An Interview with Ryan O'Keeffe of Airbourne
Ryan O'Keeffe of Airbourne talks music in games with The Gamers' Temple's Ned Jordan.
If you're a gamer, then it's quite likely that you've played a game with a track from Airbourne on the soundtrack. They're one of the heavy hitters for EA Trax and are a favorite on Rock Band. I had a chance to ask Ryan O'Keeffe a few questions on music and games, and here's what he had to say...
Ned: Many bands would be happy to have one song featured in a game, any game, but you've managed to land a number of tracks in a dozen or so different games. Did you ever dream that you'd ever have a song appear in a game?
Ryan: I remember when we were younger we would make riffs to go with the game Road Rash.
Ned: What do you think makes your music such a good match for game soundtracks?
Ryan: Simple, good time rock n' roll.
Ned: All of the games that your music has appeared in have been released in the past two years. How did so much happen so fast?
Ryan: We toured relentlessly around the release of Runnin' Wild, for about 2 years straight so I think that may have helped. Plus we have met a lot of people from the gaming world thanks to EA; all great people!
Ned: Looking at the list of games that your music has appeared in, it's heavily slanted towards sports games, especially those involving people hitting each other such as Madden NFL 10, WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2010, and NHL 09. Just a coincidence? Or is it all somehow connected to your Australian pub rock roots?
Ryan: Haha! Yeah, well I think rock n' roll can make you wanna do that sometimes.
Ned: You've had tracks appear on the last three Madden NFL games, which is a pretty impressive accomplishment. Were you surprised that your music proved to be such a good match for American football?
Ryan: Well, there's a lot of hard hitting in that sport, I think the two go together.
Ned: Are you secretly wishing for a Madden Rugby game to come out soon?
Ryan: I would really like to see an AFL ( Aussie rules football ) game.
Ned: You've got a new album now, No Guts. No Glory. Do you think that it will connect with videogames as well as your last album, Runnin' Wild? Are you gamers yourself?
Ryan: I guess we'll have to wait and see. We do have a few game machines on the bus including a custom built PC game machine (Modern Warfare 2 looked ten times better on it than any other console).
Ned: Have you tried playing your track Runnin' Wild in Rock Band? Can you play it on Expert?
Ryan: Haha, not yet.
Ned: Anything else that you'd like to say to our videogame playing, Airbourne loving readers?
Ryan: Games were looking forward too.
Transmitted: 5/22/2015 10:13:44 PM