INTERVEIW: Shafkkat & ROJAZ

Actualizado: 25 feb





Shafkkat is the moniker of South London based electronic music producer, Taz Hussain. Although raised by an Italian mother and English / Indian father, Shafkkatʼs has always considered ʻLondonʼ to be his largest cultural influence for his productions. Absorbing the cities diverse music scene as well as a wide range of cultures, the electronic artist finds his sound in ʻthe noise of the cityʼ.


ROJAZ is an independent Spanish flavoured Electro-pop and Experimental Electronic artist currently based in London. Her influences range from Kelly Lee Owens, Kllo, Maribou State, Billie Eilish, and early FKA Twigs. She makes synth based music with a focus on atmospheric instrumentation and delicate melodies.


We have had the pleasure of speaking with them and this has been the result.


Can you tell us a little about yourselves? Where are you from / how did you get

into music?


Shafkkat: I was born and raised in London, I got into music when I was about 13. At

the time I was only really into making hip-hop beats, but when I was about 16, I kind

of fell into rave culture, started playing in clubs and just went on from there!

ROJAZ: I was born in Barcelona and moved to the UK when I was 14. I was always into

music in some way or form but didn’t actually discover I had a passion for and ability to

write songs until I was 20. I did a short course in songwriting and that sort of opened up a

flood of creativity for me.



How is your sound evolving? What artists and genres do you enjoy mixing right

now?


ROJAZ: My sound has become a lot more indie electronica than it was and incredibly

influenced by UK Dance genres, currently I enjoy mixing garage and drum and bass

percussion samples into my tracks.


Shafkkat: I’ve been incorporating more live recordings into my tracks lately, I also think my

music is generally stepping into a more experimental and expansive sound - whilst still

retaining some form of groove for the most part. I’m really excited about some of the new

stuff in the works. In regards to Deejaying, I play all sort of genres. I do quite like climbing

up and down the tempo ladder a little, I get bored of playing with just ‘one sound’ or

genre, unless i’m in the crowd that is. My attention span goes off unless I switch it up a little.


What projects are you working on right now? Can you tell us a little about it?


ROJAZ: I’ve spent the past year and a half/two working on my debut EP and I’m so happy

to say it finally has a date. I’ll be releasing the first two singles from March on and aiming to

release the full EP before summer. The sound delves deeper into the UK Dance genres that

have influenced me over the past two years.


Shafkkat: I’ve got a single coming out really soon, Mosquito Tweeter that’s just a

very groovy vibe. I kind of stripped back the production a little bit on that one, It’s

pretty fun and just for the clubs. Following up from that is an EP that I’m in the

middle of writing, that one is quite a step away from anything I’ve released so far.

More guitars and a lot more sound design and genre-blending throughout.


Where are you and what have you been doing now?


ROJAZ: I’m currently in London, mostly I’ve been working, prepping for my EP release,

taking some dance classes and doing some sessions with other UK writers.


Shafkkat: Also London, I’m currently working on the that new EP, but I have another

one brewing in the background. Aside from that, I’m currently mixing down some

tracks for other artists, which I enjoy doing a lot.



Has your sound changed a lot in recent years? What is your musical criteria?


Shafkkat: Yes I guess so, I think I’m delving more into using live recordings, guitars,

hand pans, whatever I find laying about. I love just playing around with sound in

general. My production is more often deep rooted in dance music, but I’ve been

exploring a world around that, dipping into electronica in all forms, it’s been quite

interesting to blend some elements from all over. I don’t really have a full on criteria

being enjoying the process.


ROJAZ: My sound has become a lot more indie electronica and dance influenced. I listen to

pretty much every kind of music but as an artist that is able to bring creativity, textures in

the instrumentation, danceability and transmit emotion immediately becomes a favourite of

mine. My influences and inspirations change depending on where I am at in life and what’s

going on emotionally. So whilst there are always some key elements that remain - like

atmospheric instrumentation, layered harmonies, and ethereal intimate vocals - my sound

varies a little bit and seeks to bring in elements from all my influences.


Do you feel safe now to play a more experimental sound?


Shafkkat: Definitely, I think I spent a long time trying to nail a genre or sound, which

ultimately wasn’t helping me shape myself as an artist. I feel a lot more comfortable

now that I kind of turn off the rules in my head and do whatever sounds best to my

ears.


ROJAZ: Completely! I used to shy away from more experimental things and now I love it,

my favourite thing about playing live is surprising my audience with my garage and drum

and bass samples!


We all know that the digital revolution has affected sales, but has it affected

creativity?


Shafkkat: I don’t think it has affected creativity in a negative way, for most people -

the way digital production has evolved has allowed our minds to break all the rules

and just create whatever we can with the tools in front of us. I personally think that’s

amazing.

ROJAZ: I like to think one of the benefits of digital revolution has actually been to promote

more creativity, because now you can listen to anything. I fact, very often I discover a new

song I like and go down a rabbit whole of music in a genre I wouldn’t have otherwise

listened to simply because of one song.


Shafkkat:

http://www.Instagram.com/ShafkkatMusic

http://www.soundcloud.com/ShafkkatMusic

http://www.facebook.com/ShafkkatMusic

ROJAZ:

http://www.Instagram.com/ROJAZOfficial http://www.soundcloud.com/ROJAZOfficial http://www.facebook.com/ROJAZOfficial