Hei, jeg skal dekke Red Bull Sound Select på Onsdag og har lyst til å legge ut en kort Q&A med deg. Har du mulighet til det? Tenkte bare å ta det her på chat isåfall
Hva vil du helst fokusere på?
Videoreleasen er jo spennende, hehe.
Ja fokuser gjerne på det
OK da begynner vi.
Is it OK if we do it in English?
So first of all, the aesthetics of your music videos span broadly in expression and technical details. In the way I see it there is however some kind of visual identity recognizable in your work. Is it possible to describe your aesthetics?
I’m afraid the short answer is no, I cannot. The aesthetic of each video, record cover and so on, is something that happens in the pursuit of expressing a certain feeling. Very little energy goes into aiming for a particular set of aesthetics. There is no visual “brand” I stick to really. I struggle describing my sound too, because a big part of my process in both fields is just intuition, luck, utilising limited resources, and rolling with the punches. But a cohesive factor is definitely the visual artists I work with, like Erik Treimann, Moe Chakiri, Hans Jørgen Wærner, Even Suseg of AKA to name a few. So I would give it up to them if my output feels consistent to people. (STORE SPØRSMÅL FÅR STORE SVAR hehe)
Haha yes, definitely a massive answer. Anyway, I see some key elements in the beautiful film still-friendly sequences, from you surrounded by plants and in amazing nature shots to being filmed on your bike in the streets and in backyards captured in surveillance camera format. Good productions created through good collaborations. And speaking of collaborations, can you tell me about the one that you did together with Kaytranada?
Kaytranada is a good dude, who before he became Montreal’s chosen one, and a lot of other camp’s champion, was just a beat geek. Before I linked with him I knew he had re-posted my music. Plus the folks at my label Jakarta Records know him through working with him on a Jakarta release some years ago. So it was just a matter of reaching out to a fellow geek. I recently saw him in Montreal. There could be some more music in the works, but we’ll see.
Yay! I hope there will be more music from you geeks. Some years back when I discovered Kaytranada’s new kind of sound in remixes like Janet Jackson “If” and Missy Elliot “Sock it to me” it was so new to me, but still with very familiar elements so that it felt nearly unreal to listen to. The EP “Kaytra Todo” has also been on repeat. Do you have any personal favorites by him that you would like to share? Except from your own track off course.
Or besides I mean
Sorry, må ete opp burritoen min. Snakkas om litt!
Hehe ja in your time. Jeg lager curry her.
Jannis at Jakarta gave me Kaytra’s Remix EP when I first signed with them. So I love that record for a few reasons, and play it out all the time, even though discogs prices tell me I shouldn’t. I also love his work with Karriem Riggins.
Sorry, kom akkurat hjem, vært på Yoga og besøk!
So you actually got the Remix EP as a sort of a welcome present? When did you sign with Jakarta Records? I see they have other great artists too, like Sango, IAMNOBODI, Anderson Paak and Ta-ku! Great company for you. And for them. I have to ask tho : what is discogs?
Yes, a signing gift of sorts. I signed with them for the release of my Low Jams EP in 2014. Jakarta is a good home for me for sure. Discogs is like eBay for records.
Cool! So finally, what can we expect tomorrow from the premiere of your new track and video “Young Eye”? What kind of mood is reflected in the beats and music? And what will we see in the video?
“Young Eye” is a conversation I have with my younger self or my future first born. These times of smoke and mirrors are worrying and confusing, so I wanted to clear up some shit for my self through an imaginary dialog. The music came together beautifully, through the help of Mndsgn, Arthur Kay Piene and Kristoffer Eikrem, with all the soul and jazz those three possess. The video depicts a child’s inner journey towards enlightenment. Nothing less. The video was shot in my friend Mohamed Chakiri’s mother land Morocco. He and fellow Mutual Intentions members Erik Treimann and Hans Jørgen Wærner really killed it, with help from Terje Vestervik.
