What are your names?
Josh Dally and Adrián Quesada Michelena
What is the band’s name?
How did you come up with the band’s name?
It´s the year I (Adrian) was born.
What is your genre of music?
A blend of melodic pop-rock and retrowave.
Give us a little bio about you.
At 1980 is a retrowave duo formed by Adrian Quesada Michelena from Spain and Josh Dally from England, passionate about 80s music, nostalgic melodies and lush synths sounds. Both Adrian and Josh are multi-instrumentalists, songwriters and producers.
What made you go into music?
An innate desire to listen to and write music.
Who are your influences?
The Midnight, Bryan Adams, Def Leppard
Are you a signed?
We have signed distribution contracts of both our albums with NewRetroWave Records.
Your new LP ‘ Late Night Calls’ is out now, tell us more about the LP.
Late Night Calls is a melodic 80s-sounding pop-rock album. It is rather diverse, containing up-tempo arena-rock songs, power ballads, stripped-down piano ballads, and synth-driven instrumentals.
What is the meaning behind the LP?
The album is a diary of difficult conversations that due to many reasons had to be done over the phone instead of face to face. Conversations about love, loss and times gone by. Conversations about being alone to figure things and yourself out.
Who did you work with on the LP?
Jesse Molloy recorded the sax solo on the song We Were on Fire. Other than that, the record is basically us two all the way.
Describe each track in two words.
Maria: Summer love
California Nights: Anthemic nostalgia
Caroline: 80s AOR
We Were on Fire: Reminiscent ballad
Hotel Crowne: Uptempo dreaming
In Your Eyes: Love bites
You & I: Calm sadness
Nothing Left to Say: Over you
Somewhere: Hopeful instrumental
Still On Your Side: Honest ballad
End of the line: Saying goodbye
Will we see a Music Video for any of the tracks and if so what can we expect?
We have recorded two live videos at Brighton Electric Studios as full band performances. The first one was released on August 6th and the second one probably in September.
What else can we expect in 2021?
Maybe 1 or 2 collaborations, still on the works though.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
Hopefully with a couple more albums out and being able to financially sustain a bunch of live dates per year.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
Try to be as artistically honest as possible.
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
The first notes across the PA system
Your chest vibrating with the music
People singing your songs out loud
The feeling of community
The connection with the audience