Introducing Interview: Jo Marches

Set to release their new EP Day In Day Out later this month, Utrecht band Jo Marches deliver captivating electronic soundscapes, propelled by the soaring, dreamy vocals of front-woman Johanneke Kranendonk.

We caught up with Kranendonk to find out more…

Hi Jo Marches, welcome to Get In Her Ears! Can you tell us a bit about the band?
We’re a band from the Netherlands playing synth drenched psychedelic pop music. We released our first single and EP in 2016.

How did you initially all get together and start creating music?
It all started with me looking for a new approach to my songs and sound. I was playing with a band that had a more singer-songwriter approach, and I kind of missed the loudness of my first bands. I was really looking for a way to combine pop melodies in songs and a strong sound, but I wanted to stay away from the use of heavy guitar and drum sounds. At a showcase festival I was then introduced to David Hoogerheide. His ideas on producing really spoke to me, so we decided to spend a day in my home studio. We finished our first single that day and so we started working on the EPs. The live band was formed after the recordings.

Your new EP Day In Day Out is out very soon – can you tell us what it’s all about? Are there any themes running throughout the EP?
The EP is about letting go of old ideas and the fight to create room for development. There are so many ways in which we all limit ourselves because of common ideas on how we should be dealing with life. I was seeing people around me desperately looking for meaning but at the same time stubbornly holding on to old ideas or habits, addictions, scary religious stuff, depression and loss. For example ‘Clearing’ is about a discussion I had with a friend about inequality between men and women. I really tried to open his eyes on this subject but he kept referring to scary, nearly religious, self help stuff, making the whole conversation impossible. It freaked me out and I kind of got obsessed by reading and watching everything I could find on cults and religious sects. So that’s all in there, in one song, haha.

You’ve been compared to the likes of Tame Impala and Bat For Lashes, but who would you say are your main musical influences?
We definitely were a fan of the Tame Impala records! Other influences are Broadcast, Blonde Redhead, Caribou, The Dø and Portishead.

How is your local music scene? Do you go to see lots of live music?
I live in Utrecht but the other band members live in Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Holland is quite small so you can easily get to another town for an event.

And what can fans expect from your live shows?
Loud synthesizers, melancholic swaying and dimmed lights.

As we’re a new music focused site, are there any new/upcoming bands or artists you’d recommend we check out?
Ooo, where to begin?!  I love Munya from Montreal! And you should check out Kalulu from The Netherlands. L CON from Toronto has just released a wonderful record too! And if you have the chance to see Blue Crime live go see their show – they’re an awesome band!

And how do you feel the music industry is for new bands at the moment – would you say it’s difficult to get noticed?
In a way it is difficult to get noticed but I love the opportunities that online streaming services such as Spotify create for DIY artists. It’s easy to share your music with people all over the world and that’s pretty cool!

Finally, what does the rest of 2018 have in store for Jo Marches?
Foremost the release of the EP and next video. And I’m leaving for Berlin next week to start recordings for our first album. At the end of the year we’ll also be doing a few shows opening for a really cool band. Really excited about that!

Huge thanks to Jo Marches for answering our questions!

Day In Day Out, the upcoming EP from Jo Marches, is out 26th October.

Introducing Interview: Harlea

Having received support from the likes of NME, Clash and BBC Radio 1’s Phil Taggart, Harlea is proving herself to be one of the most exciting new artists of the year. Now, following the success of acclaimed singles ‘Miss Me’ and ‘You Don’t Get It’, she’s back with highly addictive, powerfully soul-filled latest offering ‘Beautiful Mess’.

We caught up with Harlea to find out more…

Hi Harlea, welcome to Get In Her Ears! Can you tell us a bit about how you initially started creating music?
I worked with some producers out in Santa Monica a couple of years back and together we accomplished what I tried for a year to do, and that was make music that represented who I am as an artist.

Your new single ‘Beautiful Mess’ is out now – can you tell us what it’s all about?
So I was played the demo to this track and I just loved the funky beat. I knew to make it my own we had to work on the production of it, but I loved the strength it gives off. It’s about a real strong woman who is completely in control.

