Dream System 8 is a newly-formed, synth-based pop duo out of Los Angeles that combines the talents of veteran musicians Erica Elektra and David Klotz.
The vintage instruments used on the band’s upcoming debut album (Feb. 9th, Minty Fresh) are veterans, too, and include a large assortment of Rolands, Korgs, and Yamahas, along with the (attention, geeks!) Crumar Performer, LinnDrum LM-2, and Omnichord System 100.
Recording with synths from the early 1980’s, Dream System 8’s debut emerges from these origins of artifice with natural-sounding pop songs inspired by Vangelis, The Human League, Tangerine Dream, and Duran Duran.
Not only is the musical partnership of the humans in Dream System 8 new, so is the relationship to the band’s large brood of keys. Klotz, whose day job has earned him numerous Emmy awards as the Music Editor of television shows such as “Stranger Things,” “Game of Thrones,” and “American Horror Story” among others, started acquiring the gear in 2015.
“I was inspired when I started working on ‘Stranger Things’ in 2015 and first heard the score,” Klotz recalls. “I loved the sounds that the show’s composers created with synths. It was unlike anything I’d heard before in the world of film scoring.”
Klotz, who has been making records under various band names for years, starting in the mid-90’s as Fonda and most recently in 2016 as People and Stars, began plotting to make a record of pop songs based around the sound of these keyboards.
His first stop was eBay.
"The first three synths that I got my hands on were the Roland Jupiter 8, a Korg Mono/Poly and a Roland SH-2. Those were the three main synths I used to record our first single 'Losing All of You,'" says Klotz.
Elektra’s lyrics and vocals take the tune out of the atmosphere and grounds it in feeling – heart-tugging and delivered with emotion – exposing the roots beneath these musical landscapes.
“Dream System 8 is the perfect name for us,” Elektra concludes. “For me, it’s literally a musical dream come true.”
The debut album by Los Angeles-based duo Dream System 8 arrives on Feb. 9th, 2018 preceded by the single “Losing All of You,” out Oct. 17th, 2017.