Did you love Banjo Kazooie, Donkey Kong 64 and Goldeneye? Grant Kirkhope speaks about all those games and tells us the REAL story behind Stop N Swop!
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Grant Kirkhope is a BAFTA nominated composer who has created the soundtrack to video games that have sold in excess of 25 million copies. From “GoldenEye” to “Banjo-Kazooie” and “Perfect Dark” to “Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning”, Grant has shown his versatility in being able to craft music in a huge variety of styles. Grant has a degree in music from the Royal Northern College of Music in the UK where he majored in classical trumpet. He has also toured extensively in Europe with a variety of bands and has been part of the opening act for Van Halen, Bon Jovi. ZZ top and Bryan Adams on stadium tours of this territory.
Grant has now settled in LA where he has recently been nominated for a International Film Music Critics Association Award for “Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning” and has been voted in to the Classic FM Hall Of Fame for his score for “Viva Pinata”.
- 11 years on unemployment, played in bands,
- His friend worked at Rare and told him to apply
- “I´ve got nothing else to do, might as well try it”
- Joined Rare in 1995
- Self taught guitar player
- Favorite song: “Bed Time Story”-end of Rare
- Hidden treasures in the games
- True story of “Stop N Swop “
- Oder to Banjo Kazooie