Infidel Interview #104: Cyborgdrive


First off, just want to thank you for participating in this edition of Infidel Interviews. Could you start off by giving a little information about you to the audience? Whatever you feel comfortable with, but name, age, and where you live would be pretty standard?

My name is Paco Butrón, 41 years old, from Chiclana de la Frontera, Cádiz, Spain. Cyborgdrive is the name of the solo project I created 18 years ago. I have done 10 albums plus 2 EPs of Electronic Music, more than 90 remixes for bands like Celluloide, In good Faith, Machinista, Metroland, Siva Six, Soulimage, etc, to name a few, and I produced and mastered some albums from Spanish synthpop bands like Insight, Furtiva or Destino Plutón. How do you enjoy where you live? Is there a vibrant music community where you are? Would you say you find that your local scene influences your attitude and/or creativity?

Musically, I don´t enjoy where I live. There isn´t Electronic music culture in my city. So, my influences come from bands and culture of other countries. What do you feel separates your music from the rest of the music in the Industrial music scene?

My music is hard to describe, because I don´t make a single style of Electronic music. Sometimes is instrumental New Age Electronica like Jean Michel Jarre, or Synthpop style like Depeche Mode or VNV Nation, or Nu Disco like Lindstrom. My music is easy to listen, it´s very melodic but with many details that you don´t catch the first listen. What would you say are your favorite themes and topics that inspire you to compose? What draws you to those themes?

My favorite themes are Space, Future, Sci-Fi. These are topics that are closely related to electronic music and help me to start a sequence or melody. Industrial and Attitude seem to go hand in hand. With global war, civil unrest, injustice, and political revolution being primary musical themes that dominate your music, how do you feel nowadays about the current state of world affairs?

We live in a world full of economic interests ruled by useless people. That causes unnecessary wars and conflicts. Sadly it happens in all countries. In our hands is to respect and live happily and in peace. As they say, music tames the beasts. Let's do more music!.

What do you see in the near, and far, future for your creative output?

I wouldn´t know how to answer you accurately, but my creative growth is based on continuing to learn and discovering new sounds. I try not to stay stuck in a same style and go evolving and mixing styles.

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When you first started making music, was there a particular sound or artistic/musical influence that you would say was your biggest inspiration to start pursuing the creative path yourself?

Yes, my first and big influence was Jean Michel Jarre. When I was 15 I wanted to do that music! and I think that today the influence of the French artist is noticeable in some songs. When it comes to your musical self and your real-world self, would you say that there is a separation? Do you find yourself getting into a character or mindset when you create, or do you find your music is a representation of your day to day self?

The truth is that I don´t find a separation between Paco Butrón and Cyborgdrive. Although that is my artistic name, the one who makes the music is me, Paco, I do not put myself in the role of any character. Are you musically self-taught? Or have you had mentors along the way to help you develop?

Basically what I know I learned on my own, although some things I learned together with my friend and music partner José Miguel Abollado (Complexystems). When it comes to composing music, do you approach things with a clear vision in mind, or do you prefer to let songs feel themselves out? Do you have any particular techniques or tricks you use to keep yourself creative and consistent?

When I start a new song I don´t have a clear concept of how it will be. I usually start with a sequence, then I add a bass and then the rest. One trick I use is to to listen a lot of music. Just as a writer reads many books, a musician must listen many records, that inspires me. When it comes to making music it can be difficult to balance atmosphere, song progression, musicality, and excitement. Do you have any tricks, techniques, or methods that you commonly use to help your music sound coherent and engaging?

I think what makes my music attractive