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Newcastle’s Necro Noise, aka Michael Longstaff, is a synthwave, retrowave and darkwave music producer and DJ. The project started as a result of Michael’s love for 1980s and early 2000s media and his style was informed by the darkwave and darksynth genre, which has since developed further into a unique and evocative sound.

Here, Michael expands upon his influences ahead of his show at Northern Electric Festival on 22nd September

Since I can remember, I’ve always had a love for music, but it really all clicked for me when I discovered Daft Punk. Everything about them I loved, and I quickly decided that I wanted to become a DJ. It was all I really wanted to do for a long time. It wasn’t until a few years ago, when I listened to an EP by the artist known as College titled Teenage Color, that completely changed my mind on what I wanted to do I immediately delved Into the rabbit hole of synthwave and its many sub-genres. I thought at last I’d found the style I wanted to produce in. I wasted no time at all in sticking my foot into the genre and began my journey as necro noise. It all came quick, and I rekindled my love for the 80s and 90s, so to speak. My sound is directly inspired by the cartoons  of Saturday mornings, from Masters of the Universe to G.I. Joe and listening to artists such as Dance With The Dead only pushed me forward. I’ve always thought that I’ve been an 80s and 90s junkie. Watching Movies such as Predator and Gremlins 2 at a young age and listening to tunes from that time probably helped me in that regard to further propel my love and curiosity for the 80s, especially 80s horror, I think that’s What was and is the most prominent inspiration for my newer sound as well as my style as an artist I always find myself flicking through horror and feel-good movies of that time to get myself in the groove before I sit down and start a new tune. My latest single, for example, was greatly inspired by the darker side of the synthwave spectrum while paying homage to the horror of the 80s and 90s the sort of gore filled slashers and the edge of seat thrillers will always be in my head when I’m producing. 

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