GTAV Soundtrack Spotlight: An Interview with The Alchemist, Oh No and Wavves

Posted 1 week, 1 day ago | Author: R* L | Filed Under: Music, Games


In the latest episode of GTA Online Sessions on YouTube, we're joined by Welcome to Los Santos soundtrack artists Alchemist, Oh No and Wavves. 

Fresh from the release of the new GTAV soundtrack album, The Alchemist and Oh No Present: Welcome to Los Santos, producers Al and Oh No themselves joined us to play some GTA Online together and talk about the record, alongside collaborators Wavves who are responsible for the single "Leave" (which you currently have the chance to create the official music video for in our Rockstar Editor Contest). We chatted about everything from their roles as Dr. Oh and the Chemical Bro on the new GTAV radio station The Lab to their experiences working with the wide range of artists on the LP. Check out highlights in our latest GTA Online Sessions YouTube episode above and read on for some choice excerpts below...

On "California", featuring E-40, Dam-Funk and Ariel Pink... 
Alchemist: 
I mean I know Dam-Funk, I hadn’t met Ariel Pink, but you know E-40 is a legend to all of us. West Coast legend. This was actually the first time we were able to hook up... Oh laced the track up crazy from pieces of the score and he chopped up Dam-Funk. The ending might be my favorite part of the f****** album. Like when it breaks down with the piano solo it's just crazy. Man I love this record.

On which Welcome to Los Santos collaborator most blew their minds...
Oh No: 
I would say Sam of Future Islands. His s*** is hard, his s*** is crazy. Future Islands is crazy.
Alchemist: Yeah that was a wild one and when we hooked up with them we found out that he actually raps as well. So it was crazy because we had a lot of the same influences but you know our finished products are so different - but we still respect each other so I think that was cool. It's crazy because we didn't even approach him because of that, we just liked their music. His range is crazy... some people’s voices you feel... Like a cigarette. I don’t even know if he smokes but it feels that way. He's the man.

On their in-game radio show host characters Dr. Oh and the Chemical Bro and what the new radio station The Lab is all about...
Alchemist: It’s about scientific theories... and weed. And everything in between. It's great fun. You gotta check it out, we’re getting deep on there. A lot of the characters from the album were able to call in. I encourage you to tune into the station and figure out who's who. We definitely had everybody play some characters and had fun. It was a dope experience...

On working with Curren$y (featured on the song "Fetti" with Freddie Gibbs)...
Alchemist: He’s a smoky guy. I like going to his shows because you can see people like passed out from too much weed. Just hanging out, having a little rest… It was the weirdest thing, first time I went to his show he’s killing it but there’s a couple of guys just dead on couches, just crashed you know? [Some people] go to his shows and just smoke like, "we’re gonna get high and see Curren$y!" …and it doesn’t work out that way.

On how Wavves' in-game radio station, Vinewood Boulevard Radio, came to be...
Nate: I've been friends with a lot of the guys from Rockstar for a pretty long time - they used to come see Wavves play when we’d stroll through New York and it just kind of came about organically. They asked me to do a song for the new game and it turned into the radio station.

On the status of the new Wavves record...
Nate: 
The new Wavves record is coming out I think in August on Warner Brothers and Ghost Ramp. I don’t know the exact date but it's done

And when can we hear it?
Nate: Real soon. We’ll probably show maybe three songs before it comes out.

On what's next for Gangrene (Al & Oh No's collaborative group)...
Alchemist:
 I hear there’s a new album coming. I don’t know, you'll have to ask the doctor. He’s in the laboratory right now. How’s the mixes coming?
Oh No: Mixes are coming out crazy. They’re real, real crazy.
Alchemist: We have a new album coming out real soon. We don’t have a solid date but we’ll be on tour this summer with Action Bronson so we’re finishing the album right now. We’ve got the first single, we’ve got the video, so I’d say July.
 

Thanks again to Al, Oh No and Wavves for joining us. Make sure to follow Rockstar on Twitch to catch more sessions with GTAV soundtrack artists live in the future.
 

