On this edition of Killzown Interviews, I sit down with Chip-Hop/NerdCore Artist Mega Ran. I ask Ran about his music and gaming origins, tour life, and more. Check out the interview below and make sure you visit Mega Ran via his website megaranmusic.com, make sure you like his officail Facebook Page and follow him on Twitter @Megaran.
DJ Killzown Jones – What is your name and where are you from?
Mega Ran – I’m Raheem, aka Mega Ran, and I’m from Phoenix by way of Philadelphia, PA.
DJ Killzown Jones – When did you fall in love with video games and what was the first game you played?
Mega Ran – Video games have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, since getting an Atari 2600 for Christmas. The last game I played was the beta for Titanfall before I left for tour, can’t wait to get home and pick up my preorder.
DJ Killzown Jones – What was your first system that you owned and what systems do you currently own?
MegaRan – Oh I think I answered that, haha. I do have an Xbox One and 3DS currently.
DJ Killzown Jones – When did you first started making music and what made you decide to rap about video games?
Mega Ran – I wrote my first rap song in 11th grade, but I got serious about music in 2004, when I first got a job at a studio and started working on my first album.
DJ Killzown Jones How was your experience in making your debut album?
MegaRan – It was an arduous process, but one that I feel I needed. I went through a lot of trouble bringing in session players, recording and re-recording after my DJ had his hard drive wiped due to a malfunction. I had to create the album twice. It was tough remaining motivated, but I do feel like that process made me appreciate the adversity we faced in that period and I think it made The Call that much more special.
DJ Killzown Jones How did your deal with Capcom come about it?
MegaRan – I made an album called “Mega Ran” on the 20th anniversary of the Megaman game, and capcom got a hold of it. They sent me an email saying they liked it and later on, a film called “Second Skin” contacted me and wanted to use one of the songs in the movie but not without permission. They contacted Capcom and somehow secured a license for me. It’s still pretty surreal.
DJ Killzown Jones How are you enjoying the Total Destruction Tour, how did you put it together?
MegaRan – It’s over now but it was probably the most fun I’ve had on a tour in a long time. Rolling with Brentalfloss and Danimal was perfect– we have different fanbases and different things we do but there’s enough overlap to make it relevant and connected. That’s the best kind of tour to do. I did a lot of the booking, as I normally do… A challenge but so worth it in the end.
DJ Killzown Jones – What are your goals as an artist for the next five years?
MegaRan – I’d like to get to every continent with my music, to start teaching music or music business classes, and finish writing this book that I’ve been working on.
DJ Killzown Jones-What artist would you like to work with in the music industry
Mega Ran – I’d love to work with Cee-Lo, Kanye West, MF DOOM, Childish Gambino, The Roots.. Plenty.
DJ Killzown Jones – What games and music albums are you looking forward to this year?
MegaRan – I don’t really have much time to keep up with what’s coming out, I know I’m working on something really special. I want to play the new South Park game though.
DJ Killzown Jones – What are your favorite games and albums?
Mega Ran – Games: Mega Man 1-4, X, Super Mario 3, Final Fantasy 7, Metal Gear Solid, Uncharted and so many more.
Albums: What’s Going On by Marvin Gaye, Kanye’s Late Registration, Stevie Wonder’s Songs in The Key Of Life.
DJ Killzown Jones- What projects are you currently preparing to release?
MegaRan – I just released an EP to help fund my Japan tour, called The Returners with Phill Harmonix. Later in the year I’ll release my next full length, “Wouldn’t Miss It For The World.”
DJ Killzown Jones – Do you have any people you would like to thank or shout out?
MegaRan – All the fans and supporters, my whole team, Writers Guild, and outlets like this one for taking the time to talk shop with me.
DJ Killzown Jones – Lets turn the tables do you have any questions for me?
MegaRan – Well… What games are you playing these days? What’s your worst fear? What’s your favorite meal of the day?
DJ Killzown Jones – Killzown Shadow Fall, TitanFall, Killer Instinct, Strider (2014), Metal Gear Solid V Ground Zeros, Batman Arkham Origins, and a bunch of others. My worst fear is doing everything I can to reach my goals, and my favorite meal of the day has to be breakfast. Thank you for your time Mega Ran and best of luck to you with all of your future endeavors.
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