Sweet and Sour23.12.2013
Mr Sakitumi is trying something different out… His new album, released today, is about musical contrasts. Have a listen.
MAHALA: Ok so we’ve had your debut Secret Asian Man, and then Refried Noodles, and now you’re releasing Sweet & Sour, we’re sensing a theme here but what is the story behind you album titles?
I think it just helps with the credibility of me being a tall, blonde norwegian guy. These titles just jump at me while I walk through Ikea, shopping for recycle-able chopsticks in the kitchen department.
The titles, although themed, are also very relevant to each release. Secret Asian Man was about putting myself out there for the first time as a solo artist, all the PR that followed to make me not so secretive anymore. Refried Noodles was about track reworkings/remixes, re-journeying (is that even a word?) through some older ideas.
Sweet & Sour Vol. 1 is about contrasts, two very different styles to my Sakitumi sound. Some harder, faster, grimier dance-orientated tracks (sour) and the gentle, piano/orchestral versions of those same tracks (sweet). This is really me experimenting with other electronic genres, beyond what I currently do.
You’re in the middle of a big collaboration with The Grrrl, how did you two meet and does that project tie into your individual work?
We first met, unofficially, in Belgium (Pukkelpop) many years ago, when she toured with Krushed & Sorted. I was with with Max Normal, at the same festival. It was only later, through the scene here in Cape Town, that we eventually met up again.
Apart from our performances on stage together, we also get to work on some fun video projects (like the Goodluck ‘Bounce Me Brother’ video and most recently, a Mercedes-Benz MB life video). She is the visual side to my sound and vice versa. They go hand in hand, just like our collaborations.
We also have a company together called MEME, where we do more commercially orientated work utilizing our audio-visual skills. What can I say, we work super well together, and have huge amount of fun.
What can people expect from Sweet & Sour? How is it different from your previous releases?
For starters, not my usual sound or beats. Sweet & Sour is my creative license to be able to venture into some darker, harder electronic music. And all I had to do was come up with a concept title. My aim, is for this not to be like any of my previous releases, maybe surprise a few people along the way. To put it simply, whenever I release under the Sweet & Sour title in the future, expect something different. Any other release title (obviously themed from my tall/Norwegian/Ikea background) will be in the style of what I do as Mr Sakitumi.
You seem to continuously be developing and expanding into new fields, from a drummer to electronic music and increasingly into visual arts; where is your next artistic whim taking you? And just reassure us we’re not going to lose you from the world of electro music anytime soon.
Haha, I’m still very fortunate to be able to do this, so as long as I have creative juices flowing and ears that want to hear what I do, then I’ll still be around (so thank you everyone). Mainly due the influence of The Grrrl, the visual arts side is an aspect I really enjoy exploring at the moment. With all the new toys, things are getting pretty interesting. I suppose influences, technology and inspiration will always play a role in evolving what I do and how I do it.
You very rarely use lyrics, and often this makes it hard for the audience to discern a story/meaning in the tracks. Do any of the songs have a message to them? Or are they purely about experiencing the sounds?
Not many people will understand me when I sing in Norwegian (except for my fellow Norwegian countrymen). Well, actually, without jinxing my next full length vocal collab album, it is still in the process of being completed, I have some amazing vocalists planned for my next album, so more lyrics coming!
Download Sweet & Sour free here.