david l puga music

Producer, Remixer, Graphic Designer

Ass kickery, Hardcore Style! or the legend of BadAss Boss Themes

 So, in the wake of BadAss Volume 3 being released, I thought I’d record the legend of the BadAss Boss Themes brand. It’ll probably in 2 or 3 parts. We’ll see.

 A few years ago... Like maybe 2009-ish maybe... we'll say 2009. Well, actually I'll have to go back even further than that, queue wave-filter-denoting-time-rewind. So, in the early days of the aughts, or whatever they call them now, I found music, well, I found that I liked creating music. Loud, abrasive, crappy music with great ideas but poor execution. Around this time I also found a site called Overclocked remix, which was a site that housed remixes, or rearrangements, of classic video game songs. I won’t divulge how I came upon this site (coughbearsharecough), which then led me to VGmix.com. Now VGMix was similar to Overclocked in that they both specialized on vg music, but vgmix had a more open type of design that let anybody post their songs, & allowed for open feedback from anyone that heard it. It’s here that I really started to see what I could do with this music thing &, well, that’s a story for another day.  I’m gonna jump ahead a few years in the next paragraph; just wanted to ramble on with a little intro into what got me into the vg remix scene & set the stage for it.

 Imagine, if you will, it’s 2009, & OCReMix has grown into a really great site, & by that time I had been a part of a few remix albums. We both aged gracefully if I do say so myself. One of my favorite albums that I was in up to that point was Dark Side of Phobos, a DooM 1 album, & I felt that type of sound & music was sorely missing from the site. I wanted dark, heavy hitting music. So, along came a Crescendo to Chaos. It promised exactly what I wanted. An album consisting of nothing but Boss Themes, done in styles that would capture the feeling & attitude of what it means to be a boss. I joined right away, picked the Gruntilda fight from Banjo Kazooie, which you can listen to in demo form here. I was really pumped about that project, but it ended up falling apart.
 

 Around the time that was falling apart, I’d just wrapped up my tracks from the Tales album, Summoning of Spirits. I remember talking with some of my buddies on that forum about how awesome that boss project was. With some encouragement, I decided I wasn’t going to let it go quietly into that cold, cold night. No sir! Or madame… I’m getting off point here. So, I restarted the project with a another guy from the now defunct Crescendo team, Pieter Van Os.

When we relaunched the project, I decided to take it in a slightly different direction. The previous incarnation was aiming at a middle ground in terms of feeling & style, but I thought it should be darker & more … badass, if you will. We changed the parameters to a more ominous, more hardcore feel, ass-kickery style, if you’re dirty. We struggled with the name for a bit, until we finally settled on just calling it like we saw it, BadAss Volume 1, as I've always intedned it to be a series. We proceeded to recruit our team & set to work on it. The album was released on December 6, 2011, & it was great! I’m really proud of that first album, it was great way to launch the BadAss brand on OCReMix. The album ended up having tracks that didn’t necessarily scream badass, but we figured for a first outing, there should be islands where someone listening could chill for a bit & not get overwhelmed. The next album though, well, I had no intention of having those islands.  
 

Continued in Part 2: The one with the bloody cow spots.