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.

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