Video Game Publisher Wired Productions today launched a new music label, Black Razor Records, whose aim is to bridge the gap between the video game and music worlds. Its debut release is Arcade Paradise, a 4 track EP from the video game of the same name. The Arcade Paradise EP is a collaboration between writers Kieron Pepper (ex-Prodigy live drummer 1997-2007), Ben Pickersgill (Brighton producer [Klax, Critical]), and singer Stu Brootal (Ivar & The Horde). All proceeds from sales via Bandcamp will be donated to the video games mental health charity, Safe In Our World.
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The charity EP features in the video game of the same name, Arcade Paradise, developed by award-winning independent studio, Nosebleed Interactive, and launched on the 11th August. The titular song Arcade Paradise follows the story of Ashley and their dysfunctional relationship with their father, combining anger and determination to show just what can be done with the right focus.
Set up in 2019, the main goal of Safe In Our World is to create and foster mental health awareness within the video game industry for gamers and industry people worldwide. The charity supports people from all walks of life, including those like Ashley, the protagonist of the Arcade Paradise video game, who find themselves under immense pressure and have to juggle everyday responsibilities with challenging personal relationships. Ashley’s story is just one but resonates with many.
Watch Leo Zullo, Stu Brootal and Kieron Pepper discuss the Arcade Paradise collaboration with Safe In Our World:
”The story of Ashley and their struggle with authority is one we have all experienced at some point in our lives. When we were briefed about the theme, it was easy to quickly understand and relate to” said Kieron Pepper, composer and producer for the Arcade Paradise EP. “Stu Brootal and his crew [Ivar & The Horde] smash it out of the park with the right level of anger and energy.”
“I hope gamers and music fans alike appreciate the song’s message and how the money it raises will contribute to the great work that Safe In Our World does” said Leo Zullo, Managing Director at Wired Productions. “Music has always been in the DNA of Wired Productions, so setting up a music label is a natural step for us. As we are independent we choose the projects we work on, so our first release combines our favourite things… video games, great music and supporting a video game mental health charity close to our hearts… because we can!”
The Arcade Paradise charity EP is available to purchase today for £3.00, and all proceeds from Bandcamp will go to Safe In Our World.
Arcade Paradise EP is also available on all streaming platforms.
Arcade Paradise EP Tracklist:
- Ivar & The Horde – Arcade Paradise (Explicit)
- Ivar & The Horde – Arcade Paradise (Future Funk Squad Electro Mix)
- Ivar & The Horde – Arcade Paradise (Radio Edit)
- Ivar & The Horde – Arcade Paradise (Instrumental)