Category Archives: 80’s music

Robert Stark interviews New Retro Wave Artist Absolute Valentine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Stark and co-host Pilleater talk to French New Retro Wave Artist Absolute Valentine(Bandcamp Site). He is also a manager for Lazerdiscs Records. Check out his SoundCloudYouTube, and Facebook Page.

Topics:

Intro Song: Bad News from the Police Heartbreaker album
Music background, learning piano as a kid, playing guitar in a metal band, and early electronic work
Influences ranging from Bach, Kavinsky, and Vangelis; similarities between Synthwave and Classical Music
The New Retro Wave genre
Producing music for Lazerdiscs Records and Drive Radio
The Darkwave genre
The Police Heartbreaker album
The Sunset Love album
The American Nightmare album inspired by Horror Films
The album cover designs, Cyperbunk influence, and the color pallet
Anime, Akira, and Ghost in a Shell
The Film Drive
John Carpenter’s Film Soundtracks
Daft Punk and 90’s French House Music
French 80’s music; Space Disco
The upcoming New Retro Wave horror film The Summoner which Absolute Valentine will do a track for
The Roland TR-7, other Synths, and the process of layering Synths
The importance of the intro and outro in Synth Music
The moniker Absolute Valentine
Upcoming Albums, Tracks, and live performances
Outro: She’s a Dancer from the Sunset Love Album


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Robert Stark interviews Musician Dean Clarke of Brutalist Architecture in the Sun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Stark and co-host Pilleater talk to musician Dean Clarke. He does vocals and electronics for the band Brutalist Architecture in the Sun based in the UK. Check them out on Facebook and YouTube

Topics:

Intro Song: Love & Science (feat. Paul Humphries from the Concrete Pop Album
Dean’s background in music and his original band 3D the band
Influences from electronic music from the early 80’s including Gary Numan and Tangerine Dream
90’s influences including Front 242Nine Inch Nails, and Skinny Puppy
The New Retro Wave genre; FM-84
Darkwave
Minimal Wave Records
The hybrid sound of 80’s Synthwave and 90’s Industrial Music, and the trend of fusionism
Performance at Zigfrid von Underbelly in London
Band of the month for Artefaktor Radio
Dean’s vocals, and Cye Thomas who also does vocals for the band
The use of the Korg MS-20 Synth
The aesthetics of the album covers Dean designs, fusing Brutalist and Industrial imagery with bright fluorescent colors
Brutalist architectureTrellick Tower, The Underground, and Centre Point in London, John C. Portman Jr., and the revived interest in Brutalism
Cyberpunk, the London Trocadero, and 80’s arcades
Victorian era Railway Stations in London
Urban exploration and dead mall enthusiast
Economics and political themes in music
The de-industrialization of the UK
Depeche Mode’s Where’s the Revolution
The marketing and consumption of music on the internet
The band’s new album Post Democracy from live performances


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Robert Stark interviews Musician Alex Romane

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Stark and co-host Pilleater talk to musician Alex Romane. He is a electronic musician and operates Urban Sunrise records. He is known for coming out with the first drum and bass record ever, under the name Apache.

Topics:

Intro Song: Alex Romane – Warrior Princess
Alex’s early background in music, influences from his mother, and basics in classical music and folk music
Alex’s father who was a music producer and brought back tapes of Iraqi Artist during the embargo
Alex’s music career in the early 90’s
How Alex invented the drum bass
Delirious – the world’s first ever Drum and Bass album
80’s synthwave music; Gary Numan and Tubeway Army
Cross over in synth and classical; Techbeat
Writing stories with music
Digital Hardcore and Jungle Music
The Dubstep genre, and other trends in music
The animated visuals on Alex’s website
Alex’s Philosophy; Direct Democracy and the Nature of God
The UK Direct Democracy Party
Alex’s experience lawfully infiltrating the UK Government
Alex’s new album Demokratia, which uses music as a political vehicle, and is a hybrid of hip hop, trance, and techno
NATO and war
Global Warming and Alternative energy sources going back to Henry Ford’s use of Hemp and Tesla’s energy devices


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Robert Stark interviews Devotional Dave from STRANGELOVE-The Depeche Mode Experience

