Chip Bit Day Interview: Dirty Clide

Hello all, hope you’re having a great Monday! Today’s interview is on Dirty Clide. Lea Ward, AKA Dirty Clide is a multi instrumentalist, vocalist, live performer and producer. His music features a variety of massive beats, phat bass and retro 8bit game sounds, mixed with his live chaotic grungy guitar vocals. Described as the bastard son of The Prodigy and a Nintendo he appeals to fans of dance music, rock, metal, chiptune, drum and bass and anyone who loves head nodding beats.
https://soundcloud.com/dirty-clide
https://www.facebook.com/DirtyClide/
https://dirtyclide.bandcamp.com/

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?
Name: Lea Ward
Artist name: Dirty Clide
From: Crewe

2. What music do you make & what instruments/hardware/software do you use?
Music: Chiprock
Instruments: Guitars, vocals and an i pad

3. How did you get into the chiptune scene?
I’ve been a gamer since the 1980’s and have been involved in the rock music scene for over 20 years. In the recent years I have started to include my passion for games into the music I produce and have since started to host my own chiptune music events.

4. How has your music evolved since then?
Since the start of my act as Dirty Clide I have experimented a lot with electronic music and merging it together with rock guitar sounds. My mixes have always been very influenced by acts such as The Prodigy and Nirvana. After my first album I wanted to change things up a bit so I began adding in the beloved 8-bit sounds of my youth, inspired by many summers spent in the arcade back in the 80s. I really liked the effect this created and it produced the sound I was searching for and use today.

5. Where have you played?
I have played all over the country, but with my current act I have mostly played in Manchester, Leeds and the Cheshire area.

6. What has been your favourite venue you’ve played at?
Percy’s Cafe Bar

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

8. What’s been the highlight of your musical career?
Getting into the last 20 out of 40000 for a BBC music competition

9. What’s your favourite artist and song at the moment?
Machine Head – Davidian

10. What one piece of advice would you give to someone starting out in chiptune?
Work on the performance aspect as much as your production if you plan to do live shows.

11. Favourite game soundtrack?
Double Dragon – Arcade Version


 You’ll be able to catch Dirty Clide at Chip Bit Day 19:
7:40pm, June 15th, Atma, 11 Stevenson Square, Manchester M1 1DB.

Chip Bit Day Interview: PROTODOME

I hope you’ve been enjoying all these interviews? For me it’s really good to get a proper insight into what these artists do/doing. The next one is especially important to me as he was one of the reasons that got me interested in chiptune. Based in southernly coast of the UK, Protodome creates chipfunk, a creative blend of chiptunes, funk and jazz. He has been part of the chiptune scene for a long time now, using a variety of different hardware; from FL Studio, to a NES. Most recently as part of his PHD, Protodome has been writing 1bit micro-controller music.
http://protodome.com/
http://protodome.bandcamp.com/
http://soundcloud.com/protodome
http://twitter.com/PROTODOME
http://facebook.com/PROTODOME

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 Blake ‘PROTODOME’ Troise from, broadly, the South Coast (I’ve moved about a bit).

2. What music do you make & what instruments/hardware/software do you use?
I typically make chiptune jazzfunk using FL Studio, the NES and assorted hardware / software. I’ve also been writing 1-bit microcontroller music for the last 4 years as part of my PhD research.

3. How did you get into the chiptune scene?
Growing up I was always fascinated by Game Boy music, though it was through OverClocked ReMix that I got a chance to experiment with chip sounds.

4. How has your music evolved since then?
I hope it’s less bad. (It NEVER has been – Richard)

5. Where have you played?
As PROTODOME I’ve played a few Hyperwaves and a μCollective event in London, Ludomusicology conference in Bath, John Hansard Gallery in Southampton and National Videogame Arcade events in Nottingham.

6. What has been your favourite venue you’ve played at?
It’s got to be the Royal Concert Hall Nottingham.

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

8. What’s been the highlight of your musical career?
It’s dumb, but the best moment for me so far has been getting a shoutout in the manga: ゲームやるから100円貸して!

9. What’s your favourite artist and song at the moment?
It’s not chipmusic, but I’ve really been digging Anomolie’s ‘Métropole’ albums. In the chipscene, my album of the year (so far) has got to be Dimeback’s ‘Wandering Floor’.

10. What one piece of advice would you give to someone starting out in chiptune?
Don’t get too hung up on authenticity, dick around with sounds, have fun and write something!

11. Favourite game soundtrack?
Probably the Pokémon Trading Card Game on the Game Boy Colour. The instrumental writing is a bit vanilla compared to contemporary Game Boy techniques, but masterfully done. The harmonies are creative and communicated wonderfully through three part writing.


 You’ll be able to catch Protodome at Chip Bit Day 19:
4.55pm, 1st Floor, 14-16 Faraday St, Manchester, M1 1BE

Chip Bit Day 19: HarleyLikesMusic Interview

For the third interview we have a returning artist of Chip Bit Day, coming back for a third time; HarleyLikesMusic.Based in Sheffield, HarleyLikesMusic creates fat bassy music on a Gameboy Advance SP with LSDJ. A huge player in the chiptune community, Harley has played live almost all over the world, whilst simultaneously releasing killer albums across with a variety of music labels.
http://HarleyLikesMusic.com
http://twitter.com/Harleylikesmusic
http://facebook.com/harleylikesmusic

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?
My name is Harley Raine from Sheffield and I go as HarleyLikesMusic.

