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Interview with Got Item!

Facebook – Genre(s): Nintendocore/Post-Hardcore – Location: Sacramento, CA

PSAB: Where does the band name “Got Item” come from exactly?

GI!: The name Got Item! is a reference to the video game “Mario Party 2” on the Nintendo 64. When a player obtains an item from a mini-game, there’s an obnoxious voice that screams the phrase in all of its broken English glory. I played “Mario Party 2” way too much as a kid, so it just felt right to use it as the name of my project. I’d like to note that I don’t see the video game industry today as I did back when I was a kid, we didn’t have things like micro transactions or a robux hack to exploit back then, it was much more pure in that sense.

PSAB: How’s the feedback been for your newly release self-titled EP?

GI!: The feedback for my debut self-titled EP has been great! Since its release, I’ve received praise from Nintendocore fans around the world. The downloads on my Bandcamp have been going crazy, especially once fans and music pages started to spread my music around. It feels good knowing that people are truly enjoying the EP.

PSAB: What nintendocore/8-bit bands did you listen to before you started Got Item!? Or, what nintendocore/8-bit bands play an influence on your music?

GI!: Some of the Nintendocore artists that have played big roles in the way my music sounds are Monomate, iamerror, Horse the Band, A Walk to Golgotha, Go:Eskimo, and Ditto’s Blood. Though my inspirations draw from all of the genres of music that I listen to, these are the artists that really made me want to write in this style.

PSAB: What is the metal scene like in Sacramento, CA?

GI!: I honestly can’t speak much about the Sacramento metal scene because I haven’t really been a part of it until very recently. There are some great local bands in the area though, namely my good friends in a video game metal band called The Brotherhood of Ellipsis. They’ve played a huge role in the way that Got Item! sounds. Their guitarist, Jacob Martinez recorded studio guitars for the EP and their keyboard player Anthony Bruno recorded, mixed, and mastered the whole thing. They’re my boys.

PSAB: What video game plays the most influence on your music?

GI!: It’s hard to say that there’s a certain video game that has the most influence on my music. There are many games from my past (and present) that have effected my life one way or another. Those special ones are the ones that give me the inspiration to do what I do.

PSAB: Any shout outs to give?

GI!: I want to give a shout out to Jacob and Anthony from The Brotherhood of Ellipsis (again) for helping me shape the way that my music sounds, as well as Zachary Fravel for proving to me that this project was worth pursuing in the first place.

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