Echosynthetic Interview with Synth-punk Pioneer Ian Deaton

What do you do when you can’t find the music you’re looking for? Atlanta’s Ian Deaton took matters into his own hands and made it himself. The talented multi-medium artist took the time to chat with Echosynthetic this week, hot on the heels of his show with major synthwave artist GosT and Atlanta’s Gregorio Franco.

Echosynthetic: You have a very unique sound. What are the origins?

Deaton: It came out of a need to hear REALLY fast synth-punk. I couldn’t find any even close to the level I wanted to hear so I just made it. 

Echosynthetic: You’re a long standing member of the Atlanta music scene. What other projects have you been involved in?

Deaton: I’ve played in Blame Game, God’s America, Thy Mighty Contract, Fag Static, Transvestite, Knaves Grave, Dasher, God’s Balls and Weapon. I currently play in U.S. Drag and score films with Thomas Barnwell. 

Echosynthetic: You have a new album, Glamour Profession. How do you feel about it?

Deaton: I’m really proud of the album. I wrote it in the middle of writing another album called Dekalb Time Slip that I was growing frustrated with. Some of the songs on Dekalb Time Slip took me so long to finish I just wanted to do something really fast and without thinking about it too much.

Echosynthetic: What software do you use to craft your sound?

Deaton: I use Audacity Audio Editor to record, mix, and master everything. It’s easy to use and costs nothing.

Echosynthetic: Generic deserted island question: You can only take three albums…what are they?

Deaton: Jerry Goldsmith’s score to Total Recall, From Enslavement to Obliteration by Napalm Death, and Herbie Hancock’s score to Death Wish.

Echosynthetic: Your live show is frenetic and really engages the audience. How do you keep up that pace?

Deaton: I don’t drink or smoke cigarettes, I have high metabolism, and my day job is physically demanding so I stay in pretty good shape.

Echosynthetic: Your new album is available in cassette. Why choose that medium?

Deaton: I put it out on cassette because it’s cheap, it’s a medium I listen to almost daily, and I grew up listening to cassettes so there’s a bit of nostalgia involved. 

Echosynthetic: Guilty pleasure song you totally jam to when no one is looking?

Deaton: What is Love by Haddaway

If you’ve not checked out what Ian Deaton has to offer I highly recommend you visit his Bandcamp page. Synth-punk is something I didn’t even know I wanted but now that I’ve heard it I can’t get enough of it. Give him a listen. You might just discover a new favorite artist like I did. Regardless, Deaton is onto something here. Looking forward to more in the future. Stay tuned to Echosynthetic for all your Atlanta synth based updates.

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