You know who Team Teamwork is by this point. Ocarina of Rhyme was pretty much the nerd-cred mashup album of last year, and the just-released Vinyl Fantasy 7 has been getting attention everywhere from Wired to Joystiq. Hell, he even got attention from one of the artists he was sampling, resulting in a cease & desist. Point is, dude’s blowin’ up.
Team Teamwork (aka Tim Jacques) agreed to an interview with us for some reason. Read on as we discuss an easter egg he tucked into the album, where he’s putting his music up now, and what we should expect from him in the future.
You released Vinyl Fantasy 7, your second game mashup album, at the end of last month. How are you feeling about it now that it’s out there?
I’m really proud of it. I put in a lot of time on it, and the only real backlash is nerds that think putting rap over their precious video game soundtracks is sacrilege. The people that actually matter are responding really positively.
So this past week you got hit with your first cease-and-desist. Congratulations! What’s the full story on that?
Is your Bandcamp page ever coming back? Are you exploring other options?
Neither 8tracks or whatthemashup have a space for donations. However, you’ve begun selling a pretty sweet “Free Team Teamwork” shirt via your tumblr. Is this how fans can support you in the interim?
Sort of, but there weren’t nearly enough preorders to make it worthwhile to print a shirt. So I pulled it down and refunded the few that were kind enough to preorder.
That’s awesome! I’m gonna have to contribute a few. [Editor's note: he did.]
I’ve already got the title set – The Good-ass Remixes Vol. 2. It’s going to be a follow up to the first, but ideally more out-there. So far, I have a song put together with a Michael Bolton sample. I’m not going to stress about it, I’m just going to do it as ideas come to me. It may be out this year; it may be out next year.