Cyber Space - www.myspace.com/cyberspaceandy
Interview with Cyber Space
Hello and welcome to Spacesound Records. We would like to shed some light on the individuals who make the music we all love. What better way than hearing it from the artists themselves. ANDREAS, Welcome to Spacesound!
1. Can you tell us a little about yourself and what do you do?
My name is Andreas Mohr, I live in Halberstadt, in the Eastern area of Germany, by beautiful mountain range called Harz. I work at a small Post Office in an advertising department.
2. How did you get involved in music and do you have a music background?
The interest in music did not originate from my family, I was inspired by the one when I was 8 the time when I signed for a musical school. I learned there classical music for 9 years and with the positive result. Music is what I am living for and since then I performed it in many different areas. I started with Electro live Band, later on as a DJ. As a matter of course I presented mostly the music of 80ties. After lots of efforts of creating any music I came to conclusion to present something at last.
3. Besides spacesynth what other hobbies do you have?
My favorite music is the one from 80ties, Pop and Italo disco.
4. What other music interests you?
An instrumental music perhaps with some classical music included.
5. Do you compose any other music besides spacesynth, if yes, what might that be?
No, I think I will keep going on with Spacesynth for a long time. For me it's just the beginning, for now there is no place for the other kind.
6. How did you find spacesynth or when did you first come in contact with this genre of music?
Oh, long time ago in 1988 I heard Shotgun by Laserdance. That was something strange for me, since then I am fascinated for that kind of sound. The music started then to be forgotten and I think that for some ears it's too fussy.
7. What draws you to spacesynth and why do you like this music?
There are many factors that this music out stands from the others and even now I feel myself getting goose pimples all over. The deep sound of bass, softness of the high tones, naturally the vocoders, it's fantastic to hear a beautiful melody played with bell sounds.
8. Is there anything that you dislike about this genre?
Songs that do not contain an appropriate melody.
9. Are there any group or artist(s) that have influenced you?
Yes, that's obvious, it's Laserdance.
10. I guess this question follows on from the next but do you have a favorite artist and why?
Michiel v.d.Kuy - my great idol.
11. Do you have a favorite spacesynth album and why?
I have got many vinyls hidden in my wardrobe. Laserdance - Around The Planet (Picture Disc), I am proud of that.
12. Would you be interested in working in a duet or with other artists if yes who would that be?
I haven't been considering that so far. I a friend of Stefan Bieri, I know something about his experience and creativity, I could imagine that we can create something together. Anosphere and Cyber Space... you give some idea!
13. Do you like Italo Disco?
Yes, I really do. Beautiful songs and refrains, I love the music. Eddy Huntington, Mike Mareen, Gazebo, oh, we all know them!
14. A few Spacesynth artists have come from the Demo scene, were you ever part of that, if yes what was your artistic name and do you think there is any advantage to Demo artists?
Demo stage, I cannot tell anything special, I have never been a part of it.
15. Let's move to composing. How do you start with a new track? Do you, start by trying to compose a new melody or do you play around with chords and then try and fit a melody into that or is there perhaps another way?
My method... whole day I have got some melodies in my head, I sit at my keyboard and I play it, later on it goes automatically. I have got a good music, I have got also a complete song which I composed during the time of 3 hours.
16. Recently there has been some debate about the importance of melody in spacesynth. Do you have any opinion or thoughts on this?
Did I miss something? Everyone should play his/her music, compose his/her own favorite theme, I would not discuss about that.
17. Spacesynth currently has many different styles for example Protonic Storm is very futuristic and pushing boundaries on the other hand Marco Rochowski epitomizes the Golden era with his classical interpretation. Where do you think you fit?
Yes, Marco is now my favorite, he still plays the pure music of Spacesynth. I consider the music the one that should not be classified. Each artist performing Spacesynth has got his/her own style, everything is allowed, it's so beautiful to hear lots of variants at once. I use many vocals in my songs at one time, it's fine to mix some Italo disco in. What would be if anyone has just copied Laserdance? It would be boring. I am still on that classic side of Spacesynth.
18. This question is a sort of follow on. Where do you think the genre is heading? Some people have said that we should move on from the LD influence and embrace influences from other genres i.e. different drums, bass and not have to rely on melody. Others have argued that the melody is the essence of spacesynth and overhauling it would kill the uniqueness of the style and thus create just another electronic sub genre. Any thoughts?
I am in touch with Erik van Vliet and his opinion is that it's great the music is played like years before. But I still regard that if someone moves with the times he/she should adjust the music to the current trends. I try to it in some of my compositions.
19. Any thoughts on how we could improve the genre (musically and gaining more mass appeal)?
It's not required to change the music. Some of the hits from charts are really bad and in spite of it they reach the top. It is not about melody but an advertising campaign.
20. What sort of gear do you use?
For some time I played hardware and my synth was Kawai K1, then there was Ensoniq TS10, with a great sound. Since starting Cyber Space a dropped hardware and switched to a software. I have got still Roland PC 180A Midi keyboard and as for software I use Propellerhead Reason and it works out quite good.
21. At times debate has centered on Software synths vs. hardware, do you have a preference if yes why?
Software simulating a piano? No, if you compose music you should play real instruments, otherwise you should change your hobby.
22. What's your favorite TV show?
I can skip TV, some cool DVD would give me the same.
23. Anything you would like to say to the fans of the Spacesynth Genre?
Yes, there would not be artists without fans. You are very important for us. Thank to you we have motivation to get better and to be more recognized on the music market. It's a pity less people listen to the music. I wish myself more people listen to the music. We on a good track. Sapcesynth is more than just a music. It's a neverending story.
Now for something light hearted. Just give the answer to one you prefer or "Neither" if they aren't applicable. (No explanations required!!)
1. Tea or Coffee? Coffee.
2. Market or Shopping Mall? Shopping mall.
3. Demo or Italo? Italo.
4. TV or Sport? Sport.
5. Books or Cinema? Cinema.
6. Resort or Camping? Camping site.
7. Summer or Winter? Summer.
8. Cat or Dog? Fish, they cool down.
9. Beer, wine or Spirits? Red wine.
10. Blonde or Brunette? Brunette...ups!
11. Sweet or savoury? Sweets... sweet brunette...
Once again thank you for allowing us your time in answering these questions, it is very much appreciated! We hope this gives the spacesynth community a little better insight into you as an artist.
Interview Conducted By Peter D.