French recording sensation Junkerry recently released the first art inspired virtual reality music video called ‘As We Are’. The recording artiste is a one-woman-band that records and produces her music at home in the studio surrounded by her loved ones. Junkerry doesn’t just make music for the sake of recording, everything she touches is made with love, mindfulness and joy. Based in the South of France Junkerry also spends a great deal of time in Goa and other exotic regions, where she performs too adoring audiences of music lovers.
How long have you been producing music and what galvanised your journey as a musician?
Studio work has always been a part of my journey. The mirrored side of performing, I love both equally, one balance’s the other. Although producing consumes me, its so addictive! You dive into an introvert world, a timeless moment. Its a sonic dream. Time seems to stop and before you know it you’ve spend a whole day messing around with sounds! The difficult part of the studio is to grasp that magical feeling when you’re live and full of first intention, I really try not to loose that feeling in the studio process. I write and produce everything myself, my thing is to bring the sound of my studio to the stage, I do this using live computers and loops and effects.
The loop machine is becoming hugely popular for solo artists. At what point did you begin using these machines and why?
I was looping using delays back before loop stations! Of course using one at the beginning was really exciting. However after a while you find yourself becoming lazy and using the same formula over and over. I want to experiment and explore. That’s why I moved from analogue to digital. The tools are important, because somehow they shape the music. I started working with cutting edge software such as MAX MSP, which gives me the freedom to blur the lines between styles, to redefine the aesthetic of my music plus it helps me discover different dimensions of my creativity. There are musicians and also a few djs who are doing hybrid sets, performing in new ways, by bringing the studio elements onto the live stage. This is exciting. On stage I am the performer and the sound engineer! My live set is played as a cycle, often without breaks between tracks rather than a compilation of individual songs. So, yeah, to come back to the loop machine, I still do lots of looping but with the flexibility of live computers.
You produce all your music at home in a recording studio. Do you have a release schedule or do you publish music whenever you feel a need?
My first aim is to create something that inspires me, only when it feels right I release it. This is the joy of being an independent artist!
We hear you give all your music away for free, what drove this decision?
Money should not be the judge of success, its not important to the creative process. When I release music, there is two aims, of course I hope people like it. But I want to attract collaborations with other artist / disciplines, which will hopefully push my own boundaries.
You sing in a variety of languages, please list them and explain how this come about?
I sing in English, French, and Hindi as I’ve been trained in Indian Classical Music. The language determines a lot of things in music. Prosody is the thing that happens when a note hits a vowel and Its completely different according to which language you are using. I often mix languages in some of my tracks.
Your last video was a fully immersive 360 virtual reality art installation created by renown fashion illustrator Patrick Morgan. What made you choose the VR platform as opposed to the traditional music video format?
I wanted to explore a different media, to give different shapes to my music. VR is still very young, artists really need to help shape it. It shouldn’t only be gamers and corporates who develop it. Poets need to step forward and use these new technology tools. Working with Patrick Morgan and Room One, we got to use the Google tilt brush before it was released and we ended up creating the world 1st art inspired 360 VR music video!
We understand you plan on working with international street artists and graffiti writers on future videos. Will they all be on the virtual reality platform?
Probably not. I try to make collaborations different .The idea is to be explorers and do something fresh
Will we see you performing at any music festivals this summer?
After almost a year in my studio I’m itching to play a few live sets! So yes we are talking with a few select festivals and venues in Europe and Asia at the moment….we’ll be announcing dates soon
Live streaming on social media appears to be taking off in a big way. Is this an avenue you’d explore or do you prefer the true grit of traditional concerts?
Yes I’m so excited about my online performances! You can be anywhere in the world and watch me live…no tickets, no travel, no costs. Its a interesting way to connect with the digital audience. As an contemporary artist I want to digital as part of my performances.
Junkerry – First VR Music Video