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Super Duper is on the tail end of his recent U.S. tour with Petit Biscuit. The Nashville based EDM artist spoke with me about his recent single and his history with making music. Super Duper’s most recent single “Vessels to You,” is a beautiful ambient electronic ballad. The song is filled with hopeful tones, subtle vocals and inspirational drops. Super Duper follows more whimsical and playful sounds with his music. His first EP VHS dropped in 2018, as Super Duper began to make his presence felt in the EDM world. Be sure to check out “Vessels to You” on Apple Music and Spotify.
Where are you from and what first got you involved with making music?
“I’m from Nashville, TN. I started experimenting with a music program called Fruity Loops in high school just out of curiosity. I didn’t have any knowledge of music theory or know how to play any instruments but I was always drawing and making videos for fun so this was just another exciting outlet for me to be creative. When I graduated high school, I went to college and studied audio production. From there I got a job as a staff composer for a music house writing music for commercials and short films. Eventually, I wanted a creative outlet for me to write any kind of music I wanted with no strings attached so from there the Super Duper project was born.”
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Who are some of your musical influences?
“I have a lot of musical influences but if I had to narrow it down I would probably say M83, The Chemical Brothers, TNGHT and early Coldplay.”
What led you to choose electronic music? Have you experimented with other genres?
“I’ve always been a fan of electronic music so it was one of the first things I tried creating. I also tried making hip-hop tracks and still do from time to time but no matter what I write there’s always a hint of electronic music in it.”
Where did you get the inspiration for “Vessels to You”?
“Something very spiritual happened when I started writing this song. The vocals were a complete accident…meant to select and play a synth pad and instead I played chords using a vocal chops sampler I created and it made the jumbled vocals you hear now…just hearing that one little piece got me really excited. Then the main lead melody on the chorus came about randomly when I was looking for more synth chords to lay down…I would have never selected this kind of synth sound but it fit the mood perfectly for some reason. The rest of the song came together effortlessly…all within 2 hours which might not seem like that much of a surprise since it’s a fairly simple song but there was no second guessing or hitting a wall. And once I exported the song I didn’t spend much more time on it at all. I wanted it to feel a bit raw and in-the-moment so it feels closer to its initial spark. Too much polish and editing might have made it something else so I left it as is and that’s what you hear now.”
If you could choose an artist to collaborate with who would you choose and why?
“I would choose to collaborate with Charli XCX. Her melodies are always so catchy and I think she can balance urban upbeat tracks and emotional tracks really well. She isn’t a one trick pony so no matter what we came up with I know it would be really cool.”
In an industry flooded with upcoming electronic artists what do you think makes your music stand out?
“I think my music has more nostalgic sounds and chords compared to several other electronic artists. There’s definitely a big surge in emotional electronic music happening right now (Odesza, Mura Masa, San Holo, etc) but I think my music is unique by creating emotion from mixing 80s & 90s music with modern production.”
What is your overall message as an artist to your fans?
“Not sure if I have a specific message since most of my music is instrumental but I would hope listeners feel upbeat and emotional when listening to my music. I try to balance those 2 elements throughout my songs. Some songs are more upbeat than emotional or vice versa and some songs are hopefully a nice balance of both.”
What are your plans after your tour with Petit Biscuit ends? And will we see Super Duper at any music festivals in the upcoming year?
“The tour ends right before the holidays so I’ll hopefully have some time to relax and write some more new music. I have lots of new unreleased music but playing all these shows have been really inspiring so I want to keep cranking out new material. Don’t know how festival season looks as of now but I’m very hopeful that becomes a reality soon!”
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