Aleksi Susi is a synthwave producer based in Finland. His music is a unique blend of his own songwriting and '80s influenced synth sounds. In an email, he told me about his musical background, his approach to creating and his views on the synthwave scene.
Karl Magi: How did you first become interested in making music?
Aleksi Susi: As a kid, my mom took me to piano lessons. After four years of piano, guitar felt like a more ”rebellious” instrument to me at the time and I switched from keys to strings, started to compose some riffs and was involved in band activities.
KM: What interested you about making synth-based music?
AS: Well, I’ve been listening to both rock and synth-based music since my childhood. In 2015 or so I left my band ”2 Wolves” to concentrate on my other, more industrial-influenced band ”Alexanred”. Soon after that I put ”Alexanred” on hiatus, because the session musicians in the band decided to concentrate on their own bands and things in life. I made the decision that I was going to do my musical activity as a solo artist using my own name, so I didn’t have to be dependent on other musicians. Programmed music has endless possibilities. You can compose practically anything you want by yourself and perform it however you want to. It was a very natural decision for me. I am also a perfectionist so when I create music and lyrics, I mostly want to keep my original ideas unchanged.
KM: Who are the musical artists that have inspired you?
AS: Mostly Rammstein, Type O Negative and Linkin Park, but the list of the artists that inspire me is very long and it goes across various musical genres.
KM: Tell me about the ways in which you create new music.
AS: I just sit down and create. That’s it. If I try to wait for some special inspiration, it takes much longer to complete the task. Over the months in between, I write down random ideas.
KM: What are some of the musical projects you are working on right now?
AS: At this moment, only my new material. Nothing else.
KM: Where would you like to take your music in the future?
AS:I want to improve my own style as much as possible and, of course, I want to reach as many listeners as possible. I am very grateful to the friendly people on Twitter. I really love that we can support each other in our musical activity. It's an awesome community.
KM: Give me your opinion on the global synthwave scene and how it is doing?
AS: Well, it is growing all the time. As a fan and a child of the Eighties (’83), it makes me very happy. There is a timeless quality to the sounds.
KM: How do you recharge your creative batteries?
AS: Traveling is a very good way to do it. And also to not think about creating for some time. Thanks to the people who support me and others! Take care of yourselves.