I enjoy listening to a variety of different music genres and songs, and here are some of my favorites! I think that I gain a lot of inspiration from these types of songs. Generally, I tend to enjoy more downtempo, relaxing, and retro kinds of songs. As a result, I often try to implement slower tempos, and warm synths into my songs to create a chill atmosphere and summery feelings.
One of my favorite songs is Resonance of off HOME's Odyssey. HOME is one of my biggest inspirations because his music tends to embody a very melancholic and nostalgic feeling. For me, HOME's music tends to be reminiscent of good memories. HOME uses dreamy synth chord progressions drenched in reverb, which gives his music a relaxed and flowing mood to it. HOME's melancholic chords and smooth synths are something that I try to emulate within my music.
Les Paul and Mary Ford
Some major influences for my music are both Les Paul and Mary Ford. Les Paul invented multi-track recording, which shaped music technology today. This has a great impact on my music, as someone who produces electronically, because it allows for me to record separate tracks at different times. Had Les Paul not made this innovation, music production would be more difficult and tedious. Les Paul's multi-track recording can be easily identified in his song, How High the Moon, where you can hear a chorus of voices and guitars. Les Paul recorded each part separately and put them all together into one track by recording over his previous recordings.
Another big inspiration for my music is Hotel Pools. Hotel Pools is a very big inspiration to me, because his music tends to evoke feelings of happiness, and it embodies feelings of summer and warmth. Hotel Pools utilizes ethereal pads, slow tempos, and plucky synth melodies, which gives his music a very relaxing feel to it. To me, his music emulates the flow of waves on a beach, flowing back and forth from each section to the next. His calm and smooth style is something that I try to implement when I am creating tracks.
The Japanese House
The Japanese House is an inspiration to me because she tends to create songs that create a melancholic feeling. This mood of melancholy is something that I try to create when I compose my songs. She achieves this mood through her lyrics and vocal melodies. In Maybe You're the Reason by The Japanese House, she utilizes catchy vocal and guitar melodies to grab the listener's attention and make her songs memorable.