Name of band: Neon Shudder
Year formed: 2013
Location: Philadelphia, PA, USA
“To see people actually diving in and reading the story and saying they liked this character or that twist is a big deal for me. Knowing people are excited about something I created gives me huge drive to continue doing this.”
NEON SHUDDER is the moniker for Philadelphia area producer jhm. His music styles range from industrial to synthwave to ambient with hints of other influences including jazz and funk. Currently neon shudder is focused around the "Cadence" series of concept albums/novellas including 2016's "Cadence" and the upcoming followup "Sons of Seraph."
Intravenous Magazine: Who are you and how did the band/project come to be formed?
I've been making music for a long time. In 2013 I wanted to finally put out some kind of release for music around a central theme. At the time I was heavily into cyberpunk and wanted to make music that gave off Blade Runner or Deus Ex vibes. I put out a small EP on bandcamp and was pleasantly surprised that people enjoyed it so I continued making music under this name.
IVM: How would you describe your sound/style, and how did you arrive at it?
I get called synthwave a lot but that's just one style that falls under the umbrella of what I do. I'm going a lot of directions including industrial and ambient, and even put out some weird, dark electronic jazzy songs. I was always a fan of that kind of sound so it was a no-brainer that it was what I wanted to do.
IVM: Who and what are your primary influences both musical and non-musical?
Buck-Tick, Android Lust, Michael McCann's work for Deus Ex, Yoko Kanno, Ed Harrison, and Nobuo Uematsu musically. William Gibson's writing, Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex, Cowboy Bebop are some of the non-musical influence for this project.
IVM: Do you perform live and if so where can we see you perform in the near future?
There are currently no plans for neon shudder live, but I wouldn't rule it out.
IVM: What is your current release and where is it available from?
I have two albums that came out this year at neonshudder.bandcamp.com - one is the gothy industrial release 'OMENS II' and the other is my first cyberpunk concept album 'Cadence.'
IVM: What have been the highlights of your career so far?
I'd have to say it's people getting genuinely excited about my concept album series. To see people actually diving in and reading the story and saying they liked this character or that twist is a big deal for me. Knowing people are excited about something I created gives me huge drive to continue doing this.
IVM: What are your plans for the future?
I plan on releasing one more album to complete the 'Cadence' trilogy, and then I'll be moving on to experimenting more with my sound on new EPs and albums.
IVM: Finally, is there anything that you would like to add?
Almost all of my music (save for concept albums) is on bandcamp free/pay what you want, so give it a shot!