Synthwave is a nostalgic, largely instrumental genre of electronic music. We provided a three-part guide to synthwave here. In a new weekly series, we look at songs that have defined the genre and interview the creators behind them.
Low Contrast is one of the musical guises of Gergely Tóth. His track ‘Lost Emotions’ is an unappreciated gem. Picked up by NewRetroWave last year, it’s a romantic track built on a driving beat and dreamy synth loops. It’s that yearning sound that suits synth music so well. We spoke to Gergely about the track.
1. How did you get into synth music?
“When I was a child I listened to my father’s tapes every day, and then they were in parallel with italo-disco. Not only the music but lot of films, TV series gave me musical inspiration, for example: Scarface, Miami Vice, and Knight Rider.”
“In 2009 Michael Cassette brought back “the new eighties”, and then I started to experiment with this next to other types of music. My first EP Neon Roads was released in 2016 at Zartha Music Company. It’s good to see that the eighties are becoming more popular today.”
2. How did you come to write ‘Lost Emotions’?
“It was made at a critical period of my relationship. I wanted to put these tough times of my life into a song, with the sounds of the eighties. I saw so many influential films about guys who were going through tough times and couldn’t make a decision. This is like a scene of a film, or real life.”
3. Was this song a challenge to record?
“I never thought that I would make such a melancholic song. It was very hard for me to sit down and start to make music or hit a single sound. The sound design was a little easier.”
4. Would you describe ‘Lost Emotions’ as a love song?
“That’s a good question. It could be a good message to couples who are in a critical period of their relationship and hope that their feelings are going to be strong again. Yes, it can be a love song.”
5. If this could be the soundtrack to any 80s movie which one would it be?
“It took me more that ten minutes to choose a film that would be ideal. Maybe Cocktail or Flashdance.”
Read our previous Secrets of Synth with The Midnight here.