 

You’ve been compared to the likes of Lorde and Alanis Morrissette, but who would you say are your main musical influences?
Well I can’t complain at that, they are both incredible and I would certainly add them to the list! I have also always looked up to the likes of Stevie Nicks and Blondie, they crushed it! 

How is your local music scene? Do you go to see lots of live music?
Not as much as I would like. I live between LA and London and get more of a chance to see live music when I am in LA. A couple years back I saw Imagine Dragons at an intimate gig at the Troubadour. It was amazing!

And what can fans expect from your live shows?
Lots of noise! And plenty of fun!

How do you feel the music industry is for new artists at the moment – would you say it’s difficult to get noticed?
It certainly isn’t easy! Especially when you are competing with the big labels and artists, but there are people out there who are hungry for newness.

Finally, what does the rest of 2018 have in store for Harlea?
I’m going to keep grinding, do some shows, hopefully get another single out!

‘Beautiful Mess’, the new single from Harlea, is out now via Roxy Princess Records.

 

Introducing Interview: Belako

Having wowed us with their immersive live show at Finsbury Park supporting Queens Of The Stone Age in the summer, Basque Country band Belako are now about to embark on a UK tour.

Spending the year touring a dozen countries, 3 continents and gathering a host of new fans along the way, the band also released latest album Render Me Numb, Trivial Violence – a collection of poignant, genre-pushing offerings executed with gritty passion, marking themselves out as a definite band on the rise.

We caught up with Belako to find out more…

Hi Belako! Can you tell us a bit about yourselves and what you do?
Hi! We think of ourselves as a band that mixes different influences and turns them into eclectic songs in constant transformation. We do punk, noise, rock, synth pop, new wave, no wave. We’re still trying different sounds on our recordings but our live shows are much more organic, visceral and the best presentation card we have so far.

How did you initially get together and start creating music?
Cris and Josu met at the university of Fine Arts. Because of their shared passion for almost all the same bands, they went to rehearse some covers (Massive Attack, Pixies…) with Lore, Josu’s sister, in an old abandoned factory in the suburb named “Belako”. A few months later Lander joined them and the team was made. We started creating our own music since the very beginning, it all happened pretty naturally.

Your fantastic album Render Me Numb, Trivial Violence is out now, can you tell us a bit about it? Are there any themes running throughout it?
We think its title sums up pretty well all of the lyrics in one sentence, as all of them are about different violent situations we observe from the lucky side of the planet in the media (trivial violence = T.V.), while we keep a passive attitude about them. We feel very proud of this album, it has a lot of different musical arrangements but all of the songs are connected in a certain logical order.

We’ve heard about the track ‘Over The Edge’ as being “against gender violence” – do you feel it’s important to address this issue in music?
It is crucial to address this issue in every field – we are musicians, so we do it in our music, in our gigs and whenever we are asked. We understood at some point how lucky we were because of the chance we have had with the band to raise our voice and be heard. This should matter always to everyone – women are being murdered, raped, beaten, humiliated in many different ways all over the world.

We love your gritty, post-punk sound, but who would you say are your main musical influences?
We are inspired by Gorillaz, Talking Heads, Flaming Lips, Grimes, MGMT, The Voidz because of their unlimited creativity, and Savages, Dream Wife, Empress Of, Surfbort, Idles, because of their attitude and live performances. We also take strong influence from bands from our home, the Basque Country, because of their sound and use of the Basque language in music which we try to conserve – they are from the ’80s, Itoiz and Hertzainak.

We were blown away seeing you live at Finsbury Park with Queens Of The Stone Age this summer, but is there a particular concert you’ve played so far that stands out as a highlight?
Fortunately, there are a lot of special concerts in our minds when we’re asked about this and it is hard to choose just one or two. Thinking about the first time we came to the UK, we fell in love with Scotland – playing at Sneaky Pete’s in Edinburgh with the magnificent Scottish duo Nice Church (after whom we named a song on our last album) was a gift. Small dark noisy venue, the best.

