Riotron Debuts New Synth-Pop Single “There For You” Inspired By 80’s Greats
Riotron a.k.a Electro indie-pop artist Jeff Fettes has released a new single titled “There For You” off his forthcoming debut EP ‘Dark Highway,’ due out later this year.
“There For You” is the follow up to his debut release “I’m Sorry” which in just three months has collectively garnered hundreds of thousands of streams, with its subsequent lyric video racking up more than a million views since early December.
There For You is about how thinking of the people we love can bring them to us any time we need them. It doesn’t have to be spiritual or metaphysical it’s just the power of our memories,” says Fettes. “When you can’t be with them physically, they can still be there for you across time and space. It sounds cosmic but it’s really kind of simple and comforting.”
Sonically, the music of ‘There For You’ draws on modern synth-pop and electronica sounds, mixed with 80s-influenced new wave guitar. Even the name Riotron is derived from the hit song “Rio” by Duran Duran and the fantasy sci-fi film, ‘Tron’, all iconic to the eighties era which seems to be a big inspiration for Riotron’s music and imagery.
Inspired by pop artists like Phil Collins and Madonna, Fettes started writing his own music as a teenager. While attending university, he learned recording while working at a local studio, writing and producing songs for other artists. At one point, he had jobs as a cartoonist, programmer, musician, and writer but it was his hobby as an inventor that eventually drew him into a career, a number of his concepts growing into companies.
The success he found there left little time for performing or songwriting until recently. When politics created a sharp emotional divide among his friends and family, Fettes found it hard to talk about until one day he found himself sitting at a keyboard writing “I’m Sorry” about the conflict. The songs kept coming and shortly after he formed Riotron as the outlet for his new music.
Evoking styles like dance-rock, electronic synth-pop, and even jazz, Riotron’s upcoming 2020 LP, Dark Highway, is reminiscent of an 80’s movie soundtrack, with a collection of highly personal anthems. Thematically, it’s about how our darkest moments eventually lead to hope. Riotron’s Dark Highway sends its listener on a metaphorical drive through hell that eventually leads to love, acceptance, and self-forgiveness.
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