(Guest Review by Chriskol and Stanislava)
Thanks to Machinima and LessThan3, a symbiosis that is actually (and perhaps unsurprisingly) quite common to the EDM industry was put under the microscope last week, as Estonian-born, EDM pioneer Mord Fustang explained the dually inspirational roles that music and video games have played in his life in a special 2-hour live stream event.
Mord is an EDM renaissance man of sorts, known for combining Electronica, Electro House, 8-bit, Dubstep, Dance, Konami Drums and more into a single album. And during this candid online interview, Mord not only gave fans a window into his musical styles and influences of past, but also provided a compelling glimpse of what’s in store in the near future, discussing at length his highly anticipated new album, 9999 In 1.
Fresh off the heels of his recent single, “Drivel” (which is really anything but), 9999 in 1 is slated to contain a total of 10 songs that each pay homage in some small way to this near-and-dear childhood love of video games. Indeed, on Mord’s website, he quasi-jokingly asserts that “70% of [his] body is made of video games.” The first single from the album—set to drop on November 25th—will include a healthy dose of both pop electro and dubstep.
Sunglasses-clad and red solo cup in hand, Mord used this live stream event as an opportunity to interact with fans, answering questions and curating an energetic playlist using his beloved DAW (“digital audio workstation” for the so-called noobs out there), Ableton. The event included several exclusive previews that gave viewers a sweet taste of the finely crafted, future-based electro house from his forthcoming album that will no doubt satisfy both the kandii-clad ravers as well as the gamers who refuse to leave the comfort of their parents’ basements.
But this event was not only a launch pad for Mord, but also for Halo: The Master Chief Collection, and Mord took up his sticks like an old pro and played against his interviewers in impressive fashion. Vamped up graphics and authentic story lines, Master Chief is definitely a must-have to add to any Halo collection, and we bet 9999 in 1 will be the perfect playlist to go along with the onscreen first-person slaughterfest.