Press X are a London rock band that write songs based off popular video games. Their music spans several genres, blending an eclectic mix of citypop, hard rock, and 8-bit chiptunes.
|1:45||(The Immortal) John Hancock||
John Hancock is a known collector and enthusiast in the video game community. John has a well-documented collection of over 10,000 games and complete collections of over 30 different systems. Over 98% of his collection has been found in person. John was part of the Portland Retro Gaming Expo organizer board for over 6 years, when then he started his own charity video game show, Cowlitz Gamers for Kids. The show has raised close to 100,000 for non profits over the years. John also has been active with his own YouTube Channel which he uploads weekly showcasing his collection and talking video games.
|2:00||20SIX Hundred||Heavily influenced by sci-fi and horror movies, classic video games and synthesizer music of the 80’s, 20SIX Hundred incorporates a retro flavor to his dark Synthwave sounds from a future long forgotten.
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|2:45||Kinsey Burke||Kinsey Burke is an avid video game collector hailing from Seattle, WA. She has been a contributor on the popular YouTube Channel Metal Jesus Rocks for 5 years and recently started her own channel (KinsZilla) dedicated to her love of video games and craft beer! She has also worked in the games industry doing freelance event management. PR, and social media marketing for a number of years.
|3:00||MATT, TheBanjoPlayer||MATT, TheBanjoPlayer (Matt Menefee) is commonly hailed as one of the greatest banjo virtuosos on the modern scene. His unique approach to the 5-string has led him to record and perform with such luminaries as Béla Fleck, Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, Ricky Skaggs, Jerry Douglas, and Mumford And Sons, and in 2018 he decided to combine his most powerful musical influences - video game music and bluegrass. Whether it’s carving out sonic spaces within genres as diverse as hip hop, rock, EDM, Jazz, or classical music, or colluding with former C-Sky bandmate Bryan Simpson to create the Alt-bluegrass sounds of The Golden Age or continuing to integrate the compositions of video games with the sounds of bluegrass, MATT is changing the colors and sounds that have for so long ear-marked the banjo.|
|3:45||Jason Lindsey (Metal Jesus)||The Metal Jesus is a long-haired rocker dude who runs a popular YouTube channel dedicated to Retro Gaming with a Heavy Metal soundtrack. With the help of the Seattle gaming community he covers Hidden Gems, Buying Guides as well as the popular I HATE U series, Gamer Eats and much more. He was also an employee at mega publisher Sierra On-Line in the 90s and he brings his love of big box PC gaming to his channel as well.
|4:00||Andrea Galvani||Andrea likes to interact with limited hardware and inconvenient user interfaces to create powerful sound landscapes. His productions range from aggressive electronic loops (bit.umen) to hard rock/metal riffs (Children of the Rave). The tools involved are mainly Game Boys and Nintendo DS, always hooked to an array of guitar pedals recycled from his childhood, with the pretentious goal to customize the sound without losing its lo-fi authenticity. For his new self-titled project, he dusted off his 10-year old Nanoloop1.5 Game Boy cartridge to provide you with some generous hard-slapping beats.|
|4:30||porta2note||Jay Hammer discovered Second Reality on a BBS when he was a kid, and was forever warped by the experience. He makes music with oldschool DOS trackers and an eclectic junkpile of barely-functioning retro hardware, most of which was found in the bin. He founded his personal multimedia project, porta2note, in 2013, and since joining the long-running demoscene group Desire in 2016, proudly releases music, art, games, and code works under both banners. Jay's musical influences run the gamut: synthwave, doskpop, metal, drum & bass, game soundtracks, the cheesiest Italo disco, classic acid house, and just about anything else with synthesizers. He endeavors /never/ to have to stick to a genre, wears sunglasses /far/ too often, and proudly lives in the future while mining the past for all its good bits.|
|5:00||88bit||88bit is the alter ego of Cleveland-based pianist, Rob Kovacs, where he performs note-for-note piano arrangements of classic video game soundtracks from the original Nintendo Entertainment System. Kovacs’ performances are unique in that they recreate early electronic music that was never intended to be performed by humans, stretching the limits of traditional piano playing.|
|5:45||Jewel Maiden||Jewel is an artist, cosplayer, and DJ specializing in chiptune and video game EDM production.
|6:00||The Runaway Four||The Runaway Four were conceived as a mixtape love-letter to classic video game themes old and new. The four piece synth-rock outfit take an eclectic, all-inclusive approach to crafting tight and clever medleys that will appeal to gamers of all ages and tastes. Each arrangement develops a theme or narrative exploring the history and tropes of well-loved video games, with an immersive live performance incorporating intricate costumes and dazzling synchronized visuals to further engage the audience.
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