Panjoma of Austin, Texas is the trippiest electronic music that you will hear today or any day. Imagine a sound close to nomadic surfing aliens in a rock band and you will be close to knowing the sound of Panjoma. Luckily, they have a new EP that you can actually listen to at your leisure.
Panjoma has graced us with their presence for an interview. Please welcome Panjoma to the blog!
Tell us about your latest project
Our latest release, our EP ‘Sun and Moon’, is our 1st release since 2014 and it is so special to us. Our influences behind the ‘Sun and Moon’ EP are love, philosophy, dreams and psychedelics. ‘Sun and Moon’ represents forbidden love, as the sun and moon are forever following each other, forever longing to be next to each other, chasing each other across the sky, but forever forbidden to be together.
Where was your first concert as a fan? As a performer?
1st concert as a fan was U2 Joshua Tree at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin. That was also the 1st time I smelled pot. 1st concert as a performer, that was not just a student recital, was at Ruta Maya Coffee on South Congress in Austin. It was a solo gig with just me and my Korg Triton. I was so nervous, my hands were shaking so much, I could barely fit my fingers between the keys.
What is the secret to writing good music?
Tough question. So many ways to execute songwriting. And practice does create improvement. But I think this is a great opportunity to say that producers can often turn a well written song into something so much beyond its original incarnation. They can turn a good song into a hit song. So my thinking is, if you are a natural producer, and you have an ear for song structure and layering, and you have intention about the emotional room you are creating for listeners, you will naturally be a good songwriter.
Do you have a bucketlist? If so, what’s on it?
I would love to travel to South and Central America.
What was the last thing that you read?
‘Why We Sleep’. I saw an interview with Thom York where he recommended it. Its pretty dry but really good and fascinating.
How do you deal with anxiety while on stage?
I try to intentionally convert my anxiety into excitement, to try to re-channel the energy and use it to pump myself up. A drink or 2 can help but eventually you will need to do a show sober. I’ve always been a little ballsy so I am sure that helps me out a little.
What are you listening to at the moment?
Lots of Khruangbin and Warpaint right now.
If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing?
Who would you like to collaborate with in the future?
What do you want people to know about your music?
We are usually tripping when we are writing or recording, and ultimately we consider our music psychedelic. I started hash-tagging the term dmt jazz recently, and I am pretty certain I was the 1st to ever. Although I can see now there’s already a band hash-tagging themselves as a dmt jazz trio, so hopefully I have a created a new genre.