I guess it feels more euphoric when there’s a sense of mystery 

By Neshy Denton

In a world of such abrasive exposure, it is quite natural to seek shelter in the comforting arms of obscurity. Lazer Boomerang confides in the faithful masking of his identity in order to allow his most pellucid music the space to lure in his listeners. He likes to keep the ‘nets trends at arm’s length as his common sense grasps what truly matters. This proposes the importance of his music and the message instilled between the sound lines. The release of his latest song, “Euphoria”, comes charged with Lazer’s emotional weight and is just the first of a whole EP to be aired. 

Tell us about your anonymity.

Aesthetics are very important to me. My music should create a world in your head. As a person, I don’t play a big role, and the mask helps enhance this experience. It’s not primarily about anonymity but rather that my songs should be the focus. And yeah, I just think it looks fucking cool, and sometimes, that’s a good enough reason, don’t you think?

100%. How do you think this has influenced your music?

It gives me freedom and helps me lose myself even more in my world. It also underlines my inspirations, which are strongly influenced by 80s pop culture, cyberpunk and sci-fi. From a songwriting standpoint, however, it doesn’t really influence me as much. With or without a mask, it’s the same mind behind the music. And I haven’t been doing it for long, so I actually have no idea in what ways this will influence my craft and appearance. 

You know, the way you’ve portrayed your music within your own synthetic reality using elements of surrealism and pop culture gives the whole experience another sense of depth. How did you come about this?

It was necessary. I’m not a big fan of social media, and I hate how you promote music these days. Breaking down your songs into small fragments of a larger whole destroys the core and soul of music. I really hate it. I hate that you have to play games and be a comedian. Or that many musicians on social media just copy the same “memes’ or videos and trends. I know you have to be on social media to get a larger audience, but to me, none of this has any longevity. 

What’s the point of having a reel with millions of views if no one listens to your music anyway? Very rarely does an actual career come from this, but most of those quick successes are forgotten weeks later. So, if I have to play this game, I’ll at least do it in my own style. So, it’s a detour to create exciting visual content without exposing myself too much or having to contribute to the algorithm doctrine. I want to be known as an artist who creates a world you can fully dive into with songs that keep you engaged and touch you on an emotional level. If that means that my career might take a little longer to take off, so be it. But I’m convinced that a unique and lasting experience beats short-term success in the long run. 

What can you tell me about Euphoria?

This song means the world to me. It describes the moment when my daughter came into this world and turned my life completely upside down. She gave me the motivation to become a better person and face my demons and mental illness. It’s amazing what an immense impact such a small person can have. I feel lucky every day. I laugh every day. It is pure joy, even though it is a hard and sleepless time. I never experienced unconditional love like that. That’s what Euphoria is about – and I think you can feel it.

Was “The Abyss” the first release of your upcoming EP “After Hours”? There’s a big difference in tone there. I get a deeper, more serious air in Euphoria. What do they each represent?

“The Abyss” is not part of the EP but more of a preview. “Euphoria” kicks off the EP as the first official single. But yes, Euphoria is much more emotional, soaked in positive melancholy, as I like to call it.

My life has been filled with loss, pain and trauma. This heaviness will never completely leave me, but my daughter makes me optimistic about the future – even in difficult times like these.

On this subject, you’ve mentioned certain moments in your life which have fueled your inner passion for writing. Could you tell us how this has inspired your sound?

I’ve always leaned more into heavy, nostalgic and melancholic music. The loss of both my parents as a child, the death of a good friend in my youth and the breakup of a great love contribute a lot to the vibe of my music. I am a person with big and intense emotions – and I put all of that into my songs.

So, when will the rest of the EP come out? What can you tell us about the upcoming songs?

The EP is coming out in July. I can’t tell too much yet, but those songs are pretty much the best songs I’ve written so far. It’s very varied and they’re also very personal songs.

Is it you who makes the visuals? 

I do everything by myself. I’d like to have full artistic control and I also have a very clear vision about how everything has to look and feel. Even though I’m fully aware that it means hours of additional work for me.

Have you ever thought of creating an immersive experience with your music? If so, what would you have involved?

I’d love to do more immersive stuff, and some of our plans to do so are already in motion. But I can’t really say much about it. You’ll see (and experience) when the time is right. 

Random question: why do you think you have such a big following in Asia when you’re based elsewhere?

I am actually based in Switzerland! I know it’s very confusing, but I’m playing around with adding new locations on social media. Maybe not the smartest, but I find it very funny. I can’t explain exactly why my music is so successful in Asia of all places. It probably has something to do with the fact that my music is very universal, as I usually avoid singing. Asia is also very tech- and sci-fi-fascinated, which, of course, helps. In the end, you never know why something is successful. But I am very thankful and humbled by the amazing support and emotional feedback from that part of the world. 

I always like to finish an interview with this last question: If you could choose anyone you want to be the opening act at your live show, who would it be?

Ugh, that is a tricky one. I would rather not have any of my idols as an opening act because I would completely suck after that. But David Hasselhoff singing `Looking For Freedom‘ about 5 times before my show would be hilariously cool, simply because I could do it. Or having the original Beatles on and then just giving them my time slot as well because it is the friggin’ Beatles! Wouldn’t that be amazing!

Go listen and try to immerse yourself in the weight of his composition and the unshrouded emotion encrypted into the sound. It’s curious because, for an artist so anonymous, it’s never felt more intimate to listen to.

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