Chip Bit Day Interview: Kojin

Chip Bit Day Interview: Kojin

Just under 12 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.

Here comes the penultimate interview and it’s one I’ve been putting off for a while; ‘Kojin’. ‘Kojin’ is a Manchester based chiptune artist who relies on using Gameboys and other devices to eclectic EDM music. Close to releasing an album, Kojin has been up and down the UK playing to hyped audiences, as well as even playing out in Tokyo. Outside of his music, Kojin does is own blog known as, ‘Chip Bit Sid’ which he has been doing for 4 years. He also operates one of the biggest chiptune events in UK, Chip Bit Day which will be hitting its 4th year.

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:

1. Who are you, what is your artist name and where do you come from?
My name is Richard Lewis and my artist handle is, Kojin. I come from Manchester.

2. What music do you make & what instruments/hardware/software do you use?
I make heavy edm but using Various different devices and software: Mainly, a Gameboy advance running Nanoloop 2, a Gameboy running LSDJ, an Arturia Drum Brute and Mini Kaoss Pad. All this is run through Behringer Format Mixer. Occasionally I’ll use extra devices such as, a gameboy running Nanoloop Mono, a Korg Monotron, Volca Sample or PO-12. I also have TR-707 which I sometimes use also, but mainly for collective purposes!

3. How did you get into the chiptune scene?
I first started by looking to sign up artists off Bandcamp for netlabel, WE ARE THE FUTURE! I eventually started listening to artists like Disaster Piece and Protodome. I decided to go Superbyte 2014 and there I made lots of new friends (such as, Wil Morgan) and found out loads of new artists. Once WE ARE THE FUTURE wound up, I decided to make my own blog called, ‘Chip Bit Sid’. This quickly snowballed and I found myself getting seriously involved with the chiptune community. A few months later I started making my own music on LSDJ and a year later I started Chip Bit Day.

4. How has your music evolved since then?
I debuted at Chip Bit Day 16 as ‘Jellyatrix’ and my music was more Hyperpop. I continued it for a bit until I plateaued and couldn’t take my music seriously. To try something different I ended up buying Nanoloop 2 off Paul from Pain Perdu and it opened up a whole new world for me, as my new artist name, Kojin. I eventually start pairing up Nanoloop with LSDJ and the volca sample to which I got a great response, especially at Chip Bit Day 15. Since then I’ve been going from strength to strength and now I feel like I’m ready to finally debut my first Kojin album!

5. Where have you played?
I’ve played mainly across the North of the UK, however I’ve also played in London and even in Tokyo, Japan!

6. What has been your favourite venue you’ve played at?
My favourite I’ve played is my most recent gig at Percy’s Bar & Cafe in Whitchurch. By far the most unique place I’ve played, it’s also where I played one of my most successful sets and got the best feedback!

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

8. What’s been the highlight of your musical career?
Probably Chip Bit Day 18, I was playing a fantastic set above a load of monitors I’d set up for the VJ. The Pictures of that gig look amazing!

9. What’s your favourite artist and song at the moment?
My tastes constantly change but at the moment, it would be Classic Mistake and his latest track, Leftover. I’ve been amazed how good Classic Mistake has been getting since his first nanoloop album. Leftover was made using Nanoloop 2 & Mono along with some FX pedals.

10. What one piece of advice would you give to someone starting out in chiptune?
Constantly experiment. Go out and get new instruments. When making music on LSDJ think of sounds like math, adding two things together to make a kick. Don’t be afraid about asking the chiptune community about how to do things. Everyone is incredibly helpful.

11. Favourite game soundtrack?
Persona 5’s whole soundtrack. I thought nothing could Shovel Knight, but GOD DAMN.

 You’ll be able to catch Kojin at Chip Bit Day 19:
5.45pm, June 15th, Atma, 11 Stevenson Square, Manchester M1 1DB.

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