Interview with producer Qrion on her debut album, “I Hope It Lasts Forever”
The dream house phenomenon Qrion has a sound shrouded in the snowy winters of her hometown of Sapporo, Japan, and shrouded in the warmth of her childhood memories. On a sea of dance floor bangers, she is distinguished by the elaboration of a deeply personal work that floats as much as it strikes. On his recently released debut album, I hope it will last forever, the latest in a series of successful releases on Anjunadeep, the producer is building a sound world full of cold soul and nostalgia.
“I normally make music from touring or memories of my shows, but I didn’t have concerts last year because of the pandemic,” she explains. “Naturally, my inspiration shifted to more family and childhood memories.”
The album is about her family at a particular time, in particular “the time we spent together when I was 5 to 7. My parents separated after I went to elementary school. So these are very special moments for me, ”she says.
The emotional weight of the pandemic also played a significant role in the lush textures of I hope it will last forever. She often spent most of her time on the road and in the studio, but the quarantine at her San Francisco home forced her to consider the intensity level of her life.
“I lost my job and we didn’t know how the music scene was going to be in the future. I was so stressed,” she says. “Now I have a feeling that maybe [the] pandemic was supposed to happen so that I could reflect on myself and think more deeply about my life. ”
Qrion admits that before March 2020, she was the victim of monkey brain. She moved quickly, tended to be somewhat impulsive, and lived a life without taking the time to stop or slow down.
“I definitely started to think [about] stuff more carefully. I try to think more calmly, to relax slowly, ”she says.
Qrion’s music tends towards introspection and is deeply linked to emotional memory. The pandemic, however, allowed him even more time to ponder how his most precious moments could translate into a musical card of his childhood.
She did not grow up in a traditional Japanese home. His father, an accomplished pianist, encouraged him to create. She found that she shared her father’s passion when she started writing music on her phone in high school.
“I’m really, really happy to have such an unusual Japanese family. They didn’t want me to be a doctor. Even when I tried to go to college, my dad said, ‘No,'” said she laughs. . “He said, ‘Why do you want to go to college? You hate studying, so what’s the point?'”
A teenage Qrion considered a college degree to be necessary if she was hoping for a good job in the future, but her father insisted that was not the way for her. “He actually rejected me for being a student,” she remembers happily. “It changed my life.”
Much to her surprise, her mother also fully supported her artistic vision, although when she was booked to play her first gig, she was reluctant to break the news.
“I wasn’t sure myself, I guess, because my friends are students or work, and no one does music or art. What if my mom thinks I’m a nutcase?”
In the end, her mother was happy that she was following her dream.
In addition to the support of his family, Qrion’s talent and hard work has allowed him to tour with Deadmau5 and DJ at acclaimed festivals like Tomorrowland, Hard and Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas.
His deep dreamlike, synth-laden rhythms have a clear connection to his hometown in the mountains of Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island. Her love for snowy winters shines through in richly layered organic textures. This is something she misses now that she lives in Texas.
So it may be surprising that she fell in love with dance music when a friend introduced her to Skrillex on the bus to school in 2011. She remembers how “her music sounded half rock, half EDM at this time. And I really love Japanese hardcore bands, so it felt so familiar to me but also very new. ”
When asked how she ended up creating such lush and beautiful music out of aggressive dubstep and EDM, she pauses. She says she imagines a filter in her head that translates this energy and love for weird noises into something softer.
Yet Skrillex continues to inspire him. And when she looks to the future of dance music, she hopes that, like her, people will continue to innovate and experiment in new ways to make people dance.
“I’m so excited for artists in the future,” she adds. “Who’s going to create a new genre? I feel like I’m in dance music, electronic music is pretty endless.”