My guest today are none other than Stellar Dreams! The duo from Malaysia has created hits such as Point of no return, Mileage and Nightvoid feat. Dana Jean Phoenix(Video above)! Stellar Dreams was kind off to take some time out to do this interview!
3.47: How did the name come about?
Stellar Dreams: Hello There! We are Stellar Dreams, Based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. We’re a duo consisting of two synth junkies namely Iqwan Ridzuwan and Khairil Shah. We both met through MaddKidz Studio when Iqwan made a podcast for them and Khairil was interested in the sounds that he played mainly from the Nu-Disco genre and decided he wanted to collaborate with him (Iqwan). It started off at Iqwan’s place where we were messing with the FL Studio and started recording and placing beats together. For after 6 hours of experimenting, came the birth of ‘Nightvoid’ our first single and Khairil went to make an artwork for it and Iqwan quickly came up with the band name ‘Stellar Dreams’. It was really random when all of that happened
3.47: How long have you guys been making music for?
S.D: Up till today we can say that we have been together for two years now. We started off in 2012, July to be exact.
3.47: Was this something you both always wanted to do?
S.D: Well, not really. All these things sort of hitting us a little bit too fast. We like it the way it is now. For Khairil he has been a bedroom producer since like 2007 and already hitting itunes and stuff while Iqwan pretty much excel in DJ-ing and been wanting to start producing own tracks. Maybe fate has it way that we have come this far.
3.47: Are you surprised at how big you become?
S.D: Yes indeed! At first all this feels like miracle you know with few thousand plays on soundcloud and like after a while we started getting called for gigs / shows around town. As we said, we are pretty much like the way it has become. To be honest we’re just very lucky that Electronic Rumors (http://electronicrumors.com/) pick up our debut track ‘Nightvoid’ for review in their blog. With such review we automatically known to the most of 80’s music lovers because there is something about our track that seems so familiar. And we have to admit that we actually heavily influenced by Kavinsky’s hit single, the ‘Nightcall’. Starting from there we gradually gain listeners from around the world and whole other producer in the scene welcomed us.
3.47: What was your reaction like when you saw the feedback coming in about your music?
S.D: Most feedback are awesome. There is a few saying that we rip-off of Kavinsky. Well, we pretty much admit it because first few production needs motivation and something to look up for. Kavinsky is that person before we discover the other artist who make synthwave in the scene. Most importantly regardless how bad or good some feedback are, we still appreciate and promise to take those feedbacks seriously.
3.47: Are you playing live events or is that something you want to do?
S.D: Yes, we are currently getting invites to play gigs and live concerts in our country. And currently we are gearing up for future shows. For the records we actually hoping that we will be able to get shows outside of our country we would love touring around europe.
3.47: Would you say making your own tracks is easier than a remix or just as hard?
S.D: We can say they’re both equally hard, but cracking idea to make something original feels more stressful because we need to came up with new fresh idea.
3.47: What do you do in your spare time?
S.D: For Khairil he plays basketball and video games. And Iqwan would go for soccer and yes, video games too.
3.47: If you had to pick a favourite video game what would it be?
S.D: Lets do a list here since we both play mostly same titles.
– Far Cry 3 : Blood Dragon
– Call Of Duty Series
– Command And Conquer series
– Hotline Miami
– Need For Speed series
– Crysis 3
– Battlefield 4
– Grand Theft Auto series
3.47: What would you say are the advantage/disadvantage of been independent?
S.D: Independent is good which you can come out almost everything with your own and how you want it done. But the bad side is you can never have enough funding to make promotions, marketing for your bands. Both has pros and cons. If like being in a label, find a decent one which can take good care of you. If one decided to go independent, hopefully they know hoe to manage funding for what we have mentioned before.
3.47: What’s your favourite song at the moment?
S.D: We Both agree that it is M83 – Oblivion (ft. susanne sundfør)
3.47: What can we expect from you in the future?
S.D: Probably tour, collaborations or an album perhaps.
3.47: Do you have any other hidden talents?
S.D: Khairil can draw, Iqwan too. We both share similarity in some way. We both love arts.
3.47: If you had the power to run your own label, what would you call it?
S.D: Stellardreamsmusic? or SDreams Recordings? We don’t have any idea. Most probably not at all
3.47: Given the chance who would you love to work with?
S.D: That would be M83 and John Williams.
3.47: What’s the best advice you been given?
S.D: Be what you want to be and don’t rely on advice much because in the end we making all the decisions our self.
3.47: Final question! Anything you want to say to your fans out there?
S.D: To our fans, everything’s been great so far for us! We definitely have come a long way since we first started this project a 2 years ago, having our releases being put up on international labels, getting requests and playing at big gigs. Everything’s moving in a fast paced, Thank you for all the support. We promise to deliver more tunes in the future
3.47 would like to say a massive thank you to Stellar Dreams for spending the time doing the interview! Until next time guys!