How exciting! First of all I admire that you focus on communicating such a serious and relevant topic. I really like your track “Once Again” produced by Mndsgn and hope for the dreamy, funky rhythms of his productions. It will definately be exciting to hear the collaboration between the two of you, Piene and Eikrem. Piene I am not familiar with yet, but I was at Eikrem’s performance at the opening of Uncontaminated Fashion Art Festival last year, and that was really awesome! A child’s inner journey towards enlightenment in beautiful Morocco. Wow. That makes me think of Paulo Coelho, Yves Saint Laurent and 1001 nights. But maybe it will be a bit more down to earth, street and tasteful than that. Anyway, I can’t wait to see your performance and the new video tomorrow evening! Thanks for the chat and take care
Thank you! Safe travels.
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web of lost dreams 1,2,3
Prokrastinering på veldig høgt nivå.
HIROPON, 1997 Photo: Astrup Fearnley Museet
Above is the Japanese big breast sculpture that obsessed a world-famous American superstar enough to get in touch with its creator and come see the piece of art its natural habitat. In an interview, TAKASHI MURAKAMI describes how Kanye West, AKA Yeezy, AKA Yeezus came to his Tokyo studio and quietly snapped an amount of 100-200 photographs of HIROPON. The sculpture has a pornographic anime aesthetic and is named after the strong nervous central system stimulant Methamphetamine. According to MURAKAMI, the only thing the double Grammy Award-winning rapper, songwriter, record producer, fashion designer and entrepeneur managed to express during the intense photoshoot was “Fresh, this is fresh”. The piece HIROPON is now in Astrup Fearnley Museet as part of the exhibition MURAKAMI BY MURAKAMI.
FLAME OF DESIRE – GOLD, 2013-15 Photo: Astrup Fearnley Museet
Mid-February, art teacher Kirsten and artist Eirik came with me to the first MURAKAMI x ART NIGHT at Astrup Fearnley Museet. When we crossed the bridge over to the small island where the museum lays by the water, a massive line of people flooded out the entrance doors. After the successful arrangement, press officer at the museum, Ida Moen, could proudly inform that an amount of 1200 cocktail-sipping visitors had been there between 7 and 11 PM to enjoy art supplemented by a trendy DJ set.
My friends and I had a great time. Kirsten liked the piece That I may time transcend, that a universe my heart may unfold, 2007 that is quite discretely placed on the bottom floor. My attention was also drawn a bit extra towards that one, but I randomly meet a stylist friend of mine in front of it, and he wore a piquet matching perfectly with the style of the art piece. Anyhow, Eirik preferred a piece in the exhibition inside the exhibition consisting of art pieces by thirteen artists handpicked and curated by MURAKAMI. Actually, he chose the beautiful golden sculpture Flame of Desire, that is placed in the main space first, but I protested strongly that this was an object too perfect to hold as a favourite.
TAKASHI MURAKAMI Still Frame: Youtube
According to press officer Ida Moen, MURAKAMI is an artist that appreciates contact with his audience. His friendly openness visible in his public appearances truly supports this statement. The numerous collaborations that he has done with name-drop worthy commercial icons like Vans, Louis Vuitton and Pharrell Williams proves how far and wide MURAKAMI’s figurative principle SUPERFLAT has spread. The SUPERFLAT concept is combining a formal flatness with a complete comparison of elements in art and subculture. In the Murakami Film room, a little cinema inside the exhibition, MURAKAMI as filmmaker is represented. The music video “Kanye West-Good Morning” stands out as symbol both the SUPERFLAT concept. The collaboration is also the result of the meeting between the two artists.
Next ART NIGHT X MURAKAMI is tomorrow. Same time and place. Enjoy the art.
Serine is a new column in monDieu. The first story is coming soon!
Screenshots ________ Mine foto for KMD til Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair 2017 i A New Type of Imprint.