SKY H1’s emotionally layered ambient pop

Sky H1’s new EP Motion, released on Berlin’s Codes imprint, heralds a new departure for the emerging Brussels- based producer, one which sees the budding talent reach for her inner self in a bid to, as she puts it, “step into something new.” Emotionally layered, the EP combines chopped up, emotive atmospheres and rhythmic incursions together with just the right type of vocals to create the kind of ambient pop that’s won the EP countless industry accolades. She’ll be performing on Friday 22nd September at Bozar Electronic Arts Festival.

Can you talk to us about your name? What’s the meaning behind it? What inspired it?

There’s no special meaning for the name, I made it up and think it fits the music I make. Definitely feel like making another alias at some point though.

How did you first get into music? When was the first time you started making music?

I started making music about six years ago. I used to organise music events and also had a phase of record collecting at one point.

Can you pinpoint one person, or moment, responsible for getting you into music-making?

My grandfather was a piano player and I think I got influenced by him from an early age.

How would you describe your local scene? The key people and places that shape it…

The Brussels scene is small, but I’d say I relate most to what Heartbroken is doing. They basically invite what I see as my scene over to Brussels. (Kamixlo, Why Be, Mobilegirl, Uli-K, Mechatok, Endgame, Palmistry, Malibu). My agency, Culte, also does a great job in bringing Belgian artists together.

the idea for a track stems from a feeling I want to deal with and afterwards I just let the process take over and see where I end up.

Can you talk to us about your recording process?

My moods are definitely indicators for the kind of music I make. So the idea for a track stems from a feeling I want to deal with and afterwards I just let the process take over and see where I end up.

Can you describe your recording space for us and the neighbourhood around it?

At the moment it’s definitely a nowhere and everywhere kind of situation.

What do you find the most challenging when recording music?

Having a sense of time and daily rhythm, I can get caught in a bubble sometimes.

Where do you feel the most comfortable? In the studio or on stage?

Studio.

Do you have any pre-performance ritual?

Not really, I just tend to get stressed over technical issues, so I’m always checking at least 10 times if everything works the way it should.

Tell us about the cover artwork of your last release. What does it illustrate, and who designed it?

The sleeve cover was made by Bill Kouligas, the picture of the EP was made by myself. It’s a neon reflection in water.

Do you have any habit, good or bad, when in the studio?

When I start producing I tend to forget about everything else, I can get stuck for hours, sometimes days, without going out.

What do your parents think about your music?

Unfortunately my father never heard any of it. My mother doesn’t relate that much, but I’m sure she’s proud of what I do somehow.

What’s the first album you ever bought?

Twin Peaks OST, my parents bought it and I stole it from them. It’s been my favourite album ever since.

What’s the most important piece of music equipment to your recording process, and why?

I only use my PC, so that’s pretty indispensable.

What were your favourite three albums of the year?

Body Sculptures (A Body Turns To Eden), M.E.S.H. (Damaged Merc), Jeremih (Late Nights), Oneohtrix Point Never (Garden of Delete) and Kelela (Hallucinogen).

What’s next for you in terms of releases, concerts, etc…

Playing a few gigs (Brussels, Paris, Krakow, Lausanne), working on a movie soundtrack and then I’m hoping to get back on track with new music for a new release.

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