video game music - composing - synthwave

Mono Memory is a synthwave producer and composer based in Edinburgh.

He began his musical training at the age of 14 when he found his fathers’ beaten up telecaster guitar and taught himself some simple bass lines by ear. Developing and learning through various genres of guitar-driven music continued throughout his late teens, culminating in a rather lengthy obsession with classic rock music, and the riffs of Led Zeppelin. During his last year of high school, he was lucky enough to take part in the very first Riffathon Final of 2003 (one of ten) by competing in a regional heat against 30 guitarists from all over the UK. He performed Misty Mountain Hop, of Zeppelin fame, in front of judges Brian May, Jimmy Page, Head of ACM and the director of Gibson guitars. Although he didn’t win the competition, it was enough to be able to play in front of his guitar hero at the age of 17.

He continued his musical development  with a HND in modern music, and followed up by completing a BA Hons degree in Popular music at Edinburgh Napier University. During his studies, he performed as lead guitarist and vocalist in indi band, Callel, which was formed with his mates from high school. Their debut album – Body Discovery – was recorded and produced in his bedroom. The album was then released by an independent record label based in England. Tracks such as ‘Try To Be Quiet’ were featured on MTV.


When the group disbanded, he focused on producing his own music. In mid-2016, he turned his efforts toward instrumental composition and electronic synthwave music. This was born from a love of 80’s nostalgia and growing up with the sound of big production values and great hooks. Another passion that he has always pursued is video games. At the tail end of 2016, he began working with an indi game developer on music for an up and coming puzzle game. His debut synthwave EP – ’85 – was picked up by Future 80’s Records and has enjoyed an increasingly steady stream of interest and praise from synth enthusiasts.

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