Rei: Do you think perfectionism is a hindrance or asset?
Cashumilk: It really can be either end of the spectrum depending on what mindset you have. I can have perfectionist tendencies because I hold myself to a high standard but it also can hold you back creatively if you aren’t able to just keep your ideas moving. A song is a puzzle piece where each element needs to interact with each other, and I often find when I’m being a perfectionist I am stressing over small details that are just a part of the puzzle instead of focusing on how everything is interacting with each other. I think a pro of being a perfectionist is that you know exactly what you want to achieve but it also doesn’t allow you to open your mind creatively or progress on ideas without abandoning them, so I have to practice being open-minded and chill.
Rei: How do you incorporate your background with percussion instruments like marimba, vibraphone, etc into your music?
Cashumilk: Omg. I wish I could do it more. I don’t have access to any of those instruments right now, but I think it directly influences the typical timbre of sound selections I use. I love playing marimba so much so hearing mallet-esque sounds gives me crazy nostalgia. Ideally one day I want to play a show where I’m singing and playing mallets
Rei: What or who initially inspired you to start producing in middle school?
Cashumilk: This is some dark Cashumilk history, but I really loved dubstep and rap. So I would watch videos about how people like Soulja Boy, Chief Keef, and Zaytoven made music, but also I loved Zomboy, Avicii, Zedd, Porter Robinson's really early work. This was like 2011-2012 ish for reference. The first song I fell in love with was Language by Porter Robinson. I had a whole coming of age moment to that song on an island in Georgia where I was by myself and I knew that making beautiful art was my calling for life at 12. My brother is also like 10 years older than me and he was into cooler music. He showed me artists like Father, Flying Lotus, Ras G, and Teebs. I fell in love with making music and he encouraged me to keep doing it.. All my friends were producing too, including my now roommate, “Burnie”, he’s a crazy ass producer. I’ve Known him for like 15 years on god.
Rei: What contemporary artists influence your ambient pop style?
Cashumilk: This is going to be a chaotic ass list fasho but I love The Japanese House, Ecco2k, Jane Remover, Bogdan Raczynski, Yaeji, Baths, Tony Shhnow, Instupendo, Ulf Lohmann, Jimmy Edgar, Frou Frou, CFCF, 454, Oli XL, and Rochelle Jordan to name a few.