Random Encounter (band)
|Origin||Orlando, Florida, United States|
|Genres||Video game music
|Years active||2005 - Present|
Random Encounter is an independent American video game music cover/inspired band from Orlando, Florida that features an accordion as the lead instrument. Dedicated to the creation and performance of high energy music, they are known for playing songs based on video games and for their covers of songs from popular television shows and movies.
Random Encounter was formed from a literal series of random encounters in 2005 when two friends discovered a mutual interest in video game music. While a few incarnations of the band have existed over the years, the group most well known as Random Encounter formed in September 2010 (consisting of all new members) and transformed the band into an energetic act with the goal of being as much fun to watch as they are to listen to. Drawing from its roots as a video game cover band, Random Encounter began to create original music inspired by video game culture. These originals are strongly inspired by songs and stories from video games, often pulling from video games like Metroid, Dead Space, and the Legend of Zelda, and aim to condense the experience of a video game into a 3-4 minute song. The cover songs Random Encounter plays are arranged for a rock environment and during live performances songs are often grouped together into melodies by series. Random Encounter is also well known for their high energy and visual antics at their live shows  and for their frequent use of guest musicians.
In a 2012 interview with Powet TV Random Encounter "admitted" that their musical endeavors were a cover for their affiliation with the occult-hunting branch of the Russian military. Interviews, stage banter, and their official website from 2009-2012 also suggested that the fictitious mission of the band, and the majority of the band's back story revolved around the elimination of paranormal creatures such as Werewolves, Vampires, Zombies, and Jerks, however the band ceased making this claim in mid-2012 after too many of their fans were confused and genuinely believed them to be from Russia.
Random Encounter has gained a fanatical following throughout the Florida nerd-music scene and throughout the east coast by becoming a part of the world's first video game themed band tour, Player Vs Performer. They have performed at venues like Nerdapalooza, MAGFest, Gencon, Otakon, SXSW, the Hard Rock Live (Orlando), led a parade of zombies, and have played in practically every major city on the east coast. Random Encounter still frequently performs throughout the Southeast United States. Notably, Random Encounter was selected as the Best Rock Act in Central Florida for 2013, the Best Indie Act in Central Florida for 2012, and the Best Folk Act in Central Florida for 2011. Badassoftheweek.com described Random Encounter as being "like all the awesomeness of playing Castlevania on the NES in Port Royale in the 17th century without all the syphilis or cutlass wounds." During the winter of 2014, Random Encounter went on a 10-day tour of Europe with Video Games Live, traveling through the UK, France, Finland, Sweden, and Spain. Later that same year Random Encounter composed music for the video game, Super Galaxy Squadron.
Random Encounter has performed with such acts as They Might Be Giants, Nobuo Uematsu's band the Earthbound Papas, Less than Jake, Andrew WK, Voltaire (musician), Steam Powered Giraffe, Vivid, as a part of Video Games Live, and been a TEDxSarasota Speaker and Performer.
The band members of Random Encounter prefer not to go by their real names, and instead have adopted nicknames based on their online gamer tags.
- Rook - bass guitar, vocals
- Konami - guitar, vocals
- Moose - Drums
- Kit - guitar
- Jackson - accordion, tuba, keyboard
- Careless - accordion, vocals, Glockenspiel
- Helios - keyboard
- AdamOne - drums
- Luck - guitar
- Vanek - Euphonium
- Gigsley - guitar
- Niko - guitar
- Destiny - guitar
- Hiro - Trumpet
- DemonLord - guitar
- Rasputan - guitar
- Ven - bass guitar
- Legolas - drum machine
Random Encounter has also performed with (live):
- brentalfloss - vocals
- Juja - guitar
- Under Polaris - bass guitar
- Select Start (the full band)
- Lauren "The Flute" Liebowitz - flute
- The Descendants of Erdrick (the full band in 2012)
- Dr. Wily of The NESkimos - vocals
- Steffeny "Steffo" Messinger - vocals
- MC Wreckshin - vocals
- Video Games Live - (Orchestra)
- Tommy Tallarico - guitar
- Craig Turley Orchestra - (Orchestra)
- Santaluces Choir - (Choir)
- Stetson Orchestra - (Orchestra)
- Gerard Marino - guitar
- The Sexy Sax Man - saxophone
- Richard DeGrey - drums
- Professor Shyguy - drums
- Stemage of Metroid Metal - guitar
- Hungarian Virtuosi Orchestra - (Orchestra)
- Riva Taylor - Vocals
- Vantaan Viihdeorkesteri Orchestra - (Orchestra)
- Stockholm Concert Orchestra - (Orchestra)
- Orquesta Nacional de España - (Orchestra)
- Neo Symbiance (EP) - ShinRa Electric Records (2006)
- Random Encounter (Self Titled) (Demo LP) - ShinRa Electric Records (2010)
- Unavenged - ShinRa Electric Records (2011)
- 72 Hours in The Ocean with your Mother (Single) - ShinRa Electric Records (2012)
- Dead Labs (Single) - ShinRa Electric Records (2013)
- Let Me Tell You a Story - ShinRa Electric Records (2013)
- The Big Blue LP (LP) - ShinRa Electric Records (2014)
- Super Galaxy Squadron original Soundtrack - ShinRa Electric Records (2015)
- "Nerdy ShowInterview with Random Encounter". Nerdy Show. January 10, 2011. Retrieved 2011-01-10.
- Celeste, Kristal (June 19, 2014). "I'm The Only Girl In A Nerd Rock Band And I'm Frustrated By All The Sexism I Have To Deal With". xoJane. Retrieved 2015-03-19.
- "RoboAwesome PvP Tour Show Review". Retrieved 2011-02-27.
- "Powet TV MAGFest 2012: Random Encounter Interview". Retrieved 2012-01-10.
- "On The Road Again". Circus Girl Magazine. August 1, 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-01.
- "Orlando Relocation Blog". Retrieved 2011-09-28.
- "Orlando Weekly". Retrieved 2011-07-13.
- "Badass Random Encounter Review". Retrieved 2011-02-27.
- Lederer, Philip (August 21, 2014). "Random Encounter Preps for European Tour". SRQ Magazine. Retrieved 2014-08-14.
- Belanger, Ashley (August 9, 2014). "Random Encounter makes combo moves to up their music game". Orlando Weekly. Retrieved 2014-08-06.
- "TedXSarasota Performance". YouTube. September 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-12.