Best Nostalgia Act - 2002
For those raised in the 1980s, the tinny, MIDI-like bleeps and bloops of Nintendo game soundtracks are like amniotic fluid. So it's no surprise that a burgeoning underground movement is rising from the minds and joysticks of nerdy kids turning their love for 8-bit technology into irony-free dance music. Twenty-two-year-old Columbia student Jeremiah Johnson, a/k/a NULLSLEEP, and his 8bitpeoples crew lead the charge, gaining coverage in The Wire and rocking crowds at Fun and Warsaw. Onstage, it's just Johnson, a laptop, and a Game Boy. Be sure to yell out for his cover of Cutting Crew's "(I Just) Died in Your Arms."