MusicMap: When did you start making your own music and what was it like to begin with?
IMLAY: When I was 14 years old, I initially wanted to be a rapper. Then a friend of mine showed me how to make beats. I instantly got hooked and started working with FL Studio. Back then, I didn’t know how to synthesize or do MIDI recording so I mostly sampled old music.
What equipment do you use now?
I use Macbook Pro with a speaker, audio interface and master keyboard. I also use APC40 Controller and drum machine.
Does living in Seoul influence the music you make?
Yes. Seoul is a very interesting place—it’s modern, yet our traditional culture is well preserved in various parts of the city. My music definitely reflects elements of Asian culture as well.
Who’s your biggest local musical influence, past and/or present?
In the past , I was a big fan of Korean hip hop. So I prefer 2-step or hip hop beats naturally. Now, I’m mostly influenced by my friends who produce EDM.
What are the top things you’d suggest music fans visiting Seoul should go and see/do/eat/drink?
Check out Itaewon and Gyeongbokgung Palace. You will be surprised to see some of Itaewon club’s line up, world-famous musicians and DJs are performing there every day.
You seem to be on tour a lot, where in the world would you most like to perform?
Last year I played at Ultra Music Festival Japan in Tokyo. It was my first time in Tokyo. It was amazing and I enjoyed Japanese food.
What fuels your creativity?
I like to see various art works and photos. It gives me new perspectives on things.
What do you think the future of music is going to be like?
I think musical styles are always changing. So I don’t really know. Maybe some unexpected genre will come up?