Kodomo is the creative moniker of Chris Child, the ambient/experimental artist based in New York City, currently enjoying the release of his Endless Waves EP project.
The EP explores a variety of perspectives of the track lifted from Kodomo’s Patterns & Light album. All the textures of Child’s roots are represented – the formative years of Japanese Techno and formal minimalism – filtered through the lenses of esteemed remix artists Taylor Deupree, and Kodacrome.
Reflecting on the release, and a string of live dates ARTISTdirect Interviews caught up with Chris to take a glimpse into process and memories that contribute to his unique sound.
Where are you right now?
In my studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Tell us about your new project: Who did you work with? Where was it recorded? What’s it about? Is there candy?
My latest project is a remix EP featuring variations of the last song “Endless Waves” on my album Patterns & Light. I was grateful to work with these artists whose music I look up to – Taylor Deupree, Kodacrome, and Allies For Everyone. The album was recorded in my studio in Brooklyn, and remixes done at the artists respective studios in Brooklyn (Allies and Kodacrome) and Pound Ridge New York (Taylor Deupree). The song and title (Endless Waves) is loosely inspired by the prospect of gravity waves (kinda geeky I know!) and the expansiveness and all pervasiveness of space – the idea there is no beginning or no end – which is also something Taylor and I discussed in his approach to this remix.
How do you describe your music to new friends?
Other than Kodomo, what should your hometown be known for?
Amazing food, high tech devices, crowded streets, city views, helpful people, organized subways, strange juxtapositions
Please look around you right now and please describe the first item or person you see that’s significant to you.
Since I’m in my studio… my Arp 2600! An amazing synthesizer with endless possibilities. It’s a true classic that continues to inspire what I work on.
What first inspired you to pursue music? If it was a musician or a specific piece of music, please tell us all about why you find it so inspirational…
It was probably the first NIN record – Pretty Hate Machine. It came out when I was in high school and I listened to that album exhaustively. I think the overall production and sounds were what inspired me, even over the songs. I loved the heavy use synths and manipulation of sounds, but all still within a dance framework. It led me to my first synth purchase to try out my own ideas.
What’s the best advice anyone has given you about pursuing a life in music?
My Mom’s advice! Stay focused on your work and see everything else that creeps in to disrupt your pursuit (anxiety, doubt, fear, etc!) as noise.
Not including your current crew, who (alive or dead) would you love to have in your van for an all day drive from gig to gig?
Well since you said dead, J.S Bach! Alive – Arvo Part
What song best sums up your life right now?
“Path 5 (delta)” by Max Richter
What is the best reaction to your music you have experienced so far?
Recently at a show I played at in Boston at the Middle East. A guy came out all the way from Houston Texas with my album and a video game I did music for to sign! I was quite amazed.
Take a moment to dream – Where do hope to be a year from now?
My EP completed and out, an album well in progress, and several shows scheduled for the summer and/or participating in an electronic music festival.
What’s your next step towards that dream?
Finding someone to help book shows and developing relationships with other like-minded electronic music artists.