What is music to you? What does it give you?

Music is the repurposing of nature as a tool. It gives me a means to enjoy life with greater comfort than I could otherwise.

What is your music dream?

To be proud of the industry that the aggregate effort of our collaboration brings about in this world.

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

I would start with the way that we consume art and media. Those I look up to in the industry have always impressed upon me that music is to be consumed critically and with intent to expand your understanding about another human being. A lot of music, to me, is "go about your day and let this be the sound in the background." I believe in the necessity to bring that activity back to the forefront of our culture.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

The very first song to make me redirect myself towards music was Viva La Vida by Coldplay. I heard it when I was young and decided that I needed to learn how to play it.

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

SOPHIE, Arca, Jon Hopkins, Clem Leek, Justin Vernon,

What inspires you to make music?

Thought vomit, essentially

What is the message you want to send with your music?

That idealism is not as unrealistic as people say it is

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

Uninhibited and wild. It's actually pretty impressive-looking how easily I fall into the performance.

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

We need to showcase what we have to say, but not take ourselves so seriously.

What do you think of Drooble?

Honestly, I've found no better outlet to showcase my work. It's intuitive, simple, and creator-oriented. There's a simplicity to it that I really appreciate.

What frustrates you most as a musician?

Writing. It's always been difficult for me. But that just assures me of the love I have for it, because the exhiliration and fulfillment of completing a piece always trumps the difficulty of undertaking the work.

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

Encouraging fellow musicians I encounter with genuine analysis and sharing of our works with one another.

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

A separation from the trophies of material success in the music industry.

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

GFOTY, Rina Sawayama