+ Random doodle. Night schooling is sketchy…
Hundreds of moon jellyfish babies have been born at the Weymouth Sealife centre in Dorset. Aquarists say they have never seen so many jelly babies of all shapes, sizes and colours from many different species at one time - but even though they may look cute many of them are highly poisonous as well.
This controller is cooler than I thought.
Anonymous asked: Hey are you signed to a label?
Guest Interview: Lumo and Jowin (Part Two)
Every now and then we and B2P like to give freelance writers a chance to showcase their talents. A while ago the homie Lumo interviewed a B2P veteran artist Jowin about his music. Well Lumo and Jowin are back once again with a new interview, this one focusing on Jowin’s project Circumescent and his current and future endeavours.In my last interview with Jowin, I described him and his music as “hip-hop”, something I now greatly regret. The man has too many layers to his sound and to his art to be classified so simply. On his new album, Circumescent, Jowin has truly crafted a style all his own, owing as much to “hip-hop” as it does to many other styles and genres. And if any of this progression continues, Jowin is certainly on his way to greatness.Lumo: What’s up man? How are things on your end?Jowin: Things are going good. Looking forward to the end of this cold weather.Lumo: So, you just released your new album, Circumescent. How long did you work on that project and what was the experience like?
Jowin: I started on Circumescent at the end of 2011, around November. It was a different type of experience. I grew as I was creating the project. Usually I make projects all in one moment of time. But I wanted to make something that represented a more multidimensional version of “me”. And to do that, I needed to grow with the project itself.Lumo: You’ve also mentioned before how Circumescent would be the last release of “the 2013 trilogy”, which includes Project: Rebloom and Jowin Actually Has Friends. What is the overall, connective theme between all three of these projects?
Jowin: Well, the art direction for all the album covers is connected, thank Mark II for that. But other than that. There’s no real artistic connection between all of them, not intentionally at least. If anything, they are all very different from each other. Project: Rebloom is me at my most accessible. JowinActually Has Friends is a concept album about friendship. Circumescent is an album where I mesh all of my influences on one body of work. I call it a trilogy because they all are apart of my 2013 run, the connection between them is more about the time period. In that sense, it was intentional.Lumo: How do you think your artistry has progressed since you released Project: Rebloom back in February?
Jowin: I’m way more abstract now. That’s probably the biggest change. The meanings behind my songs are a lot less in your face, now I’m less about getting a concrete message across and more about getting a feeling or idea across. My production is more coherent now too. There’s definitely a signature style going on there I think.Lumo: I remember reading on Twitter how you chose to omit samples from your production while you were making Circumescent. Can you go more in-depth about why you felt an album without samples was the best way to go?
Jowin: I couldn’t get the sound I wanted to achieve through sampling. At least not conveniently. It wasn’t me seeing the art of sampling as beneath me or anything, it’s just for what I wanted to do sonically, to have that complete control over the groove, I had to grow beyond sampling. I needed to be able to make every single sound do exactly what I wanted. Though I will say, making this album has made me prefer making non-sampled beats. It’s just faster and more intuitive to me.Lumo: When we talked about some of your favorite artists in our last interview, Hikaru Utada, Fred Hammond and Teddy Riley were among the names mentioned. Were any of those artists influences on your latest release? Were there any direct influences at all on this project?
Jowin: Teddy Riley is probably the biggest influence on the album actually, namely on a lot of the drum work. Gospel in general is an influence on the album through a lot of the chords and some of the lyrical references. And two of Hikki [Hikaru Utada]'s albums, Deep River and Exodus, were influences. Matter of fact, Circumescent’s track listing as far as the order and which songs made the final cut, is loosely based on Deep River’s track listing.Lumo: What color and number do you think best capture the feeling and vibe of Circumescent? Why?Jowin: Yellow and Blue. Yellow is animated, Blue is calm. That’s the vibe. The number is 0, balanced like a circle.Lumo: Which song on the album do you think perfectly sums up everything about the album itself? Why?Jowin: "Anything". The first line sums up everything and the rest of the song goes in depth about the ideas behind that. Who am I, what defines me, can anyone even be defined if who you are in the moment is always changing, is what you want now going to be what you want in the future. I don’t want to over explain but I hope that gives some context when you listen.Lumo: Sabir is an artist you seem to be affiliated with in some respect. You dropped a song with him a couple of months ago, on which you sung the hook. What can you tell us about him and his artistry?
Jowin: We’ve been friends since middle school and have been making music together since then too, that’s about 9 years now. Two things I’ll say: Sabir is really good at tapping into messages that inspire people. And he is really good at finding samples that feel right.Lumo: Anything upcoming you want to let our readers know about?
Jowin: We will slowly be rolling out a lot of visual content on weekendcartunes.tv, I hope you all will enjoy it!Lumo: Alright Jowin, thank you very much for your time! Any shouts?
Jowin: Thanks to everyone who gave Circumescent a listen! Much luff!Special thanks to both Lumo and Jowin for allowing us to feature them once again, and apologies for the delay!