Here we bring you one of the most talented and ambitious projects in recent times that deserves a whole lot of love. I have been enjoying this show not only for it's story and novel artwork, but the voice acting and songs are packed full of incredible talent. Some of the tracks in the series, especially 'Digital Deities' sung by Daniel Graves of Aesthetic Perfection and 'Flicker' sung by Amie Evans have BLOWN ME AWAY. It is therefore your duty as a music fan to go and check this series out, subscribe, and appreciate the artistic glory on offer.
The series, created by Mike Evans of UK based electronic rock act MiXE1, chronicles the exploits of the fictional band X-RL7 in a mix of comedy, social commentary and original music.
The show follows the enigmatic X-RL7 frontman Omega as he navigates the trials and tribulations of the music industry alongside guitarist/producer PJ and flamboyant larger-than-life band manager Alfie in their journey to make it to the top of the musical foodchain.
X-RL7 facebook page: Here
Musicians whom have lent their voices to the show so far include:
Jimmy Urine (Mindless Self Indulgence)
Rob "Rawrb" Kersey (Psychostick)
Daniel Graves (Aesthetic Perfection)
Lauren Babic (Red Handed Denial, Crazy Eighty Eight) Nyxx (Nyxx)
Erlend Eilertsen (Essence of Mind, Lights A.M.)
Mikey AlterRed (AlterRed)
Richard Kaltenhauser (Machine Rox)
Natasha Cox (AL1CE, Mankind Is Obsolete)
Sasha Travis (AL1CE)
Pete Crane (SHIV-R)
Craig Owens (Chiodos, D.R.U.G.S)
Roman Marisak (Professional Murder Music, Space Time)
Lawrie Bayldon (Studio-X)
Bridgette Hill (Studio-X)
Mike Evans (MiXE1)
Lee Towson (MiXE1)
Amelia Arsenic (Amelia Arsenic)
Chris Voigt (Greasy Tales, Sexual Lobster)
Michael Joseph (Rockstar Esoterica)
As I mentioned at the beginning, the track 'Digital Deities' has really stood out. Aesthetic Perfection has always been a favourite of mine and this track stands alone from the rest in that it keeps the genuine Daniel Graves signature sound but the song heads in a direction the artist has never quite gone down and I love it.
Digital Deities Lyric video:
Not only does this series provide some great entertainment and the ability to listen to the songs separate from the show, but Mike has taken a lot of time to make behind the scenes videos with interviews from the artists themselves. I genuinely enjoyed the video below with Daniel Graves telling us about his character and how he has always wanted to voice act.
In so watching I have come to appreciate just how much skill, dedication, and genuine passion for story telling and intelligence Mike has put in to the lyrical content of the show. I really look forward to seeing how this develops in future!
Backstage with Daniel Graves:
To top this all off the show has the first collection of tracks gathered in to the album 'Apotheosis music' available on all the usual digital outlets. On their patreon there is also the ability to discover tracks unreleased anywhere else!
Click to be taken to the patreon
And click here to go subscribe to the show!
Words from Mike:
"I'm absolutely delighted (and terrified) to launch X-RL7 at last. The series has been in development for over a year and a half and represents the amalgamation of so many of my passions - my love of pixel art, music, comedy, social commentary, romance, cyberpunk and conspiritorial themes all coming together in one unique pixelated cocktail. I am very blessed that so many super talented artists have taken the time to lend their voices to the project, embracing the world of X-RL7 and the music. The series is free to watch and any support from sharing, subscribing to social media, commenting, liking, streaming the music, etc is very, very much appreciated - please do consider supporting us on Patreon for exclusive rewards and content. Much love. Mike"
The origins of the project can be traced back to 2016 in the form of an unfinished point and click adventure game developed by Evans - the concept revolving around a music journalist and other fictional bands with original music. After moving on from this, Evans formed Youtube video series Project Anything, honing his animation skills, whilst still creating music in his band MiXE1. Still enamoured by one of the songs he penned for the game ("Apotheosis Man"), Evans picked up the remnants of the project in late 2018 and started repurposing it as a video/music series with a brand new story, focusing largely around one specific band - X-RL7.
Along the way Evans approached musical friends and past collaborators to lend their voices to various characters and songs. As the series took shape, he approached others in the alternative music scene, some of whom he has been a fan of for many years, who kindly got involved and delivered fantastic performances as their animated counter parts.
From the retro-inspired visual style and cyberpunk aesthetic, the comedy, the eccentric characters, the references to musician life, the original electronic-rock music, the awesome guest appearances, X-RL7 is a unique a project which is well worth a look. Sub series X-RL7 Backstage goes deeper with regular mini-documentaries about the making of the series, as well as official Lyric video and more. Join X-RL7 on their journey.
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