Chip Bit Day Interview: Myths & Monsters

Just under 48 hours until the crowdfunder ends! After that you’ll be able to buy tickets from Party For The People at £9.00. If you decide to buy on the door they will cost £10.00.

Next up on the interview roster and local to the Manchester scene, we have ‘Myths & Monsters’. ‘Myths and Monsters’ uses a Gameboy Advance SP to power analog synthesizers, with influences including the early electronica of the 1970s, film soundtracks of the 1980s and 1990s dance music. Most recently he has been pushing the knowledge of LSDJ with Midi, showing a lot of tips & tricks through videos.

www.instagram.com/myths_and_monsters
www.soundcloud.com/mythsandmonsters
www.facebook.com/mythsandmonstersUK

If you’ve been enjoying the interviews so far and are thinking about coming down to watch, you can get a ticket via the link below:
https://igg.me/at/chipbitday19/x/13352619


1. Who are you, what is your artist name and where do you come from?
Ste Whiley, Myths and Monsters, Bury (Greater Manchester)

2. What music do you make & what instruments/hardware/software do you use?
80s and 90s influenced electronic music using a Game Boy Advance SP controlling synths.

3. How did you get into the chiptune scene?
I was in a geeky folk-rock band, using a homemade music box and Gameboy occasionally as quirky instruments. It’s all that people asked me about after gigs and on social media so when we disbanded, I took it to a whole new level.

4. How has your music evolved since then?
I’ve been taking more influence from 80s horror themes and the seminal electronic acts of the late 70s and 80s. Kraftwerk, Jean Michel Jarre etc.

5. Where have you played?
In the 18 months since I started gigging, I’ve played at Arcade Club in Bury, Chipfaced in Macclesfield, at 3 Halloween nights, a chiptune night run by Unexpected Bowtie in Glasgow and a pub in Harrogate.

6. What has been your favourite venue you’ve played at?
I loved the Glasgow gig venue. There was a vegan restaurant above where I had some amazing haggis, neeps and tatties.

7. Describe your music in one word (or emoji).
🤓 

8. What’s been the highlight of your musical career?
Working with Professor Elemental on a track. His voice is still on my Gameboy cart and crops up live sometimes.

9. What’s your favourite artist and song at the moment?
Orbital – Monsters Exist

10. What one piece of advice would you give to someone starting out in chiptune?
The chiptune community is very friendly, don’t be afraid to ask questions on online forums like ChipWin.

11. Favourite game soundtrack?
Golden Axe C64. ‘Thief’s Theme’ is my alarm clock.


 You’ll be able to catch Shortee at Chip Bit Day 19:
6.20pm, June 15th, Atma, 11 Stevenson Square, Manchester M1 1DB.

Chip Bit Day Interview: Shortee

Next up is a cool dude from Germany who utilises a turntable with his music; ‘Shortee’. Hailing from Leipzig, Shortee makes beats on Gameboys, whilst simultaneously scratching vinyl on a turntable. His opening track ‘Guten Morgen’ on his album ‘Lost’ was featured on my top tracks of 2018 and is a belter to listen to.
https://shortee.bandcamp.com/
https://soundcloud.com/shortee

If you’ve been enjoying the interviews so far and are thinking about coming down to watch, you can get a ticket via the link below:
https://igg.me/at/chipbitday19/x/13352619


1. Who are you, what is your artist name and where do you come from?
I am Shortee from, Leipzig Germany.

2. What music do you make & what instruments/hardware/software do you use?
I make music in various genres from Beats and Dubstep to Drum and Bass. I use ‘LSDJ’ on a ‘Gameboy’ against a ‘Numark PT01 Scratch Turntable’.

3. How did you get into the chiptune scene?
I got into Chiptune as a listener – probably almost 30 years ago when i got a Commodore 64. As producer, I started making chiptune music 4 years ago when i got gifted a box full of gameboys.

4. How has your music evolved since then?
The biggest change was combining LSDJ with my love for scratching by adding a portable turntable to my setup.

5. Where have you played?
Various clubs in my home town, as well as chiptune parties all over Germany and at ‘Chipwrecked Festival’ on a small danish island called, ‘Bornholm’.

6. What has been your favourite venue you’ve played at?
Chipwrecked festival. It’s on a small island called, ‘Bornholm’ and what’s more, it’s situated on a farm.

