Swedish synthwave producer Neon Nox has been making music for over a decade and is making waves with his modern approach to an old-skool sound. Neon Nox’s music in an eclectic but flawless blend of groove, dreamy electronica, retro chillwave and cyberpunk, bound to leave you feeling nostalgic.
Taking a lot of his musical inspiration from 80’s movies, TV-shows and video games, Neon Nox has just recently released a new album, titled Shadow Syndicate, via synthwave tastemaker label New Retro Wave. We caught up with this rising synthwave star and got to know the man behind the magic.
Listen to Neon Nox’s brand new album, Syndicate Shadow, below.
To those not familiar with you, how would you describe your sound?
My music can be described as soundtrack for anyone who just wants to drive and chase the night to its eventual sunrise.
How did it all start for you?
I started as a house DJ 15 years ago, I was playing all over the Sweden and Europe. My passion for music later developed even more so I started buying studio equipment to make my DJ sets more interesting and unique. My first track releases were in a Nu-Disco style with an analogue feel of the ’80s but I quickly realized that I wanted a break from standard house music and started to experiment with a more true 80’s vibe which became my signature synthwave sound.
Tell us a bit more about the mysterious name ‘Neon Nox’ and how it came about. Have you always performed under this moniker?
So Jon “Neon” Nox is a fictional character that is based on Gerry Conway’s comic character Punisher, I always liked the idea of a vigilante who has nothing to lose and is in a search for a killer who murdered his family. I really like idea of having an alter ego that can create stories connected to music.
What three albums would you say influenced your sound the most?
I am huge fan of 90’s electronica like ‘Leftism’ by Leftfield, ‘Mezzanine’ by Massive Attack, ‘dubnobasswithmyheadman’ – Underworld
Are there any key pieces of equipment that you can’t live without?
Bass Station 2 and Oberheim OB-6 are my favorite studio equipment pieces.
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