Displaying items by tag: 2023 Music

Sunday, 26 February 2023 03:49

NEON Artist Spotlight - Michael Weber

We're adding Michael Weber to NEON Retrofest's portfolio of the best live Synthwave in the world. This Seattle-based artist is the first that comes to mind in the Businesswave subgenre, and his live performance will be a blue chip that you don't want to sleep on.

Kicking off a bull run of incredible releases with Executive Suites in 2017, Michael brings the office straight to your ears. Going all in on the 80s power executive aesthetic paired with volatile retrowave synths, his classic sound will transport Tampa back to its retro roots.

We're thrilled to have Michael Weber as part of one of the greatest Synthwave lineups in history. Travel back with us to the lost decade at 
NEON Retrofest 2023 and get your tickets NOW at http://tickets.neon.fm - listen to more Michael Weber at: https://michaeljweber.bandcamp.com/

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Sunday, 26 February 2023 03:47

NEON Artist Spotlight - Neutron Dreams

Yes, Retro Synth Record’s very own Neutron Dreams is part of the NEON Retrofest lineup! Forming the electronic music collective Neutron Dreams with his best friend Christopher J Payne, @danman3712 has covered the spectrum of the synthwave music scene for years. He will also be featured as a guest speaker/panelist at NEON!

Born in '79 and a true child of the 80s, Dan grew up on everything from G.I. Joe and Transformers to Voltron and Nintendo. Believing that #80s music would return, he was delighted to see a glimpse of it in Vice City. When Tron Legacy hit, his nostalgic joy was set in stone.

As the President of RetroSynth Records, Dan uses his networking experience to build connections and relationships with other labels and influencers to not only elevate RetroSynth's artists but the retro music genre overall. Listen to more at neutrondreams.bandcamp.com

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Sunday, 26 February 2023 03:42

NEON Artist Spotlight - Dream Shore

Welcome to a force in Florida Synthwave: master of the #Miami sound Dream Shore!

Dream Shore's flawless #Outrun beats will put the pedal down this April. Tickets on sale now and moving FAST: http://tickets.neon.fm

Based in Miami and inspired by cinematic sounds of the
#80s, since 2015 Dream Shore has composed Outrun/Popwave fusions that evoke subtropical leisure by day with nights of mystery and adventure while collaborating with some of the heavy hitters in the genre.

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Monday, 20 February 2023 10:28

NEON Artist Spotlight - Gregorio Franco

#neonsynthwave2023 goes heavy as we add #Atlanta's own @gregoriofrancomusic to the lineup, bringing his atmospheric #darksynth and pounding guitar to the stage. Since 2013 Gregorio Franco’s #dystopian soundscapes, #horror-inspired audio assaults, and even #videogame covers have never let us down.

Gregorio has drawn upon bands such as Entombed, At the Gates, His Hero Has Gone, Catharsis, and Dismember to evoke the heavy essence in his work. While different in style, the soundtracks of John Carpenter and Alan Howarth have also given him inspiration.

He's toured with #Darksynth veterans @gost1980s@dwtd@danterminus@danieldeluxemusic and @streetcleaner82, and we are pumped to have him take over the stage this April. Listen to more: gregoriofranco.bandcamp.com

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Monday, 20 February 2023 10:03

NEON Artist Spotlight - Arcade High

You asked for it! @arcadehigh is at the top of our Sunday #neonretrofest2023 lineup. For over a decade, this legendary #pittsburgh duo has been on the leading edge of modern retro, dropping hit after hit. They are a foundational part of our celebration of #synthwave’s roots.

Making an indelible mark with their early releases on Telefuture Records alongside other genre pioneers, Arcade High stands strong with outstanding production quality and a euro sound that runs the gamut from #italodisco to #outrun, to #popwave, and everything in between.

NEON Retrofest 2023 will be a gathering of where Synthwave has been and what the future holds. Arcade High is a key part of that, and you simply cannot miss this event. Listen to more at arcadehigh.bandcamp.com

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Thursday, 16 February 2023 16:04

NEON Artist Spotlight - Phaserland

We're celebrating Synthwave's early origins at #neonretrofest2023 as another OG scene pioneer joins an already stacked lineup: Phaserland. One of the earliest artists in the genre creating live Retrowave, we're stoked to have his iconic sound part of our Retrosynth homecoming.

