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Imagine a fantastic cocktail of ’80s bands led by Human League set in the 2020s and Ender Bender is what you would get and why not? Such a gift to retro-styled dance pop / synthwave lovers. Today we have the privilege of premiering his latest offering in the single ‘Have A Good Time’.
A tasty morsel of synthwave delight with just the right attitude for this gloomy Covid-laden day in age, this is the first taster of his New Era EP. Slated for release in late June, his new offering is intended as both an escape and a reminder of what is important – a soundtrack to help you enjoy yourself and have a good time.
Ender Bender is the solo project of composer/producer/multi-instrumentalist Eddie Olguin. After years of life in LA, Eddie moved to Rome in the name of love, but also found new energy and inspiration (void of scenes and scenesters) to reinvigorate his passion for music and redesign his musical career path.
Once settled in Rome, Olguin built a studio and made the transition from being a live performer to primarily a studio musician-producer. Thus was born Ender Bender – a new catalyst for his new mission.
The material on Ender Bender’s new 5-track electro synthwave offering was written last summer in defiance of the spirit-crushing pandemic and his new obsession with the emerging retrowave/chillwave movement.
“Most of the music I have been listening to has a fun-retro ’80s vibe, which served as the perfect distraction from the reality we were dealing with. This inspired me to create an EP that would also serve as an escape for others while positively touching upon the things we were forced to face, like the importance of friends and family and of truly leaving behind the petty bullshit that takes over our daily existence – we simply need to enjoy the beauty of life,” says Eddie Olguin.
This new EP, with its future-retro pop earworms, follows up his 2020 debut EQ EP and singles ‘Star Killer’ and ‘Honey Lavender Girl’, released soon after the lockdown frenzy began. His first foray into studio production, this release garnered super reviews and international radio play.
With the Covid pandemic encouraging more time in the recording studio, 2020 motivated Eddie to hone his production skills and to begin composing instrumental cinematic cues. This led to scoring several corporate demos (for the development of a virtual reality game) and, ultimately, working as part of a busy collective of LA film composers. He has been working as a film composer ever since.
As of May 12, “Have A Good Time’ will be available across online stores and streaming platforms, including Spotify and Bandcamp.
Written, performed and produced by Eddie Olguin
Guitars by Bernhard Penzias
Mastered by Justin Weis
Recorded and mixed by Eddie Olgiun in a secret Audio Lab somewhere in Rome
Why not also check out his latest ‘EQ’ EP and retrotastic video for ‘Star Killer’