Making it a trippy Tuesday, Uji unveils his latest track and music video titled “Kinto” — hacked from the artist’s forthcoming LP, TIMEBEING. While the visual begins in the middle of a ritual, psychedelic clips fill the screen over sharp and biting beats. Though the track remains rhythmic throughout, the first 30 seconds sample Uji’s constantly switching flow — taking listeners on an uncertain journey upon which we must trust Uji to carry us towards a cathartic end.
Elaborating on his experimentative approach to tune-crafting, Uiji explains, “The art of making music is the art of manipulating time. I have had experiences where time shifts dramatically; sometimes it slows down to a halt, while moments seemingly become infinite. This is where the magic happens. This is when the fabric of what we call reality begins to show its seams.”
With “Kinto”, Uji shows off his ability to blur the lines between musical and spiritual experiences. And, while we prepare for the drop of TIMEBEING, we can only anticipate a selection of the rich Latin American sounds that are now synonymous with the Argentinian electronic music producer.
To stream the track, and to read our exclusive interview with Uji, head below now…
What is the inspiration behind “Kinto”? What do you want your fans to take away from this single? What does it mean to you personally?
I am always in awe at how music has the ability to make one trip. “Dark Side of the Moon” by Pink Floyd is a good example of this, the power of the sounds in that album makes the listener go on a journey. So for “Kinto”, I wanted to take the listener down a slippery path, where thick synths and otherworldly vocals act as an enchantment and activate some sort of imaginary travel experience. Into the depths of the abyss or the deep jungle, into the dark places of oneself. As humans, we are attracted to the dark side, and “Kinto” expresses this seductive relationship we have with our shadows. The vocal chants came to me one day as I was playing the guitar and never left. So it feels almost like an alter-ego playing through me.
Can you share a bit about your songwriting process? And what do you think makes a good song?
Composition for me is a dialogue with the instruments I use. I play something and then react to what I hear. With synths and the computer it works the same, tracks are partly what I intended them to be, and partly what my reaction is to me listening back to what actually happens. I always say that creativity arises when fantasy crashes against reality. Fantasy is endless and perfect, reality is limited and imperfect. Creation arises from the tension between those two forces. A good song happens when the music, the lyrics and everything conspire to transmit a particular feeling or sensation. IT all works together and at some point, you can’t pull them apart.
How has Argentina influenced the music you make?
I feel blessed to live in Argentina and South America. With the world centred so much around Europe and the US, culture becomes homogenized. Being outside gives me a wider view of what music and culture can be. I feel my music has so many more influences and inspirations that don’t come from those mainstream avenues, it reflects south American and Argentinean culture. The rhythms and melodies in my music are directly inspired by my travels and experiences throughout the South American continent, the music and ceremonies that happen there, and the cosmovision of the original people from these lands.
Tell us about the inspiration behind the video? Who directed it? Where and when was it filmed?
The video is part of TIMEBEING an 8-part film focusing on ritual technology and myth. Throughout the film there are multiple types of ritual that happen that open the doors to perception, in “Kinto” my character along with 7 other artists/seekers drink a mercurial elixir and are taken into the depths of their own creativity. I feel like we need to de-mystify ritual yet respect it. This video shows how ritual is something that can happen in the confines of our own homes. The video was directed by Jazmin Calcarami, her debut. It was filmed in my house in Buenos Aires, Argentina back in October.