When did you realize you wanted to pursue music professionally?
I had a real ‘a ha!’ moment when I was 14. My father and I went to see the film ‘Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away’. It was a recording of one of the circus’ performances, so it had no dialogue. While it was one of the most boring movies I’d ever seen, it was the first time I really paid attention to music in film. From then on, I knew that this was exactly what I wanted to do—to make people feel things with music.
Your first EP ‘peace places: kenyan memories’ was built around field recordings. What was the process of capturing these?
I grew up in Nairobi, Kenya, and moved to the U.S. for university. In my final semester, the pandemic happened. During that time I was inspired to create something that demonstrated how we were engaging with art in that moment, which was digitally. That’s how my electronic practice started. I began a sound journal while quarantining in Maryland with my relatives. This is what fuelled my interest in and understanding of field recordings, and what gave me the idea for ‘peace places’. I had been feeling homesick, so I started making music from home. I revisited videos from my time in Kenya, and I decided to build a concept around the locations in those videos that were my places of peace.