Virginia producer/songwriter KID A released her Japanese soundtrack entitled PPPONEY OST last summer, and today we see a remastering of one of the standout tracks, “BB Bleu.” KID A is gearing up to release her debut full-length album, BLCKRSECHLL (Black Rose Chill), later this year in which she will again solely be handling the writing and production. Along with the release of the remastered version of “BB Bleu,” KID A also shared some words about her PPPONEY OST project, which you can also check out down below.
After recording my album at the studio in Paris during May of 2011, I returned home to Virginia feeling really bored, restless, and jetlagged. I started spending time online watching eighties Japanese commercials and watching lots of Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO) videos. I’ve always been a Ryuichi Sakamoto fan, but I hadn’t really listened to his electronic group before; I downloaded everything I could find. In Japan, they’re the equivalent to Germay’s electronic forefathers, Kraftwerk. It was super fascinating and inspiring to discover their discography and watch their legacy online. I was hooked.
Since I studied some Japanese in high school and a bit in college, I really wanted to do something that translated how I felt discovering their music. It was like a gift to me, because I took some much away from hearing the different styles and compositions on each album. So, I decided to compose an imaginary, electronic Japanese soundtrack to honor the experience as well as challenge myself.
At first, production was super easy, but when it came to the lyrics and spoken work aspect I was a bit nervous. I’m not a native to Japan, therefore it’s an extremely foreign tongue to speak. ‘Is this going to work?’ I asked myself. But, no matter the feeling of uncertainty I had I was determined.
When I completed the production at home I felt so happy. The vibe and flow was beyond what I expected to create. It was such a reassuring moment for me as a producer, writer, and singer. It was so different from the first EP, In A Dream House, that dan le sac produced for me, and totally different from what transpired for my full length album in the studio in Paris. But, that sort of change, that creative leap was an important process for me.
Even though I’m a quiet voice in Virginia, I’m so grateful for the electronic tools I have to express my passions and connect to people world wide. It’s an awesome age we’re in for self produced musical creation and artistic revelation. I’m ready for the planet to get hip to my sound and vision.