How many music producers would claim William Gibson’s Neuromancer as their favourite book? Just one, as far as I can tell, and that’s Com Truise (according to this interview over at The Skinny).
Com Truise is one alias of Seth Haley, a well-respected music producer in the electronic music world. He’s known for his complex multi-layered rhythms and technical prowess with a range of vintage equipment, among other things.
Though you could classify some of his tracks as ’80s inspired synth-pop, his sound unique and often gritty or glitchy. His sound is cyberpunk.
Haley, born in New York and now based in New Jersey, describes it as something like “mid-fi synth-wave, slow-motion funk”. Well, you gotta carve a niche!
Something that may surprise you is that Haley also produces his own artwork. Formerly a graphic designer, he made the move into the music industry as soon as he had the opportunity to do so full-time. Some of his merchandise is worth a look.
If there was any question as to whether you could call Com Truise cyberpunk, check out this video for his track Brokendate which seriously invokes a Blade Runner vibe!