A founding member of Rosso Corsa, Lazerhawk is Garrett Hays from Austin, Texas, USA. His outrun electro is robot pop mixed with darker synths and the occasional lyrics. Lazerhawk can be described as equivalent to anything that was excellent in the 80’s: synthesiser jams with massive leads, hard toms, spaced-out chorus and the pains of being pure at heart. Since that time he has tested out chill wave and disco, but with a fundamental link to the 80s.
Infectious is the better description for Lazerhawk’s concept album Redline which was published by Rosso Corsa. On this album the typical monotony of other electro artists is broken up by leads that flow right over top of the hooks. That might be the key to this album, but the timbre of synths or the precision of the programming could be as well. In 2012 his sophomore album Visitors dropped with a more varied style that included sounds from outrun electro to dream wave and space-disco.
Lazerhawk’s affects are 1980s Synthpop and Italo Disco: “When I decided to start doing Lazerhawk tracks, I had a general idea of what the artists of that era used to create their sounds and set out to either emulate or use the same sounds. I think Kano – Im Ready was probably the track that made me want to start learning more about synths and sequencing and what not.”
When asked about his methods, Lazerhawk professes he makes use of 100% emulation which makes it evidence that genius doesn’t at all times come from the equipment your packing as well as the software applications you have. “Ive been using fruity loops for a long time and I guess its how I prefer to write music since I haven’t changed to something better. Its really kind of embarrassing because FL studio is really garbage in a lot of ways.” (After a giving him a bribe, I was able to learn that TAL-U-No-62 and Arturia’s Jupiter-8V are part of the Lazerhawk sound). Source: http://rossocorsarecords.com/2011/07/15/lazerhawk-profile/#Nu Disco #Outrun #Retrowave #Synthwave