September 12th, 2012 | by Case Nine | posted in Interviews, Specials

In the true spirit of Art of Noize (that is not giving a fuck about genres) I have what I consider a really sweet post today. I had the chance to ask one of my all-time favourite Chiptune artists some questions: Sabrepulse. Although his music could be broadly tagged as “Chiptune”, the amount of influences cooked into his music is so broad that one YouTube commenter calls it ‘Symphonic Nintendo Fuckcore‘. I have to say that after reading that description it is what I will be calling his music from now on. Unfortunately his Soundcloud is pretty bare, but if you have Spotify, make sure you check out his music as you read the interview. I will post some of my favourite tunes of his in the post!



Art of Noize: You are a heavily video game inspired artists who both produces and performs on hardware primarily used for playing games (eg. Game Boys). How has your interest in Video Games influenced your sound itself rather than just as a platform for production and performance?


Sabrepulse: Videogames had a heavy impact on some on many of my earlier works, however now I’m more focused on what those sounds can be sculpted into and added alongside, rather than where they came from. The idea of ‘play’ is secondary to ‘creation’ for me, and as I grow up, I’m realising that videogames can remain a fun pastime, but not something that affects and influences my musical output forever.


AON: Tell us what makes producing and performing on a Game Boy using something like LSDJ special? Why not just use a chiptune VST?


SBP: Using musical hardware such as Drum machines, synthesisers and even gameboys gives you an experience of creating something ‘outside of the box’, that is – away from the computer. In the 21st century we spend so much time each day in front of laptops and phones, that as a musician it’s attractive to be able to get away from that. However I still love writing and producing music with my computer, and vst’s are really easy to manage and sound good enough that it’s not a big issue. I think that whatever you feel comfortable making music with, you should do that.


AON: With your “First Crush” EP from last year, you leaped into genres such as Drum & Bass, Dubstep and Electro (even a Liquid Drum & Bass tune there at the end which was fantastic). Tell us about what drove you to tackle these new territories!


SBP: The First Crush EP was a collection of songs written over summer in the uk and usa which were never actually intended to be on the same record together, it just kinda came together and I thought what the hell, I’ll release them! I’ve always been a fan of drum and bass and wanted to include some melodic and heavier tracks. The collaborations came together really easily and I really admire and respect luke (knife city) and Tom (Henry Homesweet) for their work.


The ‘dubstep’ (read: brostep) tracks were an experiment for me in terms of sound design, I found the skrillex sound really interesting and wondered if I could create something similar – after I played those tracks out a few times I thought it would be cool to put them on the record as they got a decent response. I’m totally aware of the divisiveness of this ep, a lot of people hated the house, the dubstep, the dnb or whatever and thought I should stick to chip music. A lot more people actually said they loved how diverse it was and that’s what I was going for in the first place.


AON: Could you tell us about one of those surreal “I made it” moments. Would it be getting booked somewhere crazy? Or seeing a great response on a release?


SBP: When I got invited to play blip festival in New York back in 2007 I could not believe it. I was just a small town kid from england making weird music for fun, i never thought people actualy knew about my stuff beyond myspace. All of a sudden I thought maybe there’s something to this. That trip changed my outlook on music and literally affected the direction of my life so I’d say that was my proudest achievement.


AON: I know you’ve toured in Japan. What with Japan having such a rich Gaming culture, was it exciting to play in front of those crowds and how do they respond compared to European crowds?


SBP: The Japanese tours have been totally surreal. I think chipmusic over there is still very much a niche thing, maybe even more so that Europe or the USA. they respond really well to western performers and I loved every minute I’ve been there.


AON: A two part question a) If you could listen to one last game soundtrack before you died, which would it be? b) if you could play one last game before you died, which would it be?


SBP: Game soundtrack it would have to be ‘Wipeout 2097′, the game would be ‘Ikaruga’


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September 10th, 2012 | by Naxon | posted in Interviews, Specials

The self-proclaimed emperor of filth, which is the producer Sluggo, have been making a whole lot of noise with his currently ongoing tour and dropping a rad preview of his upcoming release. And while I was banging my head the other day to the preview of Space Sharks (from the upcoming release), I got contacted by one of his nice promoters offering a chance to interview him. You’ve seriously gotta love life when opportunities come knocking on the door at the right time, right? So without further ado:


Art of Noize: Howdy Mr. Sluggo, I would like to start of this interview with the standard question everyone have first time talking to a person; How are you doing?

Sluggo: I’m doing quite well! How are you doing Sweden?


Art of Noize: We are doing good as well, thanks for asking! So Sluggo, now that we know how you feel, what are you currently up to right now?

Sluggo: Well, at this moment, I’m honestly playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and building motivation for working in the studio.


Art of Noize: I have seen that you have new upcoming EP soon called ‘Engineered to Destroy’, could you please tell us more about it what kind of destruction there is to await from it and when we can anticipate to see available to buy?
Sluggo: My new EP Engineered To Destroy is not just dubstep but also some moombahcore. That’s not all though. There’s a vicious drumstep remix of Space Sharks by Tyler Blue. As of right now, we are still unsure where we want the EP to go out to, but as soon as we get word or when this drops, you will be the first to know!


Preview the EP here


Art of Noize: Then we will be looking forward to hear from you about it!
Something that have been very much visible in the dubstep scene is the amount of hate from fans of the older generations of dubstep versus those who enjoy newly produced dubstep. What are your thoughts about this whole thing?
Sluggo: I feel it doesn’t really matter. I love older dubstep, and I love newer dubstep. It’s kinda like saying you liked a band seven years ago, but now you don’t because they evolved. It’s bound to happen. Just love what you do and listen to what you like. Haters make us famous :)


Art of Noize: We have seen that you’ve done a lot of collaborations (for example with Liquid Stranger, Nerd Rage, Getter and etc.). Which producer/band is your dream to sit down with and produce one or two tunes with, living or not so living?
Sluggo: I love working on songs with other artists. I find it fun, and completely motivating. As far as what bands and producers I would want to work with, any would-be artists that feels what I am doing and wants to jam and see if something comes out of it. However, if I were to choose one, it would be BAR9 out of the UK. I love those guys! Their sound is epic!!!


Art of Noize: I cannot disagree with you on that, they got some really big things done! Speaking of other fine producers; we have noticed also that you’re currently on tour around the states with many big names. We are just wondering if you are coming by Europe any time soon, and even more interesting, can we expect a visit to us in the cold north (Sweden that is)?
Sluggo: Right now my Ultragore Recordings tour is only North America and Australia. There is nothing set up for Europe quite yet. I would love to come out and tour though so spread the word!


Promovideo for the current tour

Art of Noize: Lastly, besides the upcoming EP, what are your plans for the future?
Sluggo: Wow, there’s a lot going on right now…….First thing is our KillbotT project, it’s coming out on Dim Mak Records in October 2012. It includes myself, Tyler Blue, and frontman Jonathan Davis of Korn. This is huge, so be on the look out. I’m also doing a new EP with Getter for the Bay Area called Mortar. Plus, there’s a metal project from myself, Mantis, Nato Feelz, and an undisclosed singer. So just stay tuned to my Facebook page and my Twitter to get updated!  Thank you Art of Noize!


Art of Noize: No, thank you for taking the time talking to us!


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