GTAV Soundtrack Artist Spotlight: An Interview with The Chain Gang of 1974

Posted 3 weeks ago | Author: R* L | Filed Under: Music, Games


In our latest GTA Online Sessions YouTube episode, we chat and play with GTAV soundtrack's The Chain Gang of 1974 ("Sleepwalking").

We recently hung out with Grand Theft Auto V soundtrack's The Chain Gang of 1974 aka Kamtin Mohager - the act responsible for one of GTAV's most signature tunes, "Sleepwalking" as heard in the game's official trailer and original TV spot. Playing some GTA Online live together on the Rockstar Twitch channel, we chatted with him about Chain Gang and what he's been up to since "Sleepwalking" first exploded across the airwaves of Radio Mirror Park. Check out the GTA Online Sessions YouTube episode above for some great highlights and read on for choice excerpts from the interview.
 

On coming up with the name of his band...
"I started the band at the very end of 2006 and at the time I was listening to a lot of The Raveonettes - and they had a record called Chain Gang of Love. So I took that and took the birth year of another artist of mine that I love, Ryan Adams, and got "The Chain Gang of 1974". I did realize it's a bit long so I'm trying to retire the 'The' from the band name."

On Daydream Forever coming out on vinyl...
"We are working on it - I wish it was just a very easy thing. It's cool because I am a big vinyl nerd and vinyl is definitely back. But that also means production takes a very long time. I did get the rights for it and it's going to be coming into production very soon... its definitely going to happen this year."

And on its release on cassette...
"There is a kind of whole cassette thing going on right now and I just think it's a fun way to release music and continue to allow things to be exciting for the fans and listeners so we're just going to do a limited release of cassettes [in February]."

On what exactly "Sleepwalking" is about...
"Being emo and heartbroken, man [laughs].... No, I like writing music about that kind of stuff, its fun. I'm influenced by a lot of those kinds of bands and I think it's very universal and people can relate to it. But yeah, just about an ex-girlfriend, that's about it but... made it work. If it wasn't for her, I wouldn't have had a song in GTAV so there we go, round of applause to her."

On the writing process...
"The last two records I did [2011's Wayward Fire and 2014's Daydream Forever] I worked on with one of my good buddies, Isom Innis [of Foster the People]... him and I work in a certain way that's very quick. We basically moved to Malibu and I think I went into the studio with a couple of ideas, but we just brought all our own gear, lived in the house for a month up in the hills and we came back with an 11 song record."

On new project Teenage Wrist...
"We want to do this thing in a very organic manner so basically we put the first single out ["Teenage Wrist"] and we were very excited how things kind of developed with it. People took notice, just randomly Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance found it and was talking about it and it was just a really cool thing to have that happen. I collaborated on the project with my good friend Marshall [Gallagher, of Swing Hero], who I went to high school with in Colorado and our drummer Anthony as well. We're having fun with it, its cool to not be in an electronic band, just be in a kind of grungy rock band for a little bit. We're getting ready to put the second single out... and then we'll be announcing the album details pretty soon."

Big thanks to Kam for stopping by and also to the community for asking some really great questions in the Twitch chat. You can catch the stream in its entirety here and to keep up with Kam, check out Chain Gang's Facebook page and give a listen to Teenage Wrist's first single, "Afterglow," below:

Previously:
GTAV Soundtrack: Listen to Original New Songs Added from Flying Lotus, Jamie Lidell, Freddie Gibbs and More
The Music of Grand Theft Auto V: Limited Edition Soundtrack CD and Vinyl Box Sets Coming this December

Rest in Peace, Edgar Froese of Tangerine Dream

Posted on January 23 2015, 7:06pm | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Music

All of us here at Rockstar Games are deeply saddened to have learned of the passing of Edgar Froese – the incredible, pioneering electronic musician and founder of Tangerine Dream. 

A true musical icon, his body of work spanned across six decades. He was a huge inspiration to us and we are honored to have worked so closely with him on the GTAV score.

