FOONYAP

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Name

FOONYAP.

How did you get into music?

When I was four, I started studying classical violin. I quit the conservatory when I was 17 and began jamming bands.

How did you start making your own music?

After a breakup, I realized my hours of messing around as a classical dropout were fodder for catharsis. I have been developing my current sound, a mix of asian influences, folk, and electronica, over the past five years.

Calgary, Canada.

After an emotional encounter, a tune haunts my thoughts. I play with it there for adding lyrics, maybe instrumentation. Eventually, I draft it on paper. Over several days, sometimes months, I refine and experiment until I’m satisfied.

What are you working on right now?

I’m preparing to release my remix EP ‘Apropos’ and finalizing details for my summer tour.

What is your gear setup?

Violin, mandobird, loop pedal, FX pedals.

What do you like to do outside of music and does it affect your music?

I enjoy contemplation and meditation. For sure, that sense of spaciousness and allowance infiltrates my sound.

How would you describe your music genre?

Asian Folk Electronica.

Do you know any music theory?

A little bit. I was a terrible theory student. I’m working on changing this!

What are your plans for the future?

To follow my muse! I can’t wait to write my next album.  Right now, I explore pre-christian, pre-colonial paradigms of feminine sexuality. I brainstorm a pairing with classical avant-garde and noise.

What are you listening to at the moment?

Messiaen, Oliver Coates, Woulg, An Ant and An Atom.

Who are your top 5 influences and icons?

Björk, Kathy Acker, Anaïs Nin, Nina Hartley, Baubo.

When are you playing next?

06/10 – Calgary, AB @ The Palomino
06/14 – Edmonton, AB @ The Sewing Machine
06/15 – Saskatoon, SK @ Christ Church Anglican
06/16 – Regina, SK @ German Club
06/17 – Lethbridge, AB @ Blueprint Entertainment
06/23-24 – Calgary, AB @ Sled Island Festival
07/01 – Clearwater, AB @ FrogFest
07/09 – Bentley, AB @ Weayaya Festival
07/12 – Vancouver, BC @ Red Gate
07/13 – Victoria, BC @ Copper Owl
07/15 – Nanaimo, BC @ White Room
07/20 – Vancouver, BC @ Hidden City
07/21 – Kelowna, BC @ Summerhill Pyramid Winery
07/22 – Vernon, BC @ Record City
07/23 – Ymir, BC @ Ymir Schoolhouse
07/26 – Guelph, ON @ Silence
08/01 – Montreal, PQ @ Divan Orange
08/03 – Ottawa, ON @ Pressed

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