What inspired you to first start making music? And how did you come to be in your current incarnation? Or if you prefer, a brief bio about you.
I was first inspired to make music when I heard a House song by Frankie Knuckles “Tears” and decided I wanted to create something as beautiful one day. It didn’t matter the genre to me, as I started originally making Electronica, then House and also Hiphop. I just wanted to create emotion with music.
I travelled a lot with my family and then by myself, so I think all the experiences of moving around the world and the musical influences have come together to create my current sounds.
Provide us with some info about your latest release…
The release comes from a place of response to the #blackLiveMatter movement in North America where I live. I was inspired to create a song with the simple message of “Open Up Your Mind”. Revolutions are important but it’s easy to tear things down I think it’s more important to have a vision of a new positive world to take its place. The track is released on my own label and out on digital streaming platforms since August 4th.
Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?
Nina Simone, Disclosure, Nile Rogers, Cesaria Evora, Honey Dijon, Mo’Wax, Pop Art, Travel, global cultures, The list goes on!
In what way does your sound differ from the rest genre-related artists/bands and why should we listen to your music? In other words, how would you describe your sound?
My sound is global, layered, funky, eclectic and openminded. My vision is to create a movement of Unity and Diversity on dancefloors worldwide. You should listen to my sound if you want to hear someone following their passion for electronic music.
Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…
Album: Miles Davis : Kind of Blue
Movie: The Usual Suspects
Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?
Tough call. I Love them both for totally different reasons. The Live performances feed the ego and are so much fun. Studio work engages my creativity in an entirely different way and can be deeply fulfilling. At the end of the day I feel more measurable progress with studio work and progress makes me happy!
Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?
I had an album release party in 2017 for my first album. It was a big deal for me and I worked really hard to promote the release party. I even handed out over 50 free CDs to the crowd. I had ordered them from a CD duplicating place and they arrived the day of the release. I never checked them all, but I should have, because it turned out the CDs were blank. I was pretty embarrassed, lol.
Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?
“Hard Life Reprise” from my first album. It’s unique because I recorded a professional Cellist and added it to the mix along with some cool obscure movie samples. It was a new experience for me to work with a professional classical musician and pushed the limits for me in a good way, so I’m proud of the track..
Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?
I have just released a few remixes of “Open Up your Mind” (August 17th 2020) from Toronto based producers Dj Nana and Classic Roots. In late September I am on track to release my 3rd studio album called “Rise” .
Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…
What’s some advice you would give to new music producers?
Don’t wait for the perfect piece of gear to start your projects. All you really need is your good ideas, so just get started!
Photo Credits: Lulu Wei (1st one), Nancy Kim (2nd one)
Curated by: Christos Doukakis
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