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Play It at MOSI : Round 2!

After a brilliant VIP launch and some fantastic sets from Auracle and JoeBleeps who kindly stepped up last minute to play, we’ve been invited to host more music and chip shenanigans on the 30th of July in partnership with Replay Events and the Museum of Science and Industry.

SuperByte will be providing a selection of musical entertainment as part of this event and we’ll be hosting live chiptune music from JoeBleeps and Auracle. There’ll also be DJ sets of the best in chipmusic and video game music to accompany your gaming.

More information and tickets for the session are available here. Come along and join us!

Artist Spotlight: Mega Ran

As SuperByte 2015 hurtles ever closer, J3WEL caught up with Mega Ran ahead of his September UK tour and his show with K. Murdock at SuperByte 2015.

Tell us a bit about yourself, where are you from and how long have you been writing music for?

Mc, rapper and producer from Philadelphia, living in Phoenix, making music seriously since 2006.

How do you make your music, what software/hardware do you use to make your signature sound and why?

I utilize a modded famicom, milkytracker, Ableton Live, Native Instruments Maschine – they give me the freedom and comfort I’m used to.

Who are your main influences (if any) and what/who sparked your passion for creating music?

Stevie Wonder, Daft Punk, LL Cool J and John Coltrane. They all raised the bar of creativity in their own ways and are all legendary for risk taking!

How are you feeling about performing at SuperByte this year?

PSYCHED! This should be the best one yet. Breaking out some new jams that I think will floor them. I was afraid to bring my full setup last year, but I’m going all out this time. I love SuperByte because it’s literally the best of the best on one stage, it’s super inspiring.

Artist Spotlight: Galaxy Wolf

In the latest of our artist spotlight series, Galaxy Wolf popped down to Earth for a visit and to chat to J3WEL ahead of SuperByte.

Tell us a bit about yourself, where are you from and how long have you been writing music for?

I’m Galaxy Wolf, I’m originally from a solar system in a galaxy you guys call “Hoag’s Object”. Actually, I’m technically still there, asleep, in a self induced coma. The whole galaxy is a big machine, like an antenna, sort of… It’s complicated. Anyway I started music young, maybe 6 or 7 Earth years I guess.

How do you make your music, what software/hardware do you use to make your signature sound and why?

I’m using LSDj with a DMG-01 (classic brick gameboy). I like it ’cause it’s real primitive, but very flexible too. Ultimately I think the reason I got so in to it is the portability. I like making music on the go, in different locations, it’s perfect for that.

Who are your main influences (if any) and what/who sparked your passion for creating music?

Earth wise, I guess I caught music from my parents, classic 60s stuff; soul, R&B, garage rock etc, and older folk and bluegrass from my dad. The first musician I heard who really blew me away was Jimi Hendrix. Later I got in to Aphex Twin, Squarepusher, other classic warp artists, and a bunch of hip hop, D’n’B, dustup, all that sort of stuff. The first chip artist I heard was DJ Scotch Egg, I doubt I’d have gotten in to making/listening to gameboy music if I hadn’t heard him. Lots of other artists sounds have influenced me over the years, those are just a few of the biggest gear changes I can think of. Off the top of my head, and in no particular order, some musicians producers I’ve definitely taken on board since I’ve been rocking’ the DMG’s; Akira Kiteshi, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Kankick, Darkstar, Dibia$e, and Slugabed, Ghost Mutt and all that other lovely Donkey Pitch stuff.

How are you feeling about performing at SuperByte this year?

I’m really getting hyped about it, I’ve heard a bunch of good stuff from people who’ve been before, and there’s so many great people I’ve met over the last couple of years who are going, I feel like it’s gonna be a bit of a reunion too.

Artist Spotlight: King Wine

Our next Artist Spotlight is here; this time with J3WEL catching up with the ever-wonderful King Wine for a chat.

Tell us a bit about yourself, where are you from and how long have you been writing music for?

