A sonic reality that is not restricted by any rules – KUNI releases his debut album “Coalesce”
After his strong EP “Silhouettes”, Digital Diamonds presents KUNI‘s debut album! 13 unique tracks, each constituting their own narrative. In a world driven by perpetual change and a yearning for freedom, KUNI represents a sonic reality that is not restricted by any rules. This is reflected in the album title “Coalesce” meaning “come together to form one mass or whole”, which is what this versatile artist embodies. Immerse yourselves in the journey.
trndmsk: How long did it take you to produce the album?
KUNI: I’ve been working on “Coalesce” for a bit over a year. Some songs on the albums are from quite early on and I’ve given them a facelift as my production knowledge and skills have progressed. When i work through new songs and listen to the old ones, my ears will pick up nuances or sounds that could be cleaned up in the mix. So some songs i will return to after a long time of not doing anything to them to see a difference.
How did you choose the title of the LP? Is there a special meaning behind it?
Coalesce means to “come together to form one mass or whole”. I thought the word represented the album quite well in that many songs are quite different in feel and style. Coalesce represents the musical glue between each track and solidifies their relationship in the album. I write music across all styles such as Hip-hop/DnB, Jazz and am not limited to electronic music. I’ve been playing guitar for about 14 years and started out as a metalhead and a rock kind of guy. It’s all part of the journey and i think technology is definitely influencing music much more now that it did previously, access to the technology is becoming easier.
What inspired you to produce the tracks and the longplayer?
For me what is most important is the process of writing music. I hear sounds and am inspired by the various artists that i listen to and want to recreate music for myself and use it as a gateway to self-expression. I’ve only been producing for about 2 years and am constantly learning new techniques, approaches to production. Using software has been a big inspiration because electronic music isn’t limited to natural sound. It’s the manipulation of all kinds of sounds that got me hooked.
Where and how did you produce the tracks?
I probably have the most simple studio set up out of anyone i know. I only use my laptop with music software installed and a pair of professional studio headphones to produce music. I like travelling so it makes it easier to have a minimalistic set-up so i can make music on the fly. I also use a field recorder to capture sounds where i travel and use them as ambiences and foley in some of my songs. I use both samples and synths in my songs from packs I’ve bought or sounds I have designed myself. They both have their own advantages and disadvantages, whatever i think fits best and will make my workflow smoother will be my main priority.
How was the feedback so far?
Feedback has been great from people around me and in terms of online presence, my music is being heard much more thanks to Digital Diamonds for creating more exposure with some tracks making it on larger repost pages to greater audiences.
How and why did you choose Digital Diamonds?
I sent my music to labels of artists i listen to and am inspired by. Digital Diamonds included, as i listen to a lot of artists on their label and thought it’d be a good fit for my music. I was really pleased when they said that they’d want to release a 4 track EP and a full-length crossover album because i had a lot of tracks that were different and it was always going to be hard to try and group them for a label that might only focus on techno or house etc. They represent techno with a psychedelic flavour to it and a lot of my songs incorporate some psy inspired sounds and textures. I’m from Australia and the outdoor electronic scene or ‘bush doofs’ are definitely growing here where psytrance and techno reign supreme.
What’s up next after the release? Any plans and projects?
I have almost finished another full-length album for my project KUNI actually and am looking to release that when i find a good fit for it! Just started a DnB project called ‘Edyphus’ and will most definitely be making music for that. I’m looking to start playing in clubs and spread my music further, even create a live set which is something I’ve been looking into. Otherwise, i have a yearning to go to overseas again potentially South America, it would be great to travel over there and be inspired to write another album with some South American flavour.