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Stark and co-host Pilleater talk to Devotional Dave(Freddie Morales) from the Depeche Mode Tribute Band STRANGELOVE-The Depeche Mode Experience. Check them out on SoundCloudFacebookYouTube, and Twitter

Topics:

Intro: Strangelove The Ultimate Depeche Mode Experience USA Promo
Tribute bands, how Strangelove-The Depeche Mode Experience got started in 2011, and Dave’s earlier tribute bands Blasphemous Rumours and Sounds a La Mode
Dave’s background in music and his Spanish Synthwave band DESVIO
Influences Growing up in the 80’s besides Depeche Mode including Duran Duran
Their current tour schedule listed at STRANGELOVE’s Website
Capturing the image of Depeche Mode and Dave’s Dave Gahan inspired Tattoos
The release of Depeche Mode’s new Spirit Album
Dave’s favorite Depeche Mode Albums are Songs of Faith and Devotion and Music for the Masses
Early Depeche Mode including Speak & Spell and Get the Balance Right!
Newer Albums including Sounds of the Universe
The Albums Violator and Ultra
Choosing which albums and songs to perform, and playing the songs Depeche Mode doesn’t play anymore such as rush
Meeting Alan Wilder and his departure
Martin Gore
The show April 1st at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara

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Robert Stark talks to Pilleater about Depech Mode’s Spirit Album

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Stark, co-host Pilleater, and John Curley discuss the new Depeche Mode album, Spirit.

Topics:

Depeche Mode’s Spirit album
Pilleater’s article The Meaning Behind “Spirit
Where’s The Revolution?
The Meaning behind “Spirit”
Fail
Pilleater’s opinion that Exciter, Sounds of the Universe, and Delta Machine are their worse albums
When Alan Wilder left the band
Pilleater’s opinion that Violator, Songs of Faith, and Devotion are their best
Pilleater’s review of Get The Balance Right!
Erik Erikson’s Psychosocial Stages
Depeche Mode compared to KMFDM
Depeche Mode being normie music
Richard Spencer’s claim that Depeche Mode is “the band of the Alt-Right,” and Depeche Mode’s denunciation
Depeche Mode’s Enjoy the Silence 9/11 Performance
Robert Stark’s outing to see Fire Tiger at the Viper Room


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Robert Stark interviews Italo Disco Artist Andy Fox

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Stark and co-host Pilleater talk to Italian musician and composer Andy Fox. Check out his music on SoundCloudBandcampFacebook, and Twitter

Topics:

Intro Song: “Tempus Fugit EP” (OUT NOW! on Sunlover Rercords)
Creating New music inspired by 80’s Italo disco; The New Retro Wave Genre
Andy’s background in music and early influences including Martinelli and Scotch
The aesthetics of Andy’s album covers
80’s Italian Design, Car designer Giorgetto Giugiaro, Fashion, and Ugo La Pietra’s Interior Designs
The Synth of Nu Shooz – “I Can’t Wait”, and how it reminds Pilleater of Andy’s music
The Nu-disco genre
Andy’s music based on work by new artists
Vocals by Laura for his song Fly Away 
Andy’s favorite synthesizers


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Robert Stark talks to Tiffany & James From the Band Fire Tiger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Stark and co-host Pilleater talk to vocalist Tiffany, and keyboardist James from the Band Fire Tiger. Check them out on FacebookYouTube and Twitter.

Topics:

The start of Fire Tiger in 2011, how they met, and the origins of the name
James’s prior cover band Danger Zone LA
80’s nostalgia, 60’s and 70’s influences, and personal musical influences
Fire Tiger’s music video Energy, LA footage, the unintentional 80’s vibe, and the cinematography by their friend Todd Rosenberg
Fire Tiger’s Green Light music video inspired by Phil Collins’ Take Me Home
Inspiration from TV soundtracks such as The Greatest American Hero Theme Song
The Jetsons The Movie song “You and Me”(Tiffany) and Tiffany ‘s I Think We’re Alone Now
Fire Tiger’s upcoming performance on Thursday, March 16th at the Viper Room in LA(more info on Twitter, email WEB@FireTigerMusic.com for discounts)
Past performances at the House of Blues and Whiskey on the Sunset Strip, and how most of their show are in LA
The New Retro Wave Genre, and how Fire Tiger’s style differs
The Keytar; the practical vs aesthetic appeal
The 80’s Roland Juno-106 and software synths
The 80’s aesthetic and design
Local 80’s stations; 93.1 Jack FM
Modern music and trends in vocals
Music Promotion and Social Media


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Robert Stark interviews Darren Toni

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Stark and co-host Pilleater talk to Darren Toni. Darren is the producer of DRIVE Radio and Lazerdiscs Records.

