Dream System 8, the collaborative creation of David Klotz and Erica Elektra, has shared another glimpse into their dreamy, electronica wonderland with new single “I Like The Way You Hold Me.” Created initially when Klotz was scanning through a backlog of hundreds of unfinished songs and came across a file labeled “ElectroPop Beat” and sent it over to Elektra–who took the instrumental and transformed it into the “ultimate love song.”
“It’s just the ultimate love song about meeting someone and knowing immediately that they are the one and how good it feels when someone is finally treating you the way you’ve always wanted to be treated,” Elektra said of the new song. “It’s scary when that happens, because what if you’re both making the same mistakes from the past? But in the end, you need to trust yourself and move forward with trust and openness.”
Listen to Dream System 8’s new song “I Like The Way That You Hold Me”
Klotz–who has worked as a Music Editor on shows like Stranger Things and Game of Thrones–finds a lot of overlap between his work and Dream System 8, especially in regards to the Netflix hit. He had his hand in the Neverending Story theme rework that was used in the show’s finale, which Klotz says fell into his lap while he was working on several Dream System 8 tracks:
“I just so happened to have a bunch of old 80’s-era synths set up and dialed in with some great sounds. I used the Korg 770 for the bass. The Roland Jupiter 4 is the main arpeggio sound. The pads and melodies were mostly from my Jupiter 8 and a Yamaha CS-70m, all the same instruments that you’d hear on a DS8 song.”
The synths on Dream System 8 tracks deal heavily in nostalgia for Klotz; he talks about turning on the Jupiter 4 arpeggio in random mode he’s “instantly transported back to my childhood hearing Duran Duran’s Rio for the very first time.” Yet the nostalgia is only part of the equation. Klotz finds the limitations set for him and Elektra to only use real keyboards and drum machines; a decision that, while more difficult at times, offers an adventure of trail and error in which they “discover [their] sound” as they go.
“The problem with technology now, is that you can create everything exactly as you hear it in your head,” Klotz explains. “Which is wonderful, but it’s not as interesting as messing around with a real synth and discovering a sounds and seeing where that takes you in the songwriting process.”