In anticipation of his debut EP Fantasy, out July 25, Australian producer Ukiyo has released a new single that’s bound to… click with audiences everywhere.
The track, entitled Clicky, is a playful and captivatingly peculiar two-minute banger layered with syncopated percussion and live-recorded synth. Once you listen to it, it’s impossible not to tap along.
“We had a really hot summer at the start of the year and that was it really,” the 21-year-old artist told Lost At E Minor. “A super simple song that came together pretty quickly and I knew it was the right track and the right vibe to kick off this EP.”
The single offers a glimpse of what to expect in Ukiyo’s debut EP Fantasy, which demonstrates the producer’s understanding of layering melodic, harmonic, and percussive info in a way that is unique and meditative.
“This EP and the Ukiyo project in general are both all about escapism. It’s why I started making music in the first place after all.
“I’ll never stop being amazed by the ability soundtracks have to take listeners to another world and it’s my goal to create music that does that. My EP is called Fantasy because that’s exactly what it is to me, when I close my eyes this is the music I hear.”
We recently caught up with Ukiyo amidst his busy schedule to learn more about him and his music.
Tell us a little about your background. How’d you get into music?
“I’ve been teaching myself piano since before I can remember so I guess that was the beginning. I used to want to be a filmmaker so I’d ‘score’ my little home movies in Garageband. It evolved into electronic music when I discovered verge side rubbish collections and all the goodies you could find in them. Got my first few keyboards, speakers and all kinds of gadgets from there.”
How would you describe your work?
“I think there are generally two types of music in the world, songs that help us deal with our life, and songs that help us escape it. My music is definitely the latter. I want to take people on a little journey when they listen to Ukiyo.”
Let’s talk about your latest track, Clicky. What inspired it?
“We had a really hot summer at the start of the year and that was it really. A super simple song that came together pretty quickly and I knew it was the right track and the right vibe to kick off this EP.”
You’re about to drop your debut EP, Fantasy. What should we expect from this upcoming work of yours?
“Six new Ukiyo tracks that I hope will give you a sense of wonder and bring the vibe of any room up. This EP is all about looking up at the sky and letting your imagination go wild so I highly encourage that! It’s a bit of a stepping stone because I have big ideas for the direction I want to take the Ukiyo project and the tracks on this EP are starting to hint at that.”
Ultimately, what do you hope for Fantasy to become or mean for your fans?
“Making music has always been a bit of a coping method for me, I feel like I’m somewhere else when I make them and when I hear them. There’s a lot of music out there that has very direct and obvious messages in them.
“I think it’s important to have some light-hearted stuff too and that’s what I’ve always tried to make. I’ve always connected with movie soundtracks and instrumental music more than a relatable lyric, so this EP is for others just like me.”
The debut EP will also feature tracks done in collaboration with artists like Sydney vocalist Chymes and Melbourne’s own Feelds.
Fantasy drops tomorrow, July 25. You can head on over here to learn more.