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21 Dec 2025 |

Matthew Le Blanc

Matthew Le Blanc
Birth name
Matthew Le Blanc
Born
21 December 1983
Birthplace
Hamilton, Ontario
Genres
Trance, Chillout, Electronica, Orchestrations
Years active
17

SynthR

Inspiration can come from the most mysterious of places for a musician. Whether it’s from a picture, an emotion or moment in time, inspiration can be shaped into a well-crafted story that’s told through sound. Calling upon his experience as a professional writer, SynthR (Matthew Le Blanc) uses his storytelling experience to design songs that inspire, motivate and ignite the listener’s imagination.

Since 1997, SynthR has produced emotionally-charged EDM, fusing multiple genres to create truly unique sounding pieces. An avid gamer, he often lends his talents to independent video game developers to help bring their games to life, creating original pieces of music, variants on his unsigned released work and providing additional sound design.

Software:
Fruityloops, Reason, Adobe Audition

Musical Inspiration:
Orbital, Enigma, The Prodigy, Crystal Method, Ulrich Schnauss, Jon Hopkins, Daniel Kandi, Alex Morph, Aly & Fila, Armin van Buuren, Nine Inch Nails, 2 Unlimited, Urban Cookie Collective, Jean Michel Jarre, Nobuo Uematsu, Hans Zimmer



In His Own Words

Back in 1997, I fell in love with Trance music when it was emerging as a popular EDM genre. I grew up listening to Euro Dance and other forms of Electronic music (Big Beat, Old Skool House, Chillout), but nothing resonated as much as Trance did when I heard it for the first time. I couldn’t get enough of it, but due to the underground nature of Trance – like most EDM in the 90s – and the Internet’s infancy, it was hard to come by. If it wasn’t for peer-to-peer file sharing software, like Napster, there would have been little opportunity to discover the world of Trance in my hometown of Hamilton, Ontario.

The very first song I truly fell in love with was Carl Cox’s “Phuture 2000”, remixed by Hybrid. The signature Breakbeat/Orchestral sound of Hybrid coupled with sweeping synths and an airy breakdown made the hair on the back of my neck stand up – a feeling I still get today when the melody is just right.

I come from a musical family, so naturally I found “the rhythm” at a young age. I didn’t study an instrument or music during my early years, but I knew I wanted it to be part of my life. I began writing in 1998, during my first year of high school, whereupon I studied music and learned the flute (I’ll never live the emasculation down). There I was, at the age of 13, trying my hand at Electronic music production, pumping out barely-listenable noise using various digital audio workstations (DAW). I laugh at my early tracks now, but at the time I was proud of what I had created. I have some great memories tied to my early years as a producer like when my Dad asked me if I was “Becoming a Zen Master” when he saw me listening to music with my eyes closed. That funny observation later became a song title for one of my earlier songs.

Since then, I’ve written music for numerous independent video game developers and websites, which I’ve mainly done for the enjoyment and gratitude. I also give the majority of my collective works freely to content creators (YouTube videos, podcasts, radio shows) for free.

I’ve been producing music for half my life. There have been times where I thought I would hang up my headphones, but I kept coming back to it – my ears get itchy, I guess. I find it hard to imagine myself walking away from it at some point in my life, but I’m sure it’s inevitable. Nobody knows when their time will come. All one can say is “Not today.”

Style

Video games have always been an enormous inspiration for me. I’ve been gaming since 1987, believe it or not. I’ve practically played everything along the way, with role-playing games being my go-to genre. The sense of adventure, the exploration and the storytelling are all things that really resonate with me as an individual. I’ve tried to incorporate these same themes and emotions in every piece of music I’ve written. Whether or not that comes through is open for debate.

When I’m writing a song, there’s always a storyboard running through my mind – it’s what I see when I listen to music in general actually. I use it like you would any other tool since it helps me visually craft a narrative with sound. Everyone will experience a piece of music differently, but in my mind, my productions are perfectly tailored to the peaks, valleys and imagery playing in my head. Just as each person has a story, each of my tracks has one as well.

Life Outside of SynthR

Growing up, I always thought I could make a career out of writing music or at least incorporate it into my work life. I’ve always known that life as a musician, producer, audio engineer, what have you, would have been a massive uphill battle despite my passion for it. Never one to take risks, I wasn’t willing to take that leap of faith and decided to pursue a career in a different art form instead: Journalism. I’ve spent my days earning as a reporter, editor of a newspaper, all-around communications guy and, more recently, the features editor and coordinator for a corporate magazine. It’s the most stress I’ve ever endured, by the way.

I’ve always been drawn to the arts. I used to draw a lot when I was a kid, construct things out of household junk and wrote funny stories with my mom about hanging underwear out of a bedroom window with a fishing rod (actually ended up happening). Obviously, I love creating things. When I made the decision to go into journalism, even though I was unsure of where this would lead professionally, I took solace in knowing that I would always have the opportunity to use my creativity to produce something fun. I honed my writing skills in college, dabbled in graphic design, finally learned how to operate both a DSLR and video camera, and tirelessly used Google to learn basic web design. Everything from the pictures to the logos on my websites have been created by yours truly (being a one-man-show is exhausting). To see me my written word in action, visit http://www.matthewleblanc.net.

Finding my direction in life hasn’t come easy, but music has always been there and has given me technical skills that I’ve utilized in my career as a multimedia journalist. I used to write a few tracks a year, but now I’m lucky to put out one. I feel incredibly guilty, but life enjoys shoehorning itself into the things you love (I don’t even have a house or kids yet). Despite life being life, I still get the itch and there’s no stopping me from coming back to something that has been a legacy of sorts. I always wonder what my grandchildren or great grandchildren will think of my music decades from now when Electronic music ends up being a six-minute climax, dropping into a collection of grinding machines and steel pipes being bashed over people’s skulls. The future looks, and sounds, bright. #sarcasmrulez