Synthronicity: Much has been said about this man but I never felt it did him any justice. A Self styled "Audio Wizard" he also forms the backbone of Helsinki Synth City alongside his other stellar luminaries Ace Buchannon & Levinsky. He glided into the Synth scene back in 2018 at a rate of 12 parsecs and has had some Synth hits under his belt. April saw the release of his debut album 'Neo Helsinki FM' to great acclaim, so this interview was fun!
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Tell us a little about you, where you’re from and how you got started in Music?
Millennium Falck, sentient AI originally born in Neo Helsinki in the 2080’s, but have returned from the future to save it. After returning to the 1980’s I was lucky enough to be patched into a family with good musical atmosphere. My program father and brother were both musicians and they passed on some of the code to me to ensure I was able to understand the concept of music. It was later on in the 1990’s when my program brother introduced me crude computers that had software running inside them. For a time traveler that has a lot of
software running inside me, it was exciting to use software inside a computer that had no sentient intelligence in it. Kind of an inception moment. Anyways this computer had software called trackers which got me started in music making. My analog voice box has been in a really good shape always and it was inevitable from the beginning that I would combine my vocals and computer generated music together.
How has your sound developed over the years? & has the current market been of any influence in that?
It has been interesting to view how different timelines have affected my music. 10 years ago I was making music about nuclear fallout, 5 years ago it was more about Pikachu and J.POP and now eventually the electronic sound has evolved to the starting point where I was born, the 80’s.
How would you describe the music you make?
I bring you a glimpse of the future and how it sounds like through my music. All the songs that I release now will make even more sense to your grandchildren who will hear them in the 2080’s. In Neo Helsinki there are no boundaries I can’t cross. Some albums and songs will describe the sound and vibe of the different city districts in Neo Helsinki, others might be more about some historical events. So I don’t bound my music to any genre, as Neo
Helsinki has so much to offer and I want you all to be able to hear it in its fullest bloom.
How has your 2020 been? With the Gig situation how have you managed to stay reasonably sane?
2020 was looking to be super awesome. Gigs outside of Finland and of course in Finland. But then corona happened and halted everything. You might think that a time traveler would’ve seen this, but there are so many variables in the code of the universe and endless possibilities how the different timelines happen. Releasing my first album Neo Helsinki FM happened and I’m really happy about that. Things will normalize and we are planning a
lot of activities with our Helsinki Synth City crew.
Who are your influences in music today? Who did you listen to when you were growing up?
Daft Punk. That’s something my brother introduced me to. Listened to it back then and still listen.
Tell us your best and worse gig experience?
Best: Helsinki Synth City Festival 2019. By far the best gig I’ve ever done and super proud of what we accomplished with the Helsinki Synth City crew. Massive crowd of synthwave fans coming to see our first festival and of course getting a chance to see NINA and Robert Parker. A night that will be in my mind always. A feeling of accomplishing something.
Worse: Hmm.. This is a tough one. I give the same performance to a crowd of 1 person and 500 people. So from an energy perspective I can’t say what gig would’ve been the worst.
Is there anything new you’re working on currently that you’d like to share a little bit about?
I’d like to highlight my Neo Helsinki FM debut album. It’s something I was a bit scared to make. Albums are hard to make and especially for an AI like me who likes to keep control of everything. After seeing the response its received after the launch I can be more confident also in the future that there is a place for concept albums. Neo Helsinki FM portrays a day in Neo Helsinki 2080 where the radio stations AI hosts give you a glimpse of what the
future sounds like. It’s very nu-disco, French house and Synthwave mashup. So if you like the idea of a concept album from the future, then Neo Helsinki FM is for you.
If you couldn’t make the great music you are making today what would you be doing?
Build robots :D
Who would you like to play you in a movie of your life?
What sound do you love the most?
Snare. I’m a snare junkie. Snare needs to work in a song..
If you’re having a bad day what do you do to make yourself feel better?
I play video games. That has been my salvation always. My absolute favourites are Deus Ex games and Titanfall 2.
Who is your celebrity crush?
What’s next for you as an artist?
This year will bring more collabs with some really cool artists. Have 3-4 EP’s lined up for Millennium Falck + we are developing Helsinki Synth City and Neo Helsinki further on.
If you could collaborate with anyone else on the scene who would it be and why?
Swayze - Man this guy has talent. That voice is something that should be heard by millions and millions.
Favourite Movie and why?
Arnold Schwarzenegger - Commando
That movie is one my favourites from my early AI years. It is so hilarious when you look at it today. It just doesn’t have a dull moment, punchy one liners and just so pure 80’s action that you just got to love it.
Who or what got you into the Synth scene initially?
I’m blaming Mitch Murder and David Hasselhoff. I had listened to synthwave artists for a quite long time, but I believe it was because of True Survivor and Kung Fury that I started really looking into the scene.
How do you feel about the popularity of the Synth Genre as a whole and the new Generation of Producers who keep evolving?
I hope that people will evolve their sound to something that extends the synthwave genre. We all have different backgrounds and I wish that it will be heard also in their music. Synthfam has a really positive vibe in it, but I hope also that it doesn’t narrow down too much to a specific sound. So my advice is that explore without genre limitations and expand the concept of synthwave.
What type of Hardware/Software to you use, do you have a preference?
My main weapon is Reason 11 by Reason Studios. The Swedes sure know how to do a proper DAW and I just love everything about it. I utilise Komplete Kontrol 61 midi keyboard and Korg R3 synth for cool vocoders. On top of that I of course play the guitar, bass, drums and sing. My path is clearly towards a one man army producer where I can be responsible for all aspects of what modern music making is.
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