A true master of the craft, Detroit-based Ross of Phaserland blends #aesthetic soundscapes with addictive guitar riffs, bass beats, and #nostalgic arps that transport you to the past that almost was. With numerous NewRetroWave featured single releases, he hasn't slowed down.

Do not miss Phaserland and the rest of our killer lineup blending old and new faces of Synthwave history this April at NEON Retrofest 2023. Tickets on sale now at tickets.neon.fm! 🎫 Listen to more at phaserland.com

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Monday, 13 February 2023 12:58

NEON Artist Spotlight - Bonggita

NEON Retrofest 2018 alumni Bonggita returns to the stage! A talented producer with a innovative and dynamic sound, we are thrilled to have him back. A true pioneer of progressive Synthwave, he pushes boundaries while creating a sound that is both innovative and timeless.

Born in the #80s in a small town in Eastern Europe, Bonggita grew up surrounded by the sounds of classic Synthpop and new wave, which would go on to influence his music in a big way. In 2017 his outstanding release Neon Marble would solidify his position as a top-shelf composer.

Bonggita’s instantly recognizable sound is characterized by its intricate synth lines, atmospheric pads, and driving basslines, all of which are infused with a sense of nostalgia for the sounds of the past, and the future. Listen to more at bonggita.bandcamp.com

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Monday, 13 February 2023 11:55

NEON Artist Spotlight - Vampire Step-Dad

The spotlight is on Vampire Step-Dad. He makes synth-soaked soundtracks influenced by 80s TV, movies, and culture. From action packed car chases, to candle-lit love scenes that never quite show the goods, Vampire Step-Dad covers the gamut of emotions and leaves you wanting more.

Some say it's best to be fashionably late. Vampire Step-Dad took that to heart and arrived about 25 years after the party ended. Listening to a Vampire Step-Dad release is like sneaking into a movie theater in 1986, and finding a John Hughes film that never made it to VHS.

All of this can be experienced first hand at NEON Retrofest 2023 where Vampire Step-Dad takes to the stage to bring with it not only an amazing performance, but also a bit of step-fatherly advice, and plenty of dad-jokes. Want to know more? Of course you do: www.vampirestepdad.com

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Tuesday, 07 February 2023 22:09

NEON Artist Spotlight - Watch Out For Snakes

Watch Out For Snakes is 8-bit chipwave from #Atlanta geek Matt Baum. Layering NES chip sounds, he creates darkly energetic tracks that pay homage to old video games and #80s films without taking things too seriously.

In 2021, on the heels of his single, “Fight Those Invisible Ninjas,” Baum restored his pre-quarantine performance momentum, touring and supporting acts Com Truise, Arcade High, Street Cleaner, and Tim Capello with his high-energy #keytar stage show.

Unable to choose between playing music or playing video games, Baum split the difference sampling the old #NES and #Atari systems of his youth and synthesizing these samples to build a unique sound: part #chiptune, part #synthwave, all #retro. Hear more at https://www.watchoutforsnakestheband.com/

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Sunday, 05 February 2023 10:03

NEON Artist Spotlight - Syst3m Glitch

We're thrilled to announce that Florida's own Syst3m Glitch will be bringing his mix of 80s nostalgia, powerful vocals, wistful vibes, and some of the smoothest synthwave we've ever heard to the NEON stage. He is one to watch; this sound is going to be huge!

A one-man powerhouse from DaytonaBeach, Syst3m Glitch is just getting started. Already making his mark in the scene with multiple NewRetroWave featured tracks, his first major release Beyond Stars boasts some top-tier collaborations with acts like Turbo Knight
& DimiKaye

It goes without saying that he represents everything we love about Florida Synthwave, and no matter what he does next, we're certain that he will soon be a star in the retrowave scene. Listen to System Glitch at https://syst3mglitch.bandcamp.com/

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