5 minutes with Basenji

Basenji Tkay Maidza

With purpose.

If you’re yet to hear Basenji’s track ‘Mistakes’ featuring Tkay Maidza, we suggest dropping everything and jumping on it stat. Following the release of ‘Don’t Let Go’ earlier this year, the Sydney-based producer has continued a trend of punchy melodies and absorbing beats. Here’s what he had to say about it.

Tell us about the making of ‘Mistakes’.

The song for me was always about creating something a little anthemic and uplifting to put in my sets. Tkay decided on the lyrical direction and concept, and it just fitted so perfectly! I wanted the song to be euphoric but also undercut the opulent, loud brass and drums with gentle sounds and pleasant instrumentation. Everything clicked together neatly and Tkay’s powerful vocals really carry the whole track.

Why did you two decide to work together?

I asked my label to reach out to Tkay because for a long time, I’ve considered her one of the most exciting artists in Australia. I was really happy when she agreed to work on the track and even more excited by how quickly and naturally it all came together.

What’s the reaction been like?

I’ve been truly overwhelmed by the response to the song. The industry, my friends and family have all said very kind things, and the global reaction online has been so exciting.

Who would you like to collaborate with next?

I’m interested in collaborations with so many people. Right now some of my dream artists to work with are Mozart’s Sister, Seiho, Zora Jones, Kelela, Nadus and Quay Dash. Just to name a few.

What are you currently working on?

I’m working on new music, art direction, merchandise, my live show and I’m always thinking about touring and exciting new locations I can bring my music to.

What’s in store for 2018?
I want to release more music and tour it globally – stay tuned for details, I’m so excited!

Catch Basenji alongside Haiku Hands, Mallrat and Genesis Owusu for Red Bull Sound Select in Sydney on December 15. Entry is $3 with RSVP or $10 on the door.


This article was originally published in Fashion Journal 175. You can read it here.

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