Roll7’s upcoming determine skating shooter, Rollerdrome, is the primary time we’ve featured a totally authentic soundtrack, that includes the amazingly retro futuristic synth beats of the superb Electrical Dragon. I spoke with Ian, the artist behind Electrical Dragon, to debate the method of engaged on the undertaking and creating this model new album.
Jemima Tyssen Smith: Hello Ian! I’m so excited to work with you when you create superb new music for Rollerdrome. That is an thrilling undertaking for Roll7 because it’s the primary time we’ve had a model new soundtrack only for certainly one of our video games. What drew you to the undertaking?
Electrical Dragon: You may have summoned me!
Haha – it’s true! Yeah, I’m really the primary one to contact you – we simply needed a monitor at first, didn’t we?
Properly, that’s all – I didn’t know the total particulars of the sport on the time, however what I discovered was extraordinarily attention-grabbing for me, and I really supplied to do some authentic work on it. at that second. Then I had a gathering with a few of the individuals on the staff and we talked in additional element about what was wanted. I used to be so engrossed within the album I used to be engaged on and speaking to the individuals at Roll7 actually gave me a burst of inspiration. I feel all of it simply comes collectively rather well for everybody concerned, actually. I’ve at all times needed to make a recreation soundtrack, and Rollerdrome is an unbelievable recreation to get into.
I feel whenever you speak about the potential of authentic tracks that we really feel good as a result of we needed to have such a particular vibe to the soundtrack. Are you able to discuss slightly bit about that?
Sure, so the vitality we’re after is a monitor with the facility of a fusion wave however with a definite 70’s taste. It appeared fairly tough to steadiness as we additionally actually needed to keep away from going too disco – the sport has a darkish space that must be echoed within the music. In the long run, it really got here collectively fairly naturally. I mainly handled the soundtrack as if it belonged within the 70s – very BBC ‘Tomorrow World’, you recognize? After which I used to be impressed by a whole lot of actual issues: 70s pioneers like Vangellis, Wendy Carlos, Philip Glass, Giorgio Moroder, Tangerine Dream… a lot inspiration from so many locations!
Seeing all the good toolkits you’ve got is really inspirational – all of that are actually cool stuff. What drew you to music and synthwave within the first place?
I used to have a Commodore 64 as a child and my uncle purchased me some software program known as ‘Utilisynth’. It’s very sophisticated, however I managed to make some nice squirming noises, and I’ve been hooked ever since! I stored enjoying guitar, I DJed home music within the 90s, I even joined a loss of life steel band for a bit… however within the meantime, I’ve gone again to synth.
And we’re glad you probably did! This undertaking is clearly utterly totally different from making an album that isn’t tied to a recreation and an idea – how has that labored for you?
Properly, for the reason that tracks have to match the gameplay, I can’t actually do the evaluation the best way I may have carried out on a totally freestyle album, so it was a very enjoyable problem. . I additionally wanted to strike a steadiness between backstory and thrilling gameplay – songs wanted grit, however additionally they wanted a way of enjoyable in them. I feel these optimistic moments actually assist make the darkish areas of the sport darker, which I actually like. One factor I really like about this course of – and the way foolish this may increasingly sound – is that the narrative actually helped me select the title of the music. I’ve at all times discovered music naming a bit tough, so it’s a reduction to have the content material out there to seize the title!
Lastly, I’ve to ask – the place does the title ‘Electrical Dragon’ come from?
It’s from a 2001 Japanese film – Electrical Dragon 80,000 V. It’s about two opponents getting electrocuted after which ending up with superpowers… they usually additionally play severe guitar solos.
Sounds so tempting! I’m including it to my watchlist as we discuss. Thanks a lot for taking the time to speak with me at the moment and for creating this epic soundtrack. I can’t wait for everybody to expertise it within the recreation.
Rollerdrome shall be out there on PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 on August 16.