Here is an exclusive look at the Aeternus Theme only for NeonVice listeners.
"AETERNUS continues the underlying story about astronauts leaving Earth to explore and study space. On ESCAPE VELOCITY an alarming signal from intergalactic space ultimately cause the astronauts to travel further into outer space and accidentally or deliberately wind up in a wormhole. On AETERNUS the astronauts arrives at a whole another place in space. They continue the exploration of space and celestial objects while seeking the source of the alarming signal. After descending and exploring a foreign world the astronauts realize imminent danger and must abandon the mission. Having escaped desolation and possible termination the astronauts intercept a signal originating from our home - The Solar System." -Dynatron
Check out the album and interview with Dynatron on September 4th. ~ONLY ON NEONVICE~
Hey NeuroPort! Thanks for being with us here on NeonVice. To get started lets talk about where you are from and you first started with making music? Did you begin with an instrument or electronic music?
Thanks for having me! I'm from Los Angeles, California. As a child I was raised around a lot of genres when it came to music but primarily Hip Hop, the usual west coast rappers (Eazy-E, Too Short, Ice Cube, 2pac, list goes on and on.) When I was about 9 my grandfather had given me a guitar since I was a fan of guitarists and "wanted to be the next Carlos Santana", I didn't really learn much the first few years of owning it, but I progressed slowly a few years later. I don't really play it anymore, I record some stuff with it when I'm making songs and stuff but it usually gets scrapped away. I started producing music a year ago with some kind of knowledge before starting, I first began to produce Hip Hop and Trap-Inspired Instrumentals but it didn't really satisfy me with producing so I wanted to jump out of my comfort zone and produce Electronic music.
When did you decide to create the NeuroPort project and what was the intention you had for it going in? Has your objective stayed the same?
The idea for NeuroPort was to make future funk/french house but I wasn't really all into it and I had more interest in VaporWave and sample based music, the first song I made was debuting NeuroPort on soundcloud with "Our Sunset", I felt that it would be natural if I made that a single for the album NeuroPort I, it got it's fair share of hype with 2k+ plays, and was featured on Drive Radio's Top 10 Love tracks at #7, I still plan to release albums in it's numbered nature with every album having a theme, I also have a limited number of cassettes out that you can get at https://beerwizard.bandcamp.com/album/neuroport-neuroport-ii it is a special edition that has NeuroPort I and II on each sides.
How do you believe your music is evolving? Is your creative process more of a flow or something calculated? How do you go about choosing what samples to use in your tracks?
My music is evolving quite a lot, with NeuroPort IV it doesn't sound like the other tapes I've made at all, I like to see me making music like painting, it's an audio canvas and I use all the knowledge I know as paint and incorporate all the colors and texture into the songs, I don't really like thinking too much how I'm going to make a song before I start, I just let my creativity flow and go with where it takes me, I like to put a lot of emotion into my songs and I gather samples that I feel inside rather than just using it because it sounds good, for choosing samples. I go vinyl hunting either online or at local shops, but most of the time I find my samples online.
What is your opinion on the state of vaporwave? Are there any producers you would like to mention which have influenced your work? What do you listen to when you are not in production mode?
Vaporwave is getting really big and popular now, but most producers go unnoticed and get slept on, I honestly think it's because of the method they would usually do, most rookies probably go on a simple program like Audacity and just slow tracks down with no variation from other new producers, especially the samples. It gets a bit uncomfortable when you hear a song being sampled by someone else already. That's what I'm always feared of when producing music, but I make sure I don't use the same samples as anyone else. Producers that inspire me are J Dilla, MNDSGN,DJ Screw,Kenny G,all my friends like Ethernet City, ローマンRoman, VHS Dreams, Phoenix #2772 and my fiancé Chasey. In my days I usually listen to Hip Hop,Jazz,Prog, and a handful of other stuff.
Are there any producers you might like to collaborate with in the future or vocalists that you feel you might enjoy working with?
I am currently working with Ethernet City on a collab album, we've been working on it for a while now. It's going to have 30 songs so it'll be a pretty lengthy tape, it's going to be mainly towards the classic vaporwave sound, no release date as of yet. It'd be pretty amazing if I got the opportunity to work with MNDSGN, but if I were to work with a vocalist it would probably be R.Kelly, or some OG R&B singer, but if any vocalist would like to work with me I'd be more than glad to do it.
Do you have any plans for the future and how many albums will be in the series that you have currently been releasing?