How is your local music scene? Do you go to see much live music?
The Basque Country has a lot of interesting bands and we try to catch as many gigs as we can. There is a huge tradition of punk-rock but nowadays you get to see alternative projects that should be touring abroad as well!

As we’re a new music focused site, are there any other new Spanish bands/artists who you’d recommend we check out?
From the Basque Country there’s Lukiek, Vulk, Cecilia Payne, Toc, LesteryEliza, Yellow Big Machine… From Catalunya there’s Mourn, from Madrid, Favx, and from Valencia, La Plata.

And how do you feel the industry is for new bands at the moment – would you say it’s difficult to get noticed?
It is a very hostile world, ruled by social networks, the amount of followers you have… Basically we live in the image era and both mainstream and alternative bands play the same game. Usually the profiles people get to see on the internet are detached from the artists or bands’ realities. All that might recall success or fame doesn’t mean an easy and solved life, follows and likes aren’t money on your account, but they are the vehicle to get bigger audiences, and live shows are what most musicians make a living out of nowadays.

Finally, what does the rest of 2018 have in store for Belako?
We will play London, Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham (17th to 20th of September), then off to Hamburg for the Reeperbahn Festival, Bime Festival in Bilbao, and several dates in Spain including big venues in Madrid and Barcelona.

Huge thanks to Belako for answering our questions!
Thanks for asking 😉

Catch Belako live in the UK at the following dates. Tickets here.

17th September – The Lexington, London
18th September – Gullivers, Manchester
19th September – Stereo, Glasgow
20th September – The Flapper, Birmingham

 

Introducing Interview: Majestic Minds

Having just released their debut single as new collaborative duo Majestic Minds, producer Haides and singer-songwriter Marlie have, between them, previously received praise from the likes of Magnetic Magazine, The DJ List and Music Ninja.

Now, with the release of the slick, soulful sounds of ‘Oxygen’, hope to win over fans with their mesmerising blend of nostalgic feel-good tunes and unique take on UK dance.

We caught up with Majestic Minds to find out more…

Hi Majestic Minds, welcome to Get In Her Ears! Can you tell us a bit about the band?
Hello! Majestic Minds consists of two people, myself (Haides) and Marlie. We are relatively new as a duo but we have been working in the music industry individually for a few years now.

How did you initially all get together and start creating music?
We had a session together which was put together by mutual management and we just started making music and putting some ideas down. It wasn’t till a little later that we found a sound that we both liked and could draw from the same musical influences.

Your new single ‘Oxygen’ is out now – can you tell us what it’s all about?
So, this song is about needing someone in your life as a necessity just like you need oxygen and water. Initially the original song we created was much slower and more emotional, then after listening to it a few times we took the vocal by itself and sped it up over a Garage beat. The track then developed a whole new feel. With the combination of an emotional top line mixed with a beat that makes you want to dance, we knew we were on to something and had to release it!

 

You’ve been compared to the likes of Flume and Artful Dodger, but who would you say are your main musical influences?
We have both grown up listening to all genres of music. We found a common ground when we were discussing old house and garage tracks that gave us nostalgia upon listening to them. So for ‘Oxygen’ we drew influence from artists like Craig David, Disclosure and MJ Cole.

How is your local music scene? Do you go to see lots of live music?
We live in different parts of London (Croydon & Streatham), but there is always something going on whether it’s at Box Park or somewhere in central. I (Haides) like to see a lot of DJs playing so I mainly go to club nights in London.

And what can fans expect from your live shows?
Energy!

As we’re a new music focused site, are there any new/upcoming bands or artists you’d recommend we check out?
We would recommend Dom McAllister and Iyamah. They are some of our favourites at the moment.

And how do you feel the music industry is for new bands at the moment – would you say it’s difficult to get noticed?
It’s hard for everyone to get noticed. There are so many people making music these days whether they are an artist, songwriter, producer or musician – making good music is only one part of it. You have to connect with the right people and develop a loyal fan base from the word go to make sure that when opportunities do come, you and your music are ready.

