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Q&A w/ UKIYO

UKIYO is releasing his new EP ‘FANTASY’ on July 25 and just dropped his new single CLICKY so we thought it’d be the perfect time to invite him around for a feed at the Cool Try Buffet. He has also provided dessert in the form of previously mentioned single CLICKY which you can hear below

Have you been involved in any previous projects before this one?

I used to be in an indie pop band ‘King’s Justice’ – i started out just as the guy on keys but by the end I was doing all the mixing and production as well. ‘Geranium’ was the last EP we put out, we recorded it out the back of our singer’s house and I mixed and produced it while travelling around England and France

All artists go through periods where they seem to lack creativity, when you’re experiencing one of these phases, what do you do to get yourself out of it?

I find it super important to not get stuck into a routine, to never get too comfortable. If I’m struggling to come up with anything I’ll go for a roadtrip or I’ll take my laptop somewhere I’ve never been before.

What are some of your earliest musical influences that have found their way into the music you’re currently making?

I was obsessed with movie soundtracks as a kid, especially the work of John Williams. I love the journey that music can take people on and I want to try to do the same with my own music no matter the genre.

Care to give us a gear rundown?

Pretty minimal. Ableton is at the core on a Macbook and that’s really about it. I’ve got a pair of Yamaha HS8s to monitor on and an AKAI MPK to play on. The live setup is where it gets a bit more interesting with drum pads, a Launchpad and some midi control stuff.

How was your high school experience? Were you in a band?

I went to a very Jazz-oriented high school and had a blast playing saxophone in all the school bands.  I had a really great sax teacher who encouraged me a lot.  If I’m ever somewhere with a bunch of instruments my friends and I will jam the old jazz songs we played in the band.

Not music related…. or a question, but we’d love to see and share an image of your pet/s…

This is my #1 fan Leo

Are you playing any shows anytime soon (if you live outside of Australia, do you have any plans for a trip down under)?

Yes! I just played GROOVIN THE MOO last month and have a show at the Corner Hotel in Melbourne coming up with American indie pop artist Quinn XCII on July 1.

 

SUN 1 JULY | CORNER HOTEL, MELBOURNE VIC | 18+

Tickets available from www.ticketmaster.com.au | 136 100 | All Ticketmaster Outlets

Supporting Quinn XCII

How would you describe ‘success‘ for your band?

I’ve kind of done things a bit differently by letting YouTubers and other video creators use my music for free and finding my fans that way.  It’s an interesting movement and something that I’ve seen people trying to do more and more recently.  I think it’s important to find something that everyone else isn’t doing, there’s always a new idea to be had for getting yourself heard.

Are you Pro or against streaming services and why?

Definitely for it, while it might be harder to make a quick ‘buck’ off music when you’re starting out there’s no denying its the way of the future. Similarly to how I was letting video makers use my music for free, I think it means you can reach a larger and more loyal fanbase in the long run if you do it right.

Tell us 3 bands that we should be listening to/be keeping an eye out for?

Kendl is a really inspiring dude over in Melbourne, definitely worth checking out.

 

Baths/Geotic – Two monikers of an American producer who I’ve been listening to since high school. Even now though I’ll put on his music and a new one will stand out to me.

 

Joakim Karud – If you haven’t heard of him you’ve probably heard his music. We were both super involved in making vlog music a year or so ago