Here’s something new. We think you can boogie around your front room to it. So give it a listen, get your boogie on, then read all about it below.
Today Monokino (alias for Dutch composer George van Wetering) shares his new single “Your Underground,” an edgy electrowave/alt-rock track with a hyperpop flavor. Gritty and genre-bending, the cathartic track explores Monokino’s pent up frustrations towards the music industry and his feelings of anxiety, angst, and imposter syndrome within the so-called “underground scene.”
On the track, Wetering shares: “‘Your Underground’ goes a bit further in the sense that now an entire (music) scene is trying to proclaim what is right or wrong. Although the industry is seen by some as more democratic (‘everyone can be an artist, just upload a song, create your own scene’), that scene is valued by a system that is very similar to how everything used to be: new music is promoted and liked through the lens of a Spotify playlist and its streams measure its importance.
The ‘underground scene ‘ appears to be very much into systematic exclusion, which was already clear recently when Burger Records came into the news. But over here one creates a scene to unite people by excluding people because it fits into the zeitgeist. Something in me snaps. What is actually new and exciting is skipped while that what needs to be sold is promoted as something new. It serves the big players in the musicbiz to promote artists being valuable to some underground community (either created or real) because of some Spotify playlist nowadays. There must be more interesting things artists can tell, right?”
On the production behind the track, Wetering adds: “Your Underground’s music was first written as a classical piece for an orchestra, but once I finished the lyrics it quickly became an electronic rock song. The song was finalized when I got in touch with producer J. Laser / Jordan Lawlor – formerly a bass player for M83 and he provided the song with acoustic bass (replacing the synth bass). His help with the production of the song was very valuable because I immediately realized that he, just like me, wants to continue the tradition of songwriting, but is not afraid of weird musical ideas even if it ends up as less a pop-song than it used to be.”