Virtual Boy


Virtual Boy's stylishly oddball set of influences is what happens when two talented young classical musicians discover their shared passion for dusty vintage synthesizers, new electronic-music genres, classic formalwear, and girls that look like they could star in a '60s Godard movie.


Founders Henry Allen and Preston Walker met freshman year at Chapman University's Conservatory of Music based in California's famed Orange County. Henry arrived from his hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico as a classical guitar virtuoso. Preston, a Southern California native, became part of the Chapman University Choir, with which he toured Italy and sang for Pope Benedict XVI in the Sistine Chapel. But it was when Henry and Preston began composing together in their Music Technology class that their sonic potential revealed itself. Owing as much to Bach and Mozart as they do to Ratatat and evoking Air as much as Nosaj Thing and The Glitch Mob, Virtual Boy developed their own signature sound.


After making their live debut at notable Los Angeles weekly Low End Theory, they released their subsequent EP, Symphony No. None in February of 2011 on LA-based Alpha Pup Records.


Since then, they released their first full-length record in early 2012 and have appeared at numerous events and festivals. They recently spoke at the renowned TEDx Conference and are currently scoring the upcoming film Atomic Robo.


  • Mary Anne Hobbs dedicated a segment of her influential BBC Radio 1 show to Virtual Boy mere months after releasing their debut song
  • Members of Brainfeeder, Glitch Mob, STS9 among others have requested Virtual Boy for remix projects
  • In February 2012, they released their Debut, Self titled album on Alpha Pup Records