Thanks for having me. Been as good as anyone can be on the darkest day of the year!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Dont Forget”?
It’s the first song I’ve released under my so-called “deepnight” heading, and the first release off my second album. The whole album is going to follow and go deeper into the darker, lonely tone I think exists in “Dont Forget”.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
I wrote this song long after a thorny breakup, and I think the song is sung from the kind of detached perspective only time can give you. Things that were confusing then are somehow crystal clear.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
No plans for this particular song. I have much more music I’ll be releasing this winter, and plans for the next video have already started.
How was the recording and writing process?
This song was actually one I had written and tracked back in 2015, but it got left behind for a long time. When I was accumulating songs for the new album, I came across “Dont Forget” while organizing old files and thought the song lyrically suited the rest of the songs well, so I re-recorded most of the parts and got it to where you hear it now. It’s nice finding a place for a lonely piece of music—nothing brings me more guilt than unreleased and unfinished music.
What role does Toronto play in your music?
I think it plays less and less of a part, if I’m being honest. When I first started Kitsuna about 3 years ago, I wanted to incorporate Toronto in the visuals, and in my mind the songs on the last album were quite attached to certain places in my life. But moving forward, I want to inhabit a world that could be anywhere, or could be nowhere depending on how you look at it. What I mean is, the last thing I want is for the music to be somehow better enjoyed by someone who knows Toronto.
How do you go on balancing all your different influences together?
I think it’s easier when you make all the music alone. I don’t think about what anyone thinks about it other than me, and I think that’s why it sounds however it sounds. I’m still figuring out how to combine all these things I love, but I think this next album is the closest I’ve gotten so far.
How’s your new album coming along?
Coming to the end of mixing, shouldn’t be long now.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
No specific date, but it’ll definitely be out this winter. I’ve had the title since before I wrote the first song for the album actually, but I’m not quite ready to say what it is yet!
Any plans to hit the road?
Kitsuna has never performed live, and this really bothers me. I guess I’m waiting for just a little more interest from the community here in Toronto, because when I take it to the stage I want it to be for real.
What else is happening next in Kitsuna’s world?
I’ve got a good handful of songs that are almost done for after the next album. I’m not sure if they’ll be a part of Kitsuna III or just standalone songs. But for right now my main focus is on the second album, which again will be out in Winter 2019, as well as the next single, which I’ll be releasing in January.