BY HENRY LYONS
Inspiration can come from anywhere. Creative ideas exist on a higher level than a specific product - a chef can be inspired by a painting as much as a recipe. The medium might be different, but the core idea will translate and manifest. My goal is to give you a personal introduction to songwriters and music producers. We will learn more about what inspires them and explore the different mediums that influence their craft.
A new profile is published every Tuesday.
This week meet Dasychira, a Johannesburg-raised producer now based in New York City. His recent EP Immolated was an auditory exploration of his captivation with praying mantises. Expressed darkly with textural synths and industrial drums, the full body of work forms a distinct arc while only using a lead vocal on one of its seven tracks. We broke down his interest in the insect into the qualities he’s most fascinated by in order to understand more about its influence on his music.
Listen to Immolated here.
"The way I approached the project reminded me of the life cycle of an insect. It spawns, transforms, and dies when it respawns. It’s what I try to communicate sonically with this record. Each track title describes different phases of the bug’s life – or at least what I imagined it to be."
"I based this whole project on an experience I had back home in South Africa. I was reading and a praying mantis hopped onto the table next to my bed and was staring at me for a while. They kind of sway from side to side when they look at you. I was completely hypnotized by this green creature in front of me. Before then, I hadn’t realized that I treat bugs as animals more than insects. They’re really human-like. I see them as very sentient creatures."
"Praying mantises come from all over the world. The mantises I now have at my apartment are called ghost mantises, and they’re keeping up. They’re staying strong and hunting bugs. It’s been interesting for me to see an insect that can literally be spawned halfway across the world, relocate, and still be maybe the strongest insect in its terrarium."
A portrait of the producer with one of his pet mantises, Onyx.