Our deepest condolences to the entire Froese family.

Win a Limited Edition GTAV Soundtrack CD or Vinyl Box Set

Posted on December 4 2014, 10:53am | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Music, Games

In honor of next week's release of The Music of Grand Theft Auto V: Limited Edition Soundtrack CD and Vinyl Box Sets, we're giving 10 lucky fans the chance to win a copy at the Rockstar Games page on Facebook.

Each set includes all three soundtrack volumes (The Original Music, The Score, and The Soundtrack). The Vinyl collection features six vinyl records, a full color booklet and an exclusive lithograph poster in a classic box-set. The CD collection includes three discs along with a branded Grand Theft Auto V gold brick-shaped USB Drive, artwork and poster all sealed in a special die-cut package. 

Winners will get their choice of either the CD or Vinyl collection.

Limited to a production run of less than 5,000 units worldwide, these limited editions will be available to purchase beginning on December 9th at top online and physical record stores. You can pre-order the CD or Vinyl collection now at Mass Appeal.

Enter Now on Facebook 

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void in certain countries and where prohibited. Must be 18 years or older. See Official Rules and Privacy Policy for eligibility details. Ends Monday, December 8th, 2014.

GTAV Soundtrack: Listen to Original New Songs Added from Flying Lotus, Jamie Lidell, Freddie Gibbs and More

Posted on November 20 2014, 2:19pm | Author: R* A | Filed Under: Music, Games

The massive soundtrack update to the newly released version of Grand Theft Auto V on PS4 and Xbox One features over 150 new tunes including some exclusive original songs created by artists like Flying Lotus, Jamie Lidell, Freddie Gibbs and more. With the release of the game on Tuesday, quite a few artists have been taking to Twitter, Instagram and Soundcloud to share their excitement and share a taste of some of the new tunes you can expect to hear in-game. Below, you can listen to “Medication Meditation” by Flying Lotus featuring Krayzie Bone (Thundercat on the bass and Niki Randa on background vocals) as heard on the updated FlyLo FM; Jamie Lidell’s incredible alt trap record “Runaway” on Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide FM, Freddie Gibbs' collaboration with legendary producer Mike Dean, "Sellin' Dope" on Radio Los Santos - and more. After the jump, check out a full list of all the new songs that have been added to the game – and give a shout in comments to let the community know which is your favorite so far.

 

There's nothing like playing your favourite game and your own song coming on.

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Hit the jump for the full list of new songs (and original ones) added to the game.

 

 

The Music of Grand Theft Auto V: Limited Edition Soundtrack CD and Vinyl Box Sets Coming this December

Posted on November 3 2014, 2:19pm | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Music, Games

To celebrate the release of the new, enhanced versions of Grand Theft Auto V for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, we will be releasing limited edition collections of the game's star-studded soundtrack on both CD and Vinyl, in collaboration with Mass Appeal Records.

‘The Music of Grand Theft Auto V’ limited edition collections include 59 tracks with original music from A$AP Rocky, Tyler, The Creator, Twin Shadow, Wavves, Flying Lotus, Yeasayer and more. In addition, these limited editions will feature the original score composed by Tangerine Dream, Woody Jackson, The Alchemist + Oh No, mixed by DJ Shadow, along with the other incredible music featured in Grand Theft Auto V. Limited to a production run of under 5,000 units worldwide, these limited editions will be available from December 9 at top online and physical record stores.

The vinyl collection will feature a total of six vinyl records, a full color booklet and an exclusive lithograph poster in a classic box-set. The CD collection includes three discs along with a branded Grand Theft Auto V gold brick-shaped USB Drive, artwork and poster all sealed in a special die-cut package.

Also, as mentioned in Pitchfork's story today, a number of DJs from GTAV are adding new radio content to their respective stations, including Big Boy, DJ Pooh, Nathan and Stephen from WAVVES, Kenny Loggins, Twin Shadow and Cara Delevingne as well as a few of the dial's biggest chatterboxes - Dr. Ray De Angelo Harris and Duane Earl.

