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By Akira The Don on Thursday, October 20th, 2016

Holiday booked for next fall then.

*weeps ocean of joy

— By Akira The Don on Thursday, October 20th, 2016

By Akira The Don on Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Part of me is actually considering waiting till January, when you can play this on PS4. The rest of me is like, DUDE SHUT THE FUCK UP YOU IDIOT AND BUY THIS JOINT FOR YOUR 360 THE DAY IT DROPS AND TAKE A MONTH OFF LIKE THAT TIME YOU QUIT YOUR JOB TO PLAY VICE CITY REMEMBER HOW HAPPY WE WERE? ALRIGHT! WOOOO PARTY BOOM!

Real talk, people are always saying computer games are a waste of time, but that month I was playing Vice City was one of the best times of my LIFE.

And you already know how I feel about Red Dead.

 

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— By Akira The Don on Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

So, my awesome song about how much I miss Rockstar’s modern classic Red Dead Redemption was featured in The Guardian today, which reminded me that I’d wanted to make some kind of visual for it, if only so that it could have a life on Youtube, where most people seem to go to listen to their music these days, so I balanced my phone on my tripod (the phone hasn’t got a screw-in thing like a proper camera would) and filmed myself singing the song whilst playing the game, which was particularly tricky during the shot in which the game is being projected onto me… I had to play whilst looking in a mirror, which only reflected a tiny sliver of the wall, and anyway, have you ever tried playing a computer game in a mirror whist rapping? That shit is harder than trying to unicycle drunk on a plank of wood, and I should know cos I’ve tried

Oh yeah, I got the game fixed. Did I mention that? Turns out you can take a scratched disc to one of those GAME shops, and they’ll fix your scratched disc for £2. Amazing.

ANYWAY! As mentioned, I filmed myself on my phone, then I chopped it up with some of my favorite footage from the game, and I rendered that shit, and uploaded it, and voila! You can now enjoy Lord I Miss Red Dead Redemption on them there Youtubes for all time. You’re welcome! And you can look forward to a proper music video made by some proffesionals in the next week or so. Hooray!

(Speaking of videos, Lizacrunch Crunch just let it be known on Facebook that I’m Youtube’s #87 most viewed musician this week! PARTAAAAAAAY!)

Now, Keith Stuart, who wrote the Guardian article actually asked me a whole load of questions reagrding the song, and the game, but as is the way with such things only used one of the answers, so I figured I might as well share the whole thing with you, since you’re intered enough to have come here in the first place on this glorious day. So here you go:

1. Can you tell me how the track came about – and how the game influenced you?

Well, the song is an entirely true story, like all my songs. I was literally finding myself looking up in the sky, seeing a bird, and subsequently having a deep impulse to take out a winchester rifle and shoot that bird… I’d be right back in Red Dead Redemption world in an instant. I found I really missed it, as if it were a real place, and that it had forever altered my personal filter of what I take to be reality.

I also found myself singing “lord I miss Red Dead Redemption” to myself over and over in the shower, which is how a lot of my songs start. So I got out of the shower, sat down at my desk, and went to the Red Dead Redemption website, where the first thing I saw was their music video for Jose Gonzales’ Far Away, which was used to such emotive effect in the game. I press play, and within four bars I found that the “lord I miss red dead redemption” refrain I’d been singing to myself fit over it perfectly, so I sampled it, looped it, played some drums over it, took a load of music from the game itself, changed the pitch of that so it fit with the song, and put the whole thing on loop for half an hour, at the end of which I had written completed song and dropped a tear because it was such a fucking incredible journey, and I went through it all again when I wrote the song.

2. What do you think it is about Red Dead that has caught people’s attention in this way – a lot of gamers I know have had a really emotional reaction to it.

It’s a lot of things… The story is deeply engaging, the characters are genuine and excellently acted, and just awesomely realized. But outside of all that, you can just roam off into the sunset on your horse, your horse which feels so real, so lifelike. The game itself is just fucking beautiful, and almost limitless. You can roam, helping people along the way, which you’re happy to do because you’re playing John Martsen, the greatest computer game character of all time, who’s deep goodness cannot help but infect the player, so strong and pure it is… I found I didn’t want to do bad things, because that’s not what John Marsten would do. Like I say in the song, I could have cried when I accidentally killed my horse for the first time. It made me nauseous. So I helped all the people I could, and tried to live my life within the game in as exemplaray a manner as I could, out of respect for John Marsten.

3. What have been the responses to the track? We often see artists who namecheck games, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a song reacting to a game in this way – almost like a love song, I guess?

Yeah, it’s a love a song. I fucking loved that game. Like I said, all my songs are true. They’re either the truth of something that happened to me, or the truth of how I feel about something. But it’s not often I can tell how effective my translation of that truth has been, because its mine alone. In this instance I was describing something that thousands of other people experienced, and that so many of them have been letting me know that my song perfectly described their own emotional experience has been incredible, because it means I am actually achieving what I set out to with this music, and it means I’m connecting with people on a raw level, which is a fucking swagged out and beautiful thing.

4. Have you heard from Rockstar about the track?

Yeah, they actually cosigned it. They put it on their blog and Tweeted about. I was full of joy. Hopefully they keep me in mind when choosing music for GTA5. That’s one of my biggest ambitions, having a song on a GTA game. The idea of taking out a police helicopter or something whilst listening to my own music makes make grin till my cheeks are sore to just think of it.

5. And have you been influenced by other games?

I think we’re influenced by everything we experience on some level, including computer games, but the effects of some are more pronounced. GTA, for example, taught me to drive. When I had my first driving lesson with my girl she was amazed at how well I steered, and that was all GTA. The game also to this day has built into me an urge to steal motorbikes, but I never actually do, obviously, because I can tell the difference between the computer game reality, and the human experience reality. I just wonder about the level of reality outside of that more nowadays, and I have computer games to thank for giving me the context within which to envisage such a concept.

— Saturday, March 26th, 2011

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

— Saturday, March 26th, 2011

Monday, March 14th, 2011

There have been certain distinct watershed moments in my musical career. Like getting played on Radio 1. Getting featured in NME. Playing a sold out show in New York. Having Gruff Rhys sing a chorus I’d written (two, actually). Indeed, as I think on the matter, I see that I have had a thousand of these wonderful experiences. And now comes another.

Rockstar, the greatest games creators in the world, the geniuses behind the generation defining Grand Theft Auto series, have cosigned my song –  Lord I Miss (Red Dead Redemption) from ATD25 –  about possibly their finest achievement, last year’s dictionary definition epic, Red Dead Redemption. I don’t need to write anything about the game here. That’s what the song’s for:

Truly, for my musical tribute to their great work to be blessed by Rockstar is an honor and a privilege. But that the community have gotten behind it too… that is a beautiful thing, because it means a song I wrote about something that truly resonated with me, has truly resonated with others who shared that experience, which means I got it right.

YESSS! SKILLS DEVELOPED AND DEPLOYED!

Thanks to everyone that’s been sharing it around the place.

This time next year I hope to be celebrating another watershed moment: having a song on the new GTA game.

DARE TO DREAM!

Now, I’m gonna get back to finalizing the Living In The Future compilation. Enjoy this dope lil’ video that Youtuber put together. I really wanna make a full video for the song, so hopefully I can work something out. PAX!

— Monday, March 14th, 2011

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

This is a true story about the most deeply profound, emotional gaming experience I ever had. I mean every note, and every syllable.

THANK YOU ROCKSTAR.

EDIT: The song is now officially Rockstar approved! DAAAMN!


— Tuesday, March 1st, 2011