Next up the Sinchi & Friends series we venture into Asia and an artist who’s been really impressing us with his recent output. Here Thai artist Sunju Hargun, who is also a co-founder of promising Siamese Twins label provides an insight into some of his inspirations and creative workings. On the mix itself and in his own words ‘I was recently on a holiday in the islands for a nature escape, and this mix was recorded at my friend’s house. I decided to take the tempo down and keep things loopy/tribal here and there. i was surrounded by a lot of monkeys in the area when i was recording so perhaps that had something to do with the selection :)’.
1) Introduce yourself?
Born and raised in Thailand with Indian and Japanese roots. I’m also known as Mogambo, making psychedelic electronic music.
2) What have been your highlights from the last 12 months?
Highlights have certainly been on the production and creative side of things, working with my good friend Jerome on the Mogambo project and launching a new Thai label of love called “Siamese Twins” together with my good friends. Shoutouts to Tay, Johan and Yoshi!
3) What do you have lined up for the coming year?
Under my Mogambo project, I am currently working on an album for an unknown release date in 2021 + an upcoming remix on 12” out soon via a Taipei -based label. The release schedule for my solo projects will be busier than usual this year with an original EP + a few singles and remixes in the pipeline as well. It still feels surreal to be releasing music in these strange times, but it’s one of those things that keeps the mind focused & engines running. We still have to keep sharing music right?
4) Do you have a favourite track in the podcast?
Alexis Le Tan and Joakim’s “Full Circle” always hits the spot, this one is a remix-release on Vladimir’s Offen Music – the EP is so good I had to use two cuts on this mix .
5) What tracks have really stood out for you in the last year and why?
I discovered S.O.N.S a year and half ago – my good friend Johan has been collecting a fair amount of his records and put me onto it one day, Since then I’ve been hooked and this is his latest collaboration with another talented artist from Seoul, Korea.
Maybe in the past 4 months I’ve grown more of a love towards ambient/experimental/beatless music, it suited the headspace I was in at that time to go deeper. Loving this latest output from Paris based-Korean musician/producer D.K. He also releases dance-floor crackers – so you will find quite some variety throughout his discography.
I’ve been loving the work of RAMZi over the past year and I discovered her from this tribal dubby in collaboration with Priori under their alias called “Jumanjí”. The release came out around this time last year via FATi Records which is run by RAMZi herself. Feel good energy with the aesthetics of the label’s art and direction. It feels like one big happy creative family.
6) Who or what are your biggest musical influences?
Pete Namlook and Higher Intelligence Agency have been my recent big influences. But I also love studying and learning the body of work from next level sound designers such as Ryuichi Sakamoto & Suzanne Ciani.
7) Tell us about 3 DJ’s / Producers we may not know but should be looking out for?
– Cora – China (Resident DJ of Tag in Chengdu)
– Ed Dix – KL, Malaysia
– Nic Ford – UK/Vietnam (also known as Maddermodes)
8) What is your favourite Venue or Festival to play at and why?
Savage Club, located in Hanoi, Vietnam is run by a family of talented humans and artists. They pay attention to every detail when it comes to ambience, experience, sound, bookings and hospitality – Everyone is equal and in a safe space at all given times.
9) Do you have a ritual before you start playing or straight after?
No rituals, but drinking a lot of water and eating fruits is always a plus.
10) What is your favourite bit of kit?
I use the Korg minilogue paired with delay pedals. VCV Rack and NI Reaktor have been a huge addition to the latest productions.
11) What is your favourite film score?
Vangelis – Blade runner
12) What makes you smile?