Quick Beats: Grant Kirkhope on How Batman Inspired Banjo-Kazooie

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Throughout the Nintendo Life Video Game Music Festival, we spoke with a variety of songwriters and musicians for a mix of in-depth interviews and shorter, sharper (and perhaps a little dumber) Q&A in which we just do ten quick personal questions; We call these shorter functions “Quick Beats.”

Today we speak with a musical teacher and personal hero, Mr. Grant Kirkhope from Banjo-Kazooie, GoldenEye 007, Viva Piñata and Mario + Rabbids, and much more, of course. This Rare veteran during his golden years of N64 has an enviable back catalog, but began his career at VGM after several years playing in bands and touring with some of the biggest names in rock history.

You may notice that this Quick Beats is a bit longer than average, that’s because it’s taken from a longer conversation we had with Grant a few weeks ago. We go a bit off track here discussing movie soundtracks and more, but Grant is such good company that we think you will enjoy a bit of this in particular. longest heartbeat.

And you can expect even more from our conversation soon. In the meantime, let’s find out which precious object Kirkhope would save from his home, and much more …

What was the first song or album you remember buying?

ACDC, high voltage.

What was the last music you listened to?

It was yesterday and it was John Williams Jurassic Park. [laughs]