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An Interview With Koppe

A brand new release from Koppe taps into several electronic-driven textures that blend into each other and create layers and even chapters throughout the EP's playthrough that bring cinematic and lush soundscapes and cause visuals to appear in your head even when you least expect it.

The beats throughout the release range just as the songs themselves do in terms of balance, arrangement, and build.

There are a number of really unique synthesizers and sounds used during the course of the record and you can tell that the creator had an enormously fun time putting this all together.

There's something about the tracks that almost connect to each other in a strange way as well which is why I mentioned them as chapters earlier.

This release has a very visual aspect to it but those visuals pop up into your head on their own and it's done because of the landscapes that are given to you by the sounds made.

You get that intense and climactic approach with a lot of these tracks and they kind of have a way of keeping you on the edge of your seat much like watching a film.

And this is what I mean, the songs have a way of entrancing you and if you listen to the whole record through from start to finish, it does feel like you just watched a film because it's this great sort of escape that you fall into.

There's something special about instrumental music that has no words because it allows for your brain to create scenarios if the music is done right and with this release every single song creates a different scenario in your head.

The flow of the songs are forward moving and some of them are quite surprising because while there are tracks that have that cinematic build with lots of beats that range from a sort of jungle style and go outward from there, they're also songs that are just synth based that let you kind of float around in a dream.

These tracks are more colorful because they have a lighter vibe to them and they're sort of breathers.

These are not so much songs as they are musical pieces of work and you can easily see them in scenes of a film with high intensity scenes.

Because they are musical pieces, they are almost alive and breathing and you don't really know what's going to happen next or where it might be headed but they're very easy to wrap your head around in any way you see fit.

I love being engulfed by this record because it's been a long time since I've been engulfed by any record to be honest and so for that I was very refreshed when it was over and definitely had to snap myself back into reality again.

These are aspects that you just don't get often so when they come you appreciate it.

A lot of this had this harsh edginess to it, but it was done in a very precise way with a lot of attention to detail but it never loses the sort of emotional build that makes it so real.

The record had quite an atmosphere of its own and with its release, we wanted to have a sit down with Koppe to find out what made this actually come to fruition.

Here's what happened.

Buzz Slayers: Okay, let's start with "Tactics of Mistake"! This track had such a classic beatscape to it that was a cross of old and new school! How did this release come about?

Well, I appreciate you thinking of it that way! I am always curious to see what people think and hear in my music. "Tactics of Mistake" evolved gradually over the summer. There was a lot of experimentation and dedication before I felt each track truly resonated with my intent. With every project, there's always a new lesson or discovery.

Buzz Slayers: How did this all start for you as an artist?

I’ve been producing for about 7 years and in that time frame I really was experimenting with my sound and seeing where I wanted to take it. My knowledge is all over the place from literally drone music, metal, jazz, and punk to main some larger umbrella terms. I always enjoyed music and I even have done some reviews in my past. It was ambient, techno, and industrial genres that drew me in. The thought was, "I can create this!" - little did I know about the steep learning curve. Over time, though, I've come into my own, understanding my unique sound and the direction I wish to pursue.

Buzz Slayers: What kind of things really inspire songs for you?

A mélange of personal reflections, human interactions, historical events, the beauty of nature, and occasionally, the sheer thrill of diving in and seeing where the process takes me.

Buzz Slayers: This release has some great approaches to it! Can you give us some of your biggest influences musically?

I am a fan of more underdog or lesser-known artists so that’s my influence. I am a huge fan of Varg2tm, Dominick Fernow, Nothing, and Canadian Rifles to name a few.

Buzz Slayers: What are you doing when you're NOT working on music?

When I'm not immersed in music, you'll find me with a book in hand, foraging for mushrooms, or basking in the serenity of the mountains.

Buzz Slayers: Who's in your headphones right now?

Jessie Granqvist

Buzz Slayers: Are you doing any live performances right now?

Not yet but I am going to start DJing in my office space on a live stream.

Buzz Slayers: Do you record these at a big studio, or do you have a home studio set-up?

Home Studio

Buzz Slayers: What can your fans expect from you in the near future?

Fans can anticipate a continued evolution of my style, refined mixing techniques, and more frequent releases that reflect my growth as an artist.

Buzz Slayers: Before we go, what would you like to say to fans of the music?

Enjoy and I love hearing everyone’s thoughts because, at the end of the day, all art is subjective. Oh, and please support any of your friends that make music. It really means a lot!

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