Since I was a little bit intrigued by how a Venezuelan chip/pop artist managed to release on a Swedish netlabel (on Alces2, and making such a nice release), I decided to fire off some questions to the Sintecoraz, a.k.a. Salvatore Maderas. Other than making his own music, Salvatore is also involved in music projects for tv programs, documentaries, and theater plays.
The release I’m talking about was the EP released on Alces2 [get it here], which was also reviewed here on SNN [read SNN review]. You can find out more about Sintecoraz on his myspace page.
Anyways, here is the largely unedited interview:
1. Could you make a brief presentation of yourself and your music?
I got into music ten years ago. These were difficult years to my as a shy teenager, because my parents used to fight everyday. At the age of 15 I’ve written a lot of poems and learning how to play guitar. The only way I found to get out of the problems was thinking of a lovely girl at school. At the same time I’ve been buying computer magazines every month. One of these magazines brought a free CD with some shareware programs, and for the first time I got into the world of MIDI and music programming. I was making songs for that girl, but suddenly I found myself doing a lot of covers and investigating. Though I’ve been doing covers of every kind of music, I’ve been always passionate about videogames soundtracks, especially some games that changed my life, like Megaman series, Super Mario bros 3, Ninja Gaiden series, and Monkey Island series (and all the Lucasarts classic adventure PC games). But I think that the most beautiful game that I remember from my very young childhood was a rare Atari game called “Bobby is going home”, which my first EP was a tribute to.
2. How did you get to releasing on alces2? Did they find you or did you
I found they on myspace, but they offered to release me on alces2.
3. I see there are a lot of machines on your myspace page, care to tell
us what synths and equipment you’ve used for this release?
On this EP I used my two guitars and the midi controller with a “magical8bit” plug-in, it is a VST instrument, installed on FLstudio. I also controlled another NES sound plug-in. In “Y jonny” a sample from a Nintendo game appears. I’m using the other machines in the upcoming EP. Anyway the two photos together are giving an idea of the mix between indie pop and melancholic chip-style atmospheres.
4. Chip music has had a boom in Sweden the last few years, are you
familiar with the Swedish chip music scene?
I love the Swedish chip music; I listen a lot! I’m a lover of melodies and I think they’re really genius. I like a lot of groups, Slagsmålsklubben, Rongfa, Ninjaspark, Psilodump, Super Multifaros but my favorites are Goto80, Rymdkraft, 047, Rugar, Random and Covox.
5. Since I’m not that familiar with the Venezuelan scene, could you tell
us something about how more electronic music is doing in your country?
Maybe some other Venezuelan acts you can recommend to the Swedish crowd?
Almost everything in Venezuelan electronic music is part of the underground scene. Is a kind of ephemeral, every month appears a new band and other die. Though this scene is dominated by house, trance, and drum’n bass dj’s, there are some musicians that you could listen. From very different styles: Cardopusher, Todosantos, Nuuro, Dioslepague, Trujillo, Helios 7.0, Miguel Noya, 3 Dueños. About Venezuelan 8bit I could recommend Elektrobot and Ui.
6. What was your goal with the alces2 release? Did it turn out as you
thought it would?
Yes, downloads are close to 1000!
7. Do you have any future plans for your music? Any gigs or new releases
There are plans to do a show in Caracas with new indietronica musicians, there are plans, but nothing sure. For the moment I will be making music in my room where I’m making the new songs for the next EP.
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