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Jason Michael Paul, 'Legend of Zelda' tour producer

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Twenty-seven years ago, "The Legend of Zelda" franchise was created. Now, one of the top-selling Nintendo Entertainment System titles of all time with over 55 million copies sold, "Zelda" is being celebrated for the tunes that have enchanted gamers for decades.

"Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses" is a concert tour featuring live orchestral performances of theme music from the franchise. Jason Michael Paul, executive producer of the tour, has put on other video game-related concerts, but explains why the music of the Zelda franchise is on another level. "The story and the music go hand-in-hand," said Paul, 36, who lives in San Francisco. "A symphonic treatment is very natural as it relates to the game. Paul's show rolls through Baltimore on Saturday with a show at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. In the meantime, he took time to talk to us about the legacy of "Zelda," his disdain for hipsters and more.

Worst pet peeve? Selfish people.

Last concert/gig you went to? Symphony of the Goddesses in Austin, Texas; Dwele in San Francisco; Killer Mike and LP in San Francisco.

What kind of background do you have in music? I have played instruments as a kid. I began staging orchestral and operatic concerts worldwide for the likes of Luciano Pavarotti and The Three Tenors at the age of 24.

Your worst habit? Overpacking for trips.

Trend that has exceeded its natural lifespan? Hipsters.

Last movie you liked/disliked? Liked: "Fruitvale Station." Disliked: "The Great Gatsby."

Favorite city to visit? New York City.

What's your favorite video game other than "Zelda"? "Kingdom Hearts" series.

TV show(s) you can't get enough of? "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Seinfeld."

Favorite and most loathed fashion statement? Favorite is shoes, wallets, socks, and loathed fashion statement is tight pants or clothes that are not fitted.

What is it about the "Zelda" franchise that has created such a following? The "Zelda" franchise spans over 27 years. People have literally grown up with the franchise.

Last great meal you had? Cotogna in San Francisco.

How long did it take to put the show together? Six months.

Best advice you ever got? You are only as good as your last show.

Favorite musical piece in the concert? The encores!

Favorite thing about Baltimore? Camden Yards and the Baltimore Orioles.

AS TOLD TO ADAM GUTEKUNST

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