I am Canvo and I was born in 1987 in the suburbs in Lima, Peru. This was a very musical environment, so I was a musical child. The first years of my life I used to listen to a lot of Latin music from the sixties and seventies, it was my father’s music. Thanks to this there was always something to listen around the house, so at the age of seven (after a lot of insisting) I got him to get me my first keyboard, that’s when I started playing every song that we used to listen to, and it gave me the amazing feeling of the possibilities to communicate different sensations throughout the music and its language.
I came from rock, and to me, to start making electronic music in my twenties was a big leap, to let go that love for distorted guitars and to learn to love the classic sounds from drum machines. My formative years enabled me to get to know the subgenres of the genre, and to find or remember the sound that is the most sincere and comfortable to me, is in downtempo where I feel I can have a great conversation.
At a later point I moved to Barcelona and there the musical scene is, at the moment, ‘nonexistent’. Barcelona is not the kind of place that enjoys this kind of ‘Lo-fi’ or ‘Vaporwave’ music very much. Nonetheless this is not bad for me, on the contrary, I like to nourish the nineties nostalgia that invades some places of the city, the context or the architecture and some other natural places where you can feel closer to the planet.
I was very in love with the sound of the Korg M1, and it's responsible for most of the leads and pads of the EP. I love the sweetness when you play seventh chords. I used the Roland Alpha Juno 2 for brasses and basses, this synthesizer has been my companion for other productions too. The rhythm section is mostly done with the Alesis SR-16, drums with lots of pitch down. There are some songs where I use a Fender Strat for some funky riffs and palm mute with many choruses.
At the end of 2019, I lived a season next to the beach, away from the city, each time I took the train to Barcelona I tried to go to a place that reminded me of what I went through as a kid, the amazing feeling of being a 10-year-old and feel everything around you, with all the freedom in the world and nothing to worry about. To see those aesthetics, made me want to capture what I felt. That’s how it started the sound of the EP, like a musical picture. At Calafell Beach, where I lived at the beginning of 2020, I composed the songs of Montjuic, listening to the demos in a ghost town (like every beach in winter), it reminded me of Lima in the sixties.
In my music, even though most of the songs are instrumental, there are some recurrent concepts that always have my back, like the inner exploration or being true to yourself. Also, the nostalgia of the unknown. Aesthetically the mission is always to make you travel with my music to places that you can’t explain, but they seem familiar. Some other influences are: Claude Debussy, Gustavo Cerati, Joey Ramone, Piero de Benedictis and Paco de Lucia. This is music that left its mark on me, and has awakened things that I love, most of them are not with us anymore.
My plans for the future are intertwined with my inner self search, I would like to produce more records and to work with art-videos. Music wise, I gave myself the personal mission to explore more into rhythms, so I can make the music that I’m making more human. In the harmonic spectrum, I would like to go deep in some new harmonies, not necessarily occidental sound, I'd like to have a wide and colorful palette to create new music.
Canvo ‘Montjuic ’ will release on februari 12 as a cassette on Clone and digitally through our Bandcamp page.
Hello, I’m Kai, also known as Palmbomen II. Even though times are strange, I want to announce a new album I’ve worked on for our label World Of Paint; Cindy – ‘I’m Cindy’.
Cindy Savalas is one of the songs on my self titled album that was released on Beats In Space in 2015. Following it’s release, I made a music video for Cindy Savalas, where Cindy came to life through the portrayal by Blue LoLãn. I felt a connection with this character and went deeper into developing who she was and the world she lived in. The result was the creation of the album Memories Of Cindy, where my goal was to reveal more about Carmel Vista, the hometown of Cindy.
Afterwards, I imagined Cindy having her own ‘lost’ album, as if she had once released a record that was kind of forgotten... until now. I wanted Cindy to have her own shoegaze/italo disco album containing both ballads and dance songs, with Cindy being the pop singer of her own songs.
In early 2019, I recorded about thirty pieces of music in my home studio in Antwerp, Belgium, that fit into Cindy’s world. A month later in Los Angeles I recorded vocals with Blue. Together me and Blue explored more about Cindy and who she was. We ended up with a collection of songs that became Cindy’s album. Cindy sings about her mom, her boyfriend Justin, her cat and other personal sides of her life.
