T.H.E Interview – Tisoki

tisoki interview

British bass producer Tisoki recently released his poignant debut album, ‘01953’ on Monstercat. Featuring ten tracks that traverse classic dubstep stylings, trap-fueled grime, experimental bass, and beyond, his genre-fluidity is a glimpse into the varied musical journey that brought him to where he is today.

We caught up with Tisoki to learn more about his forward thinking debut album, “01953” came about.

Varun – Hey Tisoki, thanks for taking time out for this interview! How has the past year been for you?

Tisoki – Thanks for having me! It’s honestly been wild, a lot to get my head around and understand but I think I’m getting there, hah.

Varun – Congratulations on the release of ‘01953’! Can you tell us more about the making and inspiration behind the album?

Tisoki – Thank you! I just went into lockdown / quarantine with the sole purpose of actually making a full body of work as opposed to just random songs to play live. Viewing it from a different perspective definitely helped me write better music in my opinion.

Varun – Did you face any hindrances in terms of creative processes or writers block on the album? Can you tell us more, if so?

Tisoki – I actually didn’t! For the first time in a while it all just flowed super naturally and I think that’s a testament to the fact that it’s actually the music I wanted to create at the time.

Varun – What was the most challenging record on the album in terms of production and effort?

Tisoki – Honestly I’d say the drop on “WAVEY”… some weird sonics going on there with super short 808’s leaving more space to fill, plus the really high pitched flute.

Varun – Given the unfortunate pandemic at the moment, event curators and promoters are constantly working to evolve the live music space. How do you think the pandemic has impacted artists, including yourself, in terms of taking different approaches with their music? And further, given the online streaming domination at the moment, do you think it affects the approach to the kind of tracks that you want to release?

Tisoki – I mean it’s obviously impacted artists and events financially, but that’s just a given. For me personally, it hasn’t really changed anything in terms of making music because I’m quite confident in the fact that I can always just do me. Although, I really like the fact that people have shifted their focus to streaming in the meantime. Obviously that’s slowly going away again as shows are coming back but was a cool space while it lasted.

Varun – Can you tell us more about your roots and where your musical inspiration comes from?

Tisoki – I’m just heavily influenced by everything from the UK. I spent a lot of time ignoring that but as I get older I realise it plays a huge part in who I am. Mostly UKG, DNB, house music, screamo bands, etc. Anything UK sounding fuels some weird side of my brain, hah.

Varun – Can you tell us one artist you would like to collaborate with outside the dance music space?

Tisoki – I’d loooove to work with Slowthai, that would be super cool.

Varun – What advice would you give upcoming musicians/DJs trying to make a career in dance music, that you wish you had known when you started out?

Tisoki – I think just be honest with yourself. Are you making it because people are telling you it will pop off at shows or are you actually enjoying yourself? I feel like a lot of people (myself included) care too much about what a song’s response will be when really we should be focusing on what we actually want to create.

Varun – Can you tell us the top 3 records on your playlist that have been on repeat, most recently?

Tisoki – Jynx – All In Caskets
KSI ft. Lil Durk – No Time
AJ Tracey – West Ten

Varun – What’s next for Tisoki this year?

Tisoki – A few more singles, some remixes and some shows towards the end of the year! Just really trying to stay busy.


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