Lo-Fi Culture Presents: “☺KUDASAI☺”(ください )

Let’s welcome Kudasai to our Loficulture page! We’re pleased to have heard many tracks by Kudasai and by the Grape Records Label. Featured on Youtube music channels like Ikagai and DreamWave, Kudasai’s song ,”the girl i haven’t met yet” has reached over 332k views just after 3 weeks of posting it! Its currently at over 3 million views on Youtube and made it’s way to the top chart on the Lo-Fi Hip Hop platform. Come take a listen to find out how this musician fits music in his schedule and find out his opinion on Lo-Fi Hip Hop.

Play some sweet lo-fi hip-hop beats by this artist while taking a quick read! Here are Lo-fi Culture’s favorites for kudasai.

KUDASAI

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Kudasaibeats. The phrase written in Japanese means “please” or “(respectfully) give me”.

INTERVIEW


What is your name? Would you like to share your ethnicity? Do you have a photo you’d like to share with viewers?

My name’s Christian Songco I’m a filipino/mexican artist from Socal and I go by the alias “kudasai”
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How does lo-fi hiphop fit into your schedule?
I really have more time working on music than I should be allowed. I’ll be in my library at uni working on tracks in between classes and sometimes I get too into it while I’m like jamming so people just kind of look at me haha

How long have you been creating music as Kudasai?
I’ve been using the alias “kudasai” for about a year and a half now. I used to make random tracks before that an another account, but it wasn’t anything I took seriously at all.

What’s your favorite anime to watch? I made this assumption since your name is “kudasai”… Also, what’s your favorite anime to use for cover art?
Actually ( common misconception ) I got the name “kudasai” from an old song called “Chotto Matte Kudasai (Never Say Goodbye)” by Sam Kapu and then also by The Sandpipers. It directly translates to “Please wait a moment” and I figured if I isolated “kudasai” and made it a name, anytime somebody would say that phrase it’d remind me to wait a moment and appreciate where I’m at. IT’S A LONG THOUGHT PROCESS I KNOW. Anyways, yes I watch anime, one of my all time favorites has to be “erased” it’s just really thrilling and dark. I don’t use a particular anime for my cover art, but it’s just for the aesthetic of course! Also it’s temporary while I’m currently painting and designing for real cover art.

 

What got you started into Lo-Fi Hip Hop?
I would always mess around with ideas I had for music and a close friend of mine in high school really drove me to continue making music. I just randomly came across lofi hip hop on Soundcloud and I loved the feel of it !! I don’t wanna go into the cliche of how it inspired me to create more than I was comfortable with and explore my ideas, so I won’t but yeah exactly that 🙂

What inspires you to make beats in this style?
Well it’s been a gradual change in style and I think where I’m at now is where I’ve been wanting to be. I can’t say I have a particular inspiration, it’s just been making music track after track I get a little bit more experimental which I think really shows if you were to go from oldest to newest.

 

What’s your favorite thing about the Lo-Fi Hip Hop genre?
Vibes vibes vibes. It’s a similar template with almost every lofi hip hop song which is great it keeps things simple, it’s a good foundation, and allows people to get into it whether it be producing or just listening to it, but the feel for each song can be unique. Other than that, the community is one of my favorite things. The people in it can be so great especially my Grape Record boys keepin me busy and motivated.

What made you realize you wanted to find your “own sound”? Was it after listening to a particular producer? Was it self-motivated?
WOW. I definitely want to answer this one haha 🙂 !! Like I said before, I like the template we have going in lo-fi. I listen to the classics all the time ( tomppa, jinsang, idealism, luv.ly, etc ) Those guys made a staple in lofi hip hop and that kind of trickles down to us newer artists. I wanted to take that concept and expand on it ( not that I don’t love classic lo-fi I just wanted to do more than I thought I could ).

Why do you think Lo-Fi Hip Hop genre should be taken seriously? Do you feel like lo-fi is under appreciated in current hip hop culture?
I think my biggest concern for lofi hip hop is that there’s a spectrum of musicians from people that actually create to people that just take an mp3 of an old jazz track and put J Dilla drums over it. I can’t be saying much because when I first started in sampling that’s all I would do and I was never happy with it. Now I just put out originals with maybe a vocal sample in there and I have one song primarily with just sample chops and I hope that does the justice, but sometimes being able to determine the difference between an artist putting out what they want to put out and what they think people want to be put out is such a grey area. I don’t think it’s under appreciated at all, I think it just doesn’t have that level of demand in popular culture. That doesn’t make lofi artists any less than a pop culture artist (in fact in my opinion most lofi artists are better musicians than a lot of pop culture musicians mainly because you can tell a lot of pop artists are just in it for the money)

Is lo-fi hip hop transforming the current hip hop culture? What do you think about the future of lo-fi? How will you transform with it?
I think lofi hip hop is branching out into it’s own thing rather than changing hip hop. It’s hard to change hip hop, but it happens (s/o the mumble rappers haha). Lately I’ve been trying to mix in some future sounds into my music like in my track “ginseng&honey” so I’m willing to expand out of the lo-fi comfort zone and I only hope other artists would be willing to also

I’m hoping lo-fi gets more creative, I want to see something new…
-Kudasai

Do you feel like experimenting with other fields(like electronic, etc) of lo-fi music? Do you prefer lo-fi hip hop category over any other lo-fi music?
I did try more future sounds like electronic synths, especially in my song “petals” and my EP “Solicitude” which was more future beats than lo-fi. I prefer making lo-fi over any other genre, not that I’ve tried making a lot for other genres. I love the idea of being able to have a chill, smooth sound from lofi, but also the energy from future/electronic sounds and I think I was best able to capture that in my song “first sight.”

