What were your first forays into synthwave? How did you find and discover synthwave as a genre?
Almost 10 years ago I was listening to some John Carpenter via youtube and in the related videos section there was a group called Starforce with some cool looking 80s futuristic artwork as the cover. The track was called Dreamfuse, and that pedaling bass synth really took me in and I ended up binging the entire First Relic LP.
After that I saw the term New Retro Wave thrown about so I searched for that and came across some mixtape style videos. Perturbator and Protector 101 were the 2 tracks to really grab me on there.
As I listened to more of them my little brother told me about a game called Hotline Miami that had a soundtrack featuring Perturbator, so I went and checked it out. ever since then I have been routinely looking at synthwave/retrowave/outrun mixes to find new tracks to enjoy, as well as making some of my own under the music name S.W.H (youtube.com/swhmusic).
Please share your stories, I'm interested to see how other people discovered this varied genre.