Finally, what does the rest of 2018 have in store for Majestic Minds?

We have four more tracks from our debut EP still to come, but we will be playing in London at some point in the near future to present our EP. We also have our own individual projects that we are working on at the moment too,, but we will be back in the studio again very soon to take Majestic Minds to the next level!

Huge thanks to Majestic Minds for answering our questions! 

Introducing Interview: Saint Sister

Northern Irish duo Saint Sister have previously charmed our ears with the spellbinding beauty of singles such as ‘Tin Man’ and ‘Causing Trouble’, and have now announced the release of their upcoming debut album Shape Of Silence. 

And the duo are certainly keeping busy; as well just sharing the twinkling, emotion-strewn splendour of single ‘Twin Peaks’ in a brand new video, they’re also about to head off on an epic US and European tour.

We caught up with Morgan MacIntyre and Gemma Doherty to find out more…

Hi Saint Sister! Can you tell us a bit about yourselves and what you do?
Gemma: We’re an Irish duo making electronic-folk inspired music with harp, vocals and synthesisers. We’re just about to release our debut album!

How did you initially get together and start creating music?
G: We’ve been making music together for the best part of four years now. We both studied in Dublin and met towards the very end of our college years. Morgan was looking to form a band at the time, and in a fortunate turn of events reached out to me; I was pretty much looking for the same thing. We met for a drink one day and it pretty much spiralled from there.

Your dreamy new single ‘Twin Peaks’ is out now, can you tell us a bit about it? Are there any themes that inspired it?
Morgan: ‘Twin Peaks’ was a very instinctive reaction towards a friend who was going through a difficult time. I was hoping to distract them by suggesting loads of things we could do together, like watching Twin Peaks or listening to Judee Sill. On the surface it’s a happy song, but it’s steeped in denial. And listening back, I know it’s not the best advice for anyone dealing with something but at the time, it felt like the only thing I could say or do.

And the video for the single is a tour diary – looks like you had fun! Was there a particular highlight of your trip?
G: It has been a lot of fun, those clips came from a handful of shows from the beginning of this year in Sweden, Russia, the US, France and Ireland. We sold out our first show in New York in March which was mad, and getting to see Russia was a definite highlight too.

You’ve been compared to the likes of This Is The Kit and Bon Iver, but who would you say are your main musical influences?
M: We really love Bon Iver, James Blake and James Vincent McMorrow. We spent a lot of time together listening to their albums when we first started the band. But we don’t necessarily like all the same stuff which can make answering a question on influences kind of tricky. Personally, I take a lot of inspiration from some of the great songwriters, like Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen and Judee Sill.

How is your local music scene? Do you go to see much live music?
G: Irish music is buzzing at the minute, and it’s so diverse. We spend a lot of time at gigs whether it’s friends’ bands or hanging around at festivals and meeting bands on the road. It’s such a nice way to meet musicians and discover new music.

As we’re a new music focused site, are there any other new upcoming bands/artists who you’d recommend we check out?
M: Oh yeah, they’re loads, it’s hard to pick just a few! I’m listening to a lot of Maria Kelly, Rachael Lavelle, Pillow Queens and Tandem Felix at the moment.

And how do you feel the industry is for new bands at the moment – would you say it’s difficult to get noticed?
G: It’s getting easier for artists to make and release music almost completely DIY, which is a good thing in so many ways, but it’s become harder to make a splash and make your voice heard. Steaming has made it possible to have any artist available at your fingertips in an instant, and has made it very difficult for an artist to earn a living. The experience of a live gig hasn’t changed. Getting out and playing to as many people as possible feels like the most organic thing you can do, and hopefully the internet can’t do much to replace the physical connection you experience at a live show.

