Walter Wayne releases his first album, Synchronize
Tell us about yourself and your music
My name is Vedran Klanac and I’m coming from Croatia. My professional background is actually in aerospace engineering and the production of video games. Music is something I’ve been lured to since I was a kid, especially experimenting with synthesizers and generating music on a computer. After years of toying with various DAWs and other tools for making electronic music, I have finally decided in early 2019 to shape the material I’m producing into the first several tracks and then into my first album. One other thing, since I’m well known under my real name in the games industry and to avoid the confusion I have decided to pick an artistic name for my music career. I ended up with Walter Wayne, but how that happened is a story for another occasion. :)
While I’m influenced by mostly pop, new age and giants of electronic music likes of Kraftwerk and LCD Soundsystem and few others, my music style is leaning more towards the house, progressive, trance and lately more and more melodic techno and pure techno. I can see myself in the future in different genres of electronic music, both, heavy commercial and on the other hand very narrow experimental electronic. We’ll see what the future brings.
Talk to us more about your latest release
My first album is called Synchronize and honestly, it’s a mix of genres that its name foreshadows. It’s a compilation of ten tracks where they range from electro house, deep house to trance. I started working on a couple of tracks in October 2019 and by Christmas 2019 I had six or seven tracks done. By the end of January 2020, I finalized ten tracks and realized it’s an album. I must say, all the tracks evolved intuitively from the original idea to start working on house beats and built up from there. It ended up with, I think two tracks in the trance genre, few or rest of them in electro house. This first album is released under my record label called SuperPosition Records. For future releases, I might look to cooperate with other record labels and music publishing companies.
What inspired you to write this release?
This track is called Jupiter and it’s a trance track. I wanted to create a trance track for the album and experimented a lot with the drop and main synths section. It was quite an exploration for me in sound design and in the end, this is the result. When I listen to it now, there’s a number of things I would do differently, however that way it would never be finished :). I hope you’ll like it. From what I have seen so far, it makes people dance easily.
Any plans to hit the road?
Not for 2020, at least no because of this whole situation with COVID-19. On the other hand, since my music is more oriented for clubs I must say, the only thing I can say about touring it can be DJ sets. For live performing, that will take some time as I have to still figure out how to do that with all the instruments, live on stage.
As an indie artist, how do you brand yourself and your music to stand out from the rest of the artists out there?
I’m still finding my way how to soak up the warmth from the sun. Time will tell.
Who have you been listening to lately?
I’m very open to all genres of music as I like to hear different styles, music arrangements. I’ll just list bands I listen to in the last month or so: Wu-Tang Clan, Muse, Nora En Pure, Shingo Nakamura, Tycho, Nine Inch Nails, White Lies, Gunship.
Who are your biggest influences?
I have grown up as a kid in 80s and much of the influence I still carry from those years, however, some newer artists made an impact on me as well: Kraftwerk, Jean Michel Jarre, Chemical Brothers, LCD Soundsystem, David Bowie, Sex Pistols, The Clash, Public Enemy, The Beastie Boys, NIN, DM, U2, Lady Gaga, CNC Music Factory, White Lies, The Cult, Madonna, Michael Jackson, The Queen, Psihomodo Pop, KLF, Guns’n’Roses, Van Helen, Kiss.
Tell us about your passions
Video games, making them, not so much playing them. As I run my own video games company, this is also my day job, to design, code and produce video games. I have made over 100 games in my career and developed a number of underlying technologies for them. Lately, I’m working on a prototype for a real-time strategy game for one of our brands.
What else is happening next in your world?
I like to travel a lot. The further from home the better. I like to explore other cultures, taste them, feel the sun on different spots on Earth, hear different languages. It widens horizons for me, it helps me grow as a human being and it’s showing me a way how to be a better person.
Thanks for an awesome interview, Walter Wayne
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