This is my latest full album from my solo music project Starbound Renegade. These songs were produced from 2016-2021. Most have already been released as singles, but there are 6 new songs. These songs came together by me re-imagining my favorite pop punk riffs in my own synthwave style, using the tools at my disposal (basically just FL Studio). I’m influenced by early 2000s pop punk, emo, metalcore, video game music, retro synthwave, and our buddy Brent Simon (oh yeah you know him)!

It started with me wondering what made the songs I liked so likable? How were they made? I spent hours and hours dissecting and figuring it out, recreating parts, understanding the music theory, combining sections from different songs, remixing, mashing it up, and trying to create a cohesive track out of all my experimentation. Some songs are straight up covers, like the Akon track, and Speedrun, which borrows riffs from AFI and combines it with a sped up version of Lisa Loeb’s “Stay.” Weird combo I know.

But hey, I’m just learning as I go and trying not to take myself too seriously. Enjoy!

Contains 17 tracks.

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    I’ve been following Jeff’s progression as a musician, filmmaker, and graphic designer for a number of years, and it’s great to see it all come together under his latest creative effort, Starbound Renegade. Not surprising for a name which evokes an 80s sci-fi aesthetic, there are some great synthesizer hooks and melodies in his songs but also a wide variety of influences from other genres to give the tracks a worldly, distinct feel. He’s dancing to the beat of his own drummer and not just rehashing the same thing you hear most synthwave artists doing. That’s the other thing - he does his own visuals and cover art as well. He’s truly a one man show, so check out Starbound Renegade.

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