Chip Bit Day Interview: Myths & Monsters

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.

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?
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.

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