Fashwave gets a bad rap. Despite the edgy name, there really is nothing to fear from the retro-futurist noodlings that evoke an idea of living in a near-future soundtracked by David A. Stewart of the Eurythmics after he's fully digested Oswald Spengler's Decline of The West.
Recently, one of the leading lights of the genre who goes by the name Xurious found that his music was simply no longer available in Europe on YouTube. His channel has over 20,000 subscribers, many of whom cannot now listen to his music on YouTube without the use of a VPN. Not only do the press lie about the nature and purpose of the Alt-Right -which we have at least become used to- but their music will also be slowly erased from the internet, along with all other unthinkable thoughts. Back in January, the globalist-owned and communist-operated Mic.com ran a predictably wordy and asthmatic article about how dumb Fashwave is.
This is fashwave: the aesthetic style of the alt-right — or the “art right,” as this corner of the culture sometimes calls itself. Though the far right in general hedges its hate speech in layers of ironic distance online, fashwave wears its ideology on its sleeve. In fashwave, as in all fascist art (yes, that’s what the “fash” part stands for), the far right’s insecurities and apocalyptic death wish are chiefly on display. This work could be the most original cultural product of the alt-right.
If it is true that the "far-right" has an apocalyptic death wish, I am yet to see it. What I have seen in my investigation into this subculture is passionate young people expressing themselves through music, as passionate young people have done throughout our history. As always, our art holds up a mirror for the world around us. One can look at the state of modern art, and see a very clear example of an apocalyptic death wish-kultur.
The next step of course is to speak to these artists themselves- no mean feat, when they are so quickly banned from social media platforms. One artist who goes by the name of Vanguard was kind enough to answer a few questions.
What is Fashwave anyway?
V: Fashwave to me is a form of identitarian expression, combining the existing synthwave elements, which is stylized like a movie soundtrack and pop from the 1980-1990 period), but with either subtle or obvious hints to right-wing politics. This could be in the obvious form of samples of speeches from historical or current political figures or the track names hinting at right-wing subjects, such as literary themes and concepts like Ride The Tiger or Revolt Against The Modern World.
Why do you make political electronic music?
V: I have been producing music as a hobby for many years before I even had a basic understanding of what politics fully was. When I began to explore politics further, I realized the problems I kept pushing to the back of my mind were at the forefront of everyone else’s.
I had tried producing synthwave in the past to no avail, but I decided to give it another shot - which I may not have done if Xurious hadn’t convinced me after hearing my normie music. When it all boils down to it - combining my love for electronic music with my heartfelt beliefs was a no-brainer for me.
Where does the link between retro-future art -images and music- and identitarian politics come from?
V: Retro Futurism has always been present - but the ‘80s take on it was something else. With all the sci-fi material and affordable consumer electronics pouring out of the era, the human mind was as wild as ever - conjuring up impressive and dreamlike visions of the utopian lifestyle of the future.
But what followed was closer to a nightmare.
We have a nostalgia for when Europeans weren’t being betrayed by their own and their country was theirs. I would say the crazy futuristic visions of the 1980s reflects the craziness we will have to endure to make the dreams of those before us a reality.
As for the music, every revolution needs a soundtrack.
Every counter-culture has its own sound and this is ours.
Who inspires you?
V: In terms of fashwave, I would say my biggest inspiration is Xurious. He is a great friend and very easy to work with. In other right-wing music, I would say that my other inspirations are Bryn Dolman and RWDS Entertainment, wherever he went (please come back!). Bryn is a great musician and adds a different dynamic to the nationalist music scene.
In other right-wing figures, [Millennial Woes]() is another big inspiration of mine. The way he softly talks in detail about his issues with the modern world is akin to Roosevelt’s “Fireside Chats”. The fact he is still voicing his opinions despite massive adversity, having his life practically ruined to the point being purged from his home country by the media, shows his devotion to the cause. He is a great friend to have and is a valuable asset to the movement.
How do you go about creating your music?
V: I first start by laying down a bassline or chords in FL Studio, my DAW of choice. I’ve learned everything I know on it and it has a great workflow!
I usually have standard retro-brass or saw chords and the typical Moog-sounding bassline with some added distortion, made in either the Korg PolySix VST or Synth1. After that, I lay down some hard-hitting gated drums, using sidechain compression to the chords and bassline to create the typical “pumping” volume sound that is common in a lot of 80s tracks.
After this, I usually add some background sounds or higher harmonic melodies over the top such as synth bells, white noise, pitch-bending leads and maybe an occasional bit of tape-stop and VHS static noises.
It depends on what kind of track it is, but this is usually the method I follow for producing synthwave.
You can follow Vanguard on Gab and his music is available on Soundcloud.
There doesn't seem to be much to gain from shutting down the ability to share music online for political ends. What the travails of the Fashwave scene -and the censorship of website for that matter, and Alex Jones, and Jared Taylor; the list goes on- shows us is that the online powers-that-be are absolutely devoid of ideas of what to do with anyone who expresses ideas outside of the controlled opposition of normie conservatism.
For so long in Western nations we have witnessed the shallow swing of a pendulum between the left, who accelerate the forces of progress, and the putative right, who have slowed the march to destruction only occasionally. The internet itself has posed such a great problem to this convenient destruction of the West that the only solution to the building critical mass of dissenting citizens is to silence them wherever they speak. That's how misogyny is to become a hate crime in the United Kingdom, that's why Alex Jones must be memory-holed for exposing the manipulations of CNN live on Periscope, this is why the media, in lockstep, call people in peaceful protest against the murder of their kinsmen "far right" and "Nazis."
The gaping divisions in Western political culture has set the stage for revolution within our lifetimes- peaceful or otherwise. On one side is a the manufactured consent of a group of well-meaning and programmable souls who refuse to acknowledge that diversity is not strength, but suicide. On the other side, far from an apocalyptic death-wish is the Alt-Right- an affirmation of the right to exist: to secure the existence of our people, and a future for white children. before we can even address the problems of how and why the West has been engineered to destroy the people who are the West, there will be a social revolution around this fundamental and existential polarity.