Photo: Nadia Morganistik
Straddling a line of high intrigue and expert precision is the parallel of how Ray Kajioka delivers his monumental sound. Sometimes deeper and emotional, other times powerful and headstrong, his productions are some of the most satisfying pieces of design and exploration I have ever heard, making even the most simple elements appear magnificent.
Warm analogue spines and ultimate groove machines seem effortless to achieve time after time, that are also distinctively his own. With creativity leaking from every kick drum, he translates an obvious pleasure in his work that is to be admired and loved.
On the eve of his second studio album Consistency for Heiko Laux’s compelling Kanzleramt imprint, he steps up for The 10 Commandments…
> 01. Which artists and genres inspired you to start producing music?
There was no particular artist or genre. Rather it was the thing itself. My interest in making music. I always did express musically myself through singing, whistling, making noise, jingling on objects around me, ever since I can remember.
> 02. What production hardware or software do you get the best results from and what does it bring to your work?
My favorite hardware gears are the Nord Lead, Korg MS-20, Roland TR-8. Software wise, I use Ableton Live and few VSTs. The combination of using both is the best for me and my work. But still I do prefer hardware, because the access to external machines is simply direct and pure, which is important for me. Especially for my live performances. There are really great VST plug-ins existing though, but you always need an extra Midi-controller for it.
> 03. Which track from your own back catalogue are a staple in your DJ/Live sets?
I think, “Never Ending” is one of my released tracks I do perform frequently. Probably because it’s a timeless tune to me.
“Never Ending” [Cocoon] (2013)
> 04. What aspect do you enjoy the most from working in music?
The freedom to do whatever I want. Getting lost in time and space by creating something new, which sets me free of the daily grind and keeps me alive at the same time. Everything around me then is unimportant for this minute.
> 05. What would you change or improve about the music industry and/or club culture?
If people would do more and respect other people’s work, instead of having their focus on making money only, the world would a better one.
> 06. What’s your passion outside of making music?
Food! Without that it’s impossible to make music :)
> 07. Where has been one of your most enjoyable gigs to date and what made it so special?
One of my most enjoyable gigs was playing live at the Fusion Festival in Lärz, 2015.
The venue, the people, the stage, the sound, the lights, the whole atmosphere that night, it was magic! I would have played even longer, if I had the opportunity.
> 08. Which tracks by another artist have really caught your attention recently?
“Have You Ever Had A Dream” by Under Black Helmet. This track is so pure, but simply made. I love the mood and energy in this piece. Further, the contrast between the hard drumming and the deep piano-ish keys.
> 09. Which artists do you keep a close eye on and rate highly for the future?
> 10. What forthcoming projects or releases are we yet to see?
My latest album Consistency is due very soon.
The excellent remix package by Rolando, Heiko Laux and The Persuader is already out.
I’m also working on new single releases and remixes. More details will be announced soon.