Photo by Jana Birchum
A number of digital connections preceded the producer Qrion‘s (alias Momiji Tsukada) moved to the United States from his hometown of Sapporo, located on the northernmost island of Japan.
SoundCloud jewels, as a remote collaboration with the Canadian artist Ryan hemsworth, gained the buzz as a then-teenage artist in the Vice and Fader blogosphere. Internet Friends hosted her first U.S. show in San Francisco in 2015, where a clip of Qrion hopping around a mashup of Juicy J and a song by The Legend of Zelda went viral Vine. His first visit to Austin for South by South-West 2016 showcased her welcoming, cloud-covered electronic kingdom in Texas, which she now calls home.
“What a crazy trip,” she remarks during a video call from her new studio. Qrion moved to Austin last month after five years in the Bay Area, bringing a summary of outings with outlets like Diplo‘s crazy decent, Moving castle, Ultra Records, and Last night on earth. The versatile soundscaper contains a first feature film recorded in quarantine, I hope it will last forever, on its current label Anjunadeep.
A perfect welcome party, his October 29 release show lands at Competition project, a new cavernous dance place near the airport of the promotions team RealMusic Events.
“During the pandemic, I had very little energy and inspiration, but people on Tic and Twitter who gave me warm comments motivated me to finish the album, “says the 27-year-old.” I’m just grateful for them. “
After frequent live broadcasts last year, Qrion returned to headlining live performances with an album tour spaced from August to December. While speaking earlier this month, she rested on a week off between dates in Seattle and Orlando. Frequent trips inspired her to move with a roommate to Austin, along with other familiar factors attracting Californians.
“It’s very convenient for touring,” she explains. “Instead of 6 hours from San Francisco to New York or Miami, it’s like three or four hours from here. Taxes are cheaper, food is cheaper, everything is cheaper than in San Francisco. C ‘good for a little artist like me. “
A balanced reintroduction to the musical range of Qrion, I hope it will last forever combines ethereal cuts of signature vocal samples with 90s-inspired dance offerings. The LP follows various solo EPs and prolific production as a remixer. While previous candy-coated jobs provided a playful non-linear vibe (like the 2015 Apple-based on the tone of “iPhone Bubbling”), Qrion oriented his new album towards a growing audience.
“I like dancing sets now,” she says. “Before, I didn’t know how to mix my own music [live] because there was no kick or mix at the start and end. It was more listening to music. But, I think this album can reach people who play music in a club with more options. “
Take “Proud”, which stands out as a house track based on samples in the bunch. In the dollar section at San Francisco Amoeba music, Qrion shot Deniece williams‘version of “I’m So Proud”, originally a 1964 hit by the Impressions. With a lyrical loop like an encouraging parent, the instantaneous uplift supports the album’s deep dive into Qrion’s childhood memories.
“I like Mall Where Ross of friends, all these lo-fi house folks, ”Qrion explains.“ So I’m like, ‘Why not?’ I want to keep my productions melodic and cool, but I thought it would be a good idea to have a song that was just super house, or more aggressive than my usual stuff. “
Extending the reminiscence, the visual accompaniment of “11-11” contrasts adorable home videos of young Qrion playing the piano with modern shots leading crowded laser-lit crowds. The artist learned the piano from his father, who played keyboards for Japanese pop “idol” numbers in the ’80s and’ 90s. The serene and subtly exuberant track remembers his late father, lounging in the comfort of the past.
“I was just talking to my therapist about that, actually,” the producer laughs. “My dad went through a very deep depression when I was about 9 years old, and after that my parents broke up. Those times before are the time we spent as a family, all together. I love using it to make my music, because it calms me down. “
The artist hopes listeners will feel the same.
“I want people to feel sentimental, nostalgic, or a little sad, like an emo,” she says. “I want to make people dance and cry at the same time on the floor.”
A rendering of the proposed Violet Crown amphitheater
Violet Crown Amphitheater – a massive 20,000-seat amphitheater project at the center of an entertainment and residential project – aspires to match the scale of the Hollywood Bowl in southwest Austin. The 71-acre site sits northwest of State Highway 71 and the Southwest Parkway, apparently the highest point in Travis County. International development management company aims to open parts of the project in 2023. Priced between $ 600 million and $ 750 million, the Wonka-esque plans include two luxury apartment towers, one Top Golf– a stylish driving range, a distillery with a tasting room, as well as the promises of a dance club, a rooftop disco, a rooftop pool club and a “dance hall traditional “.
Paul E. Scott
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Alejandro Escovedo (Cover photo by Todd V. Wolfson)
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