Finally, what does the rest of 2018 have in store for Saint Sister?
M: We’re really looking forward to heading off on tour in September. We’ll be playing a lot of places we’ve never been to before particularly in America, Canada and Australia, so that in itself is exciting. If anyone at all shows up, we’ll be delighted! We’re also releasing our debut album, Shape of Silence. That’ll be a big moment for us. We’re very proud of the record and we just can’t wait for everyone to hear what we’ve been working on.

Huge thanks to Saint Sister for answering our questions!

Shape Of Silence, the upcoming debut album from Saint Sister is set for release later this year. Find all their tour dates and ticket info here.

Introducing Interview: Æ Mak

Æ MAK‘s otherworldly soundscapes and creative visuals are utterly bewitching, making them one of GIHE’s current faves.

Having played festivals such as Electric Picnic and Liverpool Sound City, and supported big names such as Warpaint, Django Django and Tune-Yards, Æ MAK are now back with new single ‘Love Flush’; another truly captivating, genre-defying creation.

We caught up with front-woman Aoife McCann to talk influences, live shows and gender imbalance in the music industry…

A huge welcome to Get In Her Ears! We’re big fans of yours, so firstly we want to just say keep doing what you’re doing!
Ah, thanks guys!

Can you tell us a bit about how Æ Mak came to its current formation in 2018?
Last summer myself and Daniel McIntyre started collaborating. He’d been playing synth in the band for a while. He’s an amazing producer and song-writer in his own right. We discovered a unique creative spark between us that’s really worked. With each new tune we create we get more and more excited about the sound we’re honing. ‘Love Flush’ is the second single we’ve created and released out of this partnership. For recording and our live set-up we’ve two beautiful drummers who’ve been a core part of Æ MAK since the very beginning: Peter Kelly and Dylan Povey.

And you are still based in Ireland?
We’re based in Dublin. I live in Carlingford where I do most of my song-writing, it’s real beautiful there. Sea and mountains galore. Dan has a gorgeous home in Stillorgan where all of the songs are produced, so we’re happy creating in Ireland. It works for us. It’s home!

We’re loving your latest single ‘Love Flush’ at GIHE HQ, can you tell us a bit more about what inspired this?
What’s happened a lot over the past year when writing is that, in hindsight with a bit of time away from it, I realise what the song is really about and where my head was at at the time. ‘Love Flush’ is basically a twisted love song, steeped in ego. At the time it was inspired by a need to self-protect and create a world where I’m solely a strong ambitious individual. I AM all I need.

Your music has already been likened to the beginnings of Bjork and the electronically enchanting Fever Ray – are you happy with these comparisons?
Yeah, myself and Dan are chuffed, especially with the likes of Fever Ray. We’re massive fans of The Knife too. Before we started collaborating I came to Dan with references of The Knife’s and Little Dragon’s synth sounds, beat sounds, electronic music with a darker pop vibe; a sound that resonates with the vision I have as a performing artist.

It seems that the artwork and visuals that accompany your track are integral to the overall piece, would you agree with this? Do you see yourselves as performance artists as well as musicians?
Definitely. I started Æ MAK, started song-writing, so I could be a performing artist. The artwork and visuals go hand in hand with and embody each song, reflect the colourful, visceral visual concepts I get from or before the music is created. It enhances the music and lets it live in its fullest form. Gives it its own world to breath in.

We’ve seen you talk about gender imbalance in the music industry, specifically being the first act chosen for Festival Republic’s ReBalanced programme – congratulations! This is a new initiative that will address the gender imbalance in the music industry, can you tell us firstly what your thoughts are on this, and what this initiative will be doing?
Thank you! We were ecstatic to have been chosen for the programme and they’ve been brilliant over the past 6 months, giving us guidance and some amazing opportunities. Festival Republic and PRS Foundation are using their resources and position within the music industry to enhance and push the professional careers of female composers, bands, engineers and artists. ReBalance offers studio time with professional female producers in the U.K, festival republic slots and introductions to labels, management companies, booking agents. They help you find your people. They offer a supportive platform basically – what you do with it is up to you and what your goals are. I think it’s a brilliant initiative. It champions women in music at a time of positive change and growth in gender equality. Women represent only 16% of UK composers and songwriters and there’s a scarcity of females in other roles across the industry as well.

