Sweet & Sour Vol. 1 is the first of a series of similar releases and the concept for the venture is about contrasts – a contrast in musical style to his normal signature Mr Sakitumi sound and a contrast of each track featuring two different versions. The ‘sour’ part of each song, consists of a bassier, grimier, harder and dancier version of the track, whilst the ‘sweet’ part being more intimate as a piano/orchestral version.
“I think some fans might be pretty surprised with Sweet & Sour Vol. 1, hopefully others will get that I’m just trying to have some fun with this EP concept. I am using Sweet & Sour as a type of creative license, to experiment with other electronic genres, to push the envelope beyond my current style.”
Mr Sakitumi wanted to go beyond his normal downtempo beats to really strip down some of the tracks to simple piano versions with very subtle instrumentation. He describes Sweet & Sour Vol. 1 as the black sheep of his (release) family – it coming after the release of his last EP, Refried Noodles in 2012, and his debut album Secret Asian Man in 2011. Besides the track ‘Dimsum & Bass’, a collaboration with Fletcher which he started writing over a year ago, all the other tracks were created in the week leading up to the EP’s release today.
“This is me unboxing myself.”
We managed to have a little chat with MR SAKITUMI, have a look at what he had to say:
MA: Hi there..nice to finally be having a chat with you…
Thanks for having the time.
MA: Can you please give us a bit of background on what MR SAKITUMI is all about?
In short, I’m a multi-instrumentalist who’s played in/with many talented and amazing bands/artists.
I then started getting into music production and began producing electronic music. Being a live performer into improvising… combined with the electronic music I produced, resulted into what I do as mr sakitumi, but I’m only 1 half of mr sakitumi & the grrrl. She performs the live improvised visuals on stage with me. Off stage , she creates our imagery and music videos. Together we are an exciting audio-visual team!
MA: What the meaning behind the name?
I enjoy the fun, humorous side of life. It’s a play on how it sounds and puts a smile on people’s faces when they have to say it 🙂
MA: Besides MR SAKITUMI, tell us a little bit about some of your other projects?
Shew, so many, ‘closet snare’ a really cool electronicesque/jazz/improv outfit that the grrrl and I are involved in. We’re busy working on the next album and the material is sounding very cool. ‘lark’ when we able to get together. Zaki Ibrahim, a talented singer/performer. I’ve also started playing with phfat and mix n blend (live band) on occasion , which is fun.
MA: When and how did you get started in production?
When I was playing with ‘max normal’, a long time ago, I bought my first music sampler. It was a very basic Roland ms-1, but allowed me to start producing electronic/hip hop type beats. My first pc and acid pro a few years later was what really got me going.
MA: Describe your ‘sound’ in 5 words…
fun, quirky, live, improv, hiptronica
MA: What are some of the influences in your sound?
I love visuals, so cinema along with cinematic music (like max richter, olafur arnalds, goldmund)
MA: You have released your latest EP, Sweet & Sour. Can you give us an idea of what to expect from it?
It’s actually titled ‘sweet &sour vol.1’ as it will form part of a series of similar type releases in the future.
1 part of the ep will be the ‘sour’ section , with faster, harder type electronic tracks (which is me going beyond my usual sound), the 2nd part is the ‘sweet’ section, the more intimate piano/ orchestral versions of the ‘sour’ tracks.
This ep is about contrasts.
It also has a bonus track, not initially intended for the release. this resulted from a cool collab that the grrrl and i did recently, with mercedes-benz sa. we built a track and a video inspired by our drive in the amazing e500. I recorded and used some of the car sounds in the the track and the grrrl was able to do some video mapping and after effects.
We worked with the ever cool dylan culhane (director) and his super talented team. here is the final product ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jh4aIGhatXI )
MA: Who is this EP for?
It’s still for people who follow what I do, just showing them quite a different side to me. This is me un boxing myself.
MA: What has you most excited about the local music industry as a whole at the moment?
The fact that visuals is a more prominent feature in the local music industry, more promoters, clubs, parties and festivals see it as a necessity and that’s cool, especially since the grrrl and I are an audio-visual outfit.
MA: What have been some of your career highlights thus far?
Shew, my career spans quite far back.
What comes to mind right now is having played with the legendary Rodriguez on drums. We did 2 consecutive tour years in SA and the uk. I remember getting ready for rehearsals with the band. We waited for him to arrive. When he did, we all did our polite introductions and so did he (super humble)… First song… we kicked into ‘I wonder’… Now that was a moment worth remembering.
MA: Are there any other project that you are working on that we might be interested in?
Please check out closet snare.
We’ve changed our lineup and I’ve moved back to bass guitar, but still running samples/beats. We’ve written a whole new repertoire which is sounding way cool.
MA: Is there any artist you still wish to work with in the future?
I think my old friend James Webb. He does amazing sound/music installations exhibiting around the world. That aspect of music really intrigues me at the moment.
Being able to be super experimental and conceptual. ( I hope he reads this 😉
MA: Where can we follow you?
MA: Lastly, what are your top 3 local artists?
Card on Spokes
The Watermark High
Mr Cat & the Jackal
Sweet & Sour Vol. 1 Track Listing:
1. Dimsum & Bass (Sour)
2. Prawn Chips (Sour)
3. Peaking Duck (Sour)
4. Dimsum & Bass (Sweet)
5. Prawn Chips (Sweet)
6. Peaking Duck (Sweet)
7. Open Up
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