Interview with Mason Storm of TeamHeadKick
Q: So, TeamHeadKick. Give the run down for someone who isn't familiar
with your work.
Interview by: Zelda|
Our wonderful Geek Girl Zelda Did an interview with Mason Storm of TeamHeadKick. With over 30k You Tube subscribers, two nerdcore albums and a director for Machinima we are happy to hear his thoughts and advice.
A: We record studio mixed MP3's catering to Video Games, and Gamers.
We are the only band that records with live instruments, across
multiple Genre's of music. Taking Nerdcore to the next level. I'm also
a full time Gamer, and Film Maker. So naturally THK became a kind of
"One stop shop" for Video Game entertainment.
Q: Your music is all over the map – metal, rap, comedy. How is it you
came to dabble in so many styles of music? It seems unusual for a
musician to do so many things so well.
A: When we started this project, we knew it would be a challenge. THK
is made up of two of us, Me and Todd. We grew up together, and were in
several bands together in High School, and after. We both have a real
love for Metal, Rock, and Progressive Music. I just happen to be a
white guy that can rap, and have always enjoyed comedy, and making
people laugh. Add the fact that all I do is game, and it became a
natural way to express myself musically. While we get plenty of love
for what we do, crossing genre's of music is a dangerous thing to play
with. Metal Fans hate rap, and vice versa, so our goal was to create a
little something for everyone. So far so good.
Q: What is it that inspires you to write a song? How do you choose
which games to write about?
A: A good game is the inspiration, and that's also how we choose our
content. I look for a connection to a game character, and then add my
comedy to it. I generally try and rap from a first person perspective
to a Character in a game. One of our most popular raps "Make You
Bleed" was a comedic look at what Ezio (Assassin's Creed) Would look
like as a bad ass womanizing pimp in the 1400's. It came out great.
Here's the video
Q: Do you guys play any live shows? Will we see you at PAX or E3?
A: As of yet, THK hasn't performed live. Mainly because our fanbase is
so spread out, it would be hard to get them all in one place. Both
Todd and I have a lifetime of playing live shows though, so this is
something we expect to do down the road. As far as E3 or PAX, I go
every year, and believe me, when we get the invite to perform live, we
Q: Your third album, Nerdgasm, is on it's way soon. What can people
expect from it?
A: Comedic Lyrics, professionally mixed and recorded songs, about some
of your favorite games. We like to give "value" to our music releases,
and generally put 16 Songs on each album, that we sell for 9.99 on
iTunes. This way Gamers, and fans can pick out just a few, or can
purchase the whole album without going broke. Its a good mix of Rap,
Techno, Metal, Rock, and even some Blues, and Dubstep. Most
importantly, its a soundtrack to game WITH. Just makes playing that
much more involved.
Q: Do you have any good stories about meeting fans or celebrities?
What has been your favorite TeamHeadKick moment to date?
A: At E3 This year, I got recognized by a few people, and was shocked
to give out autographs, and take pictures with fans. I've heard people
in LA blasting our music from their cars, and its really humbling to
me. The thing I love about gamers, is that they are die hard fans to
their games. If I make a song, I always keep that in mind, because I
want to do the fans justice. I'm a Director for Machinima.com and have
been extremely lucky to meet and work with some of the biggest names
in not only the Video Game Industry, but also the film industry. I
often have to step back and appreciate what I have. I get to play
video games, make music, and movies for a living. Its AWESOME.
Here's the video
Q: You've already accomplished quite a lot with TeamHeadKick – 30,000
subscribers on youtube, 5,000,000+ video views, directing for
Machinima. Where would you ideally like to see THK in the future?
A: IN the games. We've been working with a few companies, as our next
venture is to try and soundtrack some of the up and coming games. Also
we are working on getting into Rock Band, so that our fan base can not
only listen to the music, but play along with it as well. Really the
sky is the limit, as long as we are getting support, views, and album
sales, we will continue this project. I've been making Viral Videos,
and doing Nerdcore music for almost 10 years now, and have a combined
100,000,000 Views on all of my projects. Our first album PWN STAR is
gold, with over 100,000 Copies sold. Our second album VIDIOT is well
on its way. We are expecting NERDGASM to follow suit. Then its
continuing on with videos, and music, and eventually a 4th album.
Also, I'm a Film Director, so ultimately I want to make feature films,
and will do so under the THK name.
Q: Any advice for young geeks who are looking to get started doing what you do?
A: Love what you do, and DO it. I can't tell you how many interesting,
and artistic people I meet on a daily basis, that think they can't
make creative vids for the internet. If you love it, then you owe it
to yourself to make it. Don't worry about the fame, the money, or the
haters. Simply put your art out there, and see what happens. When you
build it yourself, it makes you feel incredibly good about what you
are doing. When you love what you do, you will never work a day in
Here's the video
Q: Where can people follow your work?
A: The best place to follow our Videos, and Music is our Youtube
channel http://www.youtube.com/teamheadkick but we are also on
Facebook, twitter, and all the usual suspects. A quick google search
of teamheadkick will give you about 100,000 results, so have fun!
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July 25 2012