With his music soaked in tropical sounds and releases on labels such as Balearic dream curators Distant Hawaii, Sonikku and SWEAT look like a match made in heaven. Headlining this takeaway edition alongside Al Zanders, the Lobster Theremin affiliate talks pop music classics, video game soundtracks and time travel!
Hey Tony, we can’t wait to have you back! You’ve played at Dalston Superstore several times and also at Chapter 10. For those who might not know you, could you tell us a bit about yourself and your Sonikku moniker?
SONIKKU is a musical hybrid of Sonic the Hedgehog and Madonna.
Listening to your tracks (in particular Dilemma), it’s obvious your music is widely influenced by pop music. Could you give us a few examples of the perfect pop album according to you?
Any pop song you think works especially good on a dance floor?
I love the Instrumental of Katy Perry’s California Gurls, and more recently I’ve been playing ‘I Don’t Want It At All’ by Kim Petras.
Seeing as you described your sound as a musical hybrid of Sonic the Hedgehog and Madonna, any particular video game soundtracks you would recommend to our readers?
Final Fantasy VIII, Killer 7, Ghost in the Shell (PS1), Sonic 3
2018 is very nearly with us. What does the new year have in store for you musically??
I have three EP’s scheduled for 2018 and I’m currently working with a pop star I really admire.
What can we expect from your set at Superstore?
I haven’t played much of my tropical music for a while, I’m looking forward to revisiting those sounds for SWEAT!
Can you think of a track that would fit the tropical and hedonistic aesthetic of SWEAT?
Holiday – Madonna
And finally, the classic Dalston Superstore question: if we had a time machine ready to take you to any dance floor, past present or future, where would you like to go and why?
Probably Tokyo in the year 3017 or something – and also London 2007 in the Plastic People days – Wish I was old enough to have experienced that period.
Catch Sonikku alongside Al Zanders at SWEAT this Friday 5th January from 9pm-3am at Dalston Superstore!