Today was Sunday again, the day of illumination.
- Who the fuck is Solarbear?
Some talentless douche. I hear he does chiptunes because he isn’t dexterous enough to actually play a real instrument.
…small wiener too.
- How did you pick that name?
HONEST TRUTH: At first I was going to go with the name Scratchatory Rape, haha. But once I figured that might screw me out of chances at local all ages shows, I decided to go with something a little more family friendly.
To me, it’s important to name my projects something without a connotation. People often get an idea about who you are or what kind of music you play by your artist name. I thought a name like Solarbear was vague enough to get by playing any style of music I chose. Odd coincidence… I hate bears. They’re ugly. Not as much as I hate horses, but close. (Seriously! Fuck horses.)
- Let’s talk about BRKfest, what is it?
WHO TOLD YOU?!
Anyway, BRKfest is a 2 day chiptune music festival that will have it’s inaugural event this July. In February this year, I had the chance to go to Cincinnati and see AndaruGO live. We got to hang out after the show, along with HunterQuinn, and talk about the future of chip in the region. I’ll tell you what, those guys are fucking visionaries. That being said, they introduced me to a couple “fest”-style events that they and SPRY had worked on in Ohio. I looked into them and basically used a modified version of their design for the event, but with my own flair.
Well, the front line of BRKfest is… well, me. I’ve done all the booking, web work and venue work. Not to say I haven’t had assistance. My roommate, a fucking amazing graphic designer, made the BRKfest logo and made our teaser video. AndaruGO runs the BRKfest twitter and there MAY OR MAY NOT have been talk about a healthy relationship between BRKfest and Noisechannel going on in the background….. ;D
AND MOST OF ALL, 21 flippin’ awesome artists! The very first on board, besides the Cincinnati crew, was Smiletron. I just sent him a shot in the dark email and it turns out that guy is really cool. He was down without a second thought! Good guy. I’m REALLY excited to meet all the artists and I know everyone involved feels the same way! With so many great artists, everyone playing is someone else’s inspiration. It’s gonna be an unreal experience.
- How much work was it to organize?
A TON. …and it still is!! It took quite a while just to get the venues’ approval and now that we have that, we’re working on getting discounted rates at hotels, flyers, sponsors and overall trying to enhance the experience for artists and attendees alike! PLUS, we’re trying to sell all the tickets! If we can sell out this year, we’ll be able to have a much larger venue next year AND even more famous artists!!! That being said…. How about a link to the website where you can preorder tickets?! http://www.brkfest.org
- How’s the chiptune scene in Kentucky?
- Is anyone else making chiptunes out there?
There is 1 other gentleman who can do chipmusic, but I wouldn’t call him a chiptuner. He uses a gameboy to occasionally augment his guitar playing. Still, 1 is better than none, right? The only other Kentuckian I know is E.G.R. from Datathrash Recordings. On a similar note, a side goal of BRKfest is to increase the interest in the genre in Kentucky. I’m sure having Kitsch set up with merch will definitely help for people who are eager to dive right in!
- Are you working on any new music?
Always… but I am THE SLOWEST composer ever. I’m never satisfied with anything I write and I constantly get 2 – 3 minutes into my songs and then get disgusted by them and delete them. But seriously, I’m working on my debut EP and I’ve written and scrapped the first song about 4 times now. I get frustrated at my music A LOT, but you know, gotta just keep going! Writing and trying new things. So…. expect to see the debut Solarbear EP…. maybe by the end of the year? I dunno. Maybe later. XD
Gosh, honestly, I have a TON of inspirations and influences, although I guess those are completely different things. As far as “inspirations” go. I really look up to the Cincinatti crew, especially AndaruGO. He lives and breaths chip music. Sometimes we’ll chat on facebook and philosophize about the whole in the human soul that only chiptune can fill, haha. Roboctopus is a constant inspiration as well. Sometimes I feel like he is sort of my private tutor. A lot of the tricks and methods I use as an artist were taught to me by Robo and his outlook on the chip scene and opinions are always incredibly perceptive.
My musical inspirations, or “influences” though, run a slightly different course. I’ve always been a fan of odd time signatures and interesting uses of keys and accidentals. That being said, bands like The Dillinger Escape Plan and Protest the Hero are probably where I draw most of my style from. As far as chiptune artists go, I’d like to kinda be a cross between Danimal Cannon, An0va and Str8 Bit. (Odd, I know.)
Of course, mainly I just want to be me, haha.
- What do you do for a living?
I’m a cable engineer at IBM. It pays the bills.
- That sucks. How do you live with yourself?
Everyday is a struggle, mang! I’m not bipolar, but I live on a constant rollercoaster of emotional highs and lows. Not so much because I can’t control it, but because I refuse to be satisfied. There is always another challenge! Every song can be better than the last! Never sleep! Never relax!
- Say something to your adoring fans:
Solarbear sucks. Do something more productive with your time.
In other news…
We are still accepting entries to the Dubstep Competition.
NoiChan tshirts are on the way. Pre-order coming soon.
The NoiChan minecraft server is alive and well. There’s a building contest. Go check it out!
Bitman is still accepting submissions for #comment-1272" href="http://www.noisechannel.org/posts/5511/comment-page-1 #comment-1272">Solarbear photoshop competition. (Prize TBA)
Of course, the LSDJ Showdown will be accepting submissions all month.
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