Tuesday 20 August 2013



Right now, I am sitting here listening to a new 2-song EP, Psalms of the Planets by Starlit Everglades. It's only a day old and I haven't had time to cover it. In time, I will. But I am sitting outside and the sun is still pretty high in the sky but it's gradually making its way down; frankly, it's kind of the perfect music to chill to. It is kind of the ultimate in chill, ambient and lo-fi all smushed together in a beautiful wave of wordless endless reverb. And very nice it is too.

Of course, I have written about him before, particularly his song 'Mylotic' - check it out.

Very kindly, Mr S. Everglades has come back to the Q&A that I have dubbed the "Lazy Interview" - simply because I use the same questions every time. But, as anyone who has read more than one of these on YES/NO will tell you, the answers are always rather different and, since I think they're quite nice questions, I thought: why ruin a decent formula? Why indeed. So without further waffle, ado, chit-chat, etc. please enjoy the inner workings of this producer.

Who are you? Where are you from? What do you do?
 My name is "J/Aj/or アジェイ" (Starlit Everglades/スターリット エバーグレーズ). I am from places. United States or Japan. I am an ordinary college student who makes music for friends/families/Trees/Sun/Moon/Gods/Goddesses and mystical ancient animals.

Why did you decide to start creating music?
 That is a very hard one for me. I keep trying to say to myself this is the reason, but it just doesn't feel right. Like "was this the reason I started creating music?" I found the reason. I create music for... I guess special moments. Moments like you wish they will never end so you hold onto every second of that moment. For example. There was a time at the beach where the sky was teal coloured and clouds were pink. I was laying on the sand, laughing, smiling with friends. The sun started to disappear gently, the moon rises, lighting things with our lighters while eating ice-cream, I wanted to make something that will not be forgotten, a memory that will never die out. That is the reason why I make music. Something that can stick with you forever and not be forgotten... a memory that will never be broken.

How would you describe your sound? What makes you and your style stand out?
 I sometimes make up names for myself just for fun haha like "Pearl Dive Hop//beat music". It's for fun! But for others, ambient/chillwave/dreamwave or "glo-fi"...... in fact there are a ton of genres that describe my music from what I have seen. Some of them I never even heard of ever. I guess what makes my music stand is probably the positive glittery noises that emerge from my music.

Is there a perfect time and place for listening to your music?
 Yeah definitely the best place to listen is around afternoon...at the beach, with a nice cold pop and fries, or fried dough! Or hanging with friends driving to the mountains on a mellow summer afternoon!

What inspires you most when writing a song?
 Oh various things. I listen to a lot of traditional Japanese culture music, some old beat tunes; my friends, meditation, the chirps the birds make in my backyard, that wind that flows gently around dawn at the beach, seeing cherry blossoms gently floating on a river , the waves that crash onto the surface, my friends smiling, shrines, the emotion "happiness," the word "life." Seeing things like these, ideas just burst.

What is your most memorable musical experience?
 When I first listened to two robots playing music as a young kid. They used to be human like you and me.//▲\\. Robots are beautiful.

What are your favourite three songs at the moment?
 Oh boy uh top three...Okay, got it.

 9th Wonder - All For Your Soul (Instrumental)
 Princess Music - White Wave
 Geotic - Sleeping Forever; We're Gods On Miles of Clouds

Who do you most admire in the music world?
 ... that... is a tough one. There is a big list. But to name a few: Nujabes / submerse / Owsey / Burial / J dilla / Baths/ Stumbleine / Helios / Fat Jon / Boards of Canada / Sloww Magic / Daft Punk / Geotic... and etc. hahaha

In your opinion, what is the future of music?
 I don't know what will be tomorrow but I believe we blossom into something spiritual. It's very hard to explain really. The future is where probably we find our inner selves. Where we continue to dig deeper in our selves. Finding the origin of our spirit to the point where we bloom into something beautiful that cannot be explained. For me, I call it "awake." Some are already asleep as we speak still crating what's down there in their spirit and heart and some are already blossomed. That's what the future of music is for me... I know it's weird sorry haha...

What's the future of your music - what do you hope to do next?
 My music is evolving greatly. If I had a chart of the music I made before and the music I make now is like an "evolution chart"... I think. I have a ton of tracks that are much different of the ones that are placed in SoundCloud. I am giving tracks that were done about 1 or 2 years ago. I rarely give original tracks that I make this year, because I believe they are too early. The tracks that are given out are about just a small portion. What I intend to do is just like before, to touch the spirits within others and continue on. I want to travel with my music all around. Putting a mark of my music on every location that I have always dreamt of going. Right now I am saving, for numerous of things. One of them is for traveling.

What, aside from music, is most important to you?
 The relationships I have with friends, here and from across the big pond, my parents, the beach, spirit, my ears, love, nature, moon, and..... probably the episodes of "Adventure Time".

You can tell from Starlit's answers that his approach to music is very personal - and, really, for the best music, the most listenable and most endearing, surely the best approach or the ONLY approach is personal. Taking slices of life and turning them into music, allowing you - the musician - to create a chronicle of the best times of life, an endless dream of good memories and feelings, must be an amazing way to create music.

And as a listener, you can feel that nature. Here are fuzzy, hazy days that shine in the mist of memory. As such, it's only right and sensible that this musician would want to travel around the world - not only to spread his music around, but to absorb the goodness of the world, suck up culture, experience new sights and sounds, and then gently bring them to life through the wonderful portals of music that he conjures up. More on Starlit Everglades to come!


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