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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!!



END OF INTERVIEW

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

*Note* 1.5% of all sales provided by the amazon links above will be donated to a Grid Alternatives. I believe that the sun can be the source for music someday. Let’s get technology for it!

That’s it for this short interview! Thanks for taking a minute to find out more about your favorite musician. Email me @loficulturenow@gmail.com and let me know what you thought about it. Also, be sure to show some love to artists like Kudasai by catching them on social media!

Twitter: @kudasaibeats
Soundcloud: Kudasai
TrakTrain: kudsaibeats (leasing)
Bandcamp: kudasaibeats

Donations this month *9.21.17*

I’d like to take time to figure out which charity suits best for our viewers at Loficulture. I was thinking of another organization called Alternative Power Production but its not quite a non-profit organization.
This month, I’m proud to say that we were able to make a REALLY small donation to GRID Alternatives. Grid Alternative is a charity that is focused on installing solar panels and solar electric systems in under-resourced communities across the country.
I will make donations to Grid Alternatives every month in hopes that one day we can all use solar energy to power our everyday activities (such as listening to music).

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Have a great day y’all.

LofiArtist:「C A N T I」,

Its a pleasure to have the one and only 「C A N T I」interviewed by Loficulture today!
「C A N T I」’s work is most notable on soundcloud for his song “Human music” which currently has over 600k views. On YouTube, the same song has 3 million views!! Talk about amazing.
*Fun Fact: The 10 hour version of “Human music has over 1 million views.

Here are some of Loficulture’s favorites from CANTI.
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「C A N T I」
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Current Soundcloud average plays per song: 45.9k plays
Keep listening the works!

Lets begin.

INTERVIEW


What is your full name? Do you have a picture of yourself you’d like to show viewers?
[*] My name is Kai. i’d like to remain largely anonymous as I like to keep my ego and my music separate as to prevent interference.

Why did you decide to pursue your lo-fi music career?
[*] I think to some degree I always liked the lo-fi aesthetic. I grew up with gameboy chiptunes out of a tiny speaker and poorly recorded VHS tapes of cartoons that I’d rewatch at a later time, so the aesthetic of imperfection and a more bare bones approach to music was really natural. My background in production before I began this project was largely focused on complex synthesis and technical precision. I decided to try my hand at hip hop beat making as kind of an exercise in songwriting and sound composition, and Lo-fi sounds were something I really liked. I started putting out a few songs and people liked them, so I decided to make more, and here we are today.

Would you ever perform a life show?
[*] I would love too, but only after I’ve made more music. I have only about 40 minutes of music, and want to do an all original set. I have high hopes for 2018 though. 🙂

How many people ask you for your beats and to use them for raps, songs, and other forms of creativity?
[*] So many, it’s kind of insane. It’s difficult to keep up with people. Tbh i don’t generally respond to any interactions unless it’s through my email//management, due to the volume. I really appreciate the interest, and am almost always okay with people using my music as long as i’m credited, but please reach out to me first so I can lay down my conditions.

I would like to say that you have a lot of “woke” clips/lines play in a lot of your tracks(woke in this context meaning that you are highly aware and well informed). What inspired you to make this move as lo-fi artist? Do you have people you’d like to give fair recognition to?
[*] I think sampling is a good way to make music more interesting. A lot of my
favorite producers include clips that sort of “set the scene” for the composition. Madlib, Flying Lotus, Nujabes, Burial, who are some of my main influences for this project, are some of the many who use this to add a different level of significance to their music. Despite this, because a lot of these beats 2 minute beats that are made today don’t have anyone rapping over them, so these little pauses and scenes can have an impact on keeping what might essentially be a 32 bar loop interesting.

How old were you when you found a passion for creating lo-fi beats? How did you find that out at that age?
[*] I started “seriously” making beats at 18, (although i had been messing around for a while before that), and I started making hip hop somewhere between 23 and 24.

Where do you see the genre of lo-fi going and how do you think you’re going to transition with it/from it?

[*] I believe that in a year or two, mainstream pop-music culture will have adapted to the genre. I’ve had friends who major labels have already been hit up, and asked to make pop music, but in that aesthetic. At the same time, I see it creeping more and more into other underground music. Look at guys like Tsuruda, his music fits well within the lo-fi sound palette, but is also firmly within the realms of bass music.

How have you grown by being 「C A N T I」 and what has been the biggest change in your life from being this personality?
[*]it gave me the drive to place all my energy in making music. I also am
beginning to understand the value of art and hard work. I’ve been in the scene for a while, and now have a small, but dense group of friends I work with, and it’s been exhilarating watching them gain momentum and have it pay off.

