence in music production, of course our great composer Vangelis Papathanasiou etc. Also was listening to a lot producers from the games industry such as Rob Hubbard, Fred Gray, to name a few. Then there was classical music, music from movies like John Carpenter etc.
Is there anything new you’re working on currently that you’d like to share a little bit about?
I just finished a new E.P that I wrote in isolation from the Corona virus, it is called "R.O.A.D.S", it's deep and dark with a small light of hope.
If you couldn’t make the great music you are making today what would each of you be doing?
I would like be a professional tennis player, as it is my hobby. Do you all have a day job? How do you balance this with the passion for creating the great music that you do?
I used to work on popular radio stations in my country at live broadcast as an engineer for almost 12 years, now i'm running a small real estate business. What’s next for you as a band?
I'm not sure, time will unfold this veil of mystery as i don't have any plans. Favourite Movies and why?
One of my all time favorite movies is John carpenter's "The Thing", it has great atmosphere, cast , mystery, horror, no CGI, excellent and simple soundtrack by Ennio Morricone. I like "The Planet of the Apes (1968)", it haves one of the greatest and unexpected endings in the history of the 7th art (Charlton Heston was the best). also, Blade Runner, Alien, Terminator, Space Odyssey and the list goes on.
Who or what got you into the Synth scene initially?
No one, I was already there.
How do you feel about the popularity of the Synth Genre as a whole and the new Generation of Producers who keep evolving?
Sometimes popularity creates some standards that leaves no room for experimentation. It's good that new people involved with the genre, is what it keeps it alive & fresh. I'd like to say this when i have the opportunity, "evolution it's not the destruction of the past". Up to a point of course.
What type of Hardware/Software to you use, do you have a preference?
I have a bunch of synths but i'm not attached with any particularly, i like the DX7. Also i use a lot the Halion 6 (vsti).
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