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If singer-songwriter Vicke Blanka could travel back in time and give himself one piece of advice, he’d tell himself, “Cut down on the video games.”

“Five years ago, I was playing games about 50% of the time, creating music about 50% of the time,” he tells The Japan Times over a Zoom call. He’s sitting in a blue gaming chair and speaking into a mic-and-camera setup that is the standard for livestreaming platforms like Twitch, which he has used to broadcast himself playing Fortnite and other popular titles.

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