"I love drama and groove (I started out as a drummer long before I did anything else) so again, Genesis were a big influence on me as they have both in spades."

By Lucio B

British electronic composer Mat Andasun, pays homage to 80s synth vibes and answers to our QuickFire Qs. His new track ‘Synthetic Bliss’ is lifted from the new evocative synth and spoken narrative album ‘Full Circuit’ released via Pretty Decent Music.


What was the first album you bought?

Wind & Wuthering by Genesis.  I was introduced to them by my older brother who was a member of a record club (some younger folk may need to look this up) and it was love at first listen.  I was blown away by the drama of the music

Who are some of your biggest musical inspirations and why?

I love drama and groove (I started out as a drummer long before I did anything else) so again, Genesis were a big influence on me as they have both in spades.  Growing up I would tend to get very into one artist and consume their whole output.  Prince, Talking Heads, Steve Hillage and Stevie Wonder all came to me this way.  Then when I hit my twenties I got massively into Samba and minimalism so it was Baden Powell (Brazilian guitarist0, Steve Reich, Jobim and Sergio Mendes.  The synth thing (Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream etc) came at the same time as these major musical crushes.  The thread that joins all of them for me is the richness of the harmony, the dynamic drama of the music and the excitement and thrust of the rhythm.

What are some non-musical inspirations that motivate your music?

Anything physical!  Running, swimming, hiking and cycling are my go-to things but anything that gets me moving gets me thinking of music

Tell us about your new album ‘Full Circuit’?

It started out life as me just messing around on some soft synths, inspired by love of those 70s synth artists I mentioned and the soundtracks of Cliff Martinez and Trent Reznor/Atticus Ross.  Gradually it took shape and the story came about as an idea by my record company that I ran with.  The narrative sets the scene and the music tells the story.  It means that the listener has a big part to play in bringing the story coming to life,.  Music always means different things to us all, it’s so personal and we each interpret it differently. The story that comes to the listener will be her story alone.

What have you got lined up for 2022?

My ‘day job’ is writing music for TV so that will carry on.  I really hope that people get into Full Circuit and if they do, I shall find a way of making a live show of it that I can tour.

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