As a frequent rider of the Illawarra train line, I wish I would have known about Mookhi earlier. The 22-year-old producer has been holed up in her home studio in Rockdale making this incredibly enchanting down-tempo electronica and I’ve been cruising on by her stop oblivious to her genius. Maybe it’s best she was left there uninterrupted though, because from her isolation came this beautiful sample size EP, Lost & Found.
Opening with her standout single, ‘Foul Play’ (featuring Billy Fox), Lost & Found takes you on a five-track journey from Rockdale to outer space, dotted with pit stops at a few sonic sanctuaries along the way. There are literally thousands of layers for your ears to undress, held together by Mookhi’s ethereal beats interspersed with a collection of samples that somehow sound both random and planned at once.
To pigeonhole Mookhi into one genre would not only be a disservice to her talent but also impossible to our abilities. Instead, we asked the one-woman-show about her process, concept, and crappy USB mics.
The entire Lost & Found EP was recorded in your home studio in Rockdale. What’s it like recording in the same space you live? Is it hard to ever shut off the creative process and just go make yourself some lunch, maybe watch some TV?
It’s definitely a challenge, but it has its benefits. I find I’ll produce at stupid hours, so it helps that my bed is three steps away. However, my gear and space definitely could be better. My room is hardly treated, and my monitors aren’t fantastic, but I make do with what I have.
How long was this debut in the making?
I haven’t been producing for long. When I started, I began making content intended for a release, however I soon realised that I wanted to become better at producing. I waited a year, constantly getting up my chops before I was confident enough to make my first debut.
You’ve said it was tough choosing which tracks you wanted to feature on the EP because of all the different directions your sound takes. Can you talk us through the selection process?
I wanted the EP to hold some continuity, but I was keen to showcase a variety of different creative directions. I selected tracks that fit within this criteria, and also ones that I simply really liked.
Now that you’ve chosen the tracks, what are you hoping they say as a collection?
I’m not one for pitching big concepts behind works, I prefer to leave things up for the listener to question and decide. The title of the EP was honestly the first thing that popped into my mind when referring to the separate tracks as a whole. I hope they capture my versatility and broaden the genre I would normally fit in.
As the EP was a completely solo effort (production, engineering and recording) would you be interested in working with anyone on future releases, or do you like having complete control over the output from start to finish?
Absolutely. Two minds are better than one. The variety of creative possibilities become less finite.
You use a ‘crappy USB mic’ to collect samples and vocals. Is that by choice or are you saving for an upgrade?
I wish I could say by choice, but I honestly can’t afford something better for the time being. It still does its job though, which I’m content with right now.
Now that Lost & Found is out, what’s your next move?
I’m very passionate about this idea of being the complete artist. So in addition to music, I’m so excited to make another music video, animate more visuals for my live shows and teach myself more creative programs.