Today’s Featured Artist – INTERVIEW – Santipreecha

Tell Us about: 

Your latest single you have released: 

My latest single was Down the Path Laid with Petals released back in January this year.

Your first single and how you felt when it was released: 

I released my first album In a Forest Dark all at once and it felt great! It’s taken a long  time for me to find a musical voice that I felt was my own outside of being part of another  project (i.e. film, dance, fashion etc.) and the journey writing Forest Dark was a very  personal one for me so it felt almost like a relief releasing that. 

Your favourite song that you have created that is an album track: 

My personal favourite is from this most recent album Round a Roo and is the track the  album borrows its title from, Round a Roo Round. It was the first time I felt I was able to  capture the spirit of the Thai Isaan folk music I grew up with in a musically contemporary and digested way. 

Your favourite song to play live: 

Most of my music has been studio-driven in the way it was put together and I haven’t  performed them live yet but I look forward to playing Rose-Tinted Spiral live. It’s a 13- minute emotional journey and explores the oscillation between illusion and delusion among other things.

Your most emotional track: 

Maybe The Barren Motherland from In a Forest Dark. Of course, when we say emotional  it’s all about our past isn’t it in that everything we hear now that we find to be emotional  comes from our comparing it with something we’d heard before which captured, or  distilled a certain emotion or set of emotions. The Barren Motherland is quite emotional  to me because of those memories of writing it and the personal programme (in the sense  of programmatic music) behind the music. 

The best lyric you have ever written: 

I have worked exclusively with instrumental music thus far in my solo work but am  toying with the idea of working with vocals and perhaps lyrics in an upcoming project. 

Describe the feeling you get when you walk on stage to do a show: 

I used to perform piano back in my classical music days and I was incredibly nervous  before I went on stage. It was usually very hard for me to eat anything the day-of. Not  sure how much of that would be there now but I suspect most of it. 

The hardest track to play live: 

I think all my tracks are hard to play live because of the fact that it was created in the  studio in a studio/cut-up way; meaning that most of what I did on the tracks was done  recording things live and cutting it up or editing it to create the musical and sonic collage  or sculpture as I’ve come to think of music. This would be very hard to re-create live and  by ‘playing live’ I’m referring to actually performing a track live with those elements  created live in some way so it’s still something I’m trying to figure out, how I’d want to  present and explore that. 

Essential items you always take on tour with you? 

I haven’t toured, but I’d take my computer of course and my mixing earbuds, my Kindle, a  few books. 

Describe your fans in three words: 

Curious, Open, Complicated 

A song by another artist or band you wish you had written: 

I don’t wish I’d written another song I admire but rather take inspiration from it and aspire  to find a way to express my own emotions and ideas that hopefully might resonate with  someone else the way that resonated with me. But here’s a song: True Love Waits by  Radiohead. 

What we can look forward to from your band this year: 

I’m just about to release music I wrote for Guy Longstreet’s neo-noir psychological  thriller Black Jade and I’m working on another project which I don’t want to talk too much  about yet but I’m excited to share it with everyone a little later in the year. 

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