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

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.