Megatroid is a Sydney born, Vancouver based producer who has so far slipped under the radar of all but the most discerning hip hop/production fans. Think this is set to change though, especially now that he as won the Icebird ‘Charmed Life’ remix competition, beating over 150 entries to clinch the win!
The track was offered up for remix by the duo behind Icebird: legendary producer RJD2 and singer Aaron Livingson of The Mean. Megatroid went for a stripped back, minimalist vibe, commenting that he wanted to create “an alternative to the current dub-step trend in electronic music, which is brutal wall-of-sound, assault to the senses type stuff.” Icebird have obviously approved of this approach, and Megatroid’s growing fan base attests to the thirst out there for a more nuanced sound.
Affiliated with Australia’s Tape Death collective, Megatroid has been quietly building a catalogue which would make any producer nerd proud. His Don’t Play Games With Chemicals EP was released in 2010 on the UK-based Kitten Rock label. Composed entirely on a Nintendo DS, it garnered a lot of attention in the chip tune scene. His work on Tape Death’s showcase compilation We Are The World’s Most Important Something and the Jackie Onassis ‘New Dumb’ remix EP established his signature downbeat sound, which grew out of the more experimental ideas explored on his ‘Battery Brain‘ EP.
His Icebird remix, along with remixes of local emcees 360, Fraksha and Force & Sparts bundled together on the ‘Remixes 1‘ EP, available for free download at tapedeath.com. The remixes are all variations on a sound that is becoming Megatroid’s signature; minimal and nuanced. Together they form an EP that takes vastly different source material and makes it into a cohesive release that perfectly displays Megatroid’s future leaning style.