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BlipTalk With Fighter X

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Fighter X is a duo that produces powerful trance and IDM-style chiptune using Nintendo Game Boys. Founded in 2005 by Nickolas Walthew, the recent addition of friend and fellow chiptune producer Jack Waterman has made Fighter X more prolific, energetic, and creative than ever. The pair have rocked audiences all across Washington state and their home-city, Seattle, and now with their recent invitations to perform on the Chiptune Alliance Tour and this year’s Blip Festival, the two are taking their music world-wide, and showing their unsuspecting audiences just what Fighter X is all about.

Blip: Before you got into making chip music, what type of music or art where you into?

I can’t speak for Jack, as I don’t know where he is right now, but I can say I had always liked video game music, I would often burn cd’s filled with whatever music of a game I was playing at the time. There was also a lot of mainstream stuff I would listen to (as well). Being in high school at the time before I got into chiptune, I listened to just about everything. I used to be into cartooning and pixel art, but almost all of that has slowed down since I got somewhat serious with Fighter X.

Alright,well, pixel art is still really fun.

Blip: How did you first become aware of the possibility of chip music?

I heard a Low-Gain remix of a Freezepop song back in… 2004 I’m thinking. The website informed all that the remix was made via Game Boy. Fascinating! I had absolutely no idea who “Lameboy” was back then, and now looking back on it, it’s really cool to know that the first chiptune song I heard was from Low-Gain.

Blip: Where do you see yourself in the greater chip community?

I see Fighter X as a little spec of almost nothing in the greater chip community. When I was asked to play Blip ‘09, I was shocked. Never thought it would happen. When I think of a greater chip community, I think of people that have been into this stuff since the demoscene, or wayyy way before I started making chiptune. Fighter X isn’t revolutionizing the chiptune scene in any way, like some have and are. We’re not trying to. I guess playing this years Blip might mean something?

Blip: Who are you most excited to see at blip? Why?

It’s all going to be exciting. What Jack and I really want, is a boxing match between Random and Bit Shifter, while the other half of CONDOM referees.

Blip: Where do you see your progression as an artist heading? Deeper into chip music, or perhaps something different?

I’ve personally been into chiptune producing for almost 3 years now. I think that says something. I don’t see myself giving up or completely changing direction but one never can say for sure. The sound of lo-fi video game consoles is strangely addictive. I really have a love for it.

Fighter X plays Blip Festival Day 2 at 9:20 PM with visuals by Outpt

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