It’s not very often that I get to cover music here at Echosynthetic that truly has something to offer every type of listener. Synth music in general is a genre that’s always fighting for overdue respect, so when I come across an artist with so much across the board appeal, well, it’s exciting. Caspro is obviously a student of the genre and all of its sub-classes and little nuances. His debut LP, Head Reset, is an honest to goodness buffet of everything I love about synth based music. We were lucky enough to be able to talk to the man behind the music this past week. I hope you enjoy!
- Welcome, and thank you for talking to us! What can you tell us about Caspro, especially for someone who might be hearing you for the first time?
Hey! Thanks for having me on your awesome website. Caspro is for everyone; music junkies, gamers, fans of movie soundtracks, creative types, artists and explorers. My debut album, Head Reset, is a musical journey of electronica/synthwave meets hard hitting drum and bass, orchestra, video game themes and more. I really tried to create melodic soundscapes wrapped around fun catchy mid sections. This resulted in a bunch of songs that don’t follow ONE single genre, but tie into different electronic subgenres. Whether you’re driving somewhere, gaming, or creating, you’ll find something to enjoy on the album.
- Your music seems to be a blend of so many influences! Where do you draw the most inspiration?
I draw inspiration from everything around me that evokes emotion; music, movies, video games, science, humanity, space, etc. I grew up playing classical instruments, playing video games and watching scifi movies, so all of those activities probably contributed to the sounds in my head. I love the ambient soundtrack for Blade Runner, the classically inspired 8-bit music for SNES games and a wide range of music, from electronica like Com Truise, Deadmau5 and OVERWERK, to death metal like Opeth, The Browning and Children of Bodom.
- When did you start writing music?
Jeez, I’ve been writing music forever, as it’s always been my go to creative outlet for expression. I had classical training on Piano and Cello as a kid, which I gave up on in my teens, but I’ve always been making music on whatever instruments and recording programs were accessible. Over the last decade or so, I’ve discovered that the sounds in my head are most transferable to the real world through electronica, and that’s what I’m exploring at the moment.
- What’s your recording setup?
It’s super simple, but gets the job done. Here’s what I use:
DAW: Cubase 8.5 – http://amzn.to/2yhErEz
Interface: Line 6 UX1 – http://amzn.to/2fBKgSb
Monitors: JBL 305’s – http://amzn.to/2fCa7t8
Keyboard: M-Audio Keystation49 – http://amzn.to/2kerB3Z
VST’s: (I mostly use the stock plugins and virtual instruments included with Cubase)
Halion Sonic se2 – http://bit.ly/2fI2MvW
ClipStar – http://www.vst4free.com/free_vst.php?id=2049
A1StereoControl – http://www.vst4free.com/free_vst.php?id=2149
Additionally, I’m pretty active on social media. I often post samples of what I’m working on, stuff about my setup and other shenanigans. I’m always looking to share music and chat music production with others, so come say hello!
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/caspromusic
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/CasproMusic
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/CasproMusic
- Your new album, Head Reset, just recently came out. What was it like releasing your debut record?
It’s been incredible and overwhelming all at once. Everything leading up to the release went smoothly; the writing process, sending it off to Voicians to mix/master, collaborating with a few artists for the artwork, creating/assembling the artwork, promo kits and videos all on my own and trying to build an audience from nothing. The feedback I’ve received from people all around the globe has been incredibly humbling and awesome. Furthermore, the challenging part has been trying to reach an audience in a world where everyone and their mom puts out an album. With that said, it’s been a lot of fun creating my own brand, learning how to grow as a musician/brand and meeting people within the synthwave/electronic community who share my passion for music. I make music that I’d want to hear and am glad others enjoy it too.
Bonus: I’ve made the album artwork available as desktop/phone wallpapers: http://bit.ly/2xQ3pti
- Do you have a favorite song on the record?
I kind of like all the songs. I know that’s not the answer you wanted, so I’ll break it down by genre.
Favorite synthwave song: https://youtu.be/ArCnesBOJQ0
Favorite driving song: https://youtu.be/dFdekTqx474
Favorite synthpop song: https://youtu.be/Xn1uDtDYwdk
Favorite Mozart electronica sounding song: https://youtu.be/zcaerIqiptU
Favorite chiptunes song: https://youtu.be/0yzz2e1iXU8
Favorite club banger: https://youtu.be/IgPfg8WonvY
Favorite electronica song: https://youtu.be/rf-A46bkdIw
- Where can Head Reset be found for someone interested in buying a copy?
It’s available to stream or download everywhere. (Free on Soundcloud and Bandcamp)
Google Play: http://bit.ly/2vWhB2Y
- Best movie you saw this summer?
Dunkirk was an amazing cinematic experience from a visual and sound production standpoint. The soundtrack and sound effects made you feel like you were there. Loved it! Though, my heart is set on the new Blade Runner movie.
- If you could collaborate with any artist, who would it be?
Someone like Voicians because his production is top notch and I love the way he writes stories with his music. Or someone like Com Truise who is genre breaking with his musical creations. I’d like to collaborate with everyone on this playlist for different reasons: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=–OzxsuuaCA
- Anyone you’d like to thank or shout out before we go?
I’d like to thank you for having me on the website. I love the content that you put out and am grateful to be part of it.