Masters of VGM is BACK for 2023!

Many of your favorite video game music podcasts are returning, this time to celebrate composers who we feel might have missed out last year because they were either too new or not well-known enough to be immediately considered “masters” of the craft. However, as we hope to showcase this year, many of them are truly gifted in spite of their up-and-coming status, or are simply unsung heroes of VGM composition.

So please join us once again in June (give or take a couple weeks) 2023 as we collectively celebrate the Masters of VGM: Unsung and Up-and-Coming composers who have provided us with the music we all love!

VGM Masters 2023

VGM Masters 2022

Master Playlist 2022

  • VGM Origins – 1×02 Masters of VGM (Grant Kirkhope and Tee Lopes) with Shootkapow

    It’s June. So that means its time for the second Masters of VGM event. This years Masters of VGM is centered on those who are unsung or up and coming VGM composers. So for the up and coming I have brought tracks from none other then Tee Lopes. For the unsung, the first person who came to mind was Grant Kirkope. And who better then to pick tracks and talk to about Mr. Kirkope then Shootkapow, formally of Very Good Music VGM podcast. We talk about the compser’s, the games their tracks are in, pokemon, life after graduation, games we are currently playing, pokemon, snacks, and….more pokemon (we talk about a lot of pokemon lol).

  • CRT Soundsystem – 021 – Alberto Jose Gonzalez – Masters of VGM 2023

    Join me and Reese again this week as we get mad at Turok and weird European goblins and listen to some bangers from

    @alberto_mcalby for the final episode of this year’s


  • Re-VGM – Episode 76: Chikayo Fukuda (Masters of VGM)

    Here we are, Week 4 of Masters of VGM.

    This week’s composer is Chikayo Fukuda, known for the .hack series that is developed by CyberConnect2. In addition, she also composed for other video games series, such as Naruto, JoJo’s Bizzare Adventure, and Fuga: Melodies of Steel. She writes music with a certain level of elegance; some of the fights, despite being chaotic and random, are rendered calm and soothing.

    For this episode, we’ll be playing tracks from three games from .hack series: INFECTION, G.U., and LINK. Each track will also be followed by a cover and remix.

    I hope you’ve been enjoying these and other episodes of Masters of VGM. Also be sure to check the website for other podcasts that participating.

  • VGMPorium: Video Game Music & More! – Episode 78: Master of VGM (Year 2)

    It’s hard to believe but here we are at the 2nd year of Masters of VGM! This time around the focus is on the underappreciated and up and coming composers. Today you’ll be hearing works from Hikoshi Hashimoto (HIKO), Max Coburn (Maxo), Takehiro Yonemura (CHEMOOL) and Stefan Moser (Effoharkay/eff)

  • A VGM Journey – Level 130: Masters of VGM II

    On this episode of the show. The VGM Podcasting community event @MastersofVGM returns and this time focusing on composers that I consider underrated. Featuring the music of Ichiro Shimakura, Laura Shigihara, Hidenori Shoji and Danny Baranowsky.

  • CRT Soundsystem – 020 – MVGM03 – Hitoshi Sakimoto

    I’m joined by @bashfulinternet this week for Episode 3 of @MastersofVGM to talk about some deep cuts from Hitoshi Sakimoto.

  • Re-VGM – Episode 75: Keiichi Suzuki (Masters of VGM)

    Two composers done, and two left to go, for Masters of VGM.

    This week, we’re taking a dive into the Mother series (Earthbound outside of Japan) and featuring Keiichi Suzuki, the composer for the series who worked with Hirokazu Tanaka (aka “Chip Tanaka” or “Hip Tanaka”. Suzuki is purely a musician, having been in several bands and releasing albums with Moonriders and The Beatniks (with Yukihiro Takahashi of Yellow Magic Orchestra), but he was helped by Tanaka-san’s programming ability, translating notes into bits and bytes. While the series itself is very much niche, the tracks are memorable for those who played it; even one of the tracks popped up in certain memes.

    Hope you’re enjoying this and other episodes during the month of June. Also be sure to check out other podcasts participating in the event at their website.

    Keiichi Suzuki – 1997 Composer Interview

    “MOTHER/EARTHBOUND Composer Keiichi Suzuki Listens to his Original Demo Tape of ‘Eight Melodies’”


    It’s June, and that means it’s Masters of VGM month! This year, the focus across all of the participating VGM podcasts is to shine a spotlight on composers that we feel don’t get enough attention in the media.

    We’ve invited longtime contributor and friend @The Diad to highlight four of his favorite underrated game music maestros, and Ed has shared in kind. Tune in to catch up on some great tunes you may not have heard before!

    NOTE: Due to a microphone failure, there is a slight change in quality in Ed’s voice for the last few segments of the show.

    To check out all of the Masters of VGM content, follow @MastersOfVGM on Twitter or search for the #mastersofvgm hashtag, or head over to for links to all of the amazing shows.

  • CRT Soundsystem 019 – Manami Matsumae – Masters of VGM 2023

    Episode 2 of @MastersofVGM 2023 is gonna be about Manami Matsumae, an episode long in the making about one of the most foundational composers to the entire artform

  • Re-VGM – Episode 74: Keita Haga (Masters of VGM)

    Welcome to the 2nd episode of Masters of VGM. This week’s spotlight is on Keita Haga.

    Keita Haga is known widely for his work on the Fate series. The series encompasses all media related to Fate: manga, anime, and video games. Haga-san has composed music for the popular mobile game Fate/Grand Order, along with several games on the console and arcade. However, it’s not just games with the word “Fate” in it. He’s also composed music for the Melty Blood series and the Tsukihime series.

    Have a listen as we play tracks from several video games, going back to the Sega Saturn game “Waku Puyo Puyo Dungeon”. Hope you’re enjoying these and other fine episodes from participating podcasts of Masters of VGM.

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