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A Belly Dancing Hair-Whipping HD adventure from WayForward: makers of Ducktales Remastered, Adventure Time, & Contra 4!
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Interview with Cristina Vee & Theme Song Download!!!

Posted by WayForward (Creator)

We hope everyone loves the new Shantae theme song “Dance Through the Danger” as much as we do! And to make sure you have a rocking bellydancing weekend here’s a download link for the track!! 

Download the MP3

For all of our local Southern California fans, Jake “Virt” Kaufman will be performing the song live for the very first time at Club Microwave this Saturday! Wait a minute…that’s tomorrow!! O.O 

Club Microwave

We are happy to announce that the amazing vocals are provided by the one and only Cristina Vee! She’s been featured on a ton of games and anime and we were thrilled to work with her on “Dance Through the Danger”.

She was kind enough to take time out of her busy schedule to answer a few questions regarding Shantae: Half-Genie Hero.

WF: How did you get your start performing music for games and animation?  

Cristina: I accidentally discovered I loved singing when a friend of mine asked me to sing some lyrics she adapted for an anime opening. I'd already been voice acting for a couple of years at that point and didn't think I could sing, but I found that singing is another outlet for me and one that I find extremely rewarding. I began posting songs on my YouTube channel ( around 2007, the year I really began working professionally as a voice over artist, and I was so amazed by the support I received, and still receive to this day. I've made somany connections professional and personal through the songs I've posted online, I'm so grateful for everyone who has supported me all these years. 

WF: How did you first get involved with Jake and WayForward? 

Cristina: After hearing his amazing remix covers, I contacted a very talented dj called DJ Bouche to collab with me on some remixes for my channel. A couple of years ago he came to visit the US and he introduced me to James Montagna who is awesome and is currently working on the 3DS Shantae. James asked me to sing for last year's Adventure Time game and I happily said yes! I met Jake through the Adventure Time project. I just feel so lucky that he invited me back to sing "Dance Through the Danger" because not only is he a musical genius, he's very cool to hang out with. 

WF: Have you played any of the previous Shantae games or are you familiar with the music from those titles? 

Cristina: I recently bought a 3DS and Shantae: Risky's Revenge is the first title I've downloaded. The music does a great job of being memorable and catchy while also really creating the feel of the environments in the game. The Scuttle Town theme is probably my favorite track so far. Man, I love transforming into the monkey. 

WF: What do you think of the Shantae: Half-Genie Hero music so far? 

Cristina: Well, having only heard "Dance Through The Danger" I can only say I really hope for more themes like this in Half-Genie Hero! I didn't know what to expect when Jake was describing how the song would sound to me, and my jaw dropped when I heard it for the first time. I was stunned again after he'd sent me the completed track and how great he made me sound. The song combines Eurobeat with a slight Middle Eastern feel in a way I've never heard before. It's so catchy and I try to belly dance to the beat of the music but 180 bpm is pretty fast for any tummy. 

WF: How does it feel to be the first person to lend their voice to the Shantae series? 

Cristina: To be associated with the Shantae series is such an honor. I've not even finished Risky's Revenge yet but I already have so much respect for this hair whipping, monkey transforming, half-genie heroine. I'm so excited to continue to see her evolve and I'm looking forward to more adventures with her. Thank you guys so much for supporting Shantae: Half-Genie Hero. brb gonna go play as the monkey! 

Thanks Cristina! For more info about Cristina or to follow her on all your favorite social media doohickies you can find her at the following links: 

Twitter: @cristinavee

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    1. WolfThunder on

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    2. Mat on

      lol the monkey

    3. Andreas Sunde on

      That song is what made me give you my money.

    4. T.J. Fuller, Jr.


      If I may, though: find a means to cut out those quick breaths. I know there's a naturalistic quality to including them (like those skidding noises on guitars), but it just throws me off, like a snag in a sheet. The otherwise pretty "Sand in My Shoes" by Dido became nearly unlistenable due to frequent, noticeable breaths, and I'd rather not feel compromised in listening to vocal Shantae works.

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      enthralled on

      Awesome song! I was looking up the lyrics to find the song last night. Thanks for sharing :]

    7. Vince Vazquez

      Oh that's cool! I've been a fan of hers for awhile; even subscribed to her Facebook page after hearing her English version of that damned, catchy, "Bad Apple" song :) Which, speaking of, if you want something stuck in your head all day, here's a link (…).

      I gotta admit though, I'll miss Jake Kaufman's use of... whatever vocaloid he used for Mighty Milky Way's theme. That was so weird & wonderful. But this sounds absolutely fantastic - don't think for a second I'm complaining! Just more cool stuff for this project :D

      *must get more money to throw at Shantae*

    8. The LD on

      Given the 1.1 million stretch goal looks like Shantae speaking into a microphone which potentially alludes to full voice acting, wouldn't it be awesome if the incredibly talented and experienced Christina Vee not only sung the game's theme song but also voice Shantae herself?!


