For GTT this week, we talked to New Zealand-based dream-pop artist, MADEIRA
. In a sea of singers, she really caught our eye because her impressive artistic resume stretches for miles. In addition to being a wonderful songwriter, she's also a multi-instrumentalist, graphic designer, music video director, writer, illustrator, and animal activist. And so naturally, when you hear about a musician like MADEIRA, who takes a more hands-on, technical approach to her music, you want to learn about her favorite tools.
"I recently got one of the new Korg Minilogue synths," says Kim Pflaum of MADEIRA. "So far it's won my heart. It's little, but not too little -- no tiny keys for fumbling over, it's light, which is imperative for touring life, and it's pretty hot stuff. It's even got a strip of wood panelling -- and I'm a sucker for wood panelling. It's at a really good price point for an analog synth, and it's polyphonic too, four-voice. It's super easy to navigate and bank your own sounds which is important to me, because I don't wanna fluff around."
[MADEIRA playing the Korg Minilogue Synth on her Instagram]
"I'm not a big fan of the pitch bend slider knob but it's easily assigned to something else if you want. It's nothing super distinctive sound wise, but still a great sounding synth. Its not a showoff and I like that -- plays well with others, ya know?"
You can hear MADEIRA's love of synths in her newly-released single, "Manipulator," below. The arpeggiated bass synth in the chorus with lots of lush pads create a gloomy, atmospheric yet disco-y dance song which we're vibing with. It's off her debut EP, Bad Humors,
out September 23rd.