This Week's GTA Online Livestreams on Twitch feat Ltzonda, Joell Ortiz and More

Posted on September 15 2014, 10:32am | Author: R* A | Filed Under: Music, Games

Follow Rockstar Games on Twitch and tune in for:


Monday September 15     4PM ET*
GTA Soundtrack Alumni Edition: A Special Album Listening Party with Joell Ortiz and Friends
GTAIV Soundtrack's Joell Ortiz joined us earlier this summer to throw down with Pete Rock in one of the Hot 97 GTA Online sessions and had such a good time playing the game that he's coming back today for a special listening party edition where Joell will be previewing tracks of his brand new album dropping this week, House Slippers along with special guests including renowned producers The Heatmakerz and other artists who appear on the album. We'll be playing through a special Playlist of Jobs that share the same name as tracks on the album as well as some recent Verifieds and Flight School Jobs, to see how one of the fiercest rappers in the game does in a lobby with other special guests. Make sure you're following us closely on Twitter as well as we're planning to give away some limited Joell Ortiz x Rockstar Games prize packs of rare gear.

Friday September 19     4PM ET*
GTA Online Session featuring Ltzonda and Invited Community Members
And join us this week on Friday afternoon, as we load up and play through GTA Online Jobs with GTA fan and Twitch streamer extraordinaire Ltzonda as well as some members of the community. We're planning on playing through some of the player-created and Red Dead inspired Throwback Jobs we featured on the Newswire last week with some of their Creators and some other fun Jobs live.

* Please note that with all livestreams, dates and times are very much subject to change.
Follow twitch.tv/rockstargames and twitter.com/rockstargames to get live notifications of when streams begin. And stay tuned for many more Rockstar livestreams in the weeks ahead to be announced.

This Week's Rockstar Livestreams: Hot 97 Edition feat GTA Soundtrack Alums & Rockstar Verified Community Session

Posted on August 28 2014, 9:47am | Author: R* A | Filed Under: Music, Games



Join us today and tomorrow at the Rockstar Twitch channel for upcoming GTA Online livestreams:



Thursday Aug 28th     2:30pm Eastern*
Hot 97 Edition featuring GTA Soundtrack Alumni Maino and Uncle Murda plus Bobby Shmurda, Rowdy Rebel and DJ Young Chow
GTA fans will remember both Maino ("Getaway Driver") and Uncle Murda ("Anybody Can Get It") for their super hard original contributions to DJ Green Lantern's Liberty City Invasion radio show in Grand Theft Auto IV. These guys are also no strangers to the livestreams, having let off many rounds a couple years ago playing Max Payne 3 on the Rockstar Rooftop. This week, they'll be in the house live at Hot 97 for a full-fledged GTA Online session and will be joined by hot new Brooklyn rapper Bobby Shmurda, Rowdy Rebel and DJ Young Chow playing the new Verifieds, Flight School Jobs and hopefully doing the "I Just Caught a Body Dance" after winning a TDM or two.

Friday Aug 29th     11:30am Eastern*
Rockstar Verified Jobs Livestream
This Friday, we'll be hosting a live session of this week's brand new Rockstar Verified GTA Online Jobs. From slick Races like "That's What She Said" and "Hit The Apex" to the gripping Capture "Raid:Claustrophobia" - we will be leading a special lobby of GTA community guests including some invited creators of the Jobs themselves as we see who will emerge victorious at the top of the Playlist.

* Please note that with all livestreams, dates and times are very much subject to change.
Follow twitch.tv/rockstargames and twitter.com/rockstargames to get live notifications of when streams begin. And stay tuned for many more Rockstar livestreams in the weeks ahead to be announced.