King Wine is the best band in the world. We are from a seaside town called Ayr, in Scotland, but we hang out in Glasgow a lot. We’ve been writing music as King Wine since the middle of 2013, but we’ve been making stuff separately for a while before that.

How do you make your music, what software/hardware do you use to make your signature sound and why?

We use a Gameboy and LSDJ to make the basis of all of our songs. Then we add vocals, and after that, whatever we want. Sometimes Ruthie will play ukulele or Craig will play bass guitar, but sometimes we’ll just jump around with tambourines or the little blower things you get at kids parties. We don’t want to limit ourselves.

Who are your main influences (if any) and what/who sparked your passion for creating music?

We are really influenced by the very good band, ‘King Wine.’ We really inspire ourselves to keep being the greatest performers that ever lived and be nice all the time. We started and continue to make music so that we can have fun with our friends.

How are you feeling about performing at SuperByte this year?

We are extremely excited! Craig has been going since the very first year, so it will be cool to finally be on the stage instead of being asked to stop sweating all over the front of it. Our live performances are normally the best audio-visual experience in the entire universe. At Superbyte 2015… imagine something even better than that.

Artist Spotlight: Danimal Cannon

In the latest of our Artist Spotlight series, J3WEL chats to the mighty Danimal Cannon ahead of SuperByte 2015.

*Photo by Chiptography

Tell us a bit about yourself, where are you from and how long have you been writing music for?

I’m from Buffalo, NY USA and I’ve been playing in various bands for 13 years, and have been making solo chip music for the last 6 years.

How do you make your music, what software/hardware do you use to make your signature sound and why?

To make my music I use a Nintendo Gameboy. I had been studying NES music for many years, and realized that the gameboy had a much larger and meaner sound than the NES and that’s what inspired me to want to make music with it. I like the idea of trying to make chip music that can sonically compete with modern full production music and the gameboy can readily achieve that. I also add a lot heavy metal guitars to my sound.

Who are your main influences (if any) and what/who sparked your passion for creating music?

I’m very much a metal guitar player, so I derive influences from bands like Megadeth, Opeth, and Periphery just to name a few. I also take compositional influence from many old game composers like Bun Bun, Nobuo Uematsu, and Yasunori Mitsuda. Finally I’m inspired in the way of sound design by many of my fellow contemporary chiptune musicians.

How are you feeling about performing at SuperByte this year?

I’m extremely excited to be performing and attending. I’m very much a fan of many of the acts playing, and I’m also able to reunite with many chipmusician friends I’ve made while traveling around the world.

Artist Spotlight: VJ Entter

As we hurtle ever-faster to SuperByte 2015, J3WEL caught up with VJ Enterr ahead of his visuals performance at this year’s festival.

Tell us a bit about yourself, where are you from and how long have you been performing visual arts for?

I was born in the north of Spain and been living in Barcelona lately. I’ve been doing visuals and performing with Raquel Meyers and Goto80 (2006-2007) and later with Meneo (2007-2015).

I also did other shows and did visuals for DJs but yeah I guess I’m more known for these two collaborations…

As far as I remember my first show was along Goto80 in Elektro Circus Festival 2006 near Avignon in France, and my last upcoming show it’s this Sonar by Night Barcelona the saturday at 4:00 in the morning on the 20th of June haha.

How do you make your visuals, what software/hardware do you use to make your signature visuals and why?

I use whatever, I mean I get footage from different sources even games and software and hacking techniques and then join all together in my VJ homemade app on Adobe Flash. I’m not really into hardware… I use a lot of emulators and software and I do pixelated images.

Who are your main influences (if any) and what/who sparked your passion for creating visuals?

Well, I guess my deep influences are painters since I started studying painting at fine arts school, anyway I like hundreds of visual artists from the past and now… from Goya and Buñuel to Jodi and Eboy.

How are you feeling about performing at SuperByte this year?

I’m very excited to be in Manchester for my first time and meet a bunch of old friends, make new ones, rock the place and drink gin and tonics.