SYNTHPOP / ELECTRO / SYNTHWAVE
In May, Laser Highway hosts the album launch for one of Melbourne’s best synthpop talents, Byron St. John! Byron is no stranger to Melbourne’s music scene, performing bands such as the minimalist darkwave influenced Der Kreis, and synthpop ensemble Video Video. We’re rounding out the support lineup with some infectious dancefloor filling DJs for one incredible night to keep your feet bouncing till you collapse in a smiling heap of bliss!
Laser Highway is Australia’s premier night located in Melbourne dedicated to the very best synthwave, italo-disco, outrun, retro electro, 80’s jams, games, and anything else firmly with its roots in synthesizer-based music to keep you grooving into the night! We’ve cultivated a culture that takes inspiration from the 80’s and 90’s, cyberpunk, vaporwave, deep reds/purples/blues and a bunch of sci-fi/action movie tropes into a clash of exploding sound and colour.
Laser Highway is a monthly event featuring an incredible sound system, laser light shows, projection art, cocktail list, a big screen multiplayer game space and a pounding dancefloor to transport you to your retro home away from home. We’ve prided ourselves on creating a radically inclusive alternative club night to give you an experience that’s all about those thumping beats, synthesized basslines, good times and a touch of nostalgia and camaraderie from your past, present and future friends that you haven’t yet met.
BYRON ST. JOHN LIVE
Having spent the past number of years performing in a string of other bands,Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Byron St. John is no stranger to the glittery world of synthpop. His music is simultaneously shimmering and rich; shiny on the surface and emotionally resonant within.
With the release of his debut full-length album, The Lost Boys, St. John has quickly built himself as one of Aussie pop music’s most exciting and promising emerging acts. If you’re not already familiar with this artist, this new album is the perfect introduction.
Across the album’s nine-track duration, Byron St. John glides through an irresistible blend of disco, dream-pop, and rock to craft a sound uniquely his own. At times, his music can be abrasive—but charmingly so. The pulsating rhythms that drive this record will rattle your bones, but the weight of these industrial noises are lightened
by infectious and sweeping vocal hooks.
Originally from Melbourne, but now residing in Berlin, Germany, Voin is a musician, DJ & co-creator of the infamous ‘Blitz Club’ (2010 – 2013), Berlin’s Germanys first and only New Romantic inspired escapade into synthesized music and clubbing spectacle.
Voin has played Berlin venues such as Berghain, Horst Kreuzberg, Cosmonaut, About Blank, Bi Nuu, Cookies with additional shows around Europe for Laroboterie Italy, Spellbound & Dark Allies Amsterdam, Kaiku in Helsinki and is currently the resident DJ at Worm nightclub in Rotterdam, Netherlands plus Leipzig’s, Germany’s Lumiere Bleue parties at I.F.Z.
Synthetica is the name of Voin’s current event that is held monthly at Berlin’s Festsaal Kreuzberg. Voin’s DJ sets usually cover the more darker and lighter dreamlike dance orientated side of Synth and beyond. Prepare to be transported.. emotionally.
Matt is well versed in the Melbourne and Australian-at-Large music scenes. While he may be most recognised due to his time with The Mavis’s, his other projects include synthpop band Video Video, Matt & Beki, The Blow Waves and The B-Dolls. It may come as no surprise that most of the acts are heavily new wave influenced, which fits us to a tee.
Matt is the resident DJ of various venues around town where he spins all manner of moon and space disco, 80’s, hi-NRG or anything else from his immense record collection – chances are you’re going to love it.
Zerotonine is the host, resident DJ and runs Australia’s first and only monthly club night dedicated to synthwave, outrun and retro electro: Laser Highway in Melbourne. As a labour of love, he is dedicated to providing a unique experience for music makers and fans alike. He is also the co-host of www.kissfm.com.au‘s (87.6 in Melbourne) Retro Electro Show from 3pm Wednesdays AEST.
A veteran DJ and creator for over a decade playing too many genres internationally and at home in Australia, he is in love with arpeggio basslines, warm synths, and driving drums; his style is inspired by 80’s movies, the Lamborghini Countach, boss fights, neon vectors, keytars, androids, reverb guitars, gated drums, cosmic phenomena, bleeps and bloops. Expect a range of sonic styles to get your feet stomping and head rocking from all corners of the retro-verse.
9PM – LATE
LOOP PROJECT SPACE AND BAR
23 MEYERS PLACE
MELBOURNE VIC 3000
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We acknowledge that this event takes place on the traditionally owned land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin alliance, to whom sovereignty has never been ceded, and we pay our respects to their Elders past, present, and emerging.