Established in 1994, Games is a 4LYFE crew of best friends Joel Ford and Daniel Lopatin. We met in a 6th grade science class and drew tape covers of fake bands that we dreamed we were in together. In high school we started jamming double synthesizers in Dan’s basement. This is when we were headbanging to 70s jazz-fusion, dubbing 88.9 blazer mixtapes and jamming them in cars ALL NITE while parsing the landscape data brain // †✡✡NORTH WAYLAND STYLE.✡✡†
After years of focusing on our respective musical projects (Oneohtrix Point Never, Tigercity) we decided it was time to make THE MAGIC HAPPEN. In February of 2010, we moved to Bushwick and started eating a lot of STREET MEAT and growing vegetables in a legit garden… EVERYTHING HAD TO BE SLOWER AND CREAMIER. From this profound environ GAMES WAS BORN. The sound is a blend of sampler/synth ecologies from across the globe. When we were kids, the synthesizer was our vehicle for blasting into third life during a time when all we had was a Daytona tape deck. Ever since, we’ve been ON THE CHASE.
-Daniel & Joel