Catch GTAV Soundtrack Artists in Concert: Summer Festivals and Tour Calendar

Posted on June 23 2014, 10:59am | Author: R* L | Filed Under: Music, Rockstar

Summer music festival season has begun and whether you’re a loyal Radio Mirror Park listener, a Channel X headbanger or a Radio Los Santos fan, chances are your favorite GTAV soundtrack artist is out on tour or appearing at one of the many music festivals happening across the world over the next few months. As a helpful guide, we’ve compiled the below tour listings calendar for you to see who’s coming to a venue near you – including a breakdown arranged by artists from the Original Soundtrack album as well as by radio station and some festival listings where other GTA soundtrack alumni will be performing. Feel free to drop a comment below if you know of any other GTA soundtrack artists' concert dates coming up or to let us know if you managed to catch any of these guys as the shows happen – we’ll also be updating this post with additional dates as they’re announced.

ARTISTS ON TOUR FROM THE MUSIC OF GRAND THEFT AUTO V - VOLUME 1: ORIGINAL MUSIC:

100s
7/25 Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
7/26 Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater

A$AP Rocky
6/27 Los Angeles, CA @ BET Experience 2014
7/05 Québec, QC, CA @ Plains of Abraham (Opening for Snoop Dogg)
7/18 London, UK @ Lovebox 2014
7/27 Seattle, WA @ The Capitol Hill Block Party 2014

Flying Lotus
6/28 Rothbury, MI @ Electric Forest Festival
7/18 Pemberton, BC, CA @ Pemberton Music Festival 2014
8/17 Somerset, WI @ Summerset Music Festival
8/24 Los Angeles, CA @ FYF Fest

Freddie Gibbs
6/24 Tulsa, OK @ Cain's Ballroom
6/25 Wichita, KS @ The Cotillion
6/26 Manhattan, KS @ Rc Mcgraw's
6/27 Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note
6/28 Kansas City, MO @ The Arvest Bank Theater
8/30 Glasgow, UK @ 02 ABC 2
8/31 London, UK @ XOYO

HEALTH
7/10 Santa Ana, CA @ The Yost Theater
7/18 Toronto, ON, CA @ The Hoxton

Neon Indian
6/28 Chicago, IL @ Chive Fest Chicago

Off!
7/05 Oakland, CA @ Burger Boogaloo Festival
7/11 Milton Keynes, UK @ Milton Keynes Bowl

The Chain Gang of 1974
7/16 Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom
7/18 West Hollywood, CA @ The Roxy Theatre
7/19 Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room at the Observatory
7/21 San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
7/23 Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar
7/24 Vancouver, BC, CA @ The Imperial
7/25 Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett
7/26 Seattle, WA @ Capitol Hill Block Party

Twin Shadow
7/11 Saugerties, NY @ The Hudson Project
7/12 Saugerties, NY @ The Hudson Project
7/13 Saugerties, NY @ The Hudson Project
7/17 Salt Lake City, UT @ Twilight Concert Series
8/15 Somerset, WI @ Summer Set Music & Camping Festival
8/20 London, UK @ The Eclipse Tour
8/21 Berlin, DE @ The Eclipse Tour
8/22 Leeds, UK @ Leeds Festival
8/24 Reading, UK @ Reading Festival
8/27 Paris, FR @ The Eclipse Tour
8/28 Tel Aviv, IL @ The Eclipse Tour
8/29 Stradbally, IE @ Electric Picnic
8/30 Stockholm, SE @ Popaganda Festival

Tyler, The Creator
7/08 Montreal, QC, CA @ Métropolis
7/09 Ottawa, ON, CA @ Ottawa Blues Fest
7/13 Saskatoon, SK, CA @ O'Brian's Event Centre
7/14 Winnipeg, MB, CA @ Burton Cummings Theatre
7/15 Edmonton, AB, CA @ Starlite Room
7/16 Edmonton, AB, CA @ Starlite Room
7/18 Pemberton, BC, CA @ Pemberton Music Festival
7/22 Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
7/23 London, UK @ The Forum
8/16 Centro Dinamico Pegaso, MX @ Ceremonia 2014

 

Hit the jump for an extended list of artists on tour arranged by Grand Theft Auto V radio stations as well as a list of 2014 summer music festivals where GTA Soundtrack alumni are performing.

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