What do you think other people in the music industry and fans can do to help push this movement forward?
Just keep listening, promoting, booking, representing the music you love and are excited about. I wouldn’t want to be chosen for something for the sole fact that I’m a woman, but on the merit of the songs and music I make. I think the mindset that men rule the music industry is fading. Great music is great music and it should stop there regardless of gender. The ReBalance programme is promoting talented and forwarded thinking female writers and performers which is fantastic. PRS Foundation have launched its International Keychange initiative, which aims to improve greater equality in festival line-ups. 50/50 male and female bands and artists by 2022. This is coming from the best of places and with good intentions. However, it’s so important that we focus on the quality and unique authenticity of art being created, not simply which gender created it. Personally I think there’s a risk of it becoming patronising and degrading. The opposite of the intended effect.

It’s great to see you playing so many different festivals and gigs! You recently played the beautiful Latitude Festival, how did you find it? Did you take a dip in the pond?
Latitude is beautiful. Really cool festival. Don’t think we’ve ever been treated so well at a festival before. We played the Sunrise Arena on Sunday afternoon to a massive crowd of hungover, enthusiastic heads. Didn’t take a dip in the pond unfortunately. It was the last show of our stint in London, so we got to chill and see some of our favourite bands – Wolf Alice and Alt-J. Amazing.

How’re you finding the most recent tour that you are on? It must be quite the experience
being ferried around in a van during this insanely hot summer??

A nice van would be luxury. Planes, trains and automobiles over here. The heat is crazy. Burn, peel, white, repeat.

How would you describe your live show?
High energy. Emotive. I hope it creates a separate world that the audience can escape into and lose themselves. A space where they think ‘this is odd’, I’m odd too.

You’ve supported some great acts like Warpaint, Tune-Yards and Django Django – have you had a favourite so far?
Tune-Yards. They are amazing and the nicest people. I’d been a massive fan from early on so getting to chat with Merrill about music was very very surreal and fuzzy. The Nikki Nack album massively influenced me as a songwriter when it came out in 2014. Inspired me to create freely without the restraint of what I thought a pop song ‘should be’ and find that primitive rhythm we all have deep down in our core. We were chuffed to have been given the opportunity.

Finally as we’re a new music focused site, are there any other new/upcoming bands or artists you’d suggest we check out?
We’re big fans of Wastefellow, he produced a few of the earlier Æ MAK songs. He’s a brilliant experimental electronic producer. I’m also loving Mongoose at the moment, an Irish indie folk band. Check them out!

Huge thanks to Æ Mak for answering our questions!

Introducing Interview: Delhia de France

Electronica artist Delhia de France has just released her debut EP, Morai. We caught up with Delhia de France to talk about the release, the inspiration behind the name (Greek goddesses of fate representing divine feminine power), fossil waterfalls and so much more…

Welcome to Get In Her Ears! Can you tell us a bit about how you got started as an artist?
Hi Ladies thanks for having me! The music was always there: I had piano lessons at age 7, wrote my first song at 10 and had classical singing lessons at 15 which was when I also started my first band – a hiphop project with 2 Mc’s, a DJ and me. I went on to study design to have a possible alternative until I realised that I didn’t want any plan b.

You are described as a ccollaborator, producer, songwriter and visual performer – do you feel you identify more strongly with one particular creative arm, or do all these aspects of your life influence the other?
I´d say music is definitely the core but I love to express myself in any way I feel.  Ultimately I am interested in creating a whole world, a gesamtkunstwerk if you will. And yes they definitely influence each other, like, when I write I always see images with it or I write from an image.

You are originally from East Berlin, what was it like growing up there in the ’90s after the wall came down?
Well, I was very little and of course didn’t realize what that meant at the time but in retrospective I think the vibe was feeling free on one hand but also very confusing and insecure on the other hand ’cause nobody really knew what was going to happen…  The millennium for me was a wild time, growing up between all these subcultures of hiphop, techno and drum and bass. Nobody really cared we were just having fun.

