D0904 T1740 Y2007Master Chief Interview, 2.0

CLICK HERE to listen to the MASTER CHIEF in person.

The final stretch leading up to the launch of Halo 3 lengthens like the last mile of an agonizing marathon. To sweeten the waiting endgame, Tied the Leader has revisited the voice behind the central figure of the Halo Universe. Linked to this post is our second interview with voice actor and radio personality Steve Downes.

Listen as he dances on the razor-edge of Non-Disclosure!

There is very little that needs to be said here [in print] that has not already been said better here [in audio] so we will cut to the chase. Lend us your earbuds, and become better acquainted with the Man Behind the Mjolnir. Tied the Leader thanks Steve Downes for his continued friendship and hospitality. We are fans. No doubt about it.

Want to hear more from The Chief? You can stream his morning drive Rock-n-Roll radio broadcast right to your desktop.


Sound Editing: Jericho
Graphics: Dweezle

Posted by XerxdeeJ

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  1. #LINK D0905 T0115
    Dweezle wrote...

    Awesome interview! Thanks a ton Steve.

  2. #LINK D0905 T0119
    alurkingduck wrote...

    when he was talking about being told what was happening in the game so that he knew how to do the dialogue i kept picturing him going “what’s master chief’s motivation? how does he feel?” lol!

  3. #LINK D0905 T0808
    TTL Stuicide wrote...

    This is a great interview. I will be listening to it on my iPod for another 3 weeks.

    Great stuff Steve and DeeJ.

  4. #LINK D0905 T0904
    Captain Spark wrote...

    Awesome interview. Smart questions and great answers. The quality of the audio is excellent.

  5. #LINK D0905 T0921
    Chae Si wrote...

    What a treat to hear such a professional interview of such a professional artist. Thanks to Steve for spending his valuable time to talk to us. It really brings us closer to something that is so close to our heart already. Thanks to Deej for bringing us candy time and time again.


  6. #LINK D0905 T1021
    Locke wrote...

    Excellent interview. We are very priveledged to have Steve take the time to interview, he seems like a great guy on top of his normal Elite pwning personality.

    Thanks Steve and Xerxdeej for an unforgettable experience. Hopefully we might meet someday on the battlefield of Valhalla.

  7. #LINK D0905 T1108
    Booster MPS wrote...

    Goose Bumps!

    Deej thanks for providing the community with such an awesome perspective on Steve and MC. Thanks Steve for bringing our beloved character to life. See you on the big screen!

  8. #LINK D0905 T1112
    Tortacular wrote...

    This interview is awesome. Chicago is a lucky city. I’m not sure I could listen to him everyday without wanting to shoot some Brutes though…

    Great job guys!

  9. #LINK D0905 T1143
    X1Zero wrote...


  10. #LINK D0905 T1203
    Tex wrote...

    I love it. But the ongoing music in the background is a little distracting :( I don’t know, maybe it’s just me.

  11. #LINK D0905 T1211
    geophf wrote...

    Xerxes, great interview from a great interviewer. And what an ambassador for Halo Steve Downes is! Here he is the hero of the story, yet he’s thanking us for becoming that hero … it takes quite a man to look beyond himself. Steve’s diplomacy is a credit to himself, the game and Bungie.

  12. #LINK D0905 T1226
    Utopia wrote...

    Indeed, that was awesome. Kinda strange to attach a voice to something other then John-117, but Steve sounds like a great guy, we’re lucky to have such great people at all levels of the Halo experience.

  13. #LINK D0905 T1329
    AshofPompei wrote...

    Wonderful interview, very well done.
    I”m jealous of Chicago being able to listen to Steve to work everyday.
    Oh, he’ll be in the Halo movie.

  14. #LINK D0905 T1435
    Monte wrote...

    thanks so much to our fearless leader and to Steve for the insight. It was great to listen too and the music in the background was great. Thanks again.

  15. #LINK D0905 T1441
    Eisen Feuer wrote...

    Oh man, that was so surreal hearing HIM in a normal conversation XD

    The last time I heard him was in a phone interview which didn’t have nearly the godlike resonance as this interview ;)

    Thanks Deej for hooking all us non-Chicagolanders with some sweet Chief action!

    Now to interview the arbiter… hehe

  16. #LINK D0905 T1452
    TTL zeuz patter wrote...

    “Those are my orders” gave me goose bumps, first words and I`m allready having goose bumps. Is it possible to have a voice crush? Cause thats what I think I have now… fo real! Excellent interview.

  17. #LINK D0905 T1527
    XerxdeeJ wrote...

    Eisen said: “The last time I heard him was in a phone interview which didn’t have nearly the godlike resonance as this interview”

    DeeJ replies: “Uh, yeah. You are most likely referring to our first interview with him. I have kicked myself for the poor quality of that for years. Alas, I was one neophyte blogger with no idea about audio production. On this occasion, it sheepishly invited myself over to the radio station… as if to say “You don’t want to leave me to my own devices.”

  18. #LINK D0905 T1644
    J23 wrote...

    Wow, Steve sounds like a real badass. He only really has to change his voice a tiny bit to sound like the Chief. That’s awesome.

  19. #LINK D0905 T1813
    Fezzer wrote...

    What a fantastic interview! Thanks so much for lining this up Deej. And Steve, thanks so much for the time, effort and care you put into making Spartan 117 the iconic hero that he is.
    We may bring him to life, but you (and bungie) give him a personality that is unmatchable.

    Thanks for lending your voice throughout the halo trilogy, for this interview, and for any other halo related things you may do in the future.

  20. #LINK D0905 T1909
    Andy wrote...

    Thanks so much!
    this was awsome steve

  21. #LINK D0905 T1911
    Alex wrote...

    fantastic interview… great questions and answers..

  22. #LINK D0905 T1921
    Cleanbeats wrote...


    Great interview. Helps bring all the cool stuff together for everyone in the community. It is nice to see the excitement that exists even behind the scenes and on the other side of the game. great stuff!!!!!

  23. #LINK D0905 T2017
    Perry wrote...

    Man i wonder how much it would cost for him to record a message on my answering machine.”This is Spartan 117!”........please leave a message after the beep.......

  24. #LINK D0905 T2324
    TTL Stuicide wrote...

    I love his explanation on the chief and how the gamer is him, Steve is just a voice for us.

    Becoming one with the Chief makes Halo so great. Having Steve’s voice being the voice of the Chief, is fantastic. My voice isn’t nearly as cool.

  25. #LINK D0906 T0225
    Cayote wrote...

    How do people in Chicago not call his radio show on a daily basis-saying, “Hi Masterchief!”
    Awesome Interview!

  26. #LINK D0906 T1118
    El Burritoh wrote...

    He’s so dreamy!

    Great piece, guys!

  27. #LINK D0906 T1315
    Quikthnkr wrote...

    That was great. Good job Deej. You made the right call on the music.

  28. #LINK D0906 T1857
    TTL Mudshovel wrote...

    This was the coolest interview for the Halo nation EVAR. Slinging BR’s and tunes has never been sexier.

  29. #LINK D0907 T1701
    DEEP NNN wrote...


    I really appreciated that interview.

    I hope he does voice act for the movie.

  30. #LINK D0908 T1928
    Nodak4Ever wrote...

    awesome interview. just awesome.

  31. #LINK D0909 T2212
    Silvercube wrote...

    Nice! Great job!
    Maybe someone should post this on the xbox.com forums?
    Very cool : )

  32. #LINK D0610 T2351
    Adam wrote...

    Just imagine what his wife has to deal everyday… and every night…

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  34. #LINK D0515 T0831
    Cv interview questions wrote...

    Very nice.

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