Then in the summer of 2019, I shot a series of music videos which go along with these themes and explore Cindy’s search for Justin and who he is. I continued my search by making a larger 3D animated world around Cindy, and I tried to see where in the realm between animated 3D and reality Cindy actually lives - what of her life is real and how does she live between these worlds?
Cindy ‘I’m Cindy’ is distributed worldwide by Clone and available digitally through our Bandcamp page.
See the full video album in the YouTube playlist above, or see the full video album page.
My name is Sasha. I was born in Ukraine, (then a part of the Soviet Union). I currently live in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. In the mid-2000s I started writing pop-oriented music and releasing it under the name Renkas. After a while, I started searching for a more care-free and direct approach to making and recording music. That’s when I began the Antenna project. I got my sounds from the unexpected errors and limitations of hardware equipment from the ‘80s and ‘90s, recording tracks on the fly.
Under my Antenna project, I played live sets, DJed, and released music on labels like Clone, Pinkman and Beats in Space. Then I decided that it was time to take a break and work on a full-length album. I recorded hours of jams in my studio in Rotterdam and then took a small set-up to Kiev, so as to edit and finish the tracks there.
My friend Kai Hugo, who I’ve known for many years since we both released music with NON Records, approached me with the idea to start a music label. This became World Of Paint. ‘Quiet fx’ will be the first release. Together we worked on the visual concept of the label and created the videos for my album.
Antenna ‘Quiet fx’ is distributed worldwide by Clone and available digitally through our Bandcamp page.
The video’s for ‘Quiet fx’ were inspired by footage that I found on a website where you can watch security cameras from all over the world. I liked the calm, mysterious images and the feeling of suddenly being part of places and events. They felt similar to early 3D computer-game worlds, that seem to exist on their own. I also liked the stiffness and cold, alien feel of cutscenes from games like Omicron, Tomb Raider and Japanese RPGs.
Me and Kai Hugo created a series of videos featuring “myself”, that takes place in a hypothetical 3D Eastern-European country. There is no specific plot and most things happen in-between. We wanted to make computer graphics which are soft, quiet and frozen. The videos became a bit autobiographical and came to include some of the thoughts and questions I had at the time.
See the full ‘Quiet fx’ video album on this YouTube playlist.
After watching security camera images of a random shore at night, I recorded this song. When making this video we tried to recreate the vibe of that security cam footage.
I am exploring the unknown and new territories which are exciting and interesting but also a bit scary. The quest takes place in a young East-European democratic county.
Lost tv broadcast of a television talkshow featuring two politicians discussing the turbulent situation and disappointing statistics in their country.
Footage of me doing a live performance, which turns into delirious self-absorption. Inspired by the teleportation scene from Omicron.
A place where you can feel safe.
Life is full and interesting in the forgotten industrial areas at night.
Strange, deserted and isolated; now the politician will always stay here. In a David Lynch's black lodge-like place.
Someday I will leave this room
Kai Hugo (photo by Manuela Vilanova)
I’m Kai. I’ve been making music as Palmbomen II for a while now and have released on labels such as Beats In Space, 1080p, Pinkman and Dekmantel. Building worlds and stories around my music has always felt like a very natural process. I had the idea to start a label so I can get deeper into not only my own projects, but those of my friends too.World Of Paint will be my playground to explore and create art around albums.
I’ve been able to start World Of Paint with the help of my manager Kostijn Egberts. Together, we took the first steps in conceptualizing this label. I’ve worked with Kostijn for many years and he has been involved with the likes of Fatima Yamaha and De Jeugd Van Tegenwoordig. He will run one side of the label from Amsterdam, and I will run the other side of the label in Antwerp.
My idea for World Of Paint is to primarily release full-length albums. I want to release music that you can listen to at home, not just music made for clubs. Most artists on the label perform their own music live. The visual component of the albums will also be very important. For the first release, ‘Quiet fx’, by my friend Antenna, we created an Eastern European 3D adventure featuring Antenna himself.
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Kostijn Egberts (photo by Kai Hugo)