Previously:
Rockstar Editor Contest: Create the Official Music Video for "Leave" by Wavves
The Alchemist and Oh No Present: Welcome to Los Santos Out Now
GTAV Soundtrack Artist Spotlight: An Interview with The Chain Gang of 1974

Rockstar Editor Contest: Create the Official Music Video for “Leave” by Wavves

Posted 2 weeks, 3 days ago | Author: R* M | Filed Under: Music, Social Club, Games

Calling all budding directors of Vinewood: You've had several weeks to get to grips with the Rockstar Editor (and we've seen some mighty fine works published already) - and now's the time to pitch your editing skills against the rest of the Grand Theft Auto V PC community with the inaugural Rockstar Editor video contest. This is your chance to create the official music video for the track "Leave" by Wavves, off the Alchemist & Oh No Present: Welcome To Los Santos album and the new in-game radio station The Lab.


THE CREATIVE BRIEF

You may have heard the lads from Wavves on your Los Santos radio dial as the hosts of Vinewood Boulevard Radio or caught them recently when they guested on the Rockstar Games live stream. Now, Wavves have commissioned the Social Club community to create their official music video for "Leave". Wavves themselves along with Rockstar Games will be reviewing the finalists and deciding who wins, so here's a bit of direction on what they are looking for:

The song is about leaving a bad situation. Whether that means a criminal enterprise or activity, or a bad romantic relationship, or something else entirely is up to you to interpret as the music video director. Just have fun with it and don’t be afraid to get a little weird along the way. 

To fire your creative juices, here's the track for you to listen to:




THE PRIZES

As well as the prestige of having your masterpiece selected as the track's official music video, the grand prize winner will receive a custom G910 Orion Spark Gaming Keyboard and G510 Proteus Core Gaming Mouse both of which come laser engraved with the Rockstar Editor logo as well as your own personal Social Club ID to make it a truly one-of-a-kind bit of kit. 

The G910 Orion Spark Gaming Keyboard features ultra-responsive mechanical keys and Logitech’s Intelligent Illumination. Fully supported by GTAV PC, the backlit keys match the signature color of the character you’re playing as while in Story Mode dynamically (blue for Michael, green for Franklin, orange for Trevor), the function keys flash red and blue when you have a Wanted Level, and a custom profile can be setup to backlight only the relevant keys while using the Rockstar Editor. The G510 Proteus Core Gaming Mouse features 11 programmable buttons, customizable weight and five selectable DPI settings, from headshot-precise 200 DPI targeting to lightning-fast 12,000 DPI maneuvers.

As if that's not enough, the Winner also receives a deluxe prize pack of awesome official GTAV gear and a $100 gift card at the Rockstar Warehouse - which can be used on anything currently available, including rounding out your Rockstar Digital Download collection, expanding your Rockstar wardrobe, or upgrading your GTA Online vehicle fleet with a Megalodon Shark Card.

Two runners-up will each receive a $100 Rockstar Warehouse gift card and a deluxe prize pack of official GTAV gear.

The winner and the two runners-up will also be featured here at the Rockstar Newswire.


HOW TO ENTER

Entering the competition is easy. Simply create a video in the Rockstar Editor using GTAV PC and publish it to Rockstar Games Social Club via the in-game menu. From there, head to the My Videos page on Social Club, and tag your video with the word "leave" to enter it into the contest. A few important points:

  • The video must feature the song "Leave" by Wavves as its soundtrack, and only that song.
  • Your video must be between 3 and 5 minutes in length.
  • The video must be published to Rockstar Games Social Club and tagged with the word 'leave' between now and 11:59pm ET on June 8th to be eligible.
  • For legal reasons, only residents of certain countries are eligible to win.
  • The video must be made entirely using the Rockstar Editor. We know that many advanced Rockstar Editor video creators like to use additional third party editing software but in order to keep this competition fair for all entrants, we require that you only use the Rockstar Editor in producing the video.

