I’m Preston Cram, aka Iron Skullet. I’m an independent synthwave journalist and playlist curator who handles A&R and marketing for the synthwave record label FiXT Neon.
I’m known for my Synthwave / Retro Electro playlist on Spotify, my reviews of prominent and underground albums, and my genre articles including What Is Synthwave? 2018 Edition and Why Synthwave Isn’t Synthpop (And Why it Matters).
In the early 2010s, I was listening to nu disco artists when I came across Miami Nights 1984. I knew right away I’d found something special, and in the years since then, I’ve dedicated thousands of hours to building a comprehensive playlist of quality synthwave music: “Synthwave / Retro Electro.”
In 2019, I completely overhauled the playlist to reflect the changing state of synthwave and embrace more modern approaches to the genre with higher production standards.
There’s nothing in life I feel more strongly about than promoting deserving creators who are not getting the recognition they deserve. My goal as a music journalist, promoter, and record label representative is to snap the misguided and unhealthy cultural perception that all good music is popular and all popular music is good.
I’m always accepting submissions for my playlists and reviews, and I work tirelessly to find the best music in the world, no matter how obscure it may be.
If you appreciate the work I do, please consider supporting Iron Skullet on Patreon to help me continue promoting the best new and underground music.