How an Indie Band Wants to Change Music Biopics, Out August 18 – PlayStation.Blog
You’ve probably seen a musical biopic or TV show: a story of the rise to fame of a band you know. You have probably heard songs from a virtual band, animated characters playing music recorded by real creative artists.
We Are OFK is both of those things.
- OFK is our virtual band, with real songs on streaming services, just like any other band you love.
- We Are OFK is a video game about our band’s origin story.
With me so far? Alright, we’re doing a bit of a biopic about ourselves. An auto-biopic, for you word nerds…
The story of a musical biopic usually goes like this: a small-town artist works hard, gets unappreciated, and almost gives up. Then they meet a record company executive who “gets it,” or they impress someone famous at a bar, and that person launches them into stardom. They are recording an album! They’re going on tour! They see the world! Sex! Oh no, the drugs! … They hit rock bottom. Their friends are angry or sad or whatever, and a combination of those terrible things motivates the artist to change his life. They rediscover their love for music and remember why they do it in the first place. I love these stories! They are inspiring, but they are so big.
Do you know how many artists become megastars? It’s not a lot. Most musicians never get there, and making music does. not pay a living wage. Still, tons of people make music, whether they’re paid or not. These great pop star stories are inspiring, but I think people trying to do anything… it’s magic to me.
Same thing with virtual groups. They are so glamorous and imaginative, yet they are larger than life. For all of us in the OFK team… we don’t know anyone like that, really. We mostly hang out on couches, doodling, eat sandwiches in a park, or order delivery noodles again.
We Are OFK is our indie size experiment to make a smaller biopic. A smaller virtual group. An imaginary group, created by artists, musicians and game designers who all know how hard it is to create something, finish it and release it to the world, because we still have a hard time doing it most of the time. What would it be like to create virtual musicians who watch the performances of these pop stars on their laptops in bed, and know that they will probably never play a concert in a stadium? We wanted to tell this story – how hard it is to make music, write even one song, record another video to post online, and hope someone will let a nice comment. Going through daily chores, loneliness, awkward group chats, someone at a party who won’t stop talking to you…all of it.
We made our biopic as a game, because we feel close to this band, our band, and we want you to too. You will decide what they say, what texts they send, how they express themselves on their little journey to try and do something they can be proud of. I know we’re proud of this game/group/episodic series… the whole thing!
We Are OFK airs August 18 on PS5 and PS4, then weekly thereafter until you get all of our episodes, featuring all of OFK’s new songs from their debut EP.
Not yet a complete album, because doing stuff is hard! We all have to start small.