001: FM Attack
Inspired by 80’s synth pop, disco, new wave music and a love for analog synths, musician/producer Shawn Ward created FM Attack and released the debut album “Dreamatic” in 2009 on Tonite Records. The album was received with critical acclaim, leading to remixes for artists including Pnau, Edwin Van Cleef, Super Mal, Sally Shapiro, Tesla Boy, Visitor, Trans-X and Richard Marx. Fm Attack recently signed a worldwide publishing deal with Chrysalis Music and released a new album “Deja Vu”
I♥SYNTHS: Tell us a little about your music project. Does the name of your project come from fm synthesis?
FM Attack: I came up with the name because I wanted to do a synthpop project that had a nostalgic sound, but with a futuristic vision. I wanted something with an underground electronic feel that could crossover onto fm radio.
I♥SYNTHS: What synthesizers do you currently own?
FM Attack: Too many! I’m running out of room. My favorites are the Minimoog, Roland D-550, Arp Solina, Jupiter 8, Prophet 5 and I’m really digging this DIY Sid Synth, I picked up that has two C64 synth chips in it.
I♥SYNTHS: How do you go about recording your hardware equipment and what’s your go-to synthesizer when writing music?
FM Attack: I track and sequence all of the synths, vocals and guitar through my Toft mixing board to give them an extra warm sound. Sometimes, I also run them through a great EQ (API 5500) and or put them through a light setting on the Distressor compressors.
I♥SYNTHS: If you were stuck on an island with one synth from your collection, what would you bring?
FM Attack: That’s a tough question. I think I would probably go with the Sequential Circuits Prophet 5
I♥SYNTHS: What’s your dream synthesizer?
FM Attack: I’ve always wanted a Yamaha CS80
I♥SYNTHS: Any other goodies you want to share with us?
FM Attack: Yes! My mini Galaxian video game system.
I♥SYNTHS: Any new songs or albums to show off the FM Attack sound?
FM Attack: I just released a new LP called “Deja Vu”. It’s inspired by 80s movie soundtracks, italo disco and new wave music. I’ve always wanted to do an album of original songs, not using samples.
I♥SYNTHS: Thanks again for the interview and sweet collection!
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