Ozone Surfing – an album that I am really proud over. Many people believe that making the tracks is the biggest problem but in my case that part is quite easy. Writing lyrics, on the other hand, is hard and selecting and finally harmonizing 14 tracks for an album is very very hard. I found myself wanting to include all my tracks on the album and forced myself to make a shorter and shorter list until I finally reached the number 14. Still I felt I had to have more vocal tracks so again I made a short list selecting which tracks to write lyrics to – Visitors and Keep On Keepin’ On. I struggle with the notion that a track is not really finished until it has vocals but I know that many of you feel that vocals actually ruin tracks. I hope you will enjoy the mix of instrumentals and vocals I have on this album.
This is one of those tracks that kind of evolved on its own. I started off thinking that I wanted to make a track with orchestral hits and then it just took off. It just got funkier and funkier and I really enjoyed the process of making it. When it was time to give it a name I felt that it would be a perfect sound track for a guy actually surfing the ozone layer. When it came to naming the album there was no doubt what it should be called.
I have many influences in my music and one is definitely the raw force of electro. Normally electro is a lot slimmer when it comes to instruments but I never seem to be able to keep it simple. That said, I still feel that this track has a rare power in it. The track itself evolved from those tiny notes that can be heard in the beginning. That is why I gave it the name of the odd fact that matter can spontaneously appear from nothing.
Alpha Ville was, and is, a big influence of mine. This track is definitely proof of that. To tell you the truth I realized that I had actually unintentionally copied a part of an Alpha Ville track when making it. I have of course rewritten that part. The lyrics are a bit sad I guess but when I was a kid (a long time ago) I actually believed that space travel would be a real part of ordinary life when I grew up. It didn’t turn out that way and this track is my way of dealing with it.
One of the most popular tracks of my last album was Asteroids. I wanted to revisit that feel and this is what came out of it. It is not as dark as its ”parent” and it also has a more ”classic” structure. But still, I am quite pleased with it. The gravity this particular style has on me led to the naming of the track.
This will sound odd but the music for this track actually came to me in a dream a couple of years ago. For a time it was instrumental but I strongly felt it needed vocals. The name ”Visitors” was there from the beginning and now the lyrics fit the bill. The DNA in this one is definately originating from Ultravox.
On my way home one day I got the idea for this track. The process of making it was one of the most fluent in my history. It just materialized just as I wanted it. If you are wondering about the ”flute” sound I thought that particular image (of a civil war flute player) gave the track the feel I was aiming for. I suppose all those hours playing computer games is behind my vision for this one.
The Final Moment
It is no secret that the Human League has been one of my great loves and I suppose this track is a dead give away on that love. I have thought a lot about that one way trip that is going to Mars in a not so distant future. What thoughts will go through the minds of those guys when the space ship finally is about to embark?
Keep On Keepin’ On
Life’s been handing you lemons lately? There is not much to do but getting back into the game. For the longest time this track was instrumental but now I have finally gotten around to write the proper lyrics for it. The DNA can be traced to the SOS band that made some wonderful tracks back in the day.
A big shout out goes to: My family – for putting up with me. Future 80’s Records – for believing in me. Synthetix.FM – for showing such an interest in me. The community of composers in the SynthWave scene – for all the good feedback. All of you fans – for keeping me going. And finally a very BIG shout out goes to Juan Irming (AKA Amplitude Problem) for beeing there for discussions in topics most don’t understand or care for, AND for providing invaluable help during the mixdown of this album when my ears stopped registring the differences between the tracks. Juan and I go way back and I must say that I am very impressed over the skilful composer he has become. I am also very happy that he, and his son Max – AKA San Dingo, are carrying on the legacy of the music I love so much.
A BIG thank you to photo magician Jens C Hilner for elevating my looks to match my idea of the 80’s. Jens also took some moving images that were used to make the music video for Ozone Surfing. I can tell you it was a lot of fun doing this shoot and it might interest you to know that the red leather tie was used by me in the actual 80’s so that is as real as can be. Another big thank you goes out to Ragnar Andersson for lending me that awesome metal tie and to Oskar Kantoft for lending me the outrageously cool purple coat that was originally comissioned by no other than Prince himself.