Stevie Boyar attempts to visualize the silly things he sees in his head when he listens to chiptunes. But mostly, he just wants to party.
Mega Ran (formerly Random) of Philadelphia PA is a former teacher turned musician, pioneering what he calls “Chip-Hop.”
“He’s proven he can excel in storytelling, punchlines, poignancy, freestyling and, well, pretty much any other way you can measure an MC.”
Random, aka Raheem Jarbo of Philadelphia is probably best known for releasing “Mega Ran,” a video game tribute album that caught the attention of international game developer CAPCOM, who offered young Ran an unprecedented licensing agreement. He’s gone on to land viral fame with “Jeremy Lin Rap,” a track that reached ESPN, ABC and more, and has landed tracks on shows like Tosh.0, 20/20 and more.
Arguably the world’s most well known video-game influenced performance artist, the former teacher’s high-energy shows and fun, nerdy persona have led to world tours, festival and video game tournament performances, and a legion of smart art fans he calls “Team Mega.”
Ran continues to bend genre definitions and reality with each release, and the sky is the limit. Ran may have traded in the chalk for the microphone, but every song, every lyric, and every appearance is a lesson. School is in.
Galaxy Wolf, the shit hot space pilot, and kick ass antihero protagonist of an awesome game that does not exist, crash landed on earth in the year two thousand and something, but it was totally not even his fault. He is a frightening but usually good natured extraterrestrial being with an impressive vertical leap and penchant for running music software on vintage computer games consoles. His favourite kind of waves are; square, sine, gravity, and mexican.
His debut E.P was released on Cheapbeats label in 2014 with a follow up earlier this year. He is currently working on some other projects including a release for Thebasebit Recordings. He has enjoyed the pleasure of testing the structural integrity of stages across the UK and all the way to Lexington Kentucky for BRK Fest 2013.
Chipzel is the alias of Niamh Houston – an independent London based chip musician from Northern Ireland who uses Nintendo Gameboys to create energetic and melodic electronic dance music.
Two star-crossed brothers from other mothers, Captive Raptors is the result of a chance meeting between video game composer Derris-Kharlan and singer Christopher de Cinque. Wait… Did we say chance meeting? We meant preordained baby… Both were actually fans of the other’s work completely unbeknownst to each other. Christopher was getting down to the sultry Derris sound on the now defunct 8bitCollective, while Derris was a Closure in Moscow fanboy, Christopher’s hot teen rock ‘n’ roll outfit. When they finally joined forces, they quickly realized it was a potent combination of ideas. Throwing all kinds of nasty jive shapes, from prog chip odysseys, to Vengaboys covers, Captive Raptors will get up in your mind-guts with unmitigated audacity… And you can take that to the intergalactic bank, Jack.
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