“…I’ve been in the scene for a while, and now have a small, but dense group of friends I work with, and it’s been exhilarating watching them gain momentum and have it pay off.” – CANTI

Do your friends treat you differently now that you’ve hit over 500k on human music?
[*]God I hope not. I want people to be honest with me.

What kind of instruments, tools, equipments, programs, and inspiration do you use when making your music?
[*] Laptop + Ableton live 9 + moog mother32 + record player + youtube video ripper + cartoon streaming sites + as many free drum samples you can find (or make) = canti

Would you ever think about having another interview with Loficulture? 🙂
[*]yeah this was fun, I hope I didn’t ramble on too much.

[*]Final plugs 🙂 Check out my album “only from a dream”. It just came out a few weeks ago as a free download via soundcloud, or streaming via spotify.
If you want to hear weirder stuff I make that isn’t so nice and relaxing, I also just released an ep via the guys at Renraku under the name ALEPH.
Lastly, I really appreciate and am constantly amazed that any of you listen to my music.

I hope I can continue to provide you with as much music as I can. Keep your
eyes out for a new song in the coming weeks.
Thanks,
— -canti//kai-

END OF INTERVIEW

Thank you all!

*Note* 1.5% of all sales provided by the amazon links above will be donated to a Grid Alternatives. I believe that the sun can be the source for music someday. Lets get technology for it!

That’s it for this short interview! Thanks for taking a minute to find out more about your favorite musician. Email me @loficulturenow@gmail.com and let me know what you thought about it.

Please share your time and love by
FOLLOWING @CANTI ON HIS SOCIAL MEDIA!

Twitter: @Canti_Beats
Facebook: Canti music
Spotify: Canti
Soundcloud: @「C A N T I」

LofiHipHop’s Wave onto Instagram~

Also known as the artist “Capotal”, Instagram’s official @LofiHipHop page is a feature we’ve been only hoping to have!

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Instagram Followers: 9.5k

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Lets get started!

INTERVIEW

What is your full name? Do you have a picture you’d like to share?
[*] My name is Rocco “Capotal” Vitolo, and here’s a picture of yours truly (this is promo for my latest music video, Don’t Work).
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Could you explain all of your identities on soundcloud and instagram briefly?
[*] So besides my personal music pages, I run The Lofi Hip-Hop Blog (@lofihiphop on Instagram, @lofihiphop on SoundCloud, and The Lofi Hip-Hop Blog on BandCamp), a group of social media pages centered around music curation (specifically Lofi Hip-Hop) and, in the case of my SoundCloud and BandCamp, featuring of compilations that I hold twice a year!

You seem to have multiple talents you are able to tap into such as making lo-fi beats,, being a social media handler, and being an all around producer. What advice do you have for individuals who want to pursue multiple creative paths just like you?
[*]Thank you, and while this may seem like back pedaling, I’d say the most important thing is start small and don’t spread yourself too thin. I’ve been a producer and musician for over 10 years so that all comes naturally to me now, allowing me time to be able to handle other projects and endeavors. That being said, even at this level I still wouldn’t be able to do it without careful planning and strict organization, my next word of advice. It’s always important to keep a disciplined mind and focus your time. Half of the work I do on the blog is studying the trends of my audience (through detailed analytics) and of the industry. If Instagram drops a new feature tomorrow I need to know how to use it by yesterday or else I won’t be prepared for it! Tl;dr create schedules and do your studies!

Out of all your talents as a creative mind/producer, which one of your personalities do you like to indulge in the most? Why?
[*] That’s a hard one, but I’d say the avenue I put the most work and time into is myself as an artist. I’m a trained singer (and still train) and a rapper, so I’m pretty much studying two (almost whole) days a week with my teacher and practicing on every other day. I also spend the most time developing myself and my sound. My ultimate goal is to be a well known artist, but even a solid following that I could make a living off of would be great. Otherwise, I usually do freelance producer work (making instrumentals or as a traditional producer) for side money and I work as a recording engineer at a studio in NYC, so I’d say those two come second and third, but are still very close to my heart.

