Sunday, 6 August 2017

Thank you everyone who was part of the Synthopian and Skerat spirit

Hello world and welcome to the August edition, of my monthly blog and for what will become my last post for quite sometime. This one will be short and sweet, manly for the purpose of a quick goodbye and a thank you.

I have done my various radio shows now for nearly 5 years, first there was my involvement with Club 80's on 1 Radio, helping out with the music chart. On a few occasions I sat in for the shows DJ and this then evolved into my own show Synthopia. Synthopia quickly gained a reputation of being a show where lots of independent synth artists could get their first airing and the support from bands and artists quickly grew. It was also popular for it's chat box and a massively friendly and supportive fan base grew from that chatbox. Synthopia was not simply Skerat's Synthopia, it was everyone's Synthopia. Not only that it grew to be a fiercely independent platform and I soon moved on from a fixed station and branched out on my own onto Mixlr. After a couple of years I had a short break from Synthopia and returned with Skerat's Eclectic Podcasts, but this was strictly no chat and perhaps lost a lot of it's soul as a result. As does for many things in today's world after about a year or so the demands of life, meant that doing a show was just simply to hard, so at the start of this year I went on an indefinite break. However a couple months later Johnny Normal pitched an idea about an Australian only synth show on Radio Warwickshire and it was too hard for me to pass up the opportunity to promote our local acts. I certainly returned to air, thinking lets see how much time and energy I have to last out and sadly five shows later, I have run out of steam.

While the shows all now come to end, I proudly look back at the amazing community we all created, many people identify with Skerat and Synthopia. Every person who supported and contributed to the shows, created something very special and for that I while always be extremely grateful. I have premiered a huge amount of new artists and many more songs and feel incredibly happy to see many of those artists and songs being played elsewhere. I also feel very chuffed to know that many friendships evolved from the shows and some of them even resulted in musical collaborations. Now I draw my breath and say one last extremely massive thank you to you all for an amazing journey, that for now is at a fork in the road :)


Now let's give the last show of Skerat's Synthtronica of Australia a descent send off, are you ready to make one last collectively community rally to make it the highest listened to of my shows ever? Then click here and let's send the show off in style.

Tracks played on the last show:-

DevilMonkey - Blank USB
Devilmonkey - Decadance (Sobriquet Nation Remix)
DevilMonkey - Galaxy Class
UKLD – Foam
All Things Lost - Whyd You Have To Go
All Things Lost - Closing Doors [Unearthed Stream]
All Things Lost - Hold You Down
Arado – Mind Games Featuring Burton c Bell on Vocals
Arado – Moon Child
Arado – Robots Crazy
The 5000 Fingers of Dr T - Phoenix
The 5000 Fingers of Dr T - Psychedelic_Soliloquy
The 5000 Fingers of Dr T - Computer Games
Asian Envy - Before Now
Asian Envy - I'd Like a Refund
Asian Envy – Serenade
Divine Knights - Your Love
Divine Knights - Smalltown Boy
Parralox - The Sundial
Parralox - Stranger's Thoughts
Parralox – Voyager
Space March – Sometimes
Space March - You Are Electric
Space March - Mountain King
Tycho Brahe - White Room (Real Life remix)
Tycho Brahe - Tainted Love vs The Doctor
Tycho Brahe - Send Me An Angel


Now for one last band plug before I go and it's a great Aussie act in Arado:-

'arado' short for Alternative Reality Active Defense Operations is hosting an evening at the New Globe Theatre, please come as your favourite Alternative Universe character whether that be from Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who, Fire Fly, Red Dwarf, Babylon 5, Fifth Element, Blakes 7,or any of the plethora of others just have fun and thats an order. There will be prizes for best costumes and lots of other surprises. Great mixture of artists and other fun stuff worth dragging yourself away from Netflix for a few hours to enjoy!!

Performing live on the night will be the cream of Brisbane Electronic/FuturePop/Industrial music including:

Failed Assimilation
Edith Thomas Furey
...and more to be announced

It will be out of this world so come along and explore the Space.

Commander Sven Hovardsen
arado freedom fighters

SEPT 1st   Galactic Blast Off

New Globe Theatre
220 Brunswick St, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 4006


As always I finish up the month, with the latest list of my Skerat's tracks of the day from the past month, which I have also brought to an end for now. It only covers the period from the 2nd of July to the 16th of July:-

2/7/17 Martin Krog - One Man Army
3/7/17 Newcleus - Jam On It
4/7/17 Missed
5/7/17 Patenbrigade: Wolff - Maureradio
6/7/17 PF Project - Choose Life
7/7/17 missed
8/7/17 The Flood - High Above
9/7/17 Men Without Hats - The Safety Dance
10/7/17 Erotic Elk - Rest in Pieces
11/7/17 IAMX - Nightlife
12/7/17 Hot Pink Abuse - Mysterious Souls 
13/7/17 INXS - KissThe Dirt (Falling Down The Mountain)
14 and 15 missed
16/7/17 Toffeetronic - Iman Umachine


and before I go please remember to check out the last show posibly forever by Skerat, that is of course show 5 of Skerat's Synthtronica of Australia. Also while you're there, maybe even check out some of my older shows.


Please join my social media pages:-

Skerat's Synthtronica Podcasts Facebook page
Skerat on Twitter
The show page on Mixcloud
Youtube Synthopia page
Radio Warwickshire


For the last time for quite some time or perhaps forever, this is Skerat over and out.........