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Hip-hop artist TekForce releases new album “Server Crash: Part 1”

TekForce’s performance caught our ear at Classic Game Fest over the summer and we just had to learn more about this gaming and hip-hop blend of music. If you don’t know who TekForce is, check out our interview with him here. We are going deeper into the inspiration for his new album, “Server Crash: Part 1,” which releases Thursday, Sept. 29.

You said in our previous interview that “Server Crash: Part 1” is different from “Tek Support” in that it’s “a little darker.” Can you expand on that? Or should I wait until Sept. 29 to listen to it? Hahaha.

Sure! [For this album], I wanted to get a bit more personal on things that I’ve gone through in my life. “Tek Support” was my entrance into music, and I wanted to show more of my gaming side on that one. “Workplace Woes pt.2,” “Warhorn,” and “Confessions of a Black Nerd” all deal with different things I’ve gone through in my life or currently going through. The tracks are still me, I just really wanted to talk about what I’ve been through so people can understand that I’ve gone through hard times too.

“Server Crash: Part 1” album cover / Graphic by Daniel Hill of Danji’s Design’s

I love the album cover. Who designed it? What was the concept behind it?

The album cover was designed by my good friend from England, Daniel Hill of Danji’s Design’s. He’s a ridiculously talented artist who drew the first album cover, and we talked about the direction of the second album. Since the subject matter was my life having turmoil in certain songs, we thought showing the room being cracked open and me being sucked into this world would be a GREAT set up. I was just amazed at how even improved on the first album cover, but dammit, he did!

What was the process like for producing this album? What challenges did you come across?

I wanted this album to have a different sound than Tek Support. I still wanted to keep it hip-hop, but branch out into different genres as well. I’ve been listening to a lot of Synthwave lately, which influenced the beat for “Workplace Woes pt.2.” I also have a song called “Ex-Machina” that’s more ambient or drum-and-bass influenced. At the core is hip-hop.The main challenge was to see where I wanted to go in the music, but once I figured that out, I was good to go.

Photo courtesy of TekForce
Photo courtesy of TekForce

I have never actually heard about the genre of “nerdcore” until I read your first interview. Are you going to make an album in the future with songs dedicated just to anime? I think that’ll be cool.

LOL, it’s funny you mention that because two of the songs on the album: “Please I Got You” and “Ex-Machina” are based on the “Please Teacher” and “Ghost In The Shell” franchises. I’ve thought of one day doing an album that’s based on older anime, but nobody would probably remember them, LOL!!! But it’s not a bad idea, maybe after I do this album dedicated to “TRON,” might be a good way to go!

I enjoyed your “Stranger Things”-inspired track! Any chance you’ll make one inspired from say “Game of Thrones”? Our Shuffle peeps are HUGE GoT fans.

Thank you so much! I am a HUGE fan of the show and felt like it was really ripe for a song about it. I got my good friend, Halo Sama, to write and sing the hook and it just went together perfectly. That show just appealed to us as children of the 80’s, and it reminded us of movies like “The Goonies,” “Explorers”… anything adventure or horror-related. Believe it or not, I don’t watch “Game of Thrones!” I know, I’m in the vast minority, but have recently thought about checking it out.

Where can your fans find you?! Are you performing anywhere? Will you be at any comic cons this fall?

Fans can find me on and on social media. I’m actually planning a CD release party right now for the new album. I’m also in talks with a couple of cons on performing, so we’ll see how it works out! Also we are shooting a video for “011,” so I’m REALLY excited about that, and I think it’s gonna turn out fantastic.

You can find TekForce’s music on Soundcloud and follow him on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Tumblr

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