Level Up: Seven Musicians With Geeky Backgrounds
Say what you will about our sustainability, the heat, or our wretched politicos, but Phoenix is a haven for nerds. We have The Minibosses, who play heavy covers from video games like Super Mario Bros. and Double Dragon; and Mega Ran, who raps over Final Fantasy and Mega Man soundtracks. Both are totally awesome.
I may not participate in cosplay (though I could totally pull off Vanille's look), but I do make a point to replay Final Fantasy VII and IX at least once a year. I may have never fully gotten into the whole anime thing, but I still have a penchant for Hayao Miyazaki.
The point is: Deep down there's a little geek in all of us, so we can all revel in these seven musicians that arose from nerdy sources and are fully badass.
He is the man responsible for the majority of the Final Fantasy soundtracks, and by that, I mean all of the good ones. That's a big franchise...he's written a song for just about every human emotion imaginable.
To set the scene, you're traveling the world with a band of misfits that are living in exile. This includes the princess, who sees her mother working with an arms dealer (oh noes!) and a stone cold female knight that's about to beat your party to a pulp in the pouring rain.
Later on, you find out that she was just fighting for her country and actually has human emotions after all. She ends up having the hots for the clumsy, loudmouthed knight in your party and is as willing to confront her feelings as a 14-year-old emo boy.
Uematsu is back, only now he has replaced piano and orchestral songs with progressive metal licks.
Final Fantasy VII boss battles would have been a touch more epic with The Black Mages at the helm.
The violinist/singer responsible for hilariously named, yet beautiful albums like He Poos Clouds started out as Final Fantasy, but eventually changed his name to avoid confusion with the video game series.