Morten Køie

Mr. Koifish is a psych-synth-rock outfit out of Copenhagen fronted by Morten Køie, previously of Turboweekend (named “Best Danish Live Act” at the 2011 Danish Music Awards). Køie (pronounced similarly to “koi” in English) creates an engaging psychedelic experience with each Mr. Koifish record and live show, emphasizing collective collaboration and an optimistic ethos of “belonging.”

We chatted with Morten on how he’s using Sequential instruments in his music:

What made you choose the Prophet-6?

“I was working in a studio in Copenhagen called Panalama, which has an assortment of old analog synths. I got this idea for a funky riff that I was humming and wanted to record it before I forgot it, and the Prophet-6 happened to be the keyboard that was hooked up in the studio at the time. It was a bit random that it ended up on the recording but I really liked the sound of it, so I stuck with it. I had a good jam on it then added more layers afterwards.”

How are you using it?

“In my new song “Be Loud,” I used the Prophet-6 for some riffs in the background of the verses and to make a nice, fat bass line in the second pre-chorus. There’s a lovely juxtaposition that’s created between the grittiness of the synth and the almost wooden sound of a Fender Precision bass I recorded. Then, when the track switches from analog drums to electronic drums, the sound of the Prophet-6 is more congruent with the electronic drums so the impact of change is more noticeable.”

What’s one of your favorite things about it?

“It made the track sound warmer and grittier, and truly elevated it to be a more interesting listening experience. I have always been very pleased with the results I’ve gotten from the Prophet-6.”

What does it give you that other synths might not?

“It has a gorgeous analog warmth compared to the soft synths that I typically produce with. The difference in sonic character is subtle, but generates a certain movement in the song I don’t think soft synths could have provided.”

Any interesting Prophet-6 tricks or techniques you’d like to share?

“I like to use it with my various pedals to give it an extra edge. I’m not very methodical, I just go where the knobs take me and press record when it sounds right. In that way, the Prophet-6 makes improvising seamless.”


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