Impactful art often presents itself like a mirror,” Vicktor Taiwò tells me, over Skype. He’s from London, where he’s been for the last 15 years and I’m in New York, and though he’s at a computer, I can hear him flipping through magazines over the distorted noise. Read More...
Impactful art often presents itself like a mirror,” Vicktor Taiwò tells me, over Skype. He’s from London, where he’s been for the last 15 years and I’m in New York, and though he’s at a computer, I can hear him flipping through magazines over the distorted noise.
It’s to be expected. Everything with Vicktor is visual. His music, with dark lush synthetic layer upon layer, fills in a retro digital landscape between the ears. Aesthetically, his life is a highly curated and subtly faded series of clean black and white lines, which is punctuated by a love of manga – an inky escape into fantasy not unlike his own work.
Just leaving a trace on the internet with “Digital Kids”, a minimal, foreboding exploration on a millenium hymnal, and “Paradise Island”, a distorted and sparse track guided by staccato guitar, sudden and cautious at once, one gets the sense that Vicktor’s strongest undercurrent is control.
Previously intending to pursue a career in photography, Vicktor transitioned only recently from behind the lens to center stage. He doesn’t see the two as being so dissonant though – from a creator’s perspective, so long as his audience is altered, shifted, or thrown slightly off kilter from his work, he’s satisfied. Citing Sade, Corinne Bailey Rae, Radiohead, and Brian Eno as sources of inspiration, it’s not hard to tell where he’s coming from.
What can we expect from Vicktor Taiwò in 2015? Reflection. On himself, of others, inward, outward. A tidepool of sounds mirroring himself, rippling and distorted. Vicktor’s just setting the lens.
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