Thursday, October 21, 2010

Last Collector Standing: Safety Words Talks Video Game Music, Hip-Hop and Records an Exclusive MP3 For Us!

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Jones: He is the Axelrod of video game music!

They were limited with what they could use. So these dudes were like, "Yeah, it's a video game, but this is what we do. We love music so we're going to come up with the most complex compositions that we can."

Price: [Reading from his phone] It says here he did Bubble Bobble, Bionic Commando, Ghouls 'n Ghost, Solstice, Silver Surfer.

Jones: Silver Surfer had some fire to it!

Price: He did a bunch of stuff. All his music was really crazy.

What was the first video game you ever owned? Jones: I definitely had to have been something from the 8-Bit Nintendo era. I got a Nintendo and obviously it came with Super Mario Bros. Everyone who picked up a Nintendo that was one of their first games. The first game I remember getting was... Nintendo Power Magazine had this thing [where] if you subscribed you'd get a copy of Dragon Warrior. I think Dragon Warrior was the first game that I had.

Price: Ninja Gaiden was one of the earlier games that I remember being blown away by. A lot of the games that I own right now are ones that I had to buy when I started getting a little bit of money. When Funcoland was around you could get Nintendo games for like two dollars. Even well past the Nintendo age I was still buying.

Is there the same type of collector culture with classic video games as there is with records?

Price: Yeah, I'd say among our group there is a level of connoisseurship about what games you're into.

Video games started as a digital format. The difference with records was that it was analog. Do you think video games are less likely to be collected because you can download everything, or is there something about having that package and original artwork that makes it more worth owning?

Price: There are definitely people, if you actually have the video game in the original box with the manual, they will pay more money for it.

Jones: For us, we both have modded PSPs so as far as collecting goes I don't really collect video games because I know all this stuff is on my PSP. I know I can just play it this way.

Price: The thing is though, I got rid of all my other systems like Super Nintendo, Playstation, N64, Sega. I got rid of all that stuff except for my Nintendo.

What's the strangest or craziest experience you've had DJing?

Price: We can think of one that's infuriating.

Jones: I've had my equipment for a while. I've got two Technic 1200 M5Gs and a mixer. They are not top-top of the line, but they're expensive enough. For some reason, depending on where you go, people like to fuck with your equipment. That's one reason I made the transition from DJ to producer.

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Price: You had that one guy steal your knobs off your mixer that one time!

Jones: I had a drunk woman pushing down on my needle! She wanted us to play "Build me up"...

Price: "Build Me Up Buttercup!" [Laughs]

Jones: That lady asking me for "Build Me Up Buttercup" tore my mind. Really? I don't know how to handle that!

Price: Have you been paying attention all night to the type of stuff we've been playing?

What do you think it will take to keep people buying records 20 years from now?

Jones: As far as going to the stores and buying contemporary stuff I can't really say, but as far as the kind of music we make; we did make the video game themed album, but overall we make all different kinds of hip-hop. In addition to that, we listen to some of everything. People are always going to be buying records because you have to find something that no one else has sampled before. Hip-hop being sample based, you can't grab from everything that's out right now, you have to find something that nobody else has. It's definitely about going to a record store; just going anywhere to dig and find records. I can't really say much for contemporary record buying, but as far as digging through stacks I don't think that will ever die.

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