logan

Super hyped to present the latest instalment of the Structures saga, a mix by one half of the incredible Teengirl Fantasy, the supremely talented Logan Takahashi *tim westwood sfx*.

Stream the mix and peep my little Q&A with Logan below:

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Thank you so much for recording the mix, really appreciate it! For the uninitiated out there, introduce yourself, please?

My name is Logan, I make music under my own name. I’ve also released music as one half of the duo Teengirl Fantasy over the last decade.

Tell me a little about the mix?

I wanted to make a mix that has a solid drive and energy to it but also very soary and maybe a little emotional. “Hard-soar” is what I’ve been calling this mix to myself.

I really loved your latest record ‘Crema’ on Ghostly. What were your main influences while recording the album?

I was focused a lot on exploring rhythm and pulse with these tracks, maybe with the dance floor a little closer in mind than my previous record ‘NoGeo’. Most of it was written on and for live hardware sets, so there’s a ‘live’ aspect to the tracks I think.

What was the last record you bought? And where is your favourite spot to go buy records?

2bridges Arts and Music is one of my favorite record stores in NYC – you are bound to discover some amazing thing that you’ve never heard of there without fail. I recently got a record of music composed for a luxury Japanese air conditioner from the 80s that I really enjoy. Also this 12” by Ikue Asazaki called ’Yoisura Bushi’ I just picked up is so good.

What was the last book you read? And does literature influence the music you make?

A friend lent me their copy of ‘A Thousand Plateaus’ a few years back, and it was pretty influential on many levels for me. Specifically the passage ‘Of the Refrain’ where they discuss where in fact the rhythmic plane lies, and how it is in the differences not the repetitions.

Currently I am reading: ’The Weird and the Eerie’ by Mark Fisher, ‘Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms’ by Paul Stamets and a book about astral projection.

What’s your earliest memory of the club?

I went to Studio B in Brooklyn for the first time when I was 17 with a fake ID..I think to see Black Dice perform? This was the first proper club I’d been to as opposed to a venue. I remember having this specific ‘aha’ moment while hearing the DJ playing techno on a huge system for the first time, like, ‘Aaahhh right, it’s a physical thing!’

Does film influence your music? And have any film scores/soundtracks caught your attention recently?

I have been a huge fan of Sakamoto since I was a child and obviously his film score work is some of his best (really enjoyed his recent one for ‘The Revenant’). I actually scored a friend’s documentary this past year and that was a new and rewarding experience. 

And finally, what’s your plans for 2019?

Playing a festival called One in a Million in Switzerland at the beginning of February, and currently setting up some other dates around it. Have a bunch of unreleased music that I’m sitting on and looking to get out there in creative ways…