For The Dreams and Aspirations Issue, i-D collaborated with the fab folk at New Power Studio on an extra-special musical extravaganza…
Pop here to find out much more about the project and read on for our catch-up with Bok Bok, one of the artists who kindly lent his beats for your delectation. Experience the soundboard in all its wonder on newpowerstudio.com.
What was the song that really got you thinking about making music? A track called What by Wonder. By the time I heard it I was already obsessed with grime production but this tune really brought the point home about minimalism and geometric starkness, about how a tune can also be a work of architecture.
What do you think about the ever expanding, mutating world of electronic music in 2011? I thrive on it. I love music from many decades but I have a crazy appetite for the new. It doesn’t have to be made right now, it just needs to be new to me – I’m looking constantly for new material to gorge on. Though there are a few old staples that I can feast on time and time again.
Which DJ or producer did you used to stand by the box and gasp in admiration at? It was DJ Slimzee, no contest. Except I wasn’t standing at the DJ booth staring, I was flipping the fuck out.
Does electronic music struggle to find a visual identity? Some does, but not mine. My music looks geometric, modular and mechanised.
What sounds are you excited about now? I come from a culture of constantly striving fwds>> but lately I find myself looking ever bwds<<. And that’s fine. There are of course still many incredible producers now – my Night Slugs, affiliates, colleagues and many others. At the moment it feels like there’s no difference between music that was made today and 25 years ago. In a rave, time doesn’t have to exist.
Text: Thom Murphy
Experimental Programme Developer: Kevin Howbrook