We at “NEW FRESH MUSIC” have been lucky enough to interview the upcoming artist, “Charlie Syntari”..
Where are you from?
Cape Town, South Africa
Who are your biggest artistic influences?
There are different influences that inspire me to make music. Vangelis, Enigma and Deep Forest and artist such as Havasi bring emotion and feeling to their music and inspire me to do the same.
The mid 90’s sounds were rich and deep and so from a sound design perspective I reference artists from this era such as Captain Hollywood Project, Urban Cookie Collective, SNAP!, Fragma, Culture Beat, Capella and many more. Modern inspiration forms the basis of the beats, basslines and the progression of the music and for this I would usually turn to artists such as Rufus du Sol, Shingo Nakamura and quite a lot of artists that release under my favourite label, Anjunabeats – as an early 2000’s clubber, Above and Beyond was already a firm favourite.
A new favourite of mine is Anima.
Tell me about how your creation part begins, and how is your workflow.
Flow state is important and when I access the musical ether, I usually get a strong
connection. Sticking to one song is sometimes difficult when I get multiple ideas in the origin phase of composition, before production starts. I always start with the piano. I sit down and play and what comes is what comes. When I feel something is good, I would repeat play the piece a few times and simplify it before moving over to the DAW. I would then choose a lower BPM, record that piano piece into the project file and split the top and the bottom into two tracks over 16 bars. From there, I speed it up and drag in a simple pre-programmed beat (4 on the floor) and from there build the song out, including the intro.
Outtro I leave until the song reveals it to me.I then start looking for a vocal which can take some time, sifting through licensed databases and vocal packs purchased. I then manipulate the vocal to fit into the song (slice, warp, key change). At this stage I mainly use licensed vocals but on future projects, vocals and lyrics will also be produced by myself and recorded through a vocalist. I feel I am at that point in my journey now and hopefully after the release of the 8 tracks lined up, vocalists would want to work
Where do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration in different places. Usually when I access memories or when I am in a super sensed emotional space – the time when you anchor memories. The feeling super charges the flow state and I usually “clutch out” when this happens – meaning my friends would say things like “hey man, snap out of it!”
When is your favorite time of day to create your music?
Mid-morning to afternoon. The best ideas come just before I fall asleep though. I struggle to remember these ideas because I don’t get up and run to the studio to lay them down. Which can be a problem but so far, I feel I have done OK.
Describe how art is essential to society nowadays
As with everything, time changes our environment. We used to get educated on art and the principles and driving forces thereof in school when I was growing up. Nowadays it’s not like that anymore and it feels as if there is a disconnect between young people and how they view art, if at all. What I mean is when you look at art and try to figure out what it is and how it makes you feel – the emotions and thoughts they inspire. Therefore, art to me is crucial to our psychological evolvement as humans.
When art is produced through the emotions of another human, one should attempt to tap into emotion and evolve it. To connect with the artist, with his or her energy. This is a special thing to be able to achieve e.g. when you gaze at Monet’s Woman with a Parasol you can feel his emotion through the canvass as he paints his wife and child. Another example I would offer is Mozart’s Opus “The Marriage of Figaro”. Specifically, the aria of Duettino-Sull’. It can move one to tears given the right environment. That’s art – that
Similarly, when I listen to e.g. Havasi’s “The Prelude (Age of Heroes)”, I can feel the emotion
as the song builds to its crescendo around 5m30s. It takes you on journey. Therefore, to me, it is essential for our well-being to be able to consume art in its fullest, its purest form.
What motivates you to create?
I am a believer in re-incarnation. The journey and growth of a soul over multiple timelines in this existence. I believe that I have been given the gift of music. My entire adult life has been dedicated to business and family, while in the back of my mind, my spirit was constantly calling to me to use my God given talent. Therefore, when Saint Peter would ask me at the Pearly Gates, one day when this life comes to an end: “What have you done with your musical talent?” and I answer “Nothing” I am afraid that he would send me back to earth as a bug!
How do you define success as a music artist?
Success is defined differently by each and everyone. To define it, you must take time and contemplate the value of success before the meaning becomes clear. In a way, I feel somewhat successful already because I took the hardest step – to put myself out there to have my work criticised and rejected.
But in its essence, if someone would tell me that my music made them feel better, lifted their spirit, made them happy, made them want to dance, that would be the ultimate form of success for me. To achieve that, you must find an audience. I am on that journey now, as an independent artist.
Does art help you in other areas of your life?
Absolutely. It delivers me from pent-up stress just like regular exercise does for me. The sense of achievement when you were successful in being the conduit for music to flow through you and become something real is a special thing. I think this goes away when you do it for money, so I am acutely aware and remind myself constantly of my “Why”. Why am I doing this?
How do you develop your art skills?
Over the last 6 years, it’s been a massive learning curve. Course upon course, hours upon hours spent to develop the technical abilities to create music using software and modern production techniques. It’s a non-stop process.
What is your next move?
Currently, my original releases fall within the Electro Pop / Dance genre. I am remixing key songs into the Progressive House Genre. I would like to learn to produce additional melodic techno and electro tracks over the next year all the while continuing to release under my main genre as well.
Where will we see you in 5 years?
On a stage, somewhere, making hundreds (hopefully thousands) of people happy for an hour or two at a time. That would be the ultimate humbling experience.