AfroDJMac writes and performs live electronic rock music inspired by artists like The Beatles and Nirvana, as well as old school video game music. Hailing from Long Island, New York, AfroDJMac is the musical work of Brian Funk. Brian is a multi-instrumentalist, producer, and educator. On his website, afrodjmac.com, Brian writes about music production, creates tutorials and sound packs for other producers, and explores sound design. He also hosts the Music Production Podcast, which is an exploration of the creative process and philosophy behind making music. AfroDJMac will be dj-ing classic video game music at the Expo as well as performing live.
Consoul is an Indie Video Game Music Big Band specializing in fun arrangements of Music from Video Games, Anime, Cartoons and TV Shows.
The playlist includes Super Mario, Zelda, Street fighter, Sonic, Tetris, Banjo-Tooie, The Banner Saga, Civilization series, and many other games.
This is a completely indie project with some amazing musicians whom are passionate about gaming and video game music.
The musicians include GRAMMY award winning bass player Mitch Friedman, Latin GRAMMY nominee Felipe Fournier, studio drummer Gal Gershovsky, and Danny Flam (GRAMMY winning participant with Kanye West, Jay Z and others, and played and performed with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra) and many other top of the line musicians.
Chris Taylor (known under his stage name Destryur) is a Brooklyn based electronic producer focusing on Synthwave and Horrorwave. In 2015 he released his first EP, Endurance. Some of his main influences are John Carpenter and the DJ duo Justice. His heavily 80’s inspired sound makes you feel the nostalgia of the long gone era.
Welcome to the Videogame Name That Tune panel! Come and test your knowledge of game songs throughout the ages. Three contestants will be picked at random from the audience, competing for the chance to win various prizes. This will continue for several rounds, with different contestants. Contestants will be called up to the stage, and asked to choose from a number of different categories, and then choose the point value of the clue. The higher the point value, the more difficult the song, so choose carefully! Once the song starts playing, contestants will buzz in and try to name the game the song is from.
Correct guesses will add the point value of the clue to their score, while incorrect guesses will take those points away. Sample categories are things like “I Liked That Game Before It Was Cool!” (indie games), “The World Is Square” (Square Enix games), etc. Hints will be given if the contestants can’t guess in time, and afterwards, the audience is encouraged to shout out their answer.
Every so often, we’ll have intermissions where we’ll pose some deep cuts for the true game music heads, with small treats for those that correctly guess!
By blending a Yamaha YM2612 emulator, an electric guitar and a tablespoon of the blue goo from Chemical Plant Zone, Happy Hair was born. Happy Hair is the beautiful marriage of 16-bit era beats and synths with punchy guitar licks, coming together to create a dazzling collection of original songs, ranging from contemplative down-tempo jams to catchy, energetic pop hooks. Not to mention, Happy Hair is Segata Sanshiro’s favorite band. Hope you’re ready to dance.
Sad Toy Cats is a multi-man merry music making band. Since 2013 they have played a mix of original music and covers, with their first album of game covers, VGM Covers Vol. I, being released in 2016, and a second one on the way. With a mix of electric rock, acoustic, and orchestral instrumentation, Sad Toy Cats aims to put a modern spin on the classics they cover.
Super Thrash Bros. is a video game band that reimagines the immersive experience of classic gaming as a modern rock/metal band, while staying true to the original soundtracks. We’ll take you from Hyrule Castle to the Mushroom Kingdom and everywhere in between as Mega Man, Ness, Skull Kid, and Waluigi perform your favorite vgm on stage!
Founded by Max Boiko and originating in Fort Lauderdale FL, VGM Collective is a 6 piece ensemble dedicated to paying homage to the compositional talents of late 20th century Japanese Video Game Composers, [such as Junichi Masuda (Pokemon) Jun Ishikawa (Kirby) Manami Matsumae (Mega Man) and many more] in the context of a live Jazz Fusion band.