How did you all meet?
“I’m a solo artist but that’s still a great question. It took many years to finally feel like I found myself and my voice. Ultimately for me, it was about reconnecting with where I’m from (Thailand) and growing up multiculturally and finding my ‘space’ within the work that I do”.
Who were your musical influences growing up?
“I grew up with a lot of classical and film music as well as Thai folk music. Tchaikovsky was actually my first ever memory of music so there’s always a distant shadow of Russian music lurking behind the more present voices”.
What made you want to be in a band?
“Realizing that my love of both sound and what is traditionally thought of as music can co-exist in one sonic tapestry was an important step for me and is a big part of my voice. I love exploring that blurred line between organic and inorganic, acoustic and electronic—electroacoustic music—which of course technically most music created today is, but there is a certain point of view that usually comes from the lineage of electroacoustic music and its explorations in sound. I’m very interested in exploring that space that is non-emotionally dictatorial; one that doesn’t necessarily tell you what to feel, how to feel, what to think but allows you to simply exist; creating a space artistically that the audience can walk in and explore, be enveloped by, and let all the seemingly opposite and fragmented parts of life come to the fore. And within that I’m exploring the relationship between nature, humans and technology and the manipulation of one by another but also the to and fro between them, like a ritualistic dance”.
What has been your best gig?
“For what I mostly do which is studio recordings and film work, I would say my best gig so far has been collaborating with Guy Longstreet on music for his films, particularly Black Jade which is out now on streaming platforms and The Cup, still currently touring the festival circuit. He’s also a very close friend of mine and our discussions have been a big part of my own creative journey”.
Can you tell us a bit about your music?
“I’m wrapping up a new album as we speak but my latest release was my score for Black Jade which was a very exciting project that spanned almost ten years from when he first mentioned the idea of the film to me to finishing the score and releasing the album in March”.
Describe your music in 3 words.
“Experiential, eclectic, haunting”.
What makes your band stand out from others?
“It’s all a matter of lenses and framing isn’t it, the notion of standing out; how close you zoom in. On the one hand, I am very different from most other contemporary music out there, like pop and hip hop etc. on the other hand, I fall into a category that vaguely sits within the ambient/sound art/electroacoustic realms”.
What are your plans for the rest of 2022?
“I have this next album coming out soon as well as several collaborations in the works with a number of artists I can’t wait to share”.
If your band had to be remembered for one thing apart from your music what would you want it to be?
“I hope it would be that I was able to be open to different forms and experiences of both life and art. That’s one of the most important aspects of art for me, being a space that allows all these dichotomies, these refractions and reflections to exist in a void that you can fill, like your own womb. But it’s a two-way street, you also have to be able to be open to see/view/hear the work for what it is as opposed to how it is framed for us by the media, by institutions etc, by all the behind-the-scenes stories we know about it. The great writer Siri Hustvedt used the Mona Lisa as a great example of this, that it is now almost impossible to truly see the Mona Lisa without all the pop references, historical meaning, fame that surrounds it. Obviously this is unavoidable in many cases, such as that one, but I still think it is something to strive for. It helps us be able to experience new things and be open to change”.
Any gig’s coming up?
“Once I wrap this album I’ll be diving back into these other collaborations. I’ve also recently been accepted into an artist residency so I’m working on a project with my fellow residents as well which I’m really having a great time with. I love the musical and thought dialogue I’ve been able to have with such a diverse group of artists in multiple disciplines”.
By Siân Parker