7. Describe your music in one word (or emoji).
8bitbass (yes.. that’s one word).

8. What’s been the highlight of your musical career?
Soon to be playing my first gig outside of the EU 😉
(Huge respect for that -Richard).

9. What’s your favourite artist and song at the moment?
IC3PEAK – Смерти Больше Нет:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBG3Gdt5OGs

10. What one piece of advice would you give to someone starting out in chiptune?
Just two words: have fun.

11. Favourite game soundtrack?
Very old: Turrican c64
Old: Final Fantasy IX
New-ish: Hotline Miami


 You’ll be able to catch Shortee at Chip Bit Day 19:
6.20pm, June 15th, Atma, 11 Stevenson Square, Manchester M1 1DB.

Chip Bit Day Interview: Wil Morgan “Morgnator”

Here’s an interview about someone we haven’t talked about; the compere of this years Chip Bit Day, Wil Morgan ‘Morgnator’! Known as everyone’s friend in chiptune, Wil has been following the scene for ages, from going to ‘MAG FEST’ in USA, to the relic known as ‘Superbyte’. Will also has creating his own music through his pseudonym ‘Morgnator’, using LSDJ and a Otamatone.
https://m.soundcloud.com/morgnator https://www.facebook.com/Morgnator/

If you’ve been enjoying the interviews so far and are thinking about coming down to watch, you can get a ticket via the link below:
https://igg.me/at/chipbitday19/x/13352619


1. Who are you, what is your artist name and where do you come from?
Wil aka Morgnator from Loughborough, East Midlands.

2. What music do you make & what instruments/hardware/software do you use?
Original chiptune using 1x LSDJ on DMG Gameboy as well as LSDJ covers of pop songs with an Otomatone accompaniment and some vocals.

3. How did you get into the chiptune scene?
I first learned of chiptune’s existence through OneUp.com’s Sound Test podcast, in an NES special they played Remixes from NES games including a track from Chiptuned Rockman, a free Mega Man remix album which I then downloaded. I fell in love with Virt’s tornadoman mix then when I went to MAGFest 9 back in 2011 I discovered a whole new world. Then in 2012’s MAGFest X Virt and Danimal Cannon’s lunchtime performances blew me away and I was forever changed. I was introduced to Brandon Hood aka Chipwin’s President Hoodie at a party and my world opened up as a fan. Years later after attending Joe Bleeps’ LSDJ workshop at Superbyte, I bought an LSDJ cart and started messing around with it until artist friends I’d made in the scene from going to events gave me an opportunity to play my stuff live.

4. How has your music evolved since then?
My early tracks were unintentionally a progressive trance style, likely due to my upbringing of EDM being in the 90’s, though I’m actually a rock/metal fan generally. I tooled around with adding an Otomatone and playing badly (they’re genuinely hard to play well) and with its amusing sound thought it’d be funny to cover a Vengaboys song with it as lead vocals melody. It got a lot of laughs so I’ve worked on some more dumb covers of dumb pop songs for a kinda Shitflute style comedy performance.

5. Where have you played?
Chip Bit Day 2018’s pre-party. Super Megabit 2018 I performed and also was MC for the event. I’ve also previously performed chiptune DJ sets at various anime/gaming conventions around the UK and a nerdy clubnight in Leicester on a regular basis.

6. What has been your favourite venue you’ve played at?
The Angel Microbrewery in Nottingham, because it’s a legendary venue when it was The Old Angel and I’ve seen many up and coming bands perform there as well as almost every local friend who’s been in a band at some point so to finally get to play there myself was pretty amazing.

7. Describe your music in one word (or emoji).
Sweepdrunk

8. What’s been the highlight of your musical career?
Shirobon laughing his ass off at my dumb show and telling me after it was one of the funniest things he’d ever seen.

9. What’s your favourite artist and song at the moment?
Hot Bottom Feeder by Clutch. It’s a genuine bluegrass rock song about a recipe for crabcakes that’s hilarious, catchy AND informative.

10. What one piece of advice would you give to someone starting out in chiptune?
Make a thing, play it to your friends, both chiptune knowledgeable and not, you can get surprisingly good feedback from people who aren’t into the scene and are coming in with undistorted, honest opinions on this music they’ve never heard of. Take advice as constructive but let your individuality come out in your music, this whole scene is really experimental so just because something doesn’t fit any obvious moulds it does not mean it isn’t good. Art IS expression, after all.

