It’s time for our monthly special episode of “On Stage Now”, where we feature a VGM musician and their works of covers, remixes, and arrangements of video game music.

This month, we’re featuring String Player Gamer (nom de plume for Diwa de Leon), a musician known for his signature instrument, the electric violin. He was smitten by the music of “The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past” at the age of 11, yet, despite being born into a family rooted in music, he bristled at the idea of such a career. However, his roots called him back and thus he accepted his fate. He played in a band and worked in film and TV composing music. Later, he started uploading covers and remixes of video game music onto YouTube; his video for The Legend of Zelda gave Diwa the push to pursue music further. Eventually, he branded his channel and then changed his name to String Player Gamer.

We’ll be playing a block of String Player Gamer’s covers and remixes going back 10 years, including an original composition for a video game during Global Game Jam.

I hope you’ll enjoy his works and considering following his pages, watching him online, and buying his albums and merch…


String Player Gamer (Personal Website, YT, TwiX, Twitch, Kick, Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, BC, SC, Patreon, Ko-fi)



Track Listing

“Final Fantasy VIII – Eyes on Me (Violin Cover/Remix)” – [Final Fantasy VIII] – composed by Nobuo Uematsu

“Super Smash Bros. Melee/Brawl/WiiU Menu Medley (Orchestrated Cover/Remix)” – [Super Smash Bros. Melee] – composed by Hirokazu Ando, Jun Ishikawa, Shogi Sakai

“Ragnarok Online Medley” – [Ragnarok Online] – composed by SoundTEMP

“Undertale – Megalovania (Electric Violin & Electric Guitar Cover/Remix)” – [Undertale] – composed by Toby Fox, from the album “Undertale: Strings of Determination Vol. 1”

“Ragnarok Online: Main Title Theme” – [Ragnorok Online] – composed by SoundTEMP

“Main Theme (from Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild)” – [The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild] – composed by Kojo Kondo, from the album “Rebirth”

“Ride On! (from “Where the Heart Is”) – composed by Diwa de Leon, from the album “HOME: Music for Global Game Jam 2019”

“Zelda: Wind Waker – Wind Waker Trio (featuring Michelle Eng and Mikki Francisco)” – [The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker] – composed by Koji Kondo

“Life Will Change (Instrumental Version) – [Persona 5] – composed by Shoji Meguro

“The Witcher 3 – Merchants of Novigrad (ft. Firamiel) Folk Metal Cover” – [The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt] – composed by Percivel & Marcin Przybylowicz

Outro: “Bard’s Dance (From “Baldur’s Game 3″) [Metal Cover]” – [Baldur’s Gate 3] – composed by Borislav Savlov, remixed by String Player Gamer


YouTube playlist