HALINA RICE QuickFire Questions

By Vasco Dega

Halina Rice shares a slice of her experimental electronic bliss with the release of her brand new offering called Spheres, a down-tempo ambient gem that blends melancholic vocal samples, analogue-style synths and cinematic percussion. The aptly fascinating retro futuristic video for the track, it was created by visual artist and motion designer Jan Petyrek.

What was the first album you bought?

The Specials – singles. I bought it from Selectadisc in Nottingham where I grew up.

Who are some of your biggest musical inspirations and why?

So many but if I had to pick I’d say Peter Gabriel and Oneohtrixpoint Point Never as they both have this incredible unique vision and pioneering use of sounds and sampling. Right now I’m also hugely inspired by Nathan Fake’s recent album Blizzards – it’s energetic but in a very cool way.

What are some non-musical inspirations that motivate your music?

Art installations that completely envelope the viewer like Test Pattern by Ryoji Ikeda.

Tell us about your new video for ’Spheres’?

It’s by visual artist and motion designer Jan Petyrek. The idea is to create a virtual world for each track and the Spheres world is a black and white floating globe with planets orbiting inside. The camera takes the viewer in and out and it feels sort of magical but also nostalgic and forlorn.

What can we expect from you for the rest of the year?

I’ll be starting a regular virtual streaming experience – a digital version of me performing is projected live into the 3D worlds we create. It’s hard to describe  – but you’ll be able to see it on my youtube and twitch channels!

Watch Halina Rice’s live stream performance on Friday 2nd Oct at 8PM BST here – https://linktr.ee/HalinaRice

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Photo by Michael Robert Williams