Since this is mainly a lofi-themed blog i’ll ask about your current tracks that are “Lo-Fi Hiphop”. Who do you give credit to for giving you inspiration to create these tracks?
[*] That’s a tough one as well! So the easy answers are the Lofi cats; bsd.u, [slr], chuckee., motion. (the skate tape is my favorite lofi project of all time), the homie Kriracha, the guys over at Cozy Collective, Sabata, Yxng Cxmo, etc etc. There are a lot of names to drop, but those are some of the few Lofi cats off of the top of my head. Non-Lofi acts would definitely be Tribe, De La Soul, pretty much anything Motown, Brother Ali, Big L, Takako Mamiya, Junko Ohashi, and a lot more!

As Lofihiphop on IG, how do you decide on what artists and what label gets featured? Do you have a process?
[*]So my choice of features have been quite controversial at times! I do two things; I study my analytics to see what my audience likes the most and what attracts the most new followers and then choose based on those results and what I feel is up to par with my audience’s tastes. As a side note, I, along with many in the community, have been getting a bit worn down by the tropes that have been starting to develop in the community, and have been trying to feature more experimental or at least more artistically interesting Lofi, so I’d say my bar is definitely being raised. I sometimes may really enjoy an artist’s music, but if I feel it’s not what my audience would enjoy/isn’t necessarily great for the community I probably won’t feature it. I will bump it heavy, though.

Why did you start Lofihiphop on IG?
[*] So this is a complicated one. When I joined the community we were just seeing the dust fall from the Late Night Bumps era. It was right before the current boom, but it was starting to build in popularity. Oddly enough, the community was beginning to become stale, though. Not long after I decided to host the first r/LofiHipHop Presents: tape, “Rainy Night Blues”, to get people involved and discussing in the hopes of creating a cycle that could help build up more artists (a community that is connected can help make artists known, and those known artists in turn help the community become known). The second part of the plan was to start introducing the world to the community to build it up and make it more accessible. Granted, I had high hopes and didn’t expect Chilled Cow to do it for me not long after, but alas I created the Instagram to handle that front. Funny enough, my goal wasn’t quite met, but a lot of people daily tell me I’m how they found the sound!

What is your typical schedule like on any given day?
[*]So besides the madness that is being an engineer, a freelancer, and trying to build my brand as an artist, I tend to end every day by going through my submissions and listening to a lot of Lofi. I always make my videos when I get home (usually about 10-11pm every night) as to be able to check as many submissions as possible. As you can probably imagine, I have little to no social life outside of the music world anymore!

How many and what type of people message you on Instagram and Soundcloud? How do you deal with these different types of viewers?
[*] Oh man, a lot. On average I get at least 15-20 Instagram DMs a day. That’s not counting emails and SoundCloud messages. Usually everyone is really awesome and enthusiastic about the page, but every once and a while someone gets out of line. Overall I’d say my followers are the best! It’s also very important to me to interact and get to know my followers, I’ve even made a lot of friends!

In regards to your Lo-fi tracks, what kind of instruments, equipments, and software did you use in making your sounds?
[*] When making my Lofi tracks I try to tow the line between experimenting and making accessible enough music for new listeners to enjoy. I intend on being the artist that people get into before jumping down the rabbit hole. That being said, I’ve molded my set up around that. I sample off of vinyls and have various instruments, all are implemented to varying degrees when making tracks. When it comes to software I mainly use Logic Pro 9 to make the beats and Pro Tools to mix/master. I also use Pro Tools to record vocals and such over them, but y’all haven’t really heard any of my Lofi tunes with vocals yet, as I’ve either not released them at the moment or have been slyly dropping them here and there for you to find!

Would you consider doing another interview with Loficulture again? :^)
[*] Of course!

I’ve had a great time answering these, it was a lot of fun and I really appreciate what you’re doing for the community!” -Lofihiphop

END OF INTERVIEW

Thank you for that LofiHipHop! I’m glad you had as much fun as we did while interviewing you. These interviews have been nothing short of great so I’d also like to thank all those people who’ve been checking it out lately! Loficulture will always welcome all Lo-Fi heads.

*Note* 1.5% of all sales provided by the amazon links above will be donated to a Renewable Energy Charity. I believe that the sun can be the source for music someday. Lets get technology for it!

That’s it for this short interview! Thanks for taking a minute to find out more about your favorite musician. Email me @loficulturenow@gmail.com and let me know what you thought about it.

IF YOU LIKED OUR INTERVIEW WITH IG’S LOFIHIPHOP THEN BE SURE TO FIND HIM ON HIS OTHER PLATFORMS!

Lofihiphop
Ig: lofihiphop
Soundcloud: lofihiphop
Bandcamp: lofihiphopblog

Capotal
Soundcloud: Capotal
Youtube: Catopal
Instagram: Capotal
Facebook: Capotal