Time and time again de antiquis et novis has proved he is the king of Electro. This is no wonder because at 14 years he built his first modular synthesizer. He wants to create a danceable summer track influenced by techno and EDM music.
The new plan is to release some more dance tracks over the course of the next few months which will eventually make it into a dance album. A few seconds into alchemy you find yourself headbutting and that is how you know the song is good.
The single was recorded in the De Antiquis Et Novis Studio. where Matthias Schorer worked on the Composition, Production, Engineering, Synthesizers, drum programming.
De Antiquis Et Novis had alot to share with his fans when he was interviewed by Mister Styx of Musicarenagh
What is your stage name:
De Antiquis Et Novis
Is there a story behind your stage name?
De Antiquis Et Novis is latin for From old and new. I’ve chosen it because I use vintage synthesizers as well as modern ones to create my tracks. So, you could say “Music from old and new synthesizers” is behind the stage name
Are you from a musical or artistic family?
I come from a very musical family. My father played the violin, my mother the organ and my brother plays guitar. In fact my grandfather was a master pipe organ builder and I loved being with him in his workshop.
Music has been all around me since I was born. And when none of the family members played music then we either listened to the radio or my brother and father built music equipment like electronic organs, amplifiers and guitar effects. The combination of electronic and music was there from the very beginning.
So it does not come to a surprise that I built my first modular synthesizer myself from a DIY kit when I was 14. It was a modular system called Formant. I still have it and it still works!
Who inspired you to be a part of the music industry?
I grew up in the 60s and 70s and there was so much music going on! The record which really inspired me to play electronic music was “Switched On Bach” by Wendy Carlos.
My brother brought the vinyl home one day and I never stopped listening to it for days. Not only was it Bach, which I knew from the organ music, but it was the combination with the mighty Moog Modular System which totally blew me away.
I then spent almost every buck on new records. After school I would go to the record store and listen to Tangerine Dream, Kraftwerk, Jean Michel Jarre, Tomita and many other electronic artists. Later I added ProgRock to my list of influences.
Saga from Canada really stood out for me because of their use of a massive array of synthesizers which defined their sound. But also Pink Floyd had a great influence, with “Dark Side of the Moon ” still being one of my favorite albums. Last but not least Manfred Mann with his experimental sound designs and the fantastic solos on the Minimoog.
How did you learn to sing/write/to play?
I had classical training from an organ teacher when I was 10 years old, but I totally hated it because of the lame music he made me play.
I gave up after a few months and then taught myself listening to records and playing the organ parts. I also taught myself everything around synthesis of sounds.
What was the first concert that you ever went to and who did you see perform?
Phew that is a difficult one. If I remember correctly it was probably my brother performing with his cover band. They played mainly songs from the 60s, Beatles, Stones, etc. I did and still do admire my older brother for his musical skills and of course because he is my brother.
How could you describe your music?
It is always difficult to describe one’s own music, but someone once said that I create many memorable moments by offering different timbres of smooth sounding sound waves. And this describes it quite well.
I want my listeners to feel the music and that it creates a positive sensation in them. My current album Afterglow is focused on bringing calming and relaxing music to my fans. And a lot of the feedback I get is exactly in that direction.
It makes me happy when fans say that they use my music to calm down after a stressful day or that they love listening to it while driving in their car. Key elements of my sound are mellow synthesizer landscapes, combined with modern beats and ethereal female voices.
Describe your creative process?
I often start by sitting down on one of my synths searching for new sounds. And when a sound really captures my mind my fingers start to play. I then either note down the chords or immediately record the MIDI information in my DAW. Then I build on top of that.
I regularly use the Live Loops feature of Logic Pro to record sequences, moving them around and trying out various parts. Then, once the song sequence is clear I record the loops into separate tracks. I might change synth voices along the way, or add additional tracks.
And if I have the feeling that I need a piano or a guitar then I reach out to friends and family and they are usually happy to contribute.
What is your main inspiration?
For me inspiration can be anything. A beautiful moment or a sad moment. For example, when Dave Smith the founder of Sequential Circuits, who was a very influential mastermind in the electronic music scene, passed away unexpectedly on 31 May 2022 I was so shocked and sad.