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      Grahav on

      Before reading this I was crossing Shantae's world with Skullgirls.

      Now Cerebela is the lng lost sister of Shantae.

      Keep being awesome Vee

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      Shachihoko on

      Can't speak for anyone else, but I liked the song pretty well when I first heard it on the Kickstarter video, and I hugely appreciate the chance to listen to it freely. Thank you for posting it! :)

    12. Josep M. Pons on

      kiran kintae: I don't know why my comment needs to be deleted. I'm sure that tomorrow, when she sings the song in direct it will sound far better that it sounds in the mp3. I don't like how much songs today has to much postprocess that hide the singer voice. Why they do these things? it reach a point that I don't know if the singers have good or bad voices, from their LPs.

      The song is clearly to much procesed. I don't like it, as it sounds. And I am allow to say it cause it is what I think.

      It is not an insult to the singer. It is a critic to the song editor.

    13. Inplainview on

      Love the song, thank you!

      As a former Santa Claritan (Valencia, Saugus, Canyon Country?), I used to walk by your office all the time and had no idea! Too bad I'm not still there otherwise I would definitely check out the event.

    14. Sadie on

      Awesome sauce! I was hoping you guys were going to give us the new theme song before too long. The interview was very interesting, too!

    15. Katrina Cameron on

      thanks letting us download the song, love it !

    16. Starlink on

      Love this song, thanks for sharing.

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      Andrew Bailey Gill on

      Most excellent! I was dying for a full version, so thanks for the share.

    18. Orm on

      Yes, I was wondering where I could find the song and I am so happy to have it now.
      Thank you WayForward, and best of luck with the Kickstarter.

    19. Lifeless Loser on

      So I may not have be the first person to ask. Why is Shantae white now?

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      Lorenz Jugel on

      Had no problem downloading the song, but iTunes (Yes yes, I know) showed no tags at all (and no cover art), which was a drag.

      Insofar as free music from virt can ever be a drag.

      Which is, not at all. ... Hold on, I'm becoming confused.

      Thanks for sharing, WayForward.

    21. Andre Borges on

      I think the song is amazing! it's definitely not the kind of music I'm used to listen to, but I still really liked. And the whole game seems to be fantastic, I wish I could help with a higher pledge...
      Keep up the good work, WayForward, you're doing a great job! :)

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      Eric F on

      Thanks for this! I really dug the music in the trailer. As much as I enjoy the singing for it's cheerful-to-death lyrics, I'd love an instrumental version too.

    23. Thomas L Barlow on

      I really like this song, here's to hoping miss Vee sings on more tracks!

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      Benjamin Kline on

      Download worked fine for me. Thanks for sharing, Wayforward!

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      Kiran Kartha on

      Nice work Josep, you came to a fundraiser and insulted the talent just to amuse yourself. I hope your comment gets deleted.

      Anyway if people are having trouble downloading the song, try opening it in a new tab or window or pasting the link, it should give you a download option for the archive.

    26. Josep M. Pons on

      Sounds... Horrible!!!!

      To much fistorted voice, to many after effects! Is her voice so ugly tgat you need to mask it? You are overdoing the worst things of actual music. Overuse of after effects.

      I don't like it, clearly. It is almost at smurf level


    27. Michael Graney on

      Aww the song link doesn't work =[ I was all excited to have the song.

    28. AJ Ferolie on

      @Vincent. I have been doing the exact same thing you have! Now I can download it.

      I need to get an Ipod or something...

    29. WayForward Creator on

      We think we got it this time. Thanks for your patience :)

    30. John DeJesus on

      Just a heads up - the new link still hotlinks to the old one. It works fine if you paste it into your browser.

    31. WayForward Creator on

      Some users are reporting issues accessing the download link in Chrome and Firefox. We are working on a solution and apologize for the inconvenience :(

    32. Gary Stewart on

      At first the link didn't work for me but I tried the site on Internet Explorer instead of FireFox and it worked.

      Anywho, a beautiful song from a beautiful girl.

    33. Vincent Timbro on

      Yes!! I've been listening to the promo-video over and over just because of the song. Now I can shove it into winamp and really loop it ad-nauseum!

    34. Shikigami3k on

      It worked for me as well. Loving the track!

    35. Stephen Hammack on

      Actually, the link works in IE, but not Chrome. Not sure about Firefox.

    36. Briand Christophe on

      Link work for me. Like music.

    37. Macha on

      Link doesn't work. Iyan!

    38. Jonathan Garrett on

      The MP3 link just says "PAGE NOT FOUND."

    39. Proto Man on

      "The page /kickstarter/Dance_Through_the_Danger.mp3 could not be located on this website."
      Could this get fixed?

    40. Stephen Hammack on

      FYI: the download link is broken.