Live Music

Our festival will have a great variety of live retro video game music outside the expo hall by bands as well as chiptune artists during our weekend event.

Mega Ran

Random, aka Mega Ran, aka RandomBeats… Teacher, Rapper, Hero.
When LA Weekly said that Ran’s “fanbase and niche audiences are growing at a rate not seen since Tech N9ne,” they meant it. A former middle school teacher, Mega Ran (formerly Random) blends education, hip-hop and gaming in amazing new ways, penetrating the farthest reaches of the galaxy with his unique rhyme style and electric performances.
Ran cut his teeth in the city of Philadelphia as a moonlighting emcee and producer, performing, freestyle rapping, producing and later engineering at a studio. After relocating to Phoenix, competing in the Scribble Jam emcee battle championships and taking an early exit, Ran almost quit before he was even started, when a creative lightning bolt struck, and a fire was lit.

Various video game developer co-signs and admiration from the genre’s toughest critics have led to placements in TV, movies, university coursework, and of course, games. Random’s music and story have been shared on stages across the world, on television (ABC/NBC News, ESPN, Portlandia, Tosh.O, WWE Wrestling) and in leading music, gaming and tech publications, print and online.
Today, Random is no longer a teacher by title, but maintains a rigorous touring and recording schedule, traveling the world to entertain and educate through the gift of rhyme. With over 3 million YouTube views and a legion of smart art fans he calls “Team Mega” beside him, the future looks brighter than ever.

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Kirby's Dream Band

“Well, basically we just copied the game music we have now. Then we added some hats to lower wind resistance…and these pink shorts here we feel are pretty sharp.”

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Social Media:
@kirbysdreamband
Super MadNES is a heavy metal entertainment system consisting of gamer musicians designed to load an extremely exciting new type of experience to all gamers and music lovers with a unique melodic, dynamic, riff-oriented approach to some classic NES, SNES and Arcade soundtracks using elements from traditional 70s / 80s rock and heavy metal music.
Super MadNES will be performing the music from classic games such as Castlevania 3, Batman, Double Dragon, Ninja Gaiden, Megaman X and Super Ghouls ’N Ghost along with an action fueled pixelated visual show.

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Social Media:
@supermadnes

Shredder 1984

Steven Schriver, also known as Shredder 1984, is a musician and video producer from Biarritz, France. 
Shredder 1984’s electronic music is inspired by 80s movies, video games and mangas.
After 10 years of touring in Europe with his metal bands Can of Worms (nuclear thrash metal) and Silent Opera (progressive death metal), he started to write and produce his first synthwave album named “Synth City” in 2015, inspired by cyberpunk culture and mangas like Ghost in the Shell, Akira and old 80s/90s video games like Batman, Saboteur, Beam Rider or FF7.
Since 2016, he has been touring France and the USA, performing with his own video show and analog synthesizers on stage.
Shredder 1984 will be releasing his second album “Dystopian Future” in November 2017.

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Extra Lives

How do you resurrect the memorable themes of classic video games from the 1980s and ’90s?
Just ask the lovable nerds of Extra Lives. The Los Angeles-based quartet of gamer-musicians isn’t ready to let go of their Nintendo and Sega childhoods… and neither should you.

Ken Christianson (bass and violin), Michael Kohl (guitar), Tim Lillis (piano and synthesizer) and Taylor Kennedy (drums and percussion) release a new performance of a classic video game tune every single Monday. Each piece is recorded live in a single take, with deference to the original video game composers. From the epic drama of Chrono Trigger’s “Main Theme” to the rump-thumping funk of Sonic the Hedgehog 2’s “Chemical Plant Zone,” Extra Lives creates compelling soundscapes that breathe new life into VGM classics and bring listeners back to the best days of yesteryear.

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8-Bit Jazz Heroes

The 8-Bit Jazz Heroes are one part classic jazz trio, one part video game nirvana- kinda like if Miles Davis spent more time playing Super Nintendo.

Featuring Adam Bellotto on the guitar, Robby Delosier on the upright bass and Abel Olstad on the drums, the 8-Bit Jazz Heroes take classic video game music and transform it into vintage ‘60s cool jazz. Formed in 2016, they quickly made a name for themselves- they play in venues all over Southern California and were named “Best Jazz Band in Orange County” by the OC Weekly. Their first album, Press Start, releases on Overclocked Records on November 14.

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Social Media:
@8bitjazzheroes