Hi, I'm Valerio from Italy.
I make synthwave music as N E O N T E N I C .
Label: Timeslave Records
Genre: synthwave, darkwave, cyberpunk
Hometown: Genova, Italy
Influences: Nine Inch Nails, Gary Numan, Gunship, Mitch Murder
I started very young as a pianist. After many solo concerts, I started producing electronic music in 2008.
In all these years I participated and played live at hundreds of events all over Italy, and also took part in some robotic and digital collaborations with the Italian Institute of Technology.
In 2018 I decided to totally dedicate myself to synthwave/cyberpunk music and take on the new identity Neontenic.
Author of the first album in history with vinyl released through NFTs officially curated on Crypto.com + three records released on vinyl and cassette on Timeslave Recordings, English label reference of the genre. Retrofuture artist and visionary of cyberpunk aesthetics.
EXTRANET METAVERSE (2022)
Released on October 10th, it's the first album officially released through Crypto.com in history with vinyl sold with NFTs.
3 vinyl variants (Legendary, Epic, Rare - like in a videogame) actually sold out.
This album boasts collaborations from synthwave legends Timecop1983 and Compilerbau.
This new album set in 2087 tells about Extranet Corporation and its amazing MetaGraft™, that allows you to enter the most advanced metaverse ever, the Extranet Metaverse.
Discover the story of Dr. Sirko, his assistant Shao Ming, J-Six, the world's most famous gamer, and how they will try to foil the Hackernaut attack.
The whole story is told in the 26-page booklet included with each vinyl, along with fantastic illustrations by Dreamfibre, author of the graphics for each NFT in the officially curated "Extranet Metaverse" series on Crypto.com (3 sold out drops- link)
Released on December 17th 2021 on Timeslave Records on vinyl, cassette and minidisc https://timeslaves.bandcamp.com/album/ultrawave
I tried to keep my signature sound, but filled with steroids. I tried to push synthwave music to an "ultra" version.
Link to full album here. The album will include two remixes by ORAX (New Retro Wave) and Macrowave.
My musical journey took me to an even more distant, obscure dimension, in a future where man's survival is put to the test by an empire made up of machines that has taken total control of the planet.
A small faction of rebels is trying to resist, to isolate themselves from the millions of eyes that are looking for them to eradicate them under a darkened purple sky.
Released December 4th 2020, Neon Prince has strong synthwave and cyberpunk influences. It's inspired by my trip to Japan in 2019.
Released on clear vinyl and tape cassettes by Timeslave Records https://timeslaves.bandcamp.com/album/neon-prince
This album is set in Tokyo of 2085, and tells of a photographer, Kazuhiko, who lives in Shinjuku.
He is passionate about neon lights, dark atmospheres, he dreams of capturing the perfect light in the night.
He will discover an extraordinary power that will lead him in a solitary space adventure.
Listen to it HERE.
NEON PRINCE (2020)
Released November 1st 2019, it's my synthwave debut album.
Released on purple vinyl and tape cassette on Timeslave Records timeslaves.bandcamp.com/album/synthmonster
(Actually sold out).
The album is the soundtrack for a sick 80s Outrun themed ebook, settled in Los Angeles of 2084. Each track is a chapter in the story.
It's available to read for free here: neontenic.com/synthmonster
It reached 100000+ plays on Spotify in the first week after release.
Made with love with analog synthesizers.
Listen to it HERE.
"Set Me Free cleverly uses classic elements and transforms them into something fresh and new..." Electrozombies
Neon Prince: included in best 2020 albums on Impatto Sonoro editors choices (Italian)
Synthmonster: 2° best debut album of 2019 on Retrowave Touch, one of the greatest synthwave communities
"Neontenic's "Synthmonster" is a blazing and brilliant album among the synthwave community. From a no-name producer comes this phenomenally produced album with extremely well produced content and addicting beats..." - Brutal Resonance
Video interview for ZeroLink Podcast, London
Video interview for Synthwavemania about Neon Prince
"The path traced by previous records has undoubtedly been enriched by a new chapter, Extranet Metaverse, whose story once again pulls straight like a Delorean pushed to 88 mph..." Impatto Sonoro
"This was quite a shocking release to me when it came out." Included in best 15 albums of 2019 by Brutal Resonance
"Revelation of the Italian and international synthwave scene" Interview for A History Of Style (Italian)
"I love the vibe of this album. It´s kind of dark but very melodic and emotional..." Interview for Sander Mebus on Neon Prince
"An exciting outrun album with thick synthesizer sounds..." Interview for Synthwavefan.nl