After a long disappearance of nearly five years Apollo Zapp is back with his first LP released on Sunlover Records. With “Synthetic Flower Fields” the artist that is most known for “Laser Tits” adds a new more serious tone to his repertoire, without leaving his playful style at home. The release is currently available for crowdfunding on qrates: https://qrates.com/projects/17697-synthetic-flower-fields
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We had a short interview with Apollo. Read it here and discover what he says about his new release.
What inspired you to create “Synthetic Flower Fields”?
The album was already fanned in the creation as a concept album. My concern was – rhetorically speaking – to deal with socially critical topics, which are in contrast to the music. The first 4 songs (Side A of the LP) are musically rather cheerful. The lyrics again rather sarcastic and critical. I think that is similar to our capitalist attitude. Spiritually I look at human behaviour in such a way that we are actually already aware that there are many serious problems on a global level, which are also addressed, but are approached with an indifferent attitude. We know of a topic that is very important. World pollution for example by plastics and other synthetically produced materials destroys our whole ecosystem and yet we cheerfully continue to buy things, which after a short time end up in garbage or in the stomachs of dolphins (metaphorically indicated in the lyrics of Pink Black) or other living beings. One can continue the whole thing and not see it from the purely materialistic point of view, but from socio-psychological behavior patterns, which are rather morbid in nature and culminate in superficialities. Power obsession, narcissism and status thinking on plastic flower fields to name just a few keywords. The second side of the album – Side B – has a change in the music and becomes more melancholic and serious. But the lyrics and the themes stay on the same track. I don’t want to take the whole thing apart and give the listener the freedom of interpretation.
How will Apollo Zapp evolve? What can we expect in the future?
At the moment I have started to produce several songs. They go in the direction of a space travel music, if you can say so. Thematically I definitely want to get away from earth. The music will definitely contain less pop elements. But I also have to admit that I’m not sure if I can handle it at all when I look at how much time I took with this album. There are songs that are made super fast. For some it takes longer. But I have generally found very little time in recent years to let myself go in production. If music were my main profession, it would certainly look different.
How do you see the synthwave genre today?
Synthwave music is a term that leaves much room for interpretation. I think it’s great that apparently someone new every day gets excited about producing Synthwave. This shows that this music genre meets fertile ground. If you have a DAW and load the first virtual synthesizers, you basically start with Synthwave. In the 80s it was no different when synthesizers became more and more accessible and the first artists made use of them. But in contrast to the 80s I see a trend nowadays. I think that many artists today imitate other well known Synthwave artists. There is really great music from many different unknown artists, but really unique styles are sometimes difficult to find. There are many subgenres, but somehow I get the feeling that Synthwave artists are trying to make solid tracks that are based on an exact scheme. In the 80s, music was more experimental. Still, as long as the music sounds good, everything is good and it’s clear that you have to start somewhere. I’m curious how the music genre will develop, but in the last 7 years you’ll definitely see more and more Synthwave influence in the mainstream.