John Hamilton Smith V, also known as "Slide20xl," is a video game music producer, classical music composer, and video game aficionado living and working out of the Capitol Hill neighborhood in Seattle, WA.
As a young music student, he began his studies at the viola before deciding to combine his developing passions for video games, music composition, and video game music MIDI files into a singular purpose: making a career out of writing music for video games.
Since then, he's studied music performance and composition at the University of Georgia and electronic music production, sound design, and video game music production at the Berklee College of Music. In 2011, he attended the Red Bull Music Academy in Madrid, Spain, where he worked with musicians from across the globe and attended lectures presented by pioneers in the field including Erykah Badu, MF Doom, Young Guru, Frankie Knuckles, and Tony Andrews.
He's produced music and sound effects for several works by students from Carnegie Mellon University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He's also led direction and development on a pair of crowd-controlled music-based video games -- the first of which debuted at RBMA in 2011 and the second of which appeared at MIT's inaugural "Hacking Arts" festival. His most recent work includes sound design and the complete soundtrack for Princeton-affiliated online neuroscience game EyeWire and music composition and sound design work for Against Gravity's virtual reality title, Rec Room.
Outside of his passions for video games and music, he loves discovering critically acclaimed and cult-classic anime series, perusing design magazines, and enjoying a night out with good company, good drinks, and an exceptionally good dance floor.