UNLOCKABLE T-SHIRT FOR EVERY EDITOR (REDEEMED THIS JUNE)

Even if you don't win, every Social Club member worldwide who uploads any video to Social Club (not just entries in the competition) during the contest period will unlock an in-game t-shirt bearing the logo of the Vinewood blockbuster hit The Loneliest Robot in Great Britain. Please note that the t-shirt will be awarded after the contest ends in early June, so please don't expect it to appear as soon as you upload a video! And for those who haven't seen it yet, The Loneliest Robot in Great Britain is on an extended run at the Tivoli, Ten Cent and Oriental Theatres in downtown Los Santos right now.

Wavves and Rockstar Games will pick the winning clip taking into consideration adherence or interpretation of The Creative Brief mentioned above, entertainment and artistic value, editing quality and overall creativity. Watch the Social Club contest page to see how other Social Club members think your clip stacks up against the competition and stay tuned for the winners announcement this June.

Void in certain countries and where prohibited. See www.rockstargames.com/socialclub/events/contests for official rules and eligibility details.
 

The Alchemist and Oh No Present: Welcome to Los Santos Out Now

Posted on April 21 2015, 12:03pm | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Music, Games

The Alchemist and Oh No Present: Welcome to Los Santos, the outstanding collection of brand new tracks with top-flight collaborators created for and inspired by the world of GTAV, is available now via iTunes, and on CD.
 
Take a look at the video below to hear Alchemist, Oh No and some of the guest artists discuss the creation of the album.
 

 
Here’s what some of the music press have been saying about the singles released from 'Welcome To Los Santos' so far:
 
Freddie Gibbs and Curren$y, “Fetti”

"Yet another gem from the record’s star-studded tracklist” – XXL

“Phenomenal” – Okayplayer
 
MNDR Feat. Killer Mike, “Lock & Load”

“MNDR slowly delivers piercing gunplay over drums with clothes-shaking knock and slow-winding synth bass. Killer Mike comes through and empties the clip with a sixteen that murders everything — literally and figuratively.” – Stereogum (Named one 5 best songs of the week)

“Mixes MNDR’s dreamy vocals with Mike’s expertly composed and spat verses” – SPIN

“At once brazen and ethereal, the track capitalizes on both artists’ strengths. Here, like a tag team bringing the heat, the Atlanta MC spits pulverizing rhymes while MNDR weaves a glowing, dreamlike backdrop.” – Consequence of Sound
 
E-40 – “California” feat. Dam-Funk & Ariel Pink

“The legendary Bay Area rapper E-40 going head-to-head with lackadaisical LA pop weirdo Ariel Pink on “California” — somehow they balance each other perfectly.” – Stereogum

 
If you’re playing GTAV on PC, tune your radio to “The Lab” to hear the album as a full-blown station, complete with call-ins from the album’s guest artists and featuring Alchemist and Oh No as your science-dropping hosts, “Dr No and the Chemical Bro.”


Previously:
Welcome To Los Santos Album Now Available to Pre-Order

Self Radio: Creating Your Own Custom Radio Station in GTAV PC

Posted on April 15 2015, 4:48pm | Author: R* L | Filed Under: Music, Games


YouTuber MrBossFTW breaks down how to get started on your very own Self Radio station. 

Just one of the many cool new features in Grand Theft Auto V for PC is Self Radio, which will allow you to cruise around Los Santos to the sounds of your very own customized radio station. With just a few simple adjustments to the in-game audio settings, you'll have the ability to add outside music files. 

While many people have varying PC configurations, the folder you'll need to post the audio files in most likely lives here: C:\Documents\Rockstar Games\GTA V\User Music

In addition to the helpful tutorial above from MrBossFTW, you can also check out this vid from Ross' frequent streaming partner Dat_Saintsfan, and you'll be rocking out to your own custom station in no time.

By the way, if you’re interested in taking a trip down memory lane and furnishing your Self Radio playlist with tracks from classic GTA radio stations - check out this article for our list of official iTunes playlists from games like Vice City, San Andreas and many more.

