Who Is FM-84?

Just who is FM-84? You’re here because you’ve heard FM-84’s music and love it. You want to know more about it and about the artist himself.

You’re in luck, because Vehlinggo has written a lot about the San Francisco-based FM-84.

But before you proceed, have you got tickets to the big FM-84/The Midnight show on July 14 at the DNA Lounge in San Francisco? Why not?

Maybe you want to hear the March 2017 teaser that Vehlinggo premiered? At the time, the tease was for an EP that might have been coming this summer. But in early June, FM-84 announced he was instead recording a full-length album for a 2018 release.

Or perhaps you’re interested to know that Zack Stentz, a writer of Thor, X-Men: First Class, The Flash TV show, and a cascade of awesome sci-fi shows (Andromeda!) is a huge FM-84 fan? The interview with Stentz will tell you all about his love for FM-84 and retro-inspired synth-pop/synthwave.

Colin Bennett (AKA FM-84) and wife, Lorna, at Yellowstone.

In March 2015 Aaron Vehlinggo interviewed FM-84 when the artist was first getting his start. Aaron also reviewed several FM-84 releases, including the Los Angeles EP and the recent Atlas LP.

Here’s some of what Vehlinggo wrote about Atlas:

There are upbeat and intricate instrumentals that recall Tycho, and pop hits that recall the best of mid- to late-1980s synthpop and blue-eyed R&B. For the latter he collaborated with the likes of British retrosynth singer/songwriter Ollie Wride and When In Rome’s Clive Farrington, co-writer of the hit “The Promise.”

The Wride collaboration “Don’t Want to Change Your Mind” is the highlight of Atlas. The massive, slow-burning pop/R&B number is a hook-laden cut largely reminiscent of the 80s work of artists such as Human League, Breathe, and Lionel Richie, but as it progresses there are shades of M83 amid the transcendent synths of 80s-era Starship.

There was also that time Aaron interviewed FM-84 about his plans for performing live.

Photo Credit: FM-84.
Photo Credit: FM-84.

Aaron also ended up feeling inspired by the massive, galactic quality of FM-84’s and others music and wrote about that.

Perhaps a new interview is in order? Come back to Vehlinggo regularly to see if this ever happens. Will this blog finally figure out just who is FM-84?


Below are embeds from both of FM-84’s available releases.

The first is the debut full-length LP, Atlas. The latter is the Los Angeles EP. You’ll want to listen to everything to get a true idea of the nature of FM-84’s genius.

FM-84 – Atlas


FM-84 – Los Angeles

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