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Timecop1983


Please tell our readers who you are and what you do?


Timecop1983 is a project i started in 2013, after years of exploring my musical taste. I have been making music, without a musical background, since i was twelve years old. I started making music with Scream Tracker in MS-DOS after getting a few floppydiscs with the tracker and some songs on there.

Because i didn’t know how to make music or how to play an instrument it took me really long to get to know the program. But i liked the idea of being able to make my own music so much that i kept trying and trying. After a few months i was able to create my own music and that felt great!

Over the years i have been creating various music styles, from classical music to hiphop. But because i never finished anything and did so many things i forced myself to make a decision to either stop making music or choose one specific genre. That’s when i heard the soundtrack of Drive and i fell in love with the Synthwave genre.



How would you describe your style and genre?


My songs are heavily inspired by the ’80s, without imitating the sound, and are best described as romantic, cinematic and dreamy. The genre has many names, but i always like to call it Synthwave or Dreamwave.

Amongst producers/bands like Carpenter Brut, Perturbator and other more aggressive 80’s inspired musicians my music stands out by craeting romantic music that takes you back to better times. My goal is to create nostalgic feelings, without being cheesey.




Who are your biggest influences and idols … and why? Do you have any idols? Are you a super fan of anyone? (Dead or alive, musician or non-musician)


I don’t have a particular band or musician that is my idol. The problem is that i can’t stand to listen to the same music over and over again. I need variation. Otherwise i get bored with it and don’t like it anymore. That’s why i usually hate radiohits, even it’s a good song, they get played too much.

But my musical taste is very broad, lately i have been listening a lot of the works of Johnny Jewel and i love listening to Killswitch Engage when driving.




What´s new right now? What should our readers know about that is coming up from you?


I am working on a lot of things at the moment, i’m releasing my new EP “Lovers EP – Part II” on August 5th, i’m working on a vinyl release of my album “Reflections”, i am finishing the soundtrack of the videogame “Crossing Souls” by Fourattic (published by Devolver Digital), i am working on a new album, doing shows and lots of other things.


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What was the biggest mistake you made when you started making music and what would be the number one tip you could give to a newcomer musician?



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How do you get gigs? Can you share any tips?
I am very lucky people ask me to come and play at their gigs. I don’t have a booking agent in Europe and people can contact me directly. This brought me to many nice places in Europe (i.e. Russia, Hungary, England, Poland, etc.).

My tip is to be very open to the people that are interested in booking you and, if possible, don’t aim for a price that is too high. I always let the organiser come up with a budget, since i don’t have a set price for a gig. People appreciate that, especially in the sub-genres.
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What has been your biggest challenge right now? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?

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How do you promote yourself? Do you have any specific promotion tips for other musicians?
I always say promotion is half of the work of a musician. You can make the greatest hitrecord in the history of music, but if nobody finds it nobody will know.

In a sub-genre like Synthwave i don’t think you need a label, you can target the right people by sending your music to genre-specific blogs/Youtube channels and be involved in Facebook groups in your genre. But keep in mind not to spam people.

Don’t be the guy who sends a Facebook friend requests to somebody you once talked to in a discussion on compression techniques and post a link on his wall with your music without even talking to him. People hate that…
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We meet again in one year. What has changed?

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http://www.facebook.com/timecop1983




http://www.facebook.com/timecop1983


http://timecop1983.bandcamp.com

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