holy shit do i feel old now. im sure the bosses are feeling it along with any of us in our early 40s and late 30s but when we all look back, im sure we are generally sayin the same thing, 'its been a hell of a journey'. my first exposure to the bosses was in '00 or '01 right when i started getting my feet wet with making vgm remixes.. i had been doing tss for a few years and wrote countless originals, going through the demoscene era and writing the weird flavor of 8bit and idm stuff that you all know of my output. met people like virt, bogdan, machinedrum, ilkae et al along the way in those late 90s years. i wanted to branch out into other stuff in a similar vein where i could bring some of the elements of acoustic instruments that i did in the mathrock bands that i was in, as i figured i'd be a good talent to do certain songs from video games in a way that maybe nobody else did. so i went on soulseek and napster looking for other artists that might be doing it. i'd put in 'zelda rock' or 'metroid cover' or whatever. when i discovered the minibosses, it was in mp3s that didnt even have a band name, so i kinda had to hunt around the internet to find these guys, of course at that point there was very few actual bands doing it. the bosses led me to this community which was very inspirational in being able to take direction in what songs i should work towards. that og forum, man..there was only a handful of us around at that point..i swear it couldnt have been more than 20 or 30 posters at that point, but the way we built that community up and brought our friends and new fans in over the years..again, its been a hell of a journey.
none of this would have been possible without the bosses and their vision and the tunes they brought us. unmistakably their own and seminal as all hell, this scene would not be without not only their influence, but them as people and their personalities and how they interacted with the fans. the first time i met up with them and played with them was on their turf in phoenix at modified arts (rip), with lovelife, another baltimore band featuring a scott malat, of the essential emo band universal order of armageddon and the great unraveling also featuring tonie joy. ill never forget hitting up taco bell and aaron and leslie when i got into town and the hospitality that they showed me, cruising around with aaron and scott in his van after the gig and the killer show i was able to take part in, maybe most of all feeling like i was part of a new movement of music that was uncharted territory...taking video game music and bangers like goonies and brash guttoral chipmusic to a stage and not knowing what was going to come of it. so many friendships that were made over the years and so much amazing music made, both on album and live performances that wouldnt have been possible without the bosses working in their own way to help create an accepting scene of sweaty weirdos who just wanna rock out to cv or metroid and go fist banging mania remembering all the time we spent as little dweebs sitting in front of the gray box and tube with a rectangular bit of plastic in our hands and chips going through our heads as we went on these 128kb/128kb journeys.
aaron, ben, woody, fred, everybody who stepped up to the plate with a stick or a pick in your hands along the way..you guys have my eternal gratitude. i wouldnt be here today chippin away and slashing down vgm still if it wasnt for you guys helpin us carve out that niche one note at a time. happy 20th anniversary to one of the most essential bands of all time.
pictured below: me, aaron, ailsean at m4. i still got that ratty grey jacket. ive given up on glasses tho, heh.