With a background in contemporary dance and choreography, the music of singer-producer Japanese-born, Belgium-based Lynn Rin Suemitsu (1988) is inevitably connected to movement, something apparent in the exclusive mix she made for us, one she describes as an opera. Expect an hour-long electronic odyssee underpinned by dramatic and experimental undertones.
Can you describe yourself in a few words?
I started making music in my own bedroom, before sharing tracks online. This intimacy is something that can be recognised through my sound and performance, as it was instrumental in shaping both. I studied dance, which music comes hand in hand with, so the connection to movement is always present.
How did you first start making music? How does it fit into your life?
I’ve always liked singing and improvising with my voice. A friend who was organising a show invited me to play live, for which I had to figure out how to translate my bedroom sounds to the public. For me, creating my own work is really important. Whether that is through dance or music.
Is music a full-time thing for you at the moment? If not, what are your other occupations?
Its full time, but I try to take a break once in a while, maybe walk my dog.
Can you describe the mix in a few words? What is its overriding influence, where would it best be enjoyed, what makes it special?
It has some real mood swings. I like to think of it as an opera.
Can you tell us about the exclusive track on the mix? Why did you chose to include this one? If it isn’t one of your own productions, how did you come across the artist?
The exclusive track is Ker0. Usually, my tracks have a heavy beat and high synths. But knowing the selected tracks in the mix, I wanted something quiet to end with.
When and where did you record it? Describe the room, the furniture, the walls, the view from the room, the neighbourhood, the weather at the time, etc…
I made it in my studio. I’ve been wanting to make a track using only voice. The sensitivity that the voice has is everything I try to make with electronic sounds. So, a lot of the work I usually put into processing sound was already there.
What’s your favourite track on the mix?
They are all good. I cry to 3ro by Alley Cats. A real good guy.
What are your top 3 albums of the year so far?
Kassett- U, Celestrial Trax- From the Womb, and I’m also looking forward to Tomasa Del Real’s next album at the end of this year.
What do you have coming up in the next few weeks?
Work. Perform. And getting fat as we enter the winter. I’ll be opening for Sevdaliza at Beursschouwburg on 6th October, as well.