'Shockwaves', the debut album from Variar, is about the recklessness of human nature. The fraud of material culture is starkly contrasted against our true reality. The perfect soundtrack to the abandoned shopping centre of your choice.
Recorded at Megabyte Studios using hardware synthesizers (some that even work properly!), various percussion, and a saxophone.
Mixed, Mastered, & recorded to tape on a 10w ghetto blaster.
released May 9, 2015
Pittsburgh based synthwave artist Variar writes music about the nightmare of reality, late night shopping, true love, and creative plumbing. After years of playing drums in punk bands, and guitar in post-punk groups, Variar began playing synthesizers in 2004, and has been obsessed with them ever since.
All tracks written, performed, and produced by Variar. 2015.
Artwork by Karl O'Janpa.
Special Thanks to:
Katylyn Allen for all the love/support, and additional saxophone work.
My family for buying me a drum kit & guitar at a young age and always being supportive.
Mike at 30th Floor Records for supporting my music graciously.
All the artists of 30th floor records, who I'm finding are some of the coolest cats in the synthwave scene.
Javier Sanchez for supporting my music.
Chase Smith & Shawn Rudiman at Machine Age Studios (PGH) who have always helped me incredibly with production techniques and DIY synths.
Sythetix.FM (Marko & Shithouse) who have supported my music since the beginning.
Everyone else who has listened to my music or helped it be heard, Thank you!
My music is very inspired by the films of : John Hughes (RIP), Terry Gilliam, John Carpenter, Werner Herzog, and Robert Zemeckis.
Special Bonus thanks to my ferret, Yoyo, for cracking me up every day