Cosmo Cocktail says:
What inspires me is not a specific artist, but the ’80s mood and atmosphere
I produce each album as if it was the soundtrack for a hypothetical movie
I would love to play live again
I use only hardware synths to build the songs, but I use plug ins for the effects
Fans of synth-wave and space music, this one is especially for you! Of course, though, every lover of electronic music will find some interesting info in this Cosmo Cocktail interview for ‘The Electronic Corner’.
Sir Joe: Let’s start from the name of your project.
You make synthwave music that often borders what could be called space music, but I know you are also a fan of astronomy and cosmology, so I was wondering: is there a connection between your interest for astronomy, your band name and the kind of music you propose?
Cosmo Cocktail: Yes indeed, but I do enjoy different kinds of music, so what inspires me is not a specific artist, but the ’80s mood and atmosphere.
Also, even though synth pop and classic pop from the ’80s are a huge influence, I am also a big synthwave fan, so there are a lot of new artists of this genre that are a source of inspiration for me.
SJ: You seldom use vocals in your tracks, and I assume you do it because you feel that adding a voice would spoil your tune instead of enhancing it. Are there other reasons for this choice?
Cosmo Cocktail: Well, I met Kostas and his label Werkstatt Recordings about 8 years ago. At that time, I was releasing music for a very small label from the UK, but I had something recorded which I wanted to release for a bigger label.
I met Kostas on Twitter, and I immediately felt a connection with him, because we had the same background and the same musical roots, so we agreed immediately for a release and things went very well.
My first release with Werkstatt Recording was an EP called ‘Atmosphere Zero’, and then I released the album ‘Aurora’, which was very well received.
SJ: You recently posted in Instagram some photos of past gigs, and I had the impression that you love to perform. Any chance to see you live again in the near future?
SJ: Let’s talk about your studio, and now I will quote you: “Removed some machines … less is more!”
What made you say that “less is more” and what machines are you using now mostly?
SJ: And you only use hardware, don’t you? You don’t use virtual synths.
Cosmo Cocktail: I use only hardware synths to build the songs, but I use plug ins for the effects. I record on the computer, and then I apply some effects.
When it comes to playing, though, I prefer to do it with my machines, and I usually use the internal sequencer of my synths.
Cosmo Cocktail: Actually, I don’t use a digital audio workstation like all artists. Instead, I use a very simple recording software, called Audacity.
I know it’s a very unusual choice, since nobody seems to use it for this purpose, but I feel very confortable with it.
I learned to use it well, and I don’t need anything else.
(Now I invite you to watch the following video, starting at 12:20, where Luca is showing us his studio).
We say thanks to Cosmo Cocktail for introducing space music in the world of The Electronic Corner.
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