The comedic rap group Starbomb has seen great success with their satirical takes on well-known video games and their characters. Starbomb is made up of Arin Hanson and Dan Avidan of the popular YouTube channel Game Grumps as well as Brian Wecht (known as Ninja Brian), who co-founded the band Ninja Sex Party with Avidan. Their premiere, self-titled album was released back in December of 2013 and was number one on Billboard’s Top Comedy Albums in the US.
Some of their familiar songs include “Luigi’s Ballad” which tells the forlorn tale of the green-clad Mario brother as he lusts after Princess Peach. They were also recently nominated for “Best Fan Creation” at the 2014 Game Awards for their Legend of Zelda themed song “It’s Dangerous to Go Alone“. Luigi’s Ballad was partly animated by Arin Hanson, who is also known as Egoraptor.
In December of 2014, Starbomb debuted their second album Player Select which soared to number eight on the iTunes charts a week afters its release. We had the fortunate opportunity to discuss with Starbomb all about what went into the production of Player Select, as well as what comes next for the band.
Starbomb’s second album has been an inarguable success, and it is obvious a lot of work has been put into its production. How much time went into creating the album?
Start to finish, it took about five months. We started brainstorming ideas in early July, and then decided to work on a schedule where we’d be able to release it by the end of the year — and that meant finishing it up by mid-November! It was a pretty difficult schedule to keep, but we’re happy to say that we were able to make it.
If you could collaborate with any other artists, who would it be?
There are so many people we’d love to work with — Weird Al immediately comes to mind since he’s one of our heroes. Also Tenacious D, Flight of the Conchords, Epic Rap Battles of History, or any of the many amazing nerdcore people like MC Chris or MC Frontalot.
What was some of your favorite songs to record on the album and why?
Probably the most fun was “The New Pokerap”, since we had a great time coming up with the various Pokemon names!
For “The New Pokerap” — were most of those names improvised or did you create a list beforehand?
We write all the songs beforehand, including this one. Although it may not seem like it from the final version, we put a lot of time into both the music and lyrics of every song to make sure it sounds exactly the way we want it to.
At Zelda Universe, with no surprise one of our favorites is “The Hero of Rhyme”. What happened to Link between “It’s Dangerous to Go Alone” and this title that made the Hylian hero to want to put down the sword and pick up the mic and become a rap star?
This one’s easy — he was having a mid-life crisis. He briefly considered becoming a NASCAR driver but decided it was too dangerous.
If you could be transported into any Legend of Zelda game, which would it be?
Whatever the Wii U game will be, because then we’d also have a time machine.
Was there anything you wanted to implement into the production of Player Select that you weren’t able to do with the first Starbomb album?
Yes — more collaborations! Hopefully we’ll be able to line up some of these in the future.
Are there any plans to do a Starbomb tour?
No immediate plans, although it’s something we’re very interested in doing, hopefully some time this year.
In the outro for Player Select you guys talk about a third album in the works, is there anything you can tell us about it?
It’s totally a thing that’s happening!