Introducing Squidgenini, who just wants to be left the fk alone on new single, Alligator
Butt-kicking future-R&B with a simple message outta
Last year saw forward-thinking R&B/electronic producer Squidgenini burst on to the scene with her first single Fire, and consequently it turned into a busy year with supports for the likes of Japanese Wallpaper, Kilo Kish, Nai Palm and more. Recently she released her latest single, Alligator, mixed by Becki Whitton (Anatole, Yon Yonson), and a not-so-subtle reminder to dudes out there who don't know how to take a hint. It's a total vibe, and we flung her a few questions to get to know her a little better, and lucky for us - she replied. Check it all out below:
Tell us about about yourself?
I'm Queensland born but raised in the USA (Madison, Wisconsin) so I've always felt a bit culturally bilingual... So that heavily affects my art. I grew up listening to early Alicia Keys, Sade, heaps of mainstream pop. Pon de Replay was the first song I ever bought off iTunes. Candy Shop (CLEAN VERSION!!!) coming close second. I'm trying to make music I want to hear. Pop that isn't manipulated and crafted by 76 different people (that also so happen to write/produce every other pop artist). This is all my brain! Squid planet shit. There's definitely heaps of different people/entities involved in the music I make but it's all channeled through me at the moment. I'm excited to eventually be collaborating and expanding in that way but right now I'm still seeing what I can do. It's pretty fun, sometimes it's shit, and it takes way longer this way but I'm finding it really rewarding.
What’s the vibe music-wise?
I always say 'pop' if anyone asks me that but the vibe is always shifting with every song I make. I feel every song is kinda written by a different person. A different version of me maybe. I dunno. I've played a bunch of hip hop shows so I guess there must be that vibe, but I'm a multidimensional creature and the vibe can't be boxed.
There's no consistent process really. I try to always be writing in my book. Drawings, spells, gigantic cosmic theories that are somtimes profound sometimes super dumb, poems etc. Last year I really stressed myself out trying to be a "good" producer; tehnically savvy. It wasn't fun and took the spirit out of it a lil for me. Now I'm just making shit when I'm inspired, but it's always changing. Ask me next week and I could be on a whole new theory.
Can you tell us about your new single, Alligator?
Alligator was just a song made out of necessity in the moment. Frustration. Lack of understanding of the situation as well. Now it's just a reminder to be upfront about my boundaries and desires. Deep down you always know, listen and stand up for yourself! The world would be a better place if we all took responsibility for our own happiness.
What’s the rest of the year have in store?
I'm going to America in June/July. Gonna play some shows (!!!) make some music. Come back make more music. Finish off this mixtape business and hopefully have it out by the end of the year and do a bunch of awesome shows.
Where can we hear more of your music?
Go to my SOUNDCLOUD for the full squid experience, there's heaps of old stuff.
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