Music Entertainment System (in short: M.E.S.) consists of the two musicians Kevin Balke – also known as ‘V-Axys‘ – and Daniel Vonk – also known as ‘Nesmic‘. We are a dedicated music label that was established to bring projects to life that we couldn’t realize alone.
Since we were young we’ve been composing music of various genres together and decided to found this label to finally take our music to new grounds. If you’d ask us what inspired us to start composing music then chances are we wouldn’t even be able to tell just off the top of our heads. While the main influences might certainly come from video game soundtracks we also love to listen to all kinds of music genres (pop, rock, hip-hop, metal, techno – anything, really), watch a lot of movies and basically draw our inspirations from everywhere all across the board. (And maybe there’s also something in that German beer we’re drinking. We always thought there might be something fishy going on with that stuff.)
The two of us met way back in fifth grade and always had a distinct affinity for anything music-related that set us apart from the people who strived to become doctors, lawyers and salesmen. We always felt a bit different in that regard. We wanted to create something that moved people somehow (not literally of course). Something that would make them happy, but could also make them cry. Something that could bring feelings to them that they wouldn’t even be able to feel otherwise. It was clear as day to us – we could achieve all of this by expanding upon the musical foundation we already had and start creating music ourselves. Create something that would move people in ways otherwise not possible. And thus we started composing music together and eventually established this record label. To bring this special something to everyone in the world.
Our goal is simple: To bring back the musical style of video games from the past.
Remember sitting in front of your old CRT TV, not even giving a damn about the size of your screen, the pixelated graphics and the simplistic music? Being completely absorbed by your video games – like nothing could ever absorb you again? It was as if you were magically drawn to classics like Mario, Zelda, Final Fantasy, Mega Man, Sonic, Castlevania, Donkey Kong Country and Metroid. Maybe you grew up later with games like Kingdom Hearts, Ratchet and Clank, Metal Gear Solid, Jak and Daxter and Halo. And maybe you were a PC gamer spending hours on end playing the Elder Scrolls series. But no matter what, there’s something all of us have in common:
We weren’t only playing those games. For a while we were a part of them.
Although our childhood might be over, our memories will live on. We want to continue where our childhood stopped being the ‘present’ and began being the ‘past’. We want to bring back the distinct musical style of video games from those eras in a new and modern way. Make it sound awesome with all of the new and exciting possibilities sound design has given us over the years, while still keeping the spirit of what made those soundtracks so great.
For those of you who know exactly what we’re talking about, and also for those who just want to listen to something different – something new and exciting – we established Music Entertainment System.
We hope that you’ll have just as much fun listening to our music as we have creating it!
Music for your projects
We’re also open to offers regarding custom music, sound effects and sound design for your video games, movies or other projects.
If you need help with anything at all, want to ask a question or just say something in general, don’t hesitate and feel free to contact us using our contact form. We’ll be getting back to you as soon as we can!