Love at first Byte

The world’s acceptance of chip music — that is, music made using antiquated video game and computer hardware — has changed drastically since I got into it. Which was, holy crap, over twelve years ago now. The focus has shifted from single dudes sitting alone in dark rooms and rocking out to large crowds sitting together in dark rooms and rocking out.  Chip music has become more performance oriented and regular concert events are popping up all over the country. New York has Pulsewave, Philadelphia has 8static… it was only a matter of time before Baltimore got it’s own chip event.  I’m proud to be one of the musicians asked to perform at the first ever BYTE NYTE.  Here are the details!

  • Saturday, June 4th, at the Hour Haus in Baltimore, MD.  Doors open at 7PM and tickets are $8 at the door (or $5 if you pre-order)
  • Music by Starscream (NYC), Bear & Walrus (that’s me!), Trey Frey (WV), Kedromelon (MD) and Dauragon (DC).  Live visuals by Pixelseed.  Live!
  • Everyone who attends gets a free CD featuring music from all five bands.  This is a seriously amazing idea, especially in a college town like Baltimore where not everyone can afford to buy CDs at shows. I was so excited by this that I did a fresh remix of a Bear & Walrus song specifically for the CD, and it’s never going to be released anywhere else.  So it’s sort of like a location exclusive track, which I think is a cool idea.

It’s going to be an awesome time. Here’s the thing: in order for Byte Nyte to be a regular thing, the word needs to spread.  It’s hard to kick off a new event out of nowhere. So if you have any friends in the Baltimore area… tell them to come!  The more people that come to Byte Nyte, the more money the organizers can put towards booking awesome artists.  I really want to see this explode the way Pulsewave has and become a monthly event.  Baltimore needs a something solid like this.

I’ll leave you with a video of Bear & Walrus performing at 8static a few months ago. It was a great show. Byte Nyte will probably be exactly like this, at least in terms of wardrobe, because I only have, like, two t-shirts (and they’re both Lady Gaga related).

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