 
Previously:
Grand Theft Auto V Is Now Available for PC
Official Grand Theft Auto Radio Playlists on Spotify and iTunes

Welcome To Los Santos Album Now Available to Pre-Order

Posted on March 31 2015, 9:59am | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Music, Games

Welcome To Los Santos, the genre-spanning collection of music inspired by the world of Grand Theft Auto V, is now available to pre-order at iTunes with the track 'Play It Cool', by Gangrene featuring Earl Sweatshirt and Sam T. Herring of Future Islands available for download now with every pre-order.

UPDATE: The track featured in the Grand Theft Auto V 60 Frames-Per-Second Trailer, 'Lock & Load' by MNDR featuring Killer Mike, is also now available for download with all iTunes pre-orders. Listen to the full version below:

Created and compiled by Alchemist and Oh No and heavily influenced and inspired by their work on the score of Grand Theft Auto V with late legendary composer Edgar Froese of Tangerine Dream and Woody Jackson, Welcome To Los Santos consists of all original tracks featuring a diverse array of artists spanning hip-hop, electronica, dancehall, rock, r'n'b and more. Music contained on Welcome To Los Santos will also feature on The Lab, a brand new radio station making its debut within Grand Theft Auto V for PC. The full album will be available on CD, vinyl and digital download on April 21 via Mass Appeal Records.
 
Check the album's full tracklist below:

1. Gangrene – Play It Cool feat. Samuel T. Herring (of Future Islands) & Earl Sweatshirt
2. Ab-Soul – Trouble feat. Aloe Blacc
3. Tunde Adebimpe – Speedline Miracle Masterpiece feat. Sal P & Sinkane
4. MC Eiht & Freddie Gibbs – Welcome to Los Santos feat. Kokane
5. Phantogram – K.Y.S.A 
6. Vybz Kartel – Fast Life 
7. King Avriel – 20's 50's 100's feat. A$AP Ferg
8. MNDR – Lock & Load feat. Killer Mike
9. Popcaan – Born Bad feat. Freddie Gibbs
10. E-40 – California feat. Dam-Funk & Ariel Pink
11. Wavves – Leave
12. Curren$y & Freddie Gibbs – Fetti
13. Little Dragon – Wanderer
14. Action Bronson & Danny Brown – Bad News


Previously:
New Music Coming to GTAV: The Alchemist and Oh No Present Welcome to Los Santos

New Music Coming to GTAV: The Alchemist and Oh No Present Welcome to Los Santos

Posted on March 6 2015, 10:33am | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Music, Games

Brand new radio station and soundtrack album release are on the way from GTAV score composers The Alchemist & Oh No.

Today, we're proud to announce The Alchemist and Oh No Present: Welcome to Los Santos, a genre-spanning collection of new music for Grand Theft Auto V, debuting with the PC version of GTAV on April 14th plus a full standalone album release to follow on April 21st from Mass Appeal Records.

Welcome to Los Santos features fresh tracks inspired by GTAV's original score, composed by The Alchemist and Oh No in partnership with Woody Jackson and Tangerine Dream to create a uniquely ambitious album. The Alchemist and Oh No weave together a musical journey that covers every corner of the fictional world of Grand Theft Auto V and features guests from across the musical spectrum – including Earl SweatshirtLittle DragonPhantogramFreddie GibbsPopcaanKiller MikeTunde Adebimpe and Samuel T. Herring (from Future Islands).

The music from Welcome to Los Santos will debut in GTAV for PC with a new The Alchemist and Oh No-hosted radio station ‘The Lab’ being added to the Los Santos radio dial. Stay tuned for more updates on GTAV music in the future. The album tracks will also be made available in the Rockstar Editor for PC as soundtracks for your original custom videos. The full standalone album, set for release on April 21st, will be available for digital download and at retail in both CD and vinyl releases from Mass Appeal Records.

Read the Vanity Fair article here, and listen to the first single off the album, titled “Play it Cool” by Gangrene (The Alchemist and Oh No) featuring Samuel T. Herring (from Future Islands) and Earl Sweatshirt. And stay tuned for much more about the Welcome to Los Santos album in the weeks ahead.

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

Posted on February 9 2015, 3:50pm | 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.

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