This Saturday night, Sub-Culture are joining forces with Split Works to present the afterhours party for the Guiness Wood & Wires Festival. The line up is possibly the best an electronic stage that a Shanghai festival has seen, and features Emika, Objekt, Kingdom, Ikonika, ChaCha and Downstate. Throughout this week we will feature each of the artists to hopefully get you as excited as we are for the event. First up, Emika…
Today’s modern day composer can work in many different areas of sound with one click of a mouse. This is the single most influential factor in Emika’s artistic development. After years of musical education and having an entire studio in a box as her instrument, she feels it’s her duty to music to develop the art of song writing and recording on every level possible. A sound designer and composer who writes and records for herself from her bedroom in Berlin, her instruments are DIY soft synths, her voice, piano, and samples. Already highly-rated by everyone from Mary-Anne Hobbs to Thom Yorke and covered by media outlets as varied Resident Advisor and The Guardian, we are very excited to present Emika for the very first time in Shanghai.
Emika is inspired by techno culture because “it’s a movement with sound and dancing at its very core. It’s not about idols or stars, its about sound and people coming together to dance and feel free.” She’s inspired by dubstep from Bristol and London since 2004 when she lived in these cities because of its meditational bass vibes: “originally it was deep spiritual music made by kids for kids.” These two influences twine together with her love of the great universal pop song, her abilities as a song writer, a classically-trained pianist and a singer, to make something completely unique. Emika’s signature sound has taken years to evolve and Berlin’s legendary engineer Rashad Becker worked with her on creating the special sound of her record.
Asked to name an inspiration from the past, Emika turns to Delia Derbyshire, the legendary Radiophonic Workshop composer who came up with the original theme for Dr Who, not so much for the sounds she makes as for her questing spirit. “It all comes from my imagination,” Emika explains. “My imagination is key, it’s a solo project, and the listener can feel this unity.”
Saturday 2nd November
Guiness Wood & Wires Festival Afterhours – presented by Sub-Culture & Split Works
10.30pm till late – tickets 80rmb on the door
@ QSW Culture Center No. 179 Yichang Road near Jiangning Road