Early 1980 I discovered Ultravox through the Vienna album. That was the turning point for me. It’s still one my all-time favourite albums. It opened up all the doors to the British independent and electronic scene in the beginning of the 1980s: The Human League, The Normal, Visage, Simple Minds, Ultravox, Fad Gadget, New Order, OMD and so on. I think I bought every record that Mute and Factory and all the independent labels released in the early 80s, no matter what. As long as there was a synthesizer used, it was good enough for me. Then, in 1983, I finally bought a Korg MS20 and the rest is history – for me, that is.
My main influences for the song The Pattern is Kraftwerk and Morris Day and the Time!
Late 2017 SEM Hilti joined forces with computer wizard Johan Ahlberg to offer an even more electronic sound then before, material that feels more direct and steps further outside of traditional pop structures with the dancefloor in mind.
The Korg MS-50 is my go-to synthesizer, mainly for connection issues. It talks to and with everything I need to get my recording system working. I sync Propellerheads Reason and all the analogue gear via CV/gate and trigger, triggering everything from the SQ-10s and the arpeggiator on the Juno-60 – or the other way around, from the Roland TR-8 via the Korg Volcabeats, thru the MS-50 to the SQ-10s and into Reason.