by | Dec 23, 2023 | Artists, December 2023 Issue

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Artist Bio

LAU (Pronounced /lɑu:/) is Laura Fares, an Argentinean singer, songwriter, drummer, producer, and prominent figure in the Synthwave and Retrowave scenes, currently based in Barcelona. Her music blends Retrowave and Synthpop with a strong ’80s influence. LAU has written 3 albums for synthwave artist NINA and has now launched her solo career.

LAU’s music has appeared on several TV shows, games, and ads like Victoria’s Secret campaign featuring Hayley Bieber. She has appeared in publications such as Billboard, Rolling Stone, Mixmag, DJ Mag, Marie Claire, and many others. LAU is also Creative Director at Aztec Records and Aztec Latin, a UK record label she co-founded in 2010.

Circumstance: Take Two

After the success of her second studio album Circumstance and Circumstance (The Remixes), the Argentinean Retrowave songstress and producer LAU is back with Circumstance (Take Two), this time re-imagining her sophomore album with a fantastic group of international guest artists. Each vocalist re-wrote a part of the song, giving the whole album new life.

The album also includes the exclusive track “Two Strangers” (produced by Brian Skeel), which wasn’t included in the first edition of the album.

LAU felt that there was more to this story, so she’s invited Minute Taker (UK), I Am Boleyn (UK), The Lightning Kids (UK), Heartracer (USA), Pensacola Mist (UK), Lessus (Spain), Natalie Gray (UK), Alessandra Boldrini (Italy), Airport 366 (Switzerland) and Kidburn (Italy) to add their personal touch.

The result is a fantastic new take on Circumstance, consisting of 11 Synthpop / Retrowave/ NuDisco tracks as originally produced by Brian Skeel (USA), Zak Vortex (UK), Ends 84 (France), Saint Innocent (France), Popcorn Kid (India), Adam Siana (Sweden), and TAKTA (Norway).


“’80s Pop music and Soft Rock. Retrowave and NuDisco.”

Studio Set-Up

I use a Mac mini, with Logic X, Neumann U87 mic, Arturia Minilab midi synth, Roland Gaia synth, Roland SPD-SX drum pad, Korg Monologue synth, Focusrite Scarlett 2i4, and a Mackie Big Knob.

“Two Strangers” – LAU

Recent Projects

“My latest release is this collaborative album called Circumstance (Take Two), which features some awesome Synthwave/Retrowave Artists from the scene.”

“Today I released a cover of ‘Wicked Game‘ produced by The Last Concorde. Originally this song is by Chris Isaak. And I’m also currently working on my third studio album.”

What are your future goals?

“To keep releasing records, to keep doing great collaborations and to tour America and Asia soon, which I’ve done with previous projects but not for my solo project. And my goal is to keep connecting with people through my music and giving them a soundtrack for different situations in their life. Oh, and to always stay open minded and keep learning.”

What do you think the future of live electronic music will be like?

“I think Artists will probably start incorporating more Artificial Intelligence in their live shows, to create new, alternative versions, and to improvise on the go. I think we will create music by tapping in the air, or on our bodies. There are already lots of tools for ‘air drumming’ or body pads for percussion, for example, which I’d love to try sometime!”

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