I sat down on my Sequential synthesizers and composed a requiem to commemorate Dave. You can listen to it on my YouTube Channel. IN the video you can see and hear how I have developed this song.
What musician do you admire most and why?
Today I am influenced by Christopher von Deylen and his project Schiller, as well as acts like Blank & Jones, Yello and Nigel Stanford. I am also still impressed by Tangerine Dream and Jean Michel Jarre, because they re-invented themselves so many times over the years.
But in general, any good music will inspire me. I recently went to a Sting concert which was absolutely awesome! Sting is the king of layering sounds and describing feelings in his songs.
And of course Genesis! I mean Tony Banks is a master keyboard player and arranger!
Has your style evolved since the beginning of your career?
Absolutely! Since my early years I played in rock cover bands where I played mainly the Hammond organ and some occasional synths. I did studio work on and off over the years, but when the pandemic hit and everything went into lockdown it was the trigger to go back to the studio full-time and concentrate on my own music.
While my early sounds were clearly influenced by Deep Purple or Pink Floyd and the Hammond and synth skills of Jon Lord and Richard Wright, I then got influenced by Saga and their fantastic wall of sound mainly created by synthesizers. Kitaro comes to mind as influential as well as Isao Tomita.
Who do you see as your main competitor?
I don’t see music as a competition! I am not envious when an artist has more streaming plays than I have. On the contrary, I want to listen and learn whether there are elements which I can use to improve my music – of course without losing my own style.
What are your interests outside of music?
Friends and family are most important! They give me peace of mind, help me to unwind and have a good time! I am lucky that my older sister and brother who are still around. Plus my wonderful wife and children.
If it wasn’t a music career, what would you be doing?
In fact I am working in a big US tech company. As you know only superstars can make a living off their music ( laughs)! But if I could I would become a full time musician.
Maybe I will open a synthesizer studio and museum when I retire from my current job. That would be fun!
What is the biggest problem you have encountered in the journey of music?
When I was young the equipment was so super expensive that I had to build a lot of the stuff myself, like my first synth, mixers and amps. Nowadays that stuff has become really affordable and technically brilliant, but now I am lacking the time to be in the studio 24/7.
But I think that is a universal truth:
When you are young you have time and no money, when you are old you have all the money but no time (laughs)!
If you could change one thing in the music industry, what would it be?
I would get rid of streaming platforms, or better their skewed revenue models! While it is cool that they bring music to every little corner of the globe, they have ruined the artists.
Think about it:
You get four bucks for one thousand streams on Spotify! When Apple started the business with iTunes back in the day you could only download songs for a dollar a piece, which means the artist would have earned seven hundred dollars for thousand downloads, because Apple would keep 30%.
That was a good model. Also Tidal has changed now towards a more fair model where the artist, one listens to the most per month get’s at least two dollars from the listeners subscription fee.
What are your plans for the coming months?
My new song Alchemy is the first of a series of dance music tracks which I will release over the next 9 months. They all will then be released on a new album – working title “Dance!”.
After my last album Afterglow which featured chillout music I wanted to do something more uplifting and worthy to be played at a rave. I might even do some live performances, but nothing is cast in stone yet.
Do you have any artistic collaboration plans
I am always collaborating with other artists. When I have the feeling that I need a piano or a guitar then I reach out to friends and family and they are usually happy to contribute.
You can hear my brother Edi playing guitar on the song “Calm”. My friend and ex bandmate Tom Stroeter contributed the piano parts on the song “Afterglow” which both can be found on my current album Afterglow. My son Nat who lives in Thailand is an awesome guitarist and he played all the guitars on the song “Apollo – The Journey”.
And then there is my favorite female singer Mariangela Diella with her own electronic project May Rei who always finds time to contribute when I ask her. You can hear her fantastic voice on the song “Sea of Tranquility”. This song and Apollo can be found on my album “Moon”.
What message would you like to give to your fans?
I want to thank everyone who is listening to my music! After all, I am creating music for you and it fills my heart with joy when I see that people from all over the world are listening to my songs.