Grant Kirkhope

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Grant Kirkhope
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Born 10 July, 1962
Occupation at Nintendo Composer, voice actor

Grant Kirkhope (born 10 July, 1962) is a British composer who has been in video game composition since 1995 and is known for his compositions for Rareware games, especially the Banjo-Kazooie series. He is also somewhat infamous for the DK Rap, which has been remixed and referenced in many other games after its introduction. In addition, he has voiced Donkey Kong for several games.


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  • “Yeah… my Miyamoto story is a bit worse. It was when E3 had moved to Atlanta [1997]. Nintendo had a party in a museum, and we all got hideously drunk. I saw Tim Stamper talking to Miyamoto, and I introduced myself as the composer of Banjo-Kazooie, totally drunk. He just looked at me with the blankest expression, he couldn’t tell what I was saying. A while later, I was in the bathroom – and this is embarrassing – I was trying to pull down George Andreas’ trousers for a joke. I was on my knees and I looked up to see Miyamoto staring down at me. That was the last time I spoke to him.”[6]

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