Chip Bit Day Interview: Dirty Clide

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.

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?
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).

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.

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