Welcome to BuzzMusic Riccardo and Ivan, we are so happy to talk to you about your duo Pool Moon Elephant. From your music to your artwork, everything is unique and creative. Can you tell our readers about the Pool Moon Elephant music world?
Our musical world was born from the desire to have fun crossing all genres without setting any kind of barriers, and although some genres we experimented with had more positive feedback than others, this has never influenced the next steps. We love to experiment for the sake of experimenting. In 2018 for example, after having had good success with the trance single EGOFRIENDLY, we immediately turned to dub, collaborating with the UK musician Chris Duff aka Side Project. Fundamental in our creative process is also being able to discover talents around the world and invite them to collaborate with us. It's in the creative encounter between diversities that we look for a sort of uniqueness. Tell us about your love for Japan, how this has been such a big influence over your creative process and music?
We love many aspects of Japan, but what attracts us most is the ability of the Japanese to always be extremely innovative without breaking away from tradition. This ability crosses all creative forms, from fashion to animation cinema, to music. Our attraction to Japan intensified when we immersed ourselves in the wonderful city of Tokyo, and even more when we recorded our tracks in the studio with j-pop singer Mikuro Mika.
What do you enjoy most about collaborating with other DJ's and artists?
Since for us, experimenting is a fundamental part of our creative process, we try to collaborate whenever we can with DJs and musicians who are for geographical or stylistic reasons different from us, in order to achieve an unexpected creative result together. A good example can be the work with the French DJ and producer Lorenzo Molinari for the song HIKARU SUN: we recorded part of the song in the studio in Bali, part in the studio in Tokyo, and we asked Lorenzo Molinari to take the result and give it his personal touch. Then we mixed the final product in Switzerland, we mastered it in Italy and to our surprise, the single was chosen by Spotify Japan for their official J-pop playlists, and it has been aired on several radios. We like this mix of genres, personalities, and cultures.
Your music really seems like it could blend and work well with any genre! Is there a genre you would like to explore mixing that you haven't yet?
Surely there are many genres that we still want to experiment and deepen, the collaboration we had with the talented Japanese jazz keyboardist Ken Aihara has stimulated us a lot and we will certainly experiment again in this area, perhaps combining a more aggressive electronic music with jazzy sounds. In general, it really seems that the kind of music we make can take many paths and this is one of the reasons why DJs are happy to collaborate with us: they often tell us that our pieces have a lot of interesting elements to work on.
We loved your EP "HIKARI PLUS", what was the creation process like? Do you two have any personal favorite songs off the EP that you'd like to share with us?
The EP HIKARI PLUS and the EP DEPARTURES ONLY are the two musical projects that engaged us in 2019. Both have been collaborations with Japanese and European artists, in the musical and visual aspects. They were both the result of a long search to find the right collaborations we were looking for. If we had to choose our favorite singles, surely HIKARI SUN in collaboration with Lorenzo Molinari and Mikuro Mika for the EP HIKARI PLUS, and TRAIN TO SHIBUYA for the EP DEPARTURES ONLY because it reminds us of our first arrival in Tokyo.
Thank you for answering our questions, Riccardo and Ivan! What can we expect from Pool Moon Elephant in 2020?
Surely there will still be some collaborations both in the musical and visual field within Japan, and at the same time, we started working on some hard dance music tracks infused with traditional blues sounds, thanks to the collaboration with a young singer from Washington. We are also taking our first steps with Indonesian artists (another country that fascinates us) and we hope that something positive will come out of it. In short, it will be another wonderful year of collaborations and, as we said at the beginning of this interview, it is in the creative encounter between diversity that we try to have fun every time.