Having been variously described as 'Tron meets The Strokes' and 'A speak and spell with a broken heart'€ amongst other eclectic accolades, MidiMidis are almost impossible to pigeonhole, a rare thing nowadays, but definitely a point in their favour. Recently signed to BMG, the band have just finished recording their upcoming album (which has been mixed by Tom Bellamy and Mr Fogg) and are poised to take the world by storm. I caught up with Marcus to find out how they’ve got this far, and what happens next... Although I find it hard to believe, there are still people out there at the moment who haven't heard of MidiMidis. Hopefully that will all change very soon, but in the meantime, give us a quick rundown of what you're about. MIDIMIDIS is me and my ex-brother in law / best friend AntMIDI. We'€™ve spent the last 3-4 years collating MIDI and 8-bit chip bleeps ad sounds from various old video game consoles from the late 70's/80s and early 90's. Our songs are composed purely using those old cold and restricted sounds that the Spectrums and Ataris (to name but a few) used to pump out of your TV when playing Alex Kid or Zelda back in the day. We layer this backdrop of the most basic form of electronic sounds with scuzzy late 70's NY guitar parts with me crooning about life, love, death and depression in an introspective yet melodic way. Anti-pop it is, but the songs are so melodic and sometimes experiential that we've sort of created our own mature interpretation of 'pop music' to address the exciting change that is currently occurring in modern music. In the last few years, 8-bit music has become much more '€˜mainstream' (much as I hate that word) - first with Crystal Castles and then the recent Scott Pilgrim game which was sound-tracked by Anamanaguchi. Do you think this has made people more receptive to your music? To be honest we're so different to all the other acts out there that have attempted to either 'revive' chip-tune or incorporate gimmicky (to use a better expression)' samples of 8-bit that we don't feel that it's made people less or more receptive. We're really excited and happy to be pushing chip-tune and the capabilities of it to the max: our songs are just good songs, and interesting and provocative in their own right. Of course we do think that 8-bit and chip-tune is cool, but we're biased as it's the main music we heard from our childhood :) We've been very lucky as we divided opinion at first but then the people who saw us live keep coming back for more to get their head around what they're hearing and seeing and so that is the biggest most motivational reward. That and having such amazing people as Brett Anderson, Eddy Temple-Morris and some heroes from one of our strongest influences- The Cooper Temple Clause - behind everything we're doing. Every day is an exciting day for us, and for music in general I think. The best description I've seen of MidiMidis is "A speak and spell with a broken heart", and although your tracks are upbeat, a lot of the lyrics are very emotional. Is this based on personal experience? Yeah absolutely. It's the only way I can write or have the confidence to sing in front and tell a story to thousands of strangers, live or on record. The songs are elaborately upbeat and fast- they're pretty happy melodically I reckon. We always thought that it would be more interesting and challenging to write introspective, personal- sometimes too personal - songs but with catchy fun 'party' melodies. It’s the thrill of the irony for me. You're sitting in the car on the way to Milton Keynes or in a club and our music is played; it's happy- uplifting stuff, but the irony is the dark undertone of the lyrics rather than the more ridiculously obvious route of writing 'sad' 'dark' songs like White Lies or something equally turgid. So, you've recently signed with Sony BMG. "Congratulations" doesn't quite cover it - you must be over the moon! How did that come about? We had a few publishing offers on the table after our live shows following our last digital single. Thing is, BMG came on board and we couldn't believe it. The lady who signed us is a true visionary- obviously when you're dealing with a major they are thinking of the risk, profit etc- BMG love our melodies and songs: they did consider 'developing' and making us into something that sounds like what's currently littering the charts, but after seeing us live, following us and taking the time to talk to us for a couple of months they realised and just 'got' the beauty of our unique restrictions using chip-tune. We all just totally shared the same goals and vision, BMG became 100% behind us and let us basically finish what we started in our bedrooms rather than have a load of co-writers, big over production and massive over-priced studios to make us sound like Ke$ha. BMG recently merged with Chrysalis too and, still, the support and belief in what we've been doing and the album we've recorded with Tom Bellamy and Mr Fogg is priceless. We're just eternally grateful to be in a position to be working with incredibly experienced and talented people who understand our vision. From what I understand it took you a long time to get a recording deal. Obviously getting signed isn't an easy job for any band, especially to a major label, but did you face any particular difficulties due to your music style? No not really. What everyone had to remember is that, as flattering as it is to know that talented and experienced people are attracted to you because of your songs- for me- you have to realise that there are hundreds of artists out there who write amazing songs and most are never heard. The reason that we turn people's heads, or moreover, their ears is because we just sound 'different', odd even. It's like my favourite bands and artists I've never 'totally' got - like when you're 15 or 19 your ears, mind and experience in life are constantly adjusting and changing, it'€™s those memories in music or life that stand out the most. Like a crazy lover. You always remember them more even if they weren'€™t perfect. That's us, we stand out. To me and Ant we are so used to the music we'€™re making that we'€™re totally unaware, but I think it'€™s the natural confidence in what we're doing that makes others also more comfortable with our 'sound'. I wish more artists would be like that, they're a dying breed. But then, I guess that’s why people like us because we're a breath of fresh air for music listeners and for people in the music industry. Last time I saw you guys play, I tried to wheedle some information out of Ant regarding the new album, but he was very coy. Is there anything you can tell me? When will we be able to hear it for ourselves? It's called 'For Lovers and Other Strangers' and was recorded in a week in our bedrooms. It has been co-produced with the genius Tom Bellamy and Mr Fogg. It will be released when the perfect nest for it is built so that those songs can fly from the nest and be heard by everyone. I can tell you that one song is 9 minutes long. Given your music style there's no way I can not ask this question I'm afraid: What's your favourite computer game and why? It's impossible to pick just one favourite but instinctively I will say for me [Marcus] it's Shadow of the Colossus. It's on the PS2. Anyone who plays it or Googles it will see why. For Ant - I know this one!! It's called TerraNova (or something..) yup. For us both: All Resident Evils. All Metal Gear Solids, All Tomb Raiders (maybe with the exception of Angel of Darkness which was.. just quite frankly; Shit.) What's been your most exciting moment to date, musically? Finding out we were going to play Reading and Leeds festivals. Other than stalking The Cooper Temple Clause at 17 that's the only reason I moved to Reading. I'd never been to a festival in my life and dared myself at 18 to make sure my first festival was never me paying but me playing. 11 festivals in 18 months is not bad. I won the bet. But I bet myself so didn't win much.. Oh and Finishing the album. Where do MidiMidis go from here? Find a label to release the album. Before that though, our double a-side 'The Despondent/It's Difficult' is released both physically and digitally May 2nd. There will be another single after that before the album release. And finally, what advice can you give to the thousands of people out there who are desperate to get where you are now? Don't waste your time. Find the cure for cancer or something. I *wanted* to do that since I was 6 but I realised at 13 I was terrible at maths so couldn't possibly do science and so I realised my genuinely noble ambition was not going to happen. Just be nice to people instead I guess. It's Difficult - MidiMidis by The 405