Beneath the bright lights and beyond the velvet ropes of Hollywood lies a different Southern California: a desolate land filled with darkness, punctuated by unrealized dreams, and broken down with anguished hearts. Tigercide, formed half a decade ago in LA, gives musical form to this landscape with the ethereal, melancholic vocals of Shexist and the sparse, shadowy, and balanced beats of Saint Brendan.
The post-punk of bands like Joy Division and the Fall embodied a de-industrializing Manchester. The Bristol sound of Massive Attack and Portishead gave voice to the multicultural grittiness of their city. So too, does the darkwave trip-hop of Tigercide capture the ethos of Angelenos anxious about their future. In a city characterized by soaring rents, temperatures, and population, can there be any more California dreaming?
We chatted with Shexist and Saint Brendan on how they’ve been using the Prophet Rev2 in their music:
What made you choose the Prophet Rev2?
The overall sound and the killer FX. We demoed one in Hollywood and we were extremely impressed. We had a short list of synths we were looking at, but after the first session with the Prophet Rev2 that list only had one name on it.
How are you using it?
It’s the lead synth in our live rig and we’ll have it onstage at Synthplex 2020. We’re also taking it to the studio for our next recording session for our new project. It arrived and seven days later it was already featured in over half our live set. Now it’s the star of our rig and it has elevated our live set.
What’s one of your favorite things about it?
Too many things to list. The Oscillator section alone is a powerhouse. The access is instant and intuitive. The effects are dynamic and detailed.
What does it give you that other synths might not?
A lot of the other synths in our range left us wanting more. There was always a compromise. The Rev2 offers superior sound and a limitless palette of sonic possibility. Its abilities are next level. It seems to read our mind and sound design becomes a magical process!
Any interesting Prophet Rev2 tricks or techniques you’d like to share?
Yes. First, we got the module (desktop version) because it will fit in carry-on luggage. Also, we control synths in our DAW with the arpeggiator on our Rev2. We stack a nice sweeping Prophet pad with our string synth for unreal cinematic layers. Tigercide sometimes writes music by jamming instead of banging away at a computer. It is a much more organic approach to song writing. The Rev2 fit our system perfectly as its sounds are inspiring and intriguing. We love it!
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