An Interview With Sarko Montaug
A fresh release from Sarko Montaug brings that retro-pop tonality and feel back with crisp synths, a classic beat, and a summer single vibe from start to finish.
"Possessive" boasts a genuine 80's approach and really nails every square inch of it from the arrangement to the soundscape and it has a nostalgic air to it that combines itself with a touch of current pop undertone that comes in waves.
Heavily influenced by synthwave, the song hits hard with a massive chorus and you can feel the neon lights flashing around the dancefloor.
It's incredibly hard not to get into the groove of this track and it's infectious style is quite something.
Layered keys and synths swim through the atmosphere and create an addictive and alluring pop song that takes you along with it.
With music, like fashion, circling back to what it once was, it's amazing to hear a song like "Possessive" which really manages to sound like the real deal and does so in such a tasteful way that you can't help but fall in love with it.
The single feels like leaving the arcade when you were a kid and walking out into a summer sunset ready to ride your bike home before the streetlights came on so you wouldn't get in trouble.
This was driving, fun, danceable, pure, and very colorful.
With such a banger of a single, we wanted to touch base with Sarko Montaug to see where this actually came from.
Here is what happened.
TSWS: Okay so let's start off with the "Possessive" single. This track features some touches of throwback retro pop and some great use of synths. Very fun track! Where did this come from?
Thank you! the 80s is our favorite time for music so the synths were inevitable. Not all of our songs will be this blatant a tribute to that time, but we really embraced our 80s love on this one. I used to have a room full of vintage synths: Profit V, OB-8, Mini Moog, DX-7, Arp, Juno, but we move around so much I had to sell them but that has made the use of their plug in versions second nature (C).
TSWS: I'm hearing several pop styles here. Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
My influences are much broader than this song lets on, but for this particular song I tried to channel Expose, Jody Watley, Samantha Fox. Their songs all registered as fun, shallow pop but there was a sadness and a hint of dark drama to all of them that I tried to infuse in this song (J).
TSWS: I have to talk about the video. So much feet! Where did this idea come from?
My feet are my favorite body part so I have actually wanted to do something like this for a long time. This sonically seemed like a good match. I like the theme of imbalance of power and control in the song and from what I understand of foot fetishes that is a part of it as well so it seemed like a perfect opportunity. Foot make up and wardrobe is so much easier too. (J)
How did all of this start for you? We're a couple and decided to try creating songs together for fun, but then we started to take it more seriously.
TSWS: Can we expect more tracks from you this year?
Yes! Our next single is a stark departure from Possessive and will be out in early fall. Then more next year for sure.
What are you doing when you're NOT working on music? my full time hobby right now is self help. It's intellectually stimulating to me to learn about all the ways a human can pursue peace or clarity (J).
I watch TV, movies and YouTube while providing a lap for my cat (C).
TSWS: What's next for you as an artist?
giving ourselves freedom in our writing and recording process. experimenting.
How do you record your tracks? What software are you using? Universal Audio's Luna has got a specific color which none of the other DAWs do (C).
TSWS: Who are you listening to right now?
ARE YOU WITH THAT by Vince Staples, Irrational by Erthling (J).
Are there any live performances in the future? Nothing scheduled, but we are dreaming.
What kind of advice would you have for other up and coming artists out there? Do what you want. We need to remind ourselves of that as well.
TSWS: What are the best places to find your music?
TSWS: You wake up in the middle of the night starving. What is your go-to midnight snack? (a question of character)
Cold dinner leftovers with seltzer (J). Croissant and Coca Cola (C)
Before we go, what would you like to say to fans of your music? Don't give up five minutes before the miracle
TSWS: Before we go, what would you like to say to fans of your music?
Don't give up five minutes before the miracle