For the future I'm planning on releasing more singles, more physical releases, and more collaborations. Pretty much more fresh material for everyone to enjoy, I think the end of the NeuroPort series is almost coming to an end, I'm sure no one wants to see a NeuroPort XV or something as cool as it sounds, but I'm sure the series will end some time soon. I was pretty close at ending it at NeuroPort III but it was a good idea that I had kept going, I could see it ending around the fifth or sixth album. I'll just let everything flow naturally like I always do.
For the producers out there tell us about your production. What daw and plug-ins do you use? How do you decide to compose the tracks? Are there any tips you would give to other producers?
For producing, I use FL Studio, when I sample things I use the typical audio editing programs for loops like slicex and edison, for effects I use Reverb 2, Wow N Flutter, Engineers Filter, Fruity Phaser, Fruity Limiter,and so much more. When making a song I focus on 3 things, The loops of the sample, an atmospheric synth to cover it, and the mixing/equalizing. For other producers out there, please master and mix your tracks right, and don't use the same sample, dig around and see if anyone else used it. It'll save you from having other people say "didn't ____ sample this already???" No producer wants to hear that.
Thanks for being with us! Any final thoughts?
Everyone be sure to check out my albums at https://neuroport.bandcamp.com/ all albums are free, you can follow me on Sound Cloud https://soundcloud.com/neuro-port and like me on FaceBook https://www.facebook.com/NeuroPort, Thank you NeonVice and everyone else for enjoying my music.
Hey Nate! Thanks for being with us on NeonVice! Could you start off by telling us a bit about yourself? Where are you from and when did you start producing?
Hello! I'm originally from St Annes On Sea, a small and lazy seaside resort on the north-west coast. I starting messing around with synths and sequencers in my bedroom when I was fifteen.
Your style is a rythmic yet chaotic and strangely relaxing mixture of lofi electronic beats, cut-up vocals, and sci-fi sound effects. Has this always been something you were interested in and how did you get into it?
I started out playing the drums so I suppose rhythm has always been the foundation of my sound. Stylistically speaking, it's just been a natural progression. I think as time has gone on I've become more interested in different and unusual styles of music, also I like to challenge myself with things I haven't tried before. Also this is just one avenue of my musical output... and it's likely to change quite a lot with each new album. I've produced a lot of albums over the years but I suppose I didn't really choose to release anything until it all starting getting quite weird!
Share with us what daw, plugins, and hardware or instruments you used to compose this album. Was there anything that you pushed yourself to experiment with or techniques you tried out while working on Di Skyver?
I have always used Cubase, right from the days of Atari... so that's my main daw. I also use Maschine and Soundforge. Reaktor (i use a lot of the user library synths mostly), Kontakt (I'll create a lot of my own instruments in here), Massive, Volca Keys, Microkorg. I created a lot of the rhythmical elements, drum sounds etc, using sounds I picked up from around the house and other various places. I also tend to incorporate field recordings I've made.
If you play any instruments please tell us what you have an when you started playing them. What is your proficiency level for each?
I have played the drums and percussion to a pretty accomplished level since I was thirteen. I play Piano, Guitar & Mandolin... although I have mostly taught myself on these. I've dabbled with these since I was a teenager. I'm not massively skilled on either but I know my way around enough to get what I want out of each. I also know my way around synths pretty well.
What was the overall goal for your album? Did you have an atmosphere you wanted to set or feeling you wanted the listener to experience?
I wanted this album to be chaotic, like my life was at the time. I wanted it to be polarizing, in the sense that it starts and ends in two completely different places musically. I wanted it to represent sheer frustration and absurdity, but also intense emotion and absolute peace and calm.
How did you begin a working relationship with Amy Robina? Did she have any particular input on how you should use her vocals? Was this a collaborative experience or did you just ask her to deliver something specific with a creative vision in mind?
She was my partner for seven years. She delivered the vocal performance herself, the input was entirely hers. I chopped it up a little bit.
For the technical side of the vocals what effects did you use? Tell us about what affects you decided to use (if any).
With Amy's vocals I doubled the vocal track, split each channel left and right, and set one track a slight fragment in time ahead of the other. I used a little compression, and reverb. That's all. Her voice is pitch-perfect and very beautiful, and it requires very little if any processing.
The video Mortiz Lehr put together for this release is very well put together! What was the level of creative freedom offered to him with the story, editing, and final production of the music video? Do you think it represents the initial idea you had for the track or was it just unexpectedly fitting for the music you produced?
We gave Moritz a basic idea of what the track was trying to express, and what we wanted it to convey... but he had pretty much free reign and the video is very much his baby. I am over the moon with the results, he really did a stellar job. He hit the nail right on the head as far as I'm concerned.
Will you be working with Amy and Mortiz again on future projects?
I certainly hope so!