Laromlab

Laromlab

BandEDM

These classic sound blips of old school video game systems, such as the Atari and Commodore 64, create a macrocosm of music which arouses one's senses to the state of nostalgia.

Biography

Laromlab is a chiptune maestro. And what are chiptunes? Chiptunes are songs composed in a format whereby all the sounds are synthesized in real time by a computer or video game console sound chip, instead of a sample-based synthesis. To understand and appreciate what this means, one needs only to have been a video game addict in the days of the Commodore 64, Atari or the almighty Nintendo Entertainment System.

Equipped with an arsenal of Atari 1040STE, Atari Falcon 030, Commodore 64 emulators, samplers and laptops, Laromlab -- the nom-de-tune of Brandon Harrod -- calls out every 80’s child to the dance floor through the classic blips of old school video game systems.

As Laromlab’s profile has grown, so has the attention – both good and bad. Noted remix website Missingtoof.com recently shared Laromlab’s chiptune reinterpretations of two Daft Punk classics only to be informed that they would have to be removed shortly thereafter. No matter – the cuts are already becoming as popular in Los Angeles clubs as the originals! DJ AM and MSTRKRFT have gotten down to Laromlab’s version of Daft Punk’s “Around The World”.

Laromlab’s consistent and prolific blend of crunchy electro, layered blips and punk influenced grooves a la Bitshifter, the aforementioned Daft Punk and Justice (word has it that Justice’s Gaspard Augé is a fan) piqued the interest of Mushpot Records in 2007. Based in Bowling Green, Kentucky, Harrod had been tweaking his chiptunes in his home studio for years, resulting in the self-released albums Gameboy Chronicles, Hate The Player Not The Gameboy and Combat School. Now, Mushpot’s partnership with Laromlab has resulted in the self-titled Laromlab album!!

What are people saying about laromlab?
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"Laromlab sound like they could have made the background music that was coming out of your Game Boy in 1989. " - The L Magazine

"style reminiscent of an 8-bit, low-budget Daft Punk " - Cmj.com

"It sounds like the Super Mario Brothers commanding the decks at Paris’ Respect." - The L.A. Times

“8-bits is more than enough to get funky.”– Missingtoof.com

"Laromlab employs 8-bit video game sound chips to fashion “Chiptunes:” music redolent in Atari ambience... Mario and Donkey Kong can only wish they had such hip tunes accompanying them." - Christian Carey(music historian)

"As you listen to his 8-bit mastery, imagine if there were anything at all that could make it better. Chances are the answer will be no. Hats off sir. This is pure pleasure!" - haveyouheard.net

"Imagine all your favourite 80s video game characters decided to form a dance band" - Quick Before It Melts

"Son Electro-bizarro. Tout droit sorti de ma vieille GameBoy. J’adore :-)
"

Discography

"S/t" CD (Mushpot Records 2008)
"Combat School" (self released CD 2006)
"Hate the Player Not the Gameboy" (self released CD 2005)
"Gameboy Chronicles"(self released CDEP 2005)
"That Blood Is For Real" CD (Komplott Records 2004)

Available at: www.laromlab.tk; interpunk.com

Radio play: WWHR 91.7FM
WFKY- Kentucky
KURE FM - Iowa
Chiptunes Radio XM
WZRD FM - Chicago
WMUC 88.1FM - Maryland
WRFL 88.9 FM - Lexington, KY
KUCI 88.9 FM - Irvine, CA

Compilation CD:
"OUR" - 2005 OUR Records compilation CD
"The New Breed" - WWHR 91.7 FM Compilation
"Sounds Good To Me" Compilation

Podcasts:
-Solipsisticnation podcast:
http://solipsisticnation.com/?p=55

-MusikPlease(France)
http://radiopulsar.neopodcasts.com/tags/jazz/

Press/Plays on the following:
Missingtoof.com(California)
Palmsout.com(NYC)
Suicide and Disko
SPRAMP
Keeping it Right Radio
Sirius Radio "DJ JAMAD/Tastefullicks"
Street Party Radio
Transonic Frequencies
Tokyo No Poru Desu(Japan)
benisland
Kann ingen Sorg forr mir Goieborg(Germany)
tranceland.org
Everything You Love to Hate
beeblog
Antiguru(Canada)
Electrorash(England)
Disco Workout.com

Set List

Selected Tracks from new album on Mushpot Records.

Live Music Venues/events - I can perform up to 45 min set, depending on the type of event.

"Rock Hard"
"Phat and Phunky Pt. 1"
"Theyre Back!!!"
"Sad"
"Wrathulon"
"Punk Funk"

I also mix in some covers on the Atari, mostly dance tunes and 80's electro
(you can listen to more tracks on www.myspace.com/laromlab).

Setlists usually range anywhere from 20 - 60 minutes and consist of anywhere from 6-12 songs with very little break in between. I usually employ the use of costume and dancer(s) for a more visual experience. Past shows have included a light show, a multimedia slideshow, a bubble show, and 20 costumed improvised dancers!