2. What music do you make & what instruments/hardware/software do you use?
I make Underground Bass using a Gameboy Advance SP on LSDJ.

3. How did you get into the chiptune scene?
A friend at the college I went to told me he was turning his Gameboy into a synthesizer and everything else snowballed from there.

4. How has your music evolved since then?
I feel I have learnt to create music for myself rather than what other people want to hear.

5. Where have you played?
Around Europe, North America, Australia, Japan

6. What has been your favourite venue you’ve played at?
Square Sounds Tokyo, Koenji High Tokyo (JP).

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

8. What’s been the highlight of your musical career?
Creating friendships.

9. What’s your favourite artist and song at the moment?
Currently I listen to Jamie XX a lot, I feel he has such diverse knowledge of music history to be able to.craft the music he makes. Gosh is one of my all time favourite tracks.

10. What one piece of advice would you give to someone starting out in chiptune?
Treat people as you expect to be treated.

11. Favourite game soundtrack?
Final Fantasy 7


 You’ll be able to catch HarleyLiksMusic at Chip Bit Day 19:
7:40pm, June 15th, Atma, 11 Stevenson Square, Manchester M1 1DB.

Chip Bit Day 19: Stu Interview

For the second interview we have our next big artist, coming all the way from Basel, Switzerland; STU. Electronic music producer and DJ, STU was born and raised in the hometown of LSD, Basel, Switzerland. Coloured by the sounds of vintage gear and home computers, his work is a highly energetic blend of various musical styles created within the hardware limitations of the Atari ST and its internal beep maker. STU focuses on the production of his handmade crunchy original sounds embedded into dancey arrangements, rather than perpetuating the stereotype of a Super Mario soundtrack.
http://stu.atari.org/
https://soundcloud.com/stu


1. Who are you, what is your artist name and where do you come from?
My name is Stu and I am from Basel, Switzerland.

2. What music do you make & what instruments/hardware/software do you use?
Chiptune, using an Atari ST computer with Musicmon Tracker / STj.

3. How did you get into the chiptune scene?
A friend of mine was involved into the organisation of a micromusic party in my hometown Basel back in 2001. We were performing live there together with Teamtendo, Rolemodel, Bodenstaendig 2000, FirestARTer and Psilodumputer. Bodenstaendig 2000 did a sort of presentation and live perfomance at the same time. They showed a tracker (running on an Atari ST) by projecting it on the wall. To me that was it, I was definitely ready to become a fulltime nerd back then.

4. How has your music evolved since then?
We started by sampling C64 stuff, but I was bored with it. I wanted the controls and the overview of the original sound, so I quickly got into tracking. To me chiptune has never been only about the sound aesthetics. I liked the idea of using primitive or let’s say limited technology for something else than it was meant for. That’s especially the case on the Atari ST, which has a MIDI interface on board, but only a quite cheap sound chip implemented. It means abusing it in a way, I wanted to make the chip ‘scream’ (don’t worry, I’m quite a nice guy in real life), so Chiprape has been one of my first ‘hits’ 😉 It still is in the ‘hall of fame’ on micromuisc.net today.

In my music, I focused on using heavy beats and more complex sounds rather than being very musical and getting squeeky solos done as it is the traditional style. So Musicmon by Dark Angel became my main tool, and the YM2149 sound chip of the Atari ST my main voice. This tracker has no command lines, using it is a bit weird, it’s really all about the sounds and samples and placing them. I’ve used other softwares and plattforms that I liked, also non-tracker programmes like Nanoloop and DAW’s like Ableton Live and of course a lot of hardware synthesizers due to my job. No matter what I use, I always try to implement a bit of emotion into my music and then roll it, shuffle it with a nice beat and crispy sounds. I recently became a dad and due to limited time I started making music on my phone, which allows me to use very short time slots in all kinds of places, I like that a lot.

5. Where have you played?
Mostly in many countries of Europe, I also did gigs in the USA, Russia and Japan, but never in the U.K. before! 🙂

6. What has been your favourite venue you’ve played at?
There are too many to name. Some that come to my mind right now are the Fortezza da Basso, an ancient building in Florence which was used during Festival della Creativita’ or an abandoned shooting range in Petrosawodsk / Russia with an insane sound system inside or a railway wagon in Stuttgart. More recenlty, I played at Macao in Milan, which used to be an auction house for dead animals.

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

8. What’s been the highlight of your musical career?
Getting gig requests from oversea and exotic places like Russia and Japan.

9. What’s your favourite artist and song at the moment?
A few, I’m not going to mention all. Recently I’ve been listening to C-Jeff’s latest release as well as 505, Bit Shifter, Boaconstructor, Monodeer, Tri Angles, Kodek, Gesceap, 2A0X and a few more in the chiptune world.

10. What one piece of advice would you give to someone starting out in chiptune?
Get an overall idea of the different plattforms, their soundchips and softwares before diving into it. Never give up, you need to be a bit of a nerd I guess.

11. Favourite game soundtrack?
I’m not a big game freak, but I’ve listened to a lot of chiptunes, especially Chambers Of Shaolin by Mad Max (Jochen Hippel).


 You’ll be able to catch STU at Chip Bit Day 19:
8:35pm, June 15th, Atma, 11 Stevenson Square, Manchester M1 1DB.