11. Favourite game soundtrack?
Currently The Messenger because I recently played it. (Dude has excellent taste -Richard) Rainbowdragoneyes really made an amazing chiptune album that also happens to be a videogame soundtrack. Of all time however, it’s going to have to be the most obvious answer ever I’m afraid: Mega Man 2. It’s just THAT great from the title screen right through to the end credits.


 You’ll be able to catch Wil Morgan at Chip Bit Day 19:
compering the whole damn event, June 15th, Atma, 11 Stevenson Square, Manchester M1 1DB.

Chip Bit Day Interview: Nyokeë

Continuing back with the interviews we next have Nyokeë .From a small, square planetoid deep in the void of space and time comes a hypnotic new sound. The sound is called Nyokeë. Inspired by early Chiptune and 8-bit music, singer and producer Nyokeë presents an energetic mix of synth heavy Kawaii Bass and retro game sounds, wrapped in electrifying visuals and Harajuku street fashion.
www.nyokeemusic.com
https://www.youtube.com/channel/Nyokee
www.facebook.com/nyokeemusic

If you’ve been enjoying the interviews so far and are thinking about coming down to watch, you can get a ticket via the link below:
https://igg.me/at/chipbitday19/x/13352619


1. Who are you, what is your artist name and where do you come from?
I’m Kirsten (artist name Nyokeë) from Surrey (well originally Germany, so take your pick 😉 )

2. What music do you make & what instruments/hardware/software do you use?
I make chiptune pop with a gameboy colour + Arduinoboy, Logic Pro and various bits of software (e.g. Plogue Chipsounds, Spire), then sing over the top. Newest additions to the fam are my boyfriend’s OB6 and my snazzy Neumann U87 😀 When I play live, I use Ableton and some MIDI controllers on snippets I’ve produce before. I also make visuals in Magicavoxel, Photoshop, Cinema4D, Premiere Pro, Ebo Suite.. too much software to list tbh haha

3. How did you get into the chiptune scene?
I don’t really know, I gradually became aware of if in late 2017 and decided to give it a shot. Chip Bit Day last year was my first gig in the scene – and I loved it! It’s such a colourful and inclusive community. It’s all about celebrating games and technology and this is right up my street. It allows you to experiment with all musical genres under one roof.

4. How has your music evolved since then?
I have produced music for over 10 years in lots of genres. Chiptune has allowed me to become a better, more focused producer. Chiptune offers an interesting creative restriction which is great in an age of choice paralysis / too many music tech options! What’s mainly evolved are my added visuals / clothes 😎

5. Where have you played?
This and last year: – Chip Bit Day Manchester – London Anime and Gaming Con – J-Con Derby (twice) – Alcon / Leicester – The Water Rats London (mixed genre gig with Asympt Man) – Anime Attacks Gateshead – Gamerdisco London – Anime Cosplay Ball London – Kawaii Cafe Paris – Animangapop Plymouth This year I’ve still got Pixel Heaven in Warsaw, Chip Bit Day, Chipwrecked and probably more!

6. What has been your favourite venue you’ve played at?
The Kawaii Cafe in Paris and the last Chip Bit Day were both absolutely fantastic

7. Describe your music in one word (or emoji).
Kawaiibass

8. What’s been the highlight of your musical career?
That I can go to Pixel Heaven in Poland this year – they expect 5000 attendees 😱 Also Focal Press have asked me to write a book and it’ll be on how to perform electronic music live!

9. What’s your favourite artist and song at the moment?
Future Pop – Perfume. That’s at the moment. Normally, the absolute winners are Snail’s House, BT, Bjork, Knower and the High Heels Happy Feet remix on Youtube lol. Love electro swing and just generally interesting electronic music with jazzy chords but really I listen to lots of different genres.

10. What one piece of advice would you give to someone starting out in chiptune?
Experiment with different tech, both retro games consoles and DAWs. Come up with something fun and innovative.

11. Favourite game soundtrack?
Haven’t got one but any Nobuo Uematsu piano stuff is nice


 You’ll be able to catch Nokeë at Chip Bit Day 19:
7:35pm, June 15th, Atma, 11 Stevenson Square, Manchester M1 1DB.