What is one of the myriad of things that come to your mind when you think of video games? Is it the awesome visuals that delight your eyes? What about the engrossing stories that draws you in? Or is it the fun gameplay that keeps you at it for periods of time ranging from minutes to marathon long hour sessions? How about the music? Spend enough quality time with a video game and the music will crawl into your ears and embed itself into your mind. Since video games have been around for 40 plus years, it is safe to say that numerous tunes and compositions have made their way into our hearts and minds over time. These beloved songs have inspired various covers that run that gamut of very distinct genres of music. Rock, metal, polka and piano are only a select few of the hundreds of covers out there for your audio enjoyment.
GR8bit Live! is an annual video game music concert and charity in Grand Rapids, MI, benefiting the kids at the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. After a successful kickstarter, this event will be FREE!! While the admission is free, there will be a suggested donation upon entering. ALL of the proceeds from the event will go towards buying video game equipment and board games for the kids at the children’s hospital. This year 7 bands will perform. This not just a concert. This time around, GR8bit Live will be a video game convention. There will be vendors, gaming tournaments along with a game room, and voice actor Matt Hill will be there.
Mark Lago, founder of GR8bit Live talks about the upcoming Video Game Music Concert and Gaming Convention which serves as a fundraiser. Learn about the bands and the events at this convention.
Chip-hop Rapper Steffeny “Steffo” Messinger of My Parents Favorite Music talks about hip hop, video game influences, the Master Pieces (her albums), and using music as a platform to spread awareness about trans/queer gender & sexuality issues. Another fun interview to add to my ever growing list.
During GR8bit Live, Final Fantasy Metal band Knight of the Round talked with me about metal, music, video games, and Final Fantasy.
Chicago’s own VGM band that features a keytar and a violin thrown into the mix, was at GR8bit Live 3. We talk about video games and music in this casual interview. Learn about each of the band mates.
Sam and Steve of Super Guitar Bros talk about how the group was formed, music and video games at GR8bit Live 3. I can not say that I have ever conducted a more off the rails interview before. That made it even better than I could imagine.