MANILA — The music of Naga Metropolis-based digital artist ビクタ MKII are like tasty morsels of lo-fi hip-hop. They’re snippets of conversations and electronica to go along with soul nuggets for beats. They’re then wrapped round Japanese manga artwork that full this delectable pop confectionary.
Welcome to MKII’s world the place Japanese themes and album artwork have the whole lot to do with the music.
MKII, also called Viktor, says his model of lo-fi hip-hop has at all times been tied to that Japanese aesthetic and anime tradition. “That and my very long time fascination for Japanese tradition drives me to place a little bit of it into my music,” defined the prolific digital musician who has put out 5 albums prior to now three years.
Underneath the overseas Insert Tapes, ビクタ MKII put out three albums – “Ame,” “Omoide,” and “Kimi to Boku” on the Swedish cassette label. With Naga Metropolis-based Demohauz, he added one other two – “Itterasshai” and “Kimi no Machi.”
You may need to add a way of thriller to the music.
“After I began making beats, for some purpose, I wished a reputation that’s not simple to seek out or search on social media that’s why I translated my precise identify Victor into katakana, ビクタ, and put the MKII (or mark two) which implies a second model of one thing and now second model of myself,” he mentioned.
The second model of Victor is as a result of he beforehand performed on numerous bands with an altogether totally different sound. “That is just like the alter ego of these earlier journeys,” he clarified.
“I’ve fairly just a few music influences generally however on the beat-making aspect I’ve at all times admired the likes of J Dilla, Madlib, Nujabes, and Pete Rock, in addition to new OGs like Flying Lotus, Mndsgn, Knxwledge. I’ve at all times listened to those artists and take a look at to soak up their power and vibe. Listening to those musicians made me understand there aren’t any guidelines relating to beat making. If it’s vibin’ and it makes you’re feeling good, that’s ok,” he mentioned.
A part of the engaging bundle is the paintings by Marikina-based Zom Kashwak that options the feminine of the species though you by no means see her face.
Defined ビクタ MKII: “The faceless woman just isn’t actually primarily based on somebody however as an alternative it loosely represents the entire really feel of the album, or possibly a super or a minor suggestion on how these brief beats will make you’re feeling. I’ve at all times described my music as instrumental brief tales. The wonderful thing about this kind of music is the instrumental nature of it. There’s no fastened concept connected or message and listeners can interpret it nonetheless they like. Small nuances like background noise, the melody itself or the little bits of barely audible dialog samples are simply suggestion.”
The response and demand to ビクタ MKII’s music has been sturdy that Demohauz has needed to undergo one other batch of releases.
“I feel the response has been superb,” enthused ビクタ MKII, who’s now making music full time. “Till now I nonetheless can’t actually describe it. I’m at all times grateful to the followers who at all times assist my music be it shopping for the tapes and vinyl or simply enjoying my music. This 12 months particularly is superb with vinyl and tapes promoting out so quick. As an indie musician who doesn’t have any connections, to make it by myself is a revelation. So I’m at all times grateful to the listeners and supporters.”