Meet Upcoming Australian Producer: Tokyo Twilight. “…stepping back sometimes and living in the moment is refreshingly healthy…”

When I created OA, my only goal was to help upcoming creators. I didn’t know how it would work, and I definitely had no idea how far it would spread – but thanks to you, the readers – I have been able to speak to some of the most talented visionaries worldwide.

For example, in this interview, I get the chance to speak with upcoming producer and DJ: Tokyo Twilight, from Brisbane, Australia. A musician since birth, Tokyo, whose influences include people like British producer, Bonobo, has gotten attention from music platforms such as Dynmk (music channel based on YouTube) and over 40,000 plays for his latest song “Little Things” in just under a week.

Although he’s relatively young, he’s already realized that this is a trying industry and that although it’s important to stay consistent, it’s just as important to “live in the moment.”

In this interview, I got the chance to discuss the backstory behind the name, the success of Little Things, and much more!

Enjoy…


Q: Before we begin, would you like to introduce yourself?

A: Hey! I’m Jack. I’m a musician/DJ, and I live in Brisbane, Australia.  

 

Q: Is there a backstory behind your name? If so, explain.

A: I went to Japan about 4 years ago I think? Anyways I was on the flight back to Australia during Twilight, and for whatever reason, the full moon was nestled behind the skyscrapers of Tokyo in the distance, and the name Tokyo Twilight just popped into my head!

 

Q: You’ve used words such as “ambient-electronic” to describe your music; Who are some of the musicians (artists, producers, etc.) that influenced this sound?

A: It always depends what I’m listening to! But my biggest influence would have to be Bonobo, I’m in love with the way he combines electronic and organic soundscapes into one piece, it’s makes it sound so orchestral and grand, but also stays true to the electronic elements.

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Q: You’re relatively young, were you always attracted towards the arts? (specifically music) Does your family have a musical background?

A: I’ve been going strong since I could walk haha, I’ve always loved dancing to music, so anytime any Michael Jackson came on, the people around me would always get a show! I only really started to write music about 3 or 4 years ago, however things have become more serious and promising in this past year.

 

Q:  I’ve previously interviewed an audio engineer, can you explain to me what the differences between an engineer and a producer are? (Is producing more about making a beat, creating the “whole picture”, etc.)

A: Yeah, it’s actually very different process with the same intended outcome, which is to make something sound nice. A producer specifically focuses on the content and sounds of the music, and a sound engineer focuses on making that content sound the best it can.

 

Q: At what age did you get into producing? What made you gravitate towards it?

A: I got into producing around when I was 13 I think, I just started messing around on GarageBand, and then found Ableton which is what I use now. I was listening to a lot of Daft Punk and really wanted to do the same thing.
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Q: If I’m correct, the first song you released (that featured vocals) “Little Things (ft. DVNA) came out over the summer. What was the creation process of that song?

A: Yeah it was! With vocals at least. I’ve released quite a few tracks here and there beforehand but “Little Things” has been the start of what I’ve always wanted to do.

Basically, I had this chord idea and vocal hook I had been picking at for ages, and eventually I decided to send it to my good friend Dana (DVNA). She took the idea and transformed it into this amazing vocal performance and threw in some nice production ideas too, then it was an uphill journey of ideas that just kept flowing. We actually didn’t see each other in person the whole writing process, the power of the internet!

 

Q: Do you think you will collaborate with more artists in the future? Do you have any dream collaborations?

A: I’ve been listening to this LA based rapper Duckwrth lately, I love his flow and his tone, so yeah i’d love to do something with him one day!

 

Q: Since its release, the song has been played over 4,000 times on SoundCloud alone, featured on one of the biggest music platforms on YouTube: DYNMK. Did you think that the song would explode like it did when you made it?

A: I sort of made this song with the intent of appealing to pop lovers, my comfort zone of writing usually consists of more ambient sounds. I didn’t expect this one to get so much love, so I’m super thankful for it!

 

Q: You released the song during one of your shows, do you remember what the response was like? Were you nervous beforehand?

A: It’s tricky cause I tend to get in my own little bubble while I’m playing, and I usually forget to take a look up from my instruments haha! However, I had heaps of people come up and say that was their favourite of the night, so I was super humbled.

 

Q: You’ve actually held a number of shows since your debut, how do you usually prepare for them?

A: I’m pretty lazy when it comes to rehearsals haha, I usually just do a quick runthrough of my songs the night before and check that all my synths & samples are working cohesively with the tracks. I’ve been lucky to not get stage fright before shows, so that helps keep me calm.

 

Q: Now, you’re currently based in Brisbane (Australia), and OA is based in New York City; does it ever shock you to see how far your music has spread?

A: I’m so happy about it! I’d never thought I’d look at my Spotify stats and see listeners from the US and UK, so that’s very exciting.

 

Q: Are there any Australian based artists us overseas fans should have an eye on?

A: A fellow Brisbane local and one of my friends Golden Vessel, his stuff is stellar! I would also recommend checking out T. Scarlett and Marco, we work on a lot of music together, and they’re also Brisbane boys!

 

Q: You’re about a year into your career now, is there anything you’ve learned since being in this position? Is there any advice you could give up & coming musicians?

A: I think the biggest thing I’ve learnt is to have all the patience in the world. I’m quite young for what I do so I tend to get ahead of myself a lot of the time. I find that stepping back sometimes and living in the moment is refreshingly healthy and helps my creativity.

