Interview: Microwaved - Save Me

Elektro Vox spoke to Gabe Wilkinson about the new release 'Save Me' which has some incredible remixes, including one by I Ya Toyah, a new favourite of ours! This is an EP I very much enjoyed listening to with its real playground of different styles to keep me entertained throughout. Gabe has played alongside some giants of metal rubbing shoulders with the likes of Slipknot, System of a Down, and American Head Charge.

June 6, 2021 - Electro-Industrial band MICROWAVED has just unleashed their new EP, Save Me. The video for the title track featuring BOW EVER DOWN made its premiere on ReGen Magazine HERE.

The EP contains 16 tracks, 14 of which will be available on streaming platforms June 12th. The Bandcamp release will contain two bonus tracks: a collaboration with LIEBCHEN on a cover of Pink Floyd's “Comfortably Numb” and an additional remix from the talented and outstanding remix artist Steven Olaf.

'Save Me' refers to the album's theme of loss. Gabe Wilkinson, the founder of MICROWAVED says: "All of my songs seem to be about loss, addiction or monsters. These songs fall into the loss of love category. This record for me is also about taking these songs and expanding my musical vocabulary. It's about stretching some mental muscles and playing with ideas I may not have been very comfortable with."


Q. Gabe you have mentioned before that ‘Save Me’ relates to the theme of loss in the EP, can you elaborate upon how each main track reflects loss and how it ties into the overall theme?

A. That’s a tough question since I didn’t write the lyrics. I write the music from a place in my head that is filled with dark stuff. I’m an addict. I’ve been dumped by people I loved dearly. My kids don’t live with me. My brother died young. My life has been filled with drama and loss. My father didn’t want me, my mom took off on me. I’ve been alone most of my life to an extent. But when I’m writing I draw on those themes to help make the music dark. Angry. My life hasn’t been as bad as other people’s lives that I know but my experiences are mine, so they inform my art.

Q. How does this EP differ from previous releases and do you feel this is the direction you will carry on with in the near future or will the sound perhaps change even further with future releases?

A. This is the first release where I didn’t incorporate guitars from my friend Dave from The Derision Cult. I programmed all the guitars for a change. I was also experimenting with drums. My drums have always been pretty four on the floor dance beats. Very coldwave industrial, but I wanted to branch out into more metal sounding drums. I’ve been listening to a lot of metal lately and I feel like the double kick was really inspiring these new songs. I’ve always wanted to write a song like Fear Factory, this was probably the closest I’ve ever got to writing a fast metal song. I’ve written other metal like songs..

(“Worthless” is a great example of a slow burn metal song)

..but I’ve never really written one with double kicks like these songs. Will I keep going with this sound? We will see. I have about 15 other demos right now in various forms and none of them sound like what I’ve got going on right now. So we will see what happens. My sound I hope will ALWAYS evolve. If not I don’t think I’m doing it right anymore.

Q. There is a vast array of talent in these remixes, which remixes are you most fond of and which ones do you feel took the track/s in a direction you really didn’t expect?

A. Asking me to pick a favourite is like asking me to pick between my children. LOL! I will tell you though that I was most impressed with Stacey Jones’ (pilgramOmega, Monster Voodoo Machine). When he first heard the track he was like..

“Her voice is perfect for an 80’s teen drama movie.”

I automatically thought of The Breakfast Club, lol, I always wanted to be Bender, but I was not (side track there). So when I handed the track over to Stacey I wasn’t expecting the cinematic grandiose of the track he sent back. That’s why it was the first remix people got when they pre-ordered the release. It just blew me away.

Another stand out for me was Steven Olaf’s mix. I’ve heard Steven remix for countless other artists. Lots of artists that are far more qualified than I am for his level of talent. He has remixed for me before as well but this remix really took the track in a new direction. Almost a “pop” feel to it. I remember Steven emailing me and telling me that he changed the tempo of the song because his idea didn’t fit with the original BPM.