Music Theory #5: DJ The S

So this week’s Music Theory is a little different than the previous ones. Instead of highlighting a band with albums, I’m going to be highlighting one of my favorite YouTube music creators/remixers. DJ The S does some pretty awesome remixes of different video game tunes and he’s become a staple in my playlists.

He has his own website here if you’d like to check him out!

Artist: DJ The S

Latest Album: Best of DJ The S 2018

Genre: Video Game Remixes (Techno/Rock)

Favorite Track: Let’s Get Cereal (Yoshi’s Island Boss Theme Remix, see above)

Other Recommended Tracks: Return of the Brilliant Thief (M&L Superstar Saga Popple Battle Remix), Welcome Aboard (Donkey Kong Country Boss Medley), Cheetah’d (Ace Attorney Cornered Remix), X Vs Zero (Mega Man X vs. Zero Remix), Disciple of Life and Death (Multiple Songs Remix including Battle For Everyone’s Souls and Megalovania)

Why I Enjoy Them: I stumbled across DJ The S many years ago because of the above favorite track of mine – the Yoshi’s Island boss & final boss themes are some of my favorite boss music of all-time, and so I went searching for good remixes of them on YouTube. I found DJ The S and became a huge fan due to his style of remixing lining up with how I liked remixes to be: fast and techno with a rock attitude. He also remixed the Popple Battle from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, which is another rarity but another one of my favorite tunes. The fact that he likes to select tunes on occasion that aren’t well tread ground is one of the reasons I’ve followed him for a long time. I highly recommend going through his collection on YouTube if you like video game music, there’s sure to be something in there you enjoy.

Music Theory #4: The Offspring

Welp, it’s time for another Music Theory and I guess it’s about time to get this band out of the way. They go way back to my high school years and I consider them to be one of my favorite bands of all-time. You’ve probably heard of them already…although I guess since they were popular in the 90s there’s a possibility you haven’t!

Band: The Offspring

Latest Album: Days Go By

Genre: Pop Punk/Alternative Rock

Favorite Track: Special Delivery (see above)

Other Recommended Tracks: Bad Habit, The Kids Aren’t Alright, Americana, Lightning Rod, Spare Me The Details, Nothingtown, Let’s Hear It For Rock Bottom

Why I Enjoy Them: They were part of my formative teenage years in terms of music. They were the first band I went to see live in concert, I listened to all their albums non-stop in high school and college. While my music tastes have changed, evolved, and expanded over the years I’ve continued to enjoy their music as they released new albums (although they haven’t released a new album since 2012) even though the general opinion was their quality declined soon after Americana. They’ll always have a special place in my heart.

Music Theory #3: Turmion Kätilöt

So this is a slight departure from the schedule I had planned. We’ve been recording podcasts on Tuesday nights and it so happened that after the recording session I was a little too exhausted to put what I considered a worthwhile amount of effort into a full writing article. So for this week (and future weeks until our podcast scheduling changes) I’m moving the Music Theory posts to Wednesdays since they require less work overall.

This week’s band is one I’ve listened to for a long time and is a departure into a different genre than previous weeks!

Band: Turmion Kätilöt

Latest Album: Universal Satan

Genre: Industrial metal

Favorite Track: Grand Ball (See above)

Other Recommended Tracks: Verta ja Lihaa, Tirehtööri, U.S.C.H!, Sinä saatana, Dance Panique, Sikiö

Why I Enjoy Them: I first learned about Turmion Kätilöt from the very old flash video “Bunnykill“* – a take on the popular Madness Combat Flash video style from back in the early-to-mid 2000s. The video used Verta ja Lihaa as its backing track and I really enjoyed the hard metal beat and how well it paired with the action of the video. Over time I continued to follow the band and every album they released always had a few songs that really got me pumped up and excited. I consider them one of my favorite “action scene imagination” bands – a lot of their songs sync up well in my mind with hardcore action, and I have planned many story beats and action sequences in my head to Turmion Kätilöt’s music. Despite them being a Finnish band, I have always considered them one of my low-key guilty pleasure bands, especially since they have helped me with my creative processes numerous times.

*While the first Bunnykill does not hold up as much, the last sequence of Bunnykill 5 is something I still watch from time to time because of how ridiculously awesome it is.

Music Theory #2: Dance With The Dead

We’re back with another Music Theory! This week’s band is Dance With The Dead!

Band: Dance With The Dead

Latest Album: Loved to Death

Genre: Synthwave

Favorite Track: From Hell (see above)

Other Recommended Tracks: Graveyard Shift, Poison, Riot, Diabolic, The Man who Made a Monster, Snap, Into the Shadows

Why I Enjoy Them: I don’t remember how I ended up listening to them – I think their album The Shape popped up as a recommended YouTube video at some point and I just fell into a hole of listening to all of their discography. Dance With The Dead just excels at that retro 80s techno sound with awesome beats and great synth. They’re a good pair to Infected Mushroom for me in terms of the spectrum of techno that I enjoy. Their tracks are also some of my favorite to Audiosurf to as the constant drums and their usual fast beats per second make a great challenge. They’re one of my top “listen to while driving” bands.

 

Music Theory #1: Infected Mushroom

We’re on a resolution roll here at TMan Writes, and so today’s post is about another change in habit that I’m enacting in 2019. As you’ve probably picked up by now, music is important to me. But what shocked me as 2018 ended was that I’d barely listened to any new music. I’d picked up a few new bands, but a lot of albums released this year from bands that I like and I hadn’t given most of them even a cursory listen.

I was a bit surprised at myself, but I also realized that I’d strayed away from music in general in 2018 while I focused on other things. My podcast intake increased while my music intake decreased. So in order to get myself back into the habit of keeping myself up to date with new music, I’m introducing Music Theory as a weekly endeavor.

These posts aren’t going to be long-form; instead they’ll likely be focused around a specific artist or album and have very limited actual writing involved. But I love music and want to spread music I enjoy, and hopefully having a weekly motivation will help keep me in the loop music-wise this year.

Anyway, for the first Music Theory I present to you Infected Mushroom.

Band: Infected Mushroom

Latest Album: Head of NASA and the 2 Amish Boys (2018)

Genre: Psytrance/Electronica

Favorite Track: Spitfire (see above)

Other Recommended Tracks: Guitarmass, Head of NASA, Vicious Delicious, Suliman, Herbert The Pervert

Why I Enjoy Them: I follow Monstercat on YouTube and through them I first heard Spitfire, which then led me to listening to the rest of Infected Mushroom’s discography. They were a slow burn, but once I warmed up to their music I really dug it. They are the exact type of electronic music that I like: good beats, enough variation to keep me engaged, but also repetitive enough for me to be able to listen to their tracks while I’m doing other things. I prefer their instrumental tracks to the ones that use vocals, but they have standout tracks of both. Techno/trance is a genre that’s always been one of my favorite and Infected Mushroom just nails the sound that I want from the style.