We recently sat down with a bunch of artists from the Stencil Label, to find out what makes them tick. Next we chatted to were Diipsilence, who have had a very busy year so far!
By Jane Howkins
How is 2018 treating you so far?
Not bad at all, I’ve been to various locations around the US to record field/ambience/foleys. Those sounds I recorded shape my productions to a more organic way. I’ve learnt a lot in manipulating sounds with samplers, now my tracks heavily rely on the sound design from our daily life.
Have you released any music so far this year? If so, what can you tell us about that?
In this year, I’ve released 4 singles and 1 EP so far. The singles are Galaxy, One Life, A Feather In The Sea, and Snow Falling in The City, and the EP is called Phrases. Well, most of the songs are chillstep/chillout songs combining with Chinese ethnic instruments, I also tend to use lots of field recordings and foley sounds that I recorded during my travels.
Are you working on any new music at the moment? What are you working on, and when will it be released?
Yes I’m working on a new EP titled Meteorology IV. Each song in this EP will describe a type of weather phenomenon. There are lots of field recordings, and foley sounds in this EP as well. Right now I’m planning to release it before the end of September 2018.
Have you got any upcoming tours planned? If so, where are you playing and where are you looking forward to going most?
I’m planning to do some local gigs in Los Angeles this year, for now, my main job is still in the studio producing and mixing songs – my focus is still on the production side. I hope I will write more songs as an artist and tour around the world soon.
Who/what has influenced you the most as musicians?
I’m a big fan of Trip-Hop music, some of my musical influencers are Massive Attack, Coco Rosie, Jay-Jay Johanson etc. I’m also inspired by technical geniuses like Tim Exile and Richard Devine.
What have you been listening to recently that you can recommend to our readers?
Some cool chillstep/chillout artists: Mario M, Jacoo, Kozoro.
Why do you think people should pick up one of your records or come and see you live, and what can people expect from one of your shows?
My music is full of sound scenes, I hope it will evoke some images in a listener’s heart. I wish my unique sound choices will let people see what I can see, feel what I can feel. Other than making music with daily life sounds, I like to fuse Western electronic music elements with Chinese ethnic instruments. To combine very different things together and chase the sparks is a great feeling. People can expect a music live performance that can also bring the imagery within the music.
Any last words for the fans?
Thanks so much for listening, stay tuned on my next album! I’m sure we will meet in the world of music.