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Artist Spotlight - Caught In Joy

What is your name?
Karol Pokojowczyk

Where are you located?
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

What is your artist's name?
Caught In Joy

How long have you been writing music?
30+ years. I started writing music when I was 14 with early trackers on Commodore 64, then IBM Xt, and then with bands. I moved from my hometown Bydgoszcz, Poland to Warsaw; then I was partially living in Germany, then London, South East Asia, Malta and finally Los Angeles and now Miami/Fort Lauderdale. All this time I was writing or recording new songs.

What inspired you to start playing and making music?
I inherited a deep appreciation for "good music," synthesizers, modular instruments, and classic rock from my father, who was a Polish chess grandmaster. I enjoy merging the realms of mathematics and improvisation to create music and engage in sound design. Whether making music or simply having fun, these elements are central to my creative process.

What are your favorite artists or other artists that inspire you to write music?
My music is mostly influenced by the pioneers of Berlin School Music from the 1970s, like Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze. Since I was a kid, I have been heavily influenced by Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Jean-Michael Jarre, Kraftwerk, Genesis, Marillion, and Porcupine Tree. You can hear some of it in the music I write. But I also had a long period of listening to thrash metal music, industrial and nu-metal, from Slayer to Korn.

How would you describe your style of music?
Good question! I'm asking around, and it is called progressive electronic music, somewhere between Berlin School, Dark Ambient, and electronica, but I do add guitars sometimes.

How is your personality reflected in your work?
I live in the moment. Almost all the music I released recently is 100% improvisation and instant recordings to a multi-track. I'm a happy guy with a happy family, but like we all had some not-so-happy moments, and am sure it's all reflected in my music.

Describe your creative process when you write new music.
I do Berlin School dawless live performances with Moog, Prophet-10, and modular synths going through an array of guitar pedals.

It transports me to a new world of electronic music I can't find anymore. I usually spend an hour mixing the whole album and drop at least one album a month. This year, I have released 17 albums so far.

What is the name of your latest releases?
Another World

What was the inspiration for that release?
The game under the same title. I love revisiting my childhood, when I often played this and other games. Now I share this love with my son, and he's crushing it in Fortnite, Roblox and we play Call Of Duty or some vintage games like Donkey Kong or Impossible Mission together.

Can you tell us any "behind the scenes" stories about writing or producing this release?
I discovered that using reamp boxes for synths going through an array of guitar pedals makes everything sound better. I also use a lot of pro-graded equipment from my decommissioned studio in Los Angeles, CA, which makes everything sound better.

What do you do to promote your music?
Getmusic.fm, Instagram, Youtube long-form live performances like this one. I also post performances on Reddit, Facebook, and some forums sometimes.

What are you currently working on?
Just another release :)

How can folks get in contact with you?
https://caughtinjoy.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/@CaughtInJoy
https://www.instagram.com/caught_in_joy/
https://www.caughtinjoy.com/
https://www.facebook.com/caughtinjoyrocks

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Love notes from beyond

chillwave / berlin school / moog

"mesmerizing hypnotic electronica"

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E7​-​E5

electronic music / krautrock

"an a hour-long improvisation"

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Enchanted Nostalgia

new wave / dark ambient / electronic / minimal techno / moog / berlin school

"Hardware synths that scream the 80s and early 90s"

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Chariots

new wave / dark ambient / electronic / minimal techno / moog / berlin school

"Paying homage to the electronic and progressive rock composers"

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Another World

new wave / dark ambient / electronic / minimal techno / moog / berlin school

"Berlin School live performances"

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Analog cosmos

new wave / dark ambient / electronic / minimal techno / moog / berlin school

"Minimal techno with Eurorack and Moog"

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shhUDDER

electronic / dark ambient / new wave / minimal techno / moog / berlin school

"Perfect for NIN, Quake or Moog synths fans."

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Zooiami

new wave / dark ambient / electronic / minimal techno / moog / berlin school

"Raw and captivating Moog synth experience."

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Sunlight

berlin school / moog / electronic music / instrumental

"ambient hypnotic electronica"

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The Energy LP

new wave / dark ambient / electronic / minimal techno / moog / berlin school

"minimal melodic post-industrial techno"

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Analog cosmos II

new wave / dark ambient / electronic / minimal techno / moog / berlin school

"Live played with Moogs and guitar pedals."

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Under The Sanguine Sky

new wave / dark ambient / electronic / minimal techno / moog / berlin school

"Modular synthesis and dark ambient electronica"

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Peaceful Days Echoes

new wave / dark ambient / electronic / minimal techno / moog / berlin school

"Vibrant synth melodies and analog magic"

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me

ambient / synthesizers / calm / retrospective / gratitude

"timeless and eternally special"

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Planets

electronica / berlin school

"pure improvisations with hardware synthesizers played dawlessly"

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Analog Cosmos Live

moog / dark ambient / instrumental / experimental

"For Pink Floyd fans, analog synth lovers or you just like what I do"

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Astral Arcadia

electronica / berlin school / dark ambient / experimental

"a little bit like ambient magic"

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Marbles

ambient / berlin school

"a mesmerizing musical adventure"

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La Chica De La Playa

electronic music / hypnotic ambient / berlin school

"inspired by all the people who cherish the coastal life"

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Shine On, Summer Seekers

electronica / analog synths / pink floyd / guitar solos

"a groovy trip through sun-kissed melodies"

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Thank You, Ocean (2CD)

berlin school / electronica / analog synths

"my love letter to the ocean"

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