I read that you completely lost your voice at 17, starting therapy to try and recover it? That must have had an incredible impact on you both physically, emotionally and creatively?
Oh definitely, I thought I would never be able to sing again. You feel helpless surrendering to your body. On the other side it was a chance to learn how to be careful with myself, my body and my mind. A lot of it was fear. I believe that most of our illnesses are deeply rooted within our mind, manifested pain in a way.

We’re loving your latest single ‘Waterfalls’ at GIHE HQ, can you tell us a bit more about what inspired this?
When I write I mostly write on in sounds. I would come up with something completely different if I´d play chords on a piano than on a certain synth. With waterfalls the sound felt so watery and the word waterfalls popped pretty quickly while Lester and me where Jamming, and then I just followed that image.  I had recently visited a fossil waterfall and the deep canyons of water and sanded silky stone were such a strong picture – incredible force yet such gentle form. I guess that inspired the song.

And the single is part of your upcoming EP Moirai set for release ‪on 13th July, how would you describe the themes of this record?
The Sound of the EP is electronic but warm and organic, yet dark and melancholic. I guess thats just something I am really drawn to. I like playing with textures and vocal layers and Robot adds his magic with his signature hypnotic beats and baselines. We both love detailed and rich sounds. The visual theme evolves around the Moirai, the three goddess sisters from Ancient Greek, weaving mankind’s destiny. I have always admired greek philosophy and mythology. I like how it is explaining mundane concepts with divine intention and I think thats not only beautiful but consolidating in a world striving for meaning and being obsessed with the material.

The EP was made in collaboration with Grammy winner Lester Mendez and Robot Koch, how did you find the creative process working with such renowned people?
I wrote all tracks together with Robot Koch except for waterfalls, which we wrote together with Lester. Robot and me have been working together for a while but I think this project has been quite challenging for both of us as I would also be co-producing most of the songs.  I am blessed to be able to work with someone who gives me so much freedom and encourages me to go down my own path.  Writing with Lester has been equally amazing, he is the most humble and kind person. His studio is full with synths and instruments, so we would take bits and pieces from digital and analogue gear, record sounds on his modular and Robot even played drums. Both Robot and Lester work very fast which was a bit hard at times for me as I would need my time to retreat to writing the lyrics… mixing especially is quite a difficult process for me, which Robot and I did together.

Throughout your music career you’ve collaborated with numerous people, do you have a particular project that you are most proud of?
One of the highlights definitely was playing with the MDR Symphony Orchestra and the Stueba Philharmonie together with my band project Pentatones. Also when Sony used the song I made with Robot Koch and Savannah Jo Lack for their worldwide ad campaign.

What are the differences between the music scenes in Berlin and LA?
I think Berlin in general has bit of rawer, darker vibe and you can feel that in the music.  It’s much more electronic dance music oriented which makes sense given the dark winter months here. Total opposite to the eternal sunshine of LA which mirrors in a rather positive and warm sound I think.

As a visual performer, can you tell us what can fans could expect from your live music shows? 
I want people to enter a different world for a bit and I am now shaping that world. It probably will be very stripped down at first but for the future I envision a raza immersive and performative live show.

More importantly are you planning on coming to the UK anytime soon??
Definitely wanna play the UK, but nothing concrete yet. Stay tuned!

Finally as we’re a new music focused site, are there any other new/upcoming bands or artists you’d suggest we check out?
I’m lucky to be surrounded by some amazingly talented people, especially women. My LA friend Drum&Lace has just released two beautiful ambient songs, RYAT, also from LA, who has already released on Flying Lotus label… Brainfeeder will drop some unreleased material in the summer and another close collaborator, violinist Savannah Jo Lack will release her neoclassical debut in Autumn… And if you haven’t heard yet about Perera Elsewhere from Berlin you should definitely check out her trippy doomfolk productions.

Morai, the debut EP from Delhia De France, is out now via Trees and Cyborgs.