AUDIA Talks Finding Her Unique Voice, Unreleased Music & Influences Ahead of Movement Debut [INTERVIEW]
Michigan-based music producer, sound designer, and vocalist AUDIA will be hitting the stage at Movement Music Festival in Detroit this weekend — and she’s bringing her expressive, heavy-hitting flair to the stage.
AUDIA’s evocative performances are accentuated by her own vocals that dominate many of her tracks, along with a combination of field recordings taken from scrap yards, engines, and other industrial settings. Expect her productions and overall performance to be bold and bassy with hypnotic melodies and emphasis on her love for midtempo.
AUDIA’s performance at Movement will mark her first major festival appearance and will be one to watch. Equipped with plenty of unreleased music, remixes, and special edits just for the occasion, AUDIA aims to leave your mind blown!
Don’t miss AUDIA’s performance at Movement 2023 this weekend — report to the Detroit Stage on Monday, May 29th from 6-7pm to see her in action.
What makes the AUDIA sound so unique?
One thing that makes my music unique is my usage of my own vocals in all of my tracks. A person’s voice is an extremely personal and unique instrument and I use mine to its full potential and in many different ways. I often end up processing my own voice and creating interesting sounds from it, which end up in many of the different pieces of my songs. I also like to use field recordings of interactions between metallic objects, heavily processed synths, and like to play keys and sing on my own tracks.
Favorite artists and influences at the moment?
There are so many awesome artists and producers out there that it is so difficult to name just a few!! But, some of the artists that I constantly find myself returning to would have to be Space Laces, Blanke, REZZ, and Tokyo Machine. I have also been listening to a lot of Clarence Clarity, Squarepusher, Amon Tobin, and SebastiAn to name a few.
What can the crowd expect to hear at your Movement 2023 set?
Over the past couple of months I have prepared a lot of remixes, edits and originals for Movement 2023! I wanted to bring a solid set of diverse types of midtempo bass with an AUDIA twist and showcase my original music and bring in some of my own sonic flavor. Movement also inspired me to make some remixes of tracks by some of my favorite artists, such as a special flip of Tokyo Machine’s track PLAY and REZZ’s track, Edge. I also planned a few interesting mash-ups including a track by SOPHIE, but I don’t want to spoil too much!
Is AUDIA an accurate representation of yourself or do you get into character before hitting the stage?
AUDIA is like a limb of my consciousness; I consider AUDIA to be an extension of myself but not entirely separate.
Do you remember your earliest moments as an artist, when you first started making music? What was it like?
I remember installing my first DAW, Linux Multimedia Studio (LMMS), when I was 14. I dabbled in a few different instruments but having access to a DAW felt the most limitless. It is what I ended up sticking with, along with being a keyboard player and vocalist. I recall enjoying the freedom of being able to create whatever was in my mind and essentially build an immersive world out of sound. Creating electronic music ended up being the one thing that I always went back to and ended up following into an education, and eventually, into performance.
What is it like as an artist now?
It definitely is fun, but being an artist is also a balancing act. A lot of what is seen onstage is an extremely small part of what it’s actually like. I am only onstage for a small fraction of the time I prepare for the show, and the show is the most visible part of the process. In order to prepare for that show, there are many days leading up to that made up of spending time elsewhere producing music and building sets for shows like this, among other aspects like managing social media. For me, performing is the most final result of what I am actually doing most of the time.
Any valuable lessons you’ve learned through music and performance?
Performing taught me a lot about trusting myself and my style. I used to have the worst stage fright imaginable. I would be very shaky onstage and practically unable to move, let alone sing. After bettering my own style and workflow as a producer over the past few years, I’ve started to believe in myself and in what I have to say as both a producer and performer.
How much unreleased music are you sitting on?
Quite a bit! I also wrote a lot of new music in preparation for Movement and I am always writing and recording more. I am excited to get back in the DAW and release some of it this summer.
Anything else you want to share?
I am absolutely thrilled to be playing Movement 2023 and I am excited to bring some midtempo bass to the stage!!
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