30 seconds with... The Electroscopes

The Electroscopes formed in 2009 and are inspired by bands like Hot Chip, The Presets, Depeche Mode 'and all that kinda stuff.' They've been described as 'Royksopp if they came from a council estate in England" and the well respected Music on Fire Blog described them as 'one of the best new bedroom producers out there - up with Penguin Prison".

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 3 Feb 2012
  • min read
The Electroscopes formed in 2009. The BBC featured their track Harder each Day as their recommended 'uploader' track of the week in September 2009. They are inspired by bands like Hot Chip, The Presets, Depeche Mode 'and all that kinda stuff.' They've been described as 'Royksopp if they came from a council estate in England" and the well respected Music on Fire Blog described them as "one of the best new bedroom producers out there - up with Penguin Prison". Some of their songs are written and produced solely on the Korg Kaossilator (a small synth available new for £99). Paul, the founder of the group, had a quick chat with M.

How long have you been making music?
Since I was 18.

What inspired your latest album?
Some of the established electronic artists that we know and love like Royksopp, Cut-Copy and 808 State through to emerging bands such as Pallers.  I find the whole DIY approach to music very inspiring.

What process do you go through?
Currently, I do 90 % of my work on a Korg Kaossilator.  Previously I always wrote on an acoustic guitar first, but on my latest album nearly all the sounds come from a Kaossilator. Its a quite limited synth (hardly suprising considering they cost £99.00) but that's partly what I like about it - it makes you work harder. I usually start with a simple loop or a lyrical idea.

How would you describe your sound?
Well one music blog described us as sounding like 'Royksopp if they came from a council estate in England rather than the shores of a crystal clear fjord' - which I think is a pretty clear description of us.

What would your dream collaboration be ?
Working with Matthew Devereaux from Irish band The Pale.

When can we catch you live next?
Currently we are concentrating on finishing the album, so probably some time in the summer.

The Electroscopes new single Experiment in me is out on 13 February through Red Robot Records.  It features remixes by Oscar TG and Pete Kastanis.   You can hear it at www.soundcloud.com/elect-2