Genre Research & Survey Results


Delta-S touches on a pain point

  • Note: Interesting relationship between the mood vs. how it makes them feel afterwards. Fans are in a dark, depressive, somber, and contemplative mood beforehand. When listening, fans feel better, hopeful, alive, and calm.
  • Theory: I think people are NOT looking for music that makes them feel hope, joy, and peace - instead, they become "converted" by the music's unexpected beauty, and it confronts and heals their pain - so they become a fan.

    One fan rated my music 4 stars. A week later, he rated it 5 stars and told me it filled his soul. This makes me think fan conversion is happening after hearing the story arc of the songs and their relationships (in its entirety).
It makes me FEEL... I struggle with depression and apathy, and turn to music as a way to feel and process emotion, a catharsis.”

”It goes deep and touches the dark places in my soul with the hope of God. Some songs provide intimate encounters with God.”

”You remind me NiN and Celldweller. This is awesome. This type of music fills of my soul...

Survey Results


"What 3 bands does Delta-S sound like?"

When asked what bands does Delta-S sound like...

"What kind of music do you typically listen to?"


"What kind of music genre would you say Delta-S falls into?"

Descriptions of Delta-S...

Genres of sound-a-like bands... you mix various influences to the point the music avoids easy genre classifications (which is a good thing).
  • Its funny that so many bands I'm compared to fall into synthpop. My superfans generally have a hard time categorizing me...
  • I have two main audiences - those that like industrial rock and metal, and those that appreciate the more electronic sounds I do. Both groups enjoy the trance and synthpop elements I put in there.

Facebook Live Question

When I did Facebook Live and asked "What band does Delta-S sound like?" There were a couple of bands mentioned that I didn't know - when I researched them, I heard the similarities right away. Tweaker is the darkness and industrial. Croatia is the beauty and dark synthpop.

  • Croatia (Synthpop, Dark Synthpop, Indie Electronica)
  • Tweaker (Alternative Rock, Industrial Rock, Progressive Rock, Electronica)

Croatia describes themselves as doing "synth-seduction" ♥︎ This has a similar vibe to Krystal Optiks (from a student taking your course). I absolutely identify with this.


The "Hook" and Bio

SFS: Module 1


Long Hook:

"Delta-S communicates themes of grief, sorrow, and longing through dark fantasy narratives that seduce the listener into a journey to find life. Intricately designed soundscapes draw from electronic genres like industrial, synthpop, and trance - all woven together with cinematic elements to the chapters in each story. Delta-S provides comfort and guidance through the darkness, revealing beauty just beyond the shadows."


Shorter Hook Ideas

  • "A living soundtrack for the darkness in your story - revealing beauty beyond the shadows."
  • "The power of NIN + beauty of Croatia. A living soundtrack for the darkness in your story."
  • "The sorrow of NIN purified by beauty. A living soundtrack for dark fantasy lovers."

Niche Concepts

Fantasy Industrial
Dark Fantasy Electro

Microniche Concepts (album level)

Cinematic Fantasy Industrial Rock
Cinematic Fantasy Industrial Metal
Cinematic Dark Uplifting Trance
Cinematic Dark Fantasy Electro
Cinematic Dark Fantasy Electro Industrial