Chip Bit Day 19: Monodeer Interview

Chip Bit Day 19: Monodeer Interview

To kickstart this series of interviews for Chip Bit Day 19, let’s begin with our headliner, ‘Monodeer’. Monodeer is the alter ego of Dutch electronic musician Mark van den Heuvel, who combines his eternal love for 8-bit, hard hitting beats and basslines into inimitable live sets. Using two classic Nintendo Gameboys as instruments, he energetically explores, challenges and breaks through the pixelated boundaries of the micromusic scene. Monodeer’s own brand of heavy, noisy, lo-fi mastery will get you moving to the sounds of deep chip-bass and melodic hooks.

1. Who are you, what is your artist name and where do you come from?
Mark van den Heuvel a.k.a. Monodeer from ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands.

2. What music do you make & what instruments/hardware/software do you use?

Hard hitting chip-bass bangers, produced and performed on Nintendo Gameboy Classics running Little Sound Dj.

3. How did you get into the chiptune scene?
In 2008, I saw Dj Scotch Egg wrecking a stage on a huge festival in the Netherlands with a single Gameboy. It blew my mind! One day after I got home, I began to look online for ways to compose on the actual hardware and discovered the chip music scene. In the beginning of 2009, I got my hands on all the equipment I needed and started making chip music myself.

4. How has your music evolved since then?
At first, I started making more uplifting tunes because it felt like a natural start to explore the hardware and software. But since I always had an interest in moody melodies and bass music, I quickly began to make more deep and heavy tracks and see how far I could go.

5. Where have you played?
All over the world. From Tokyo, NYC, Moskow, Melbourne, Washington, Amsterdam, Rome and many more…

6. What has been your favourite venue you’ve played at?
Koenji High Tokyo (JP). Square Sounds Tokyo hosts their festivals there.

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

8. What’s been the highlight of your musical career?
My collaboration with Mega Ran at MAGfest 2017 was great.

9. What’s your favourite artist and song at the moment?
Everything from Lorn. He is an American music producer who creates IDM music (Intelligent Dance Music).

10. What one piece of advice would you give to someone starting out in chiptune?
Make at least 100 songs first to find your own sound.

11. Favourite game soundtrack?

 You’ll be able to catch Monodeer at Chip Bit Day 19:
9:35pm, June 15th, Atma, 11 Stevenson Square, Manchester M1 1DB.

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