Sylvester Sessions #86

Sylvester Sessions

Amelia wears Tiger bomber & Stripey top.

Amelia Murray

Auckland, New Zealand

You've just been on tour in Europe with the release of your first album, where was your favourite place to play, and what comforts do you take with you on tour?

It would probably be a toss up between Paris and Bournemouth. Paris was great because it's was beautiful and warm and we managed to have 3 or 4 days off there (which is so rare on tour). We played an awesome little festival called The French Escape and so many people showed up early to see us. And then Bournemouth was kind of the opposite; we played this tiny wild show in a dive bar. The guys that organised it got on stage at the end and gave us a huge cake with our faces on it to celebrate my album coming out. There was lots of crowd surfing and a mosh pit.

My tour comforts are headphones, a notebook to write in, running shoes, books and my band mates... the band seem to make everything funny and enjoyable even when we're all tired and sleeping at weird hours.

Listening to your album feels like sitting in the sun, where were you and what were you thinking about when writing the music?

Mostly in Auckland. I wrote and recorded it between various flats I was living in. The majority of it I wrote in this one dark room at the top of a house which would overheat like crazy. I remember feeling pretty lost but the album became a way for me to stay focused and productive. It was pretty lonely and isolating making it but it has ultimately connected me to more people than I could have ever imagined.

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Sylvester Sessions #85

Sylvester Sessions

Ai wears Motocross polo top.

Ai Ushijima

Tokyo, Japan

What do you do in Tokyo?

I am a assistant producer at production company. Although,I do take part several works like advertising promotion, branding, and curating projects with creators from all over the world.

What do you enjoy about shooting film and what do you look to capture?

I started to take pictures with film after I participated in a volunteer of restarting pictures from The Great East Japan Earthquake, 2011. The pictures were from disaster area which attacked by Tsunami, so all of them were covered with mud and it was invisible at first. As we preceding, we finally could see the pictures and what reflected were the pictures of family, celebrating birthday with friends and all those daily sights. I found it is important to develop photos to keep memories rather than storing as data as its broke easily by water and some crashes. So, I decided to get the film camera right after the volunteer and still now I carry a film camera all the time.

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