SirOJ, photography by Daniel J Ashes
Who are you, and where are you from?
Hello, I’m SIROJ and I am from Amsterdam.
What keeps you occupied on a daily basis?
I'm a producer and DJ, so I’m in the studio on a daily basis. Also I am a father, so I’m taking care of my daughter Nori for half the day first before I go to the studio.
What was your first music equipment and what are you currently working with?
I once kinda stole an old midi keyboard from the school of arts where I was taking piano classes. It was garbage, but I’ve used it for years to make my first beats with on my dad's computer. Currently I’m working with Ableton and a few tools. Not that many though, just a few keyboards.
Which music artists are you currently listening to and would you recommend to others?
Well I’m listening to a lot of the usual recent stuff lately, such as the new James Blake record, or Kanye's album for instance. But I’m also really into the latest work from Lil’ Silva.
What is your favourite graphic at the moment and why? (art, photography, videos)
I really dig Pilar Zeta and Jimmy Edgar's work for the Ultramajic releases (pilarzeta.tumblr.com).
What is your favourite travel destination?
I would like to go back to NYC really soon. I just went to Bali with my family and a few friends, and jeeez it's such a beautiful island. I would like to get back there soon as well.
What do you have coming up and where can people check out your music?
I've just wrapped up my new EP which will drop soon, hopefully. Also I’ve just released a new mix for a Bromance Records event at Tolhuistuin this Saturday. I will also be playing that night. You can check the mix and all my other music on my Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/akasiroj