Critical Hit is a symphonic rock band performing original arrangements and electrifying live concerts of music from the most celebrated video games of all time.
Featuring Jason Hayes, lead composer on the original release of Blizzard’s hit title World of Warcraft, the band’s unique sound blends a variety of musical styles from rock to classical and beyond.
Critical Hit’s award-winning musicians record for top-grossing video games, movies, and TV shows and perform live at The Emmy’s, Cirque Du Soleil, American Idol, symphony orchestras worldwide, and more.
Embark on a rediscovery of timeless pieces from Super Mario Bros, The Legend of Zelda, Halo, Final Fantasy, World of Warcraft, Kingdom Hearts, Metal Gear Solid, Pokemon, Call of Duty, Sonic the Hedgehog, Mega Man, Tetris, and more!
About the Founders
Co-Founder, Composer, Keyboard/Percussion
Jason was lead composer on the original release of World of Warcraft. He has also contributed scores to Dota 2, StarCraft, StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm, Warcraft III, Diablo II, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. His compositions have been performed by renowned symphony orchestras worldwide.
Jason currently resides in Irvine, California as an in-house composer for Blizzard Entertainment. He is excited to bring his enthusiasm for videogame music on stage to every Critical Hit live performance.
Co-Founder, Executive Producer
From 2003 – 2007, Michael performed video game and anime music piano charity concerts under the stage name “Piano Squall” to raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, in support of a cure for the disease that took his grandmother’s life. He toured Brazil as part of the orchestral game music concert series Video Games Live, with performances in Brasilia, Curitiba, and Rio de Janeiro. Michael released his debut charity album, entitled GAME, which became the first video game/anime piano solo album to be published by an independent musician.
In 2007, Michael founded VGMarket, which is today the largest provider of market research to the video game industry.
In 2013, Michael and Jason Hayes created Critical Hit, bringing live video game music concerts to gamers worldwide.
Michael studied business and Japanese at the University of Pennsylvania. He enjoys piano, composing, chess, ping-pong, bowling, and StarCraft II.