Oceanside ’85, one of those rare birds.
“Too fast to live, too young to die”
Today we talk to Chesea Owen– a lot of you may not know what goes on behind the scenes at RecallFM. It’s a small operation and when you deal with so many passionate people it’s difficult sometimes to give everyone the time of day. Chelsea is one of the most persistent people I’ve ever talked with and because of that I know that whatever she chooses to pursuit in the present and future will always make it far.
1.What Started you in electronic music?
Music was everything to me since the first time I heard my mom sing a lullaby to me as a child. I started making tapes of my music I would play on my Casio and sing along…but what really got me into electronic music production would be Mortal Kombat the movie. Specifically KMFDM juke joint Jezebel. i was floored when i heard that song. I wanted to make music like that. I found Fruityloops and from there started on the path (which I didnt realize I was even on) into becoming a producer. I’m still not done learning “how to produce” and I don’t think I ever will be.
2. Influences- not necessarily synth related
My 3 favorite female singers of all time who influenced me greatly are Nina Simone, Sade’, and Janis Joplin. Male singers would be David Bowie, Freddy Mercury, and Jim Morrison.
I was also influenced by all the music played in my house like Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Tina Turner..my mom loved her some 80s pop…my style was more talking heads, depeche mode, The Gap band. I have such versatile tastes so this question is tough haha I also loved listening to Eric Satie, Billy Holiday, Johnny Cash and Ella Fitzgerald and Rob Zombie.
Synth related influences are the 80s pop i was talking about aswell as Krftwerk, KMFDM, New Order, John Carpenter, 80s movies (eg. Aliens, Total Recall, Big Trouble in little china, Rad, Breakfast club, Twins, Predator, I would literally waste an hour of your life if I finished that list) so basically 80s action romance sci fi and horror movies as well as Saved by the bell (which was 90s but totes looked 80s in style)
Producers I discovered who helped me fall in love with Synthwave were MN1984 Kalax and Dimi Kaye…not Kanvinsky. Never Kavinsky. 😉
3. Favorite hardware/Vst’s
I really love my ableton push. It’s really an amazing little guy. I probably don’t even use it to its full capabilities yet. My fav VST’s right now are Sylenth1 and Synth1.
4. Where would you like the scene to go?
I would love for it to keep growing and explode and become so big that eventually it will become uncool again…the way all great music genres have done. Synth music to me encapsulates so many styles, genres and emotions. You can literally go anywhere with it or do anything. I would like to see new styles and old styles accepted and promoted. Everyone just keep making your awesome music because we need variety. I hope the unique styles of Synthwave create many more fans of the genre and keep it fresh for those who are tired of the same cookie cutter formulas. I mean, great another person making another website dedicated to their 5 friends music only or a blog that thinks they are the gatekeeper to all supposed “good” music. There needs to be less gatekeepers and more thoughtful regard for the effort and tears and passion that it takes someone to put their creation out there for all to hear. That’s why some blogs and outlets I really admire like Iron Skullet and Recallfm who give the smaller guys a chance. So thank you for that. You dont have to be a professional song writer or a signed artist to make amazing music…and you shouldnt have to kiss someones ass too get noticed.
5. Any Closing statements
Thank you Recallfm for featuring me on discover Fridays. I’m working on 2 new albums my second vocal album Neon Dreams release tba and a Dark ep as of yet unnamed so keep an eye out. I’m really thankful to all the people who have supported my music in any way these last 3 years. You guys are the neon blood in my synth veins. <3 Also I love collaborating so hit me up if you are a new Synthwave producer and or a vet and you just want to collab. To all the new producers out there who feel neglected or ignored..don’t quit keep shining your light and make what makes you happy don’t worry about “genres” or “genre rules” Rules are made to be broken. If you dont get noticed or if you need any feedback my time portal is always open. Hit me up and ill listen!