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Clown & Sunset Interview: Nikita Quasim

At the young age of 11, coinciding with her mother’s 40th birthday, Nikita recorded her home washing machine, making a 10 minute ‘household choas’ track that began her musical career. Although Quasim, who comes from Russian and Afghan decent, has yet to be discovered by a larger audience, with her talent, it’s only a matter of time. The music is amazing, and remember the free download at the bottom! But first, an interview…

PlanetNotion: How would you describe your music?

Nikita Quasim: It is piano music for my childhood. Mostly, it is about my birthplace, St. Petersburg. But it is also about isolation, and how my life was back then.

PN: What’s been exciting your eyes and ears the most in the last month?

NQ: For my eyes, I have always loved the work of Felix González-Torres. I once tried to re-create one of his installations in my apartment, but I did not succeed. I have just begun listening to The Microphones, especially Mount Eerie. For newer music, I like Chancha via Circuito’s Los Pastores Mixtape and Emerald’s album, Does it Look Like I’m Here?

PN: How’d you get involved with Clown & Sunset?

NQ: I was traveling with my school in Mexico and met Nico and Soul seven years ago. They both wanted to play music as much as possible, but I had been making songs the longest so I showed them some things. It was Nico’s idea to start Clown & Sunset. I gave him some old songs on cassettes that we decided to include on the EPs. But it’s been a long while since I released anything new. Recently, I have been producing for some of the newer artists. I’ve been working with a new Bulgarian artist named Iva Gocheva.

PN: How’d you approach playing live?

NQ: I haven’t been playing too much this last year. In any case, usually I am at the piano with another person playing drums or a machine. Sometimes, I play sets with my laptop and a controller, but I prefer to be behind the piano.

PN: Anyone you’d really like to collaborate with in the future?

NQ: In my dreams, I would collaborate with Karin Dreijer Andersson. I would also like to make a dancing record with Bjørn Torske.

PN: What can we expect from your upcoming releases?

NQ: As I mentioned before, I have been mostly working on producing. But I have saved many records that Nico and Soul want me to release. I am considering something on vinyl. Or maybe I will just give the songs away for free.

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