Kavinsky (a.k.a. Vincent Pierre Claude Belorgey, born July 31, 1975) is a French house/electronic artist who is known primarily for creating upbeat but also somewhat thematically dark Synth-Pop reminiscent of 1980s sci-fi and action film soundtracks.
Belgory recorded his first single, "Testarossa Overdrive", after being inspired by a pair of fellow friends who worked in filmmaking. From there, Belgory was signed to the Record Makers music label and released three EP's from 2006 to 2010. He achieved major mainstream attention when "Nightcall", the lead single off his third LP, was used as the opening theme to the film Drive starring Ryan Gosling.
Belgory's next EP, ProtoVision, was released in December 2012, followed by his first studio album, Outrun, in February 2013. The latter is a Concept Album about the character of Kavinsky, who is a high school student who crashes his Cool Car before mysteriously coming back to life and going to find his high school sweetheart.
As a result of his mainstream success, Belgory has raised public interest in other Synthwave artists. His work is also meant as a Genre Throwback to the 1980s film soundtracks of John Carpenter and Tangerine Dream.
- Teddy Boy (EP) (2006)
- 1986 (EP) (2007)
- Blazer (EP) (2008)
- Nightcall (EP) (2010)
- ProtoVision / Odd Look (EP) (2013)
- Outrun (2013)
The band and their music provide examples of the following:
- Anachronism Stew: While the story is explictly stated to take place in 1986, the song "Suburbia" has several contemporary pop culture references, including mentions of Gwyneth Paltrow, Facebook and Twitter.
- Anti-Villain: Although the character's motivations are largely altruistic or heroic in nature (saving the waitress, for example), he's also been shown (in the music video for ProtoVision) to have run down an off-duty police officer just for the act of chasing him (via crushing the officer's body against a fence and watching as he dies).
- Badass Mustache: A Perma-Stubble variant.
- Cool Car: Kavinsky's Ferrari Testarossa. It's also Vincent's personal ride.
- Cool Shades: One of Kavinsky's defining traits. Used to hide Red Eyes, Take Warning. The shades only come down when Things Get Real.
- Concept Album: Outrun is definitely this. It is implied this will develop into a full Myth Arc surrounding the character of Kavinsky.
- The Drifter: The natural consequence of Kavinsky's role as a Flying Dutchman type character.
- Fearless Undead: Kavinsky is quite bold in the music videos, getting in numerous fights with thugs and saving numerous innocents. It's doubtful that this is what his character was like before he came back as a zombie.
- Flying Dutchman: Kavinsky is pretty much a variant of this.
- Genre Throwback: Largely to 80s film soundtracks.
- Lovable Jock: Kavinsky himself.
- No Doubt the Years Have Changed Me: "Nightcall" is about Kavinsky explaining to his old love how he has changed since his death and rebirth.
- Ordinary High-School Student: Kavinsky starts out as one, and still dresses like one after his death and revival.
- Our Zombies Are Different: Kavinsky is a heroic example.
- Perma-Stubble: Kavinsky has a Perma-Stubble Badass Mustache. Possibly a Shout-Out to Detective Crockett from Miami Vice.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Happens in a few of the music videos. Crosses over with Glowing Eyelights of Undeath.
- Red Is Heroic: Kavinsky's letterman jacket.
- Retraux: The font, color palette, and fashions in both the videos and promotional materials are all clearly meant to evoke this.
- Skunk Stripe: Belgory's hair in the videos and promotional materials sometimes shows him with this.
- Spiritual Successor: The Myth Arc of Kavinsky's music is a somewhat overt spiritual sequel (if not outright retelling of) the 1986 film The Wraith, involving an undead sports car driver taking out revenge on drift racing gangsters in the Arizona desert.
- Synth-Pop: Some of Kavinsky's work is this, particularly the song "Nightcall."
- Sunglasses at Night: Kavinsky.
- A Wild Rapper Appears!: The otherwise retro-electronic "Outrun" album has the rap song "Suburbia", featuring lyrics by Havoc with a jarring shift in profanity.