Preston Cram is the creator and curator of the world’s finest synthwave playlist. He is a longtime metalhead who grew up on the sounds of true metal from the ‘80s and early ‘90s. As a child and teen, he rejected the established methods of music promotion and sought out underground artists, plunking down hard-earned money on obscure tapes and CDs without any way to hear them first. This passion for independent music, free from the artistic shackles of FM radio and record conglomerates, has only grown stronger with time, and Preston has made it his personal mission in life to spread word of the countless unrecognized and superbly talented musicians in the world.
Preston’s musical tastes lean toward the ‘80s and its revival, particularly traditional heavy metal and synthwave, though he enjoys other subgenres of metal and new wave music. The sounds of industrial, dark electro, dungeon synth, and video game soundtracks are also frequently heard resonating from his home speakers. Preston is an expert on the history and evolution of traditional metal genres, especially heavy metal, speed metal, and power metal. He has also been tracking the proliferation and evolution of synthwave music since the early 2010s and has heard thousands of artists in the genre.
Preston thrives on building stylistically narrow and comprehensive playlists on Spotify. By applying his listening skills to the process of collecting and organizing music on the platform, he has helped define (and redefine) musical genres for modern music fans and connected countless independent artists with a broader audience.
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