Howdy, Carbon-based lifeforms! It’s been quite some time since I’ve been around these parts. Life has been one extremely wild ride—with work, other adult responsibilities, and slinging visuals at shows, I’ve had to take some time off from writing but it feels great to be back in full swing! Without further adieu, I’m sure you’re all DYING to hear ONE GIGANTIC ANNOUNCEMENT THAT I’VE BEEN HELPING PLAN:
8bitLA’s 4th annual chipmusic festival, freq.fest.v.4.0 (previously known as Frequency), will showcase three nights of music made with obsolete video game and computer hardware. Taking place January 30th–February 1st, 2015, we will be returning to LA’s legendary punk rock DIY venue The Smell for three days of bleeps, bloops, and blips featuring one of its most ambitious lineups to date.
For the first time since 8bitLA’s conception, nearly half of this year’s bill features artists from out of state:
- astroskeleton (Lincoln City, OR)
- boaconstructor (Seattle, WA)
- chalkboards (Austin, TX)
- Danimal Cannon (Buffalo, NY)
- Fighter X (Seattle, WA)
- Mega Ran (Phoenix, AZ)
- MrWimmer (Lexington, KY but soon relocating to Los Angeles, CA to join the rest of us on the Best Coast)
- Shoujo Kiss (Kansas City, MO)
These stellar, eclectic performers will be taking the stage with the following freq.fest veterans:
- 8 Bit Weapon (Los Angeles, CA)
- 1000 Needles (Los Angeles, CA)
- crashfaster (San Francisco, CA)
- Meishi Smile (Los Angeles, CA)
- ParallaxScroll (Los Angeles, CA)
- Slime Girls (San Juan Bautista, CA)
- Together We Are Robots (San Francisco, CA)
We’re also proud to welcome new performances from Curious Quail (San Jose, CA), Grimecraft (San Francisco, CA), Wizwars’ new project, Kevin Gnartinez (Los Angeles, CA), The Mineral Kingdom, Matthew Joseph Payne’s new project from Oakland, CA, Timon Marmex (Los Angeles, CA) and Petriform (San Jose, CA).
We assure you this will be a fantastic time—as attested to by the above fantastic GIF teaser poster! If you’re planning to attend, ticket presales will be announced closer to the event date, but you can always purchase one directly at the event.
Finally, in order to completely cover the costs of making this event gobsmackingly awesome, we are running a GoFundMe campaign. There are some fantastic reward tiers set up as an incentive, such as exclusive 8bitLA freq.fest.v.4.0 t-shirts, a signed poster featuring this year’s artwork, and a three-day pass into this year’s festival. Any funds raised beyond our goal of $500 will be allocated to the performers! WIN/WIN.
That’s all folks! Professor Oakes signin’ off!