What kind of instruments, tools, equipments, programs, and inspiration do you use when making your music?
As a college student, not much haha. I use ableton and I have an M-Audio Axiom AIR Mini 32 which I’m very grateful to have. Lately I’ve been using my guitar and Serum for my tracks primarily.

Would you ever think about having another interview with Loficulture? 🙂
Definitely, although I’m quite boring haha. Thanks so much for the interview I sure had fun doing it!!



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Thank you all! I hope you guy’s learned a little something from this week’s short interview.

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Twitter: @kudasaibeats
Soundcloud: Kudasai
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Bandcamp: kudasaibeats

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Elijah who welcomes whoever!

I think it’s safe to say that a song with almost 3.5 million plays on YouTube, “sad and boujee” that elijah who is clearly the MAN! THANK YOU ELIJAH! Having your own sound must feel pretty nice.

It was too easy to make a “favorites” playlist this time. So many tracks that are so solid! I’d encourage our viewers to just listen to all of the music and to find out just what you like. Here’s ours.
Lo-Fi Culture’s Favorites Playlist

Elijah who
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39.1k Followers on Soundcloud
SoundCloud plays per song average: 85.5k plays per song.
33k Subscribers on Youtube
Numbers are subject to change

Let’s begin the questioning! 🙂

INTERVIEW

“What is your real name? Do you have a photo that you’d like to let your fans see?
[*] my name is elijah ! i’d rather not give out a last name :^)
Photo on 9-6-17 at 10.35 PM

How would your schedule be on a day you’d consider as “normal”?
[*] i’m always up late since im currently unemployed and dating someone
in a different time zone,, so i usually wake up late (around noon my time) and go downstairs to figure out what my family is doing for the day,, and then i’ll base my plans around that. usually i come back up to my room and make music for a few hours and text/facetime friends and respond to work emails or play instruments to stay in practice. i really don’t do much haha sometimes i’ll go shopping or hang out w irl friends when they’re not busy,, but

95% of my life is spent in my room making music,, responding to people, talking to friends, or watching movies right now.
– Elijah who

When people listen to your music there’s a very distinct harmony of vocals and melody you play with. I think it’s safe to say that you have a “sound” that is fundamentally unique and good. How long did it take you to get to where you are in terms of skill and in popularity?
[*] hm … as far as “skill”,, it didn’t take long haha maybe 2 months? i’ve
always liked composing (i want to use my own instruments in my music very soon)
and sampling isn’t very hard to get good at :^) it only took a week or two to figure out how to use the software lol i really wasn’t popular until i got on the animevibe youtube channel (february 28th,, i think the day was) and i hit 1k followers on march 1st of this year so it’s only really been a few months.

Why did you decide that this “sound” was something you could pursue as something more than a hobby?
[*] i’ve kinda been forced to pursue this as a job haha im from a *very*
small town with almost no opportunities for jobs and i can’t find an employer. i’ve been trying to get a practical job or start college but neither have been working out so music is the only thing i’ve got going for me as of right now :^)

How old were you when you found out that music meant something more to you?
[*] i think i was like 4,, i was riding around with my dad in his truck and i
grabbed a cassette from the glove box and put it in the deck and “close to you” by the carpenters started playing and i was humming it all day and i took that tape and played it in my walkman all day every day when i got home from school haha either that,, or when i was 7 and got my first guitar and learned blackbird by the beatles !

I understand that you’re a very social-able person. How many messages do you generally go through in any given week?
[*] i try to be sociable online haha im very shy irl but i honestly cant
count them all. its an average of 5-6 soundcloud messages per day,, 7-8 instagram
dms every day, 2 or 3 twitter dms daily, 4 or 5 emails each day, and probably around 30 snapchats a day … so… it adds up very quickly and i havent been able to get to everything lately oof

Even though you are social-able, is there a certain type of people you try to avoid talking to?
[*] i honestly try to talk to everyone at least once but i wish i could ignore
the people that ask for things like trading reposts or people who get angry at me when i tell them im too busy to have full,, two-hour-long philosophical conversations with them haha

Who are your biggest influencers in music and how did they help you become the musician you are now?
[*] i’d note tomppabeats as a big influence in the way i make my lofi instrumentals ! his music influenced how i eq and mix my songs,, and how i leave my samples very untouched as far as compression and bitcrushing and warping and things like that. driver is another influence,, he made a song called “the way i’m supposed to feel” that mixed a jazzy charlie brown sample and a Waka Flacka flame acapella and that juxtaposition made a big impact on my tastes in vocals. i love meltycanon so much,, his soundfont choice and melody choices are so beautiful and i want to make music as beautiful as his,, but in my own way.

What kind of equipment, tools, and programs do you use in your process of making music?
[*] up until literally a few days ago,, i was only using a 2009 Toshiba Satellite and fl studio 11, but now i’ve got a new laptop haha same program and setup tho, just the laptop and fl studio 11 !

Would you ever consider doing another interview with us again @Loficulture?
[*] yea definitely :^)) ”
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Thank you so much for letting us conduct this short interview Elijah! The time you offered us at Loficulture has truly been a pleasure. Stay posted with us to see more interviews with interesting artists and find out more about their personal life.
Thanks for taking a minute to find out more about our favorite musician. Email me @loficulturenow@gmail.com and let me know what you thought about it.

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Bandcamp: elijahwho.bandcamp.com

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Youtube: @elijah
Souncloud: @elijah who
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Twitter: @elijahwhomusic

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