FM Skyline On Vaporwave, Escapism, and Doing The Most With One Keyboard

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One of my all-time favorite musical experiences is going to see a show for one artist, then being unexpectedly blown away by a different artist on the bill. Cash back! This scenario happened recently at the intimate Brooklyn venue Baby’s All Right, where I went to catch a set by Donzii, a band I’d previously seen open for New Order in their native Miami. Donzii was part of a bill put on by vaporwave label 100% Electronica, and before they hit the stage, I was treated to an unforgettable set by 100% Electronica artist FM Skyline.

FM Skyline, aka Richmond, VA-based musician Pete Curry, played a dreamy and mesmerizing suite of tunes on his electric keyboard. Halfway through the set, I leaned over to my concert companion and whispered that I felt like I was in a beautiful shopping mall in Japan in the early 1990s. It was gorgeous music that took me to a mental space uncluttered by the world’s current problems—a real sonic miracle these days, if we are being honest. I simply needed to know more about the method behind FM Skyline’s music, so I talked to Pete for a new episode of The Alternative’s music talk show Get Involved
We chatted about the punk rock ethos of making big music on a small amount of equipment, the anti-anxiety effect of watching Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and the crucial distinction between vaporwave and other kinds of synth music. It was a great interview, and if you’re reading these words, you should definitely click the video play button and check it out.
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Molly O’Brien | @missmollymary

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