 

Q: Lastly, is there anything you would like to tell your supporters?

A: Thanks so much for the love, new music very very soon!


If you enjoyed the interview and would like to continue to support Tokyo, be sure to follow him on Instagram & SoundCloud.
If you would like to hear his latest song, “Little Things” feat. DVNA – click here.

Meet Upcoming Pop Trio: Lalibelle. “Our vision for Lalibelle is to break patterns and take a stand …”

In this interview we get a glimpse of Sweden’s newest talent – pop trio Lalibelle. Since their debut in February the group (composed of Bogale, Landén and Collin) has been working restlessly to spread their name throughout their hometown of Skövde (city in Sweden). In this interview I got the chance to speak with them about their beginnings, how they met what led to Lalibelle. Their first song, “Balance” has already accumulated over 5,000 plays alone and been shared by YouTube music channels such as Chill Therapy, solidifying their place in music. If you are a fan of genres like electronic, indie pop – make sure to listen to Balance after reading the interview!

Enjoy 🙂


 

Q: Before we begin, would you like to introduce yourselves?

A: We are three friends and Lalibelle is what we call this project. Our names are Bogale, Collin & Landén and we have very different musical backgrounds. Through lots of experimenting and songwriting we landed in something that can be described as meditative breezy pop combined with personal lyrics.



Q: I know that you guys are friends, how did you all meet? (Did it start as a music relationship or were you all friends before starting this venture?)

A: Me (Bogale) & Collin met at the age of 16, we both had a passion for music and during high school we used to perform at a local bar to earn some extra money. After some time we got tired of always playing covers and instead we started improvising and realized that we could come up with great ideas together.

Later, Collin started musical projects together with Mikael Landén and since we’re all from the same small town in Sweden and often met at Colin’s place, it was obvious we had to try to make music together.


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Q: Your first single “Balance” was released in February. How was the process of creating the song?

A: During the spring of 2017 we locked ourselves in at Collin’s apartment to write music. We planned to stay for 3 days but ended up spending 10 days together. It was like therapy for all of us and Balance was the last track we made before getting out of the apartment. We were all drained and had a sentimental mood so Balance came naturally. It took us about 15 minutes to write it, but we spent a lot of time to experiment with the production afterwards.



Q: For those who have yet to hear it, can you briefly explain what the song is about?

A: “Balance” is like a quiet conversation with mental illness that slowly takes the good things away.It’s about the ups and downs in life and a reminder of that nothing is in vain since every experience strengthens us.

 


Q: Do you remember your family / friend’s reactions the first time they heard the song?

A: They were touched by Balance and afterwards they were all singing along: Help, guidance, need balance…

 



Q: Have they (family / friends) been supportive of your careers thus far?

A: Both yes and no.

 

 

Q: Although you guys are relatively new to the industry, do you know what direction you want to go in with your music? (The message you want to convey, the audience you want to reach)

A: Our vision for Lalibelle is to break patterns and take a stand in themes such as mental illness among other often overlooked societal issues. We’re also hope to bring something new to the table in today’s pop music sound.

 



Q: Who are some of the artists you tend to gravitate to, at least when it comes to finding inspiration / ideas?

A: We’re all very open minded when it comes to sources of inspiration and try not to limit ourselves in any way. We’re also coming from very different musical background so our common playlists could probably be a bit confusing. Before a writing session it’s likely that we listen to anything from Bon Iver, SZA, Erykah Badu, Bob Marley to Paul Simon and lots of west African music. What we have in common is gravitation towards music with some soul in it.



Q: Are there any musicians you want to collaborate with in the future?

A: Careful what you wish for, but we wouldn’t think twice about having a session with Little Dragon, Jorja Smith and Chronixx.



Q: Imagine you had the chance to open up for one current artist right now, who do you think your sound would mesh with (as of right now)?

A: We would love to surprise the fans of AC/DC and get them grooving with us – what an experience that would be!

 


Q: Speaking of shows, y’all are performing at Öland Roots 2018 this summer. What are your expectations? Are you nervous?

A: We are so excited about playing at Öland Roots. Not nervous now but it’s definitely a milestone for us all so will need some stress-coping mechanisms before going up on the stage.

 



Q: Are there any places y’all would like to travel in order to promote your music?

A: Addis Abeba and New York 🙂 Balance seems to stream a lot in the Philippines so maybe we should reach out to the fans there first.



Q: Where do you think you would be the most shocked to find out there’s people listening to your song(s)?

A: Hmm. The international space station maybe. If anyone there is listening, let us know!



Q: Because Lalibelle is a trio, it’s only expected that sometimes there may be creative differences / personality clashes, at times. What are some qualities you admire about each other? Why do you think Lalibelle has worked so far?

A: We’re all very musically open-minded and believe that all ideas are great ideas when creating. At later stages of the process we often try to get feedback from people around us  and sometimes that helps us make some of the final decisions. Don’t think we ever got into any big fights and the secret to that is to have very clear roles and great trust in each other.



Q: What should we expect from Lalibelle in 2018?

A: Our plan is to release 4 more tracks this year so there’s some exciting things ahead.



Q: Is there anything you would like to tell your supporters?

A: We’re so thankful! It was a scary thing to release such a naked song and to see that it’s so well received means the world to us.


Be sure to listen to their debut single “Balance” by clicking here.

If you want to stay updated about future music releases or upcoming performances make sure to follow them on: SoundCloud and Facebook