Topics:

Intro Song: Aileron – Stratosphere
The release of Robert Parker’s Lazerdiscs album Awakening
Darren’s background in the music industry, and how he got involved with Drive Radio
The New Retro Wave Genre, it’s unique sounds, and audience
The Film Drive, featuring College, Electric Youth, and Kavinsky, and how the film exposed the genre to the masses
The Artists produced by Lazerdiscs Records and Drive Radio
Darren’s nostalgia growing up in the 80’s, and the original New Wave Genre
90’s Euro House Music
80’s Aesthetics, Video Game Arcades, The London Trocadero
80’s visions of the future, and New Retro Wave illustrations
Brutalist Architecture in the Sun
Darren’s book New Heights, the Surreal Aspect of the book, and the illustration by artist William Holder
Themes including the meaning of life, love, despair, and death
Video Synthesis
Darren’s next book which is a science fiction novel murder mystery that deals with themes of social inequality
Vaporwave


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Robert Stark interviews New Retro Wave Artist Robert Parker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Stark and co-host Pilleater talk to Robert Parker. Robert Parker is a Synthwave/New Retro Wave musician  from Stockholm, Sweden. Check out his SoundCloudTwitter, and Facebook Page

Topics:

How Robert started making tracker techno music in the 1990’s, and got into New Retro Wave in 2009 after buying a Korg Polysix analog synthesizer
His use of a variety of hardware synthesizers in his music including the Roland Juno 106
The New Retro Wave Genre, how the film Drive exposed the genre to the masses
The Noire sounds of Kavinsky in contrast with the more upbeat Retrowave Sound of College; Parallels to Vaporwave and Cyberpunk
Robert’s nostalgia for growing up in the 80’s, early influences, and the Swedish media in the 80’s
Italo discoNeue Deutsche Welle(Alphaville), 90’s French House Music(Daft Punk)
The audience of New Retro Wave(40% United States and 40% Russia and Europe, largely men in their 30’s, but a growing number of women in their early 20’s
Robert’s vinyl album Crystal City on NewRetroWave Records
Robert’s new album Awakening for Lazerdiscs Records
Robert’s upcoming performance with College, and Waveshaper at the new club NEON on March 18th in Stockholm
NewRetroWave Records, which is the main company that produces New Retro Wave music
Illustrator Florian Renner who designed Robert’s Crystal City Album, and Miami Nights 1984′ Accelerated, and his animations of 80’s Retro-Futuristic Cities
Russian artist Aleksey Rico who designed the poster for the Chiptune Retro Wave Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia
The footage from films used in New Retro Wave Videos,  Robert’s favorite 80’s films, and the influence of the film Tron on New Retro Wave aesthetics
Robert’s thoughts on youtube channels uploading his work
Pilleater’s Parody using Andy Milonakis rapping over Miami Nights 1984


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Robert Stark interviews Jeffrey Mishlove

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Stark and co-host Pilleater interview Jeffrey Mishlove, the host of Thinking Allowed and New Thinking Allowed. His is the author of The PK Man and The Roots of Consciousness.

Topics:

Jeff’s background in parapsychology, having the only doctorate in the field
Raymond Moody’s“Life After Life,” life after death, near death experiences
The discipline of parapsychology
New Thinking Allowed exclusively on YouTube compared to Thinking Allowed on PBS
The beginning of Thinking Allowed
The synth intro of Thinking Allowed, the possible vaporwave influence of it
Alan Watts, New Age philosophy
Terence McKenna, LSD and drug use
Ted Talks and conspiracy theroies
The PK Man
The theory of open-consciousness, psychic experiences
Geographic locations with spiritual connections
The audience behind New Thinking Allowed, strange book stores
Transhumanism, Mishlove’s art, prescription drug use
The setting in Thinking Allowed, how Jeff get’s guest on the show
YouTube comments


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