Gab Strum, a.k.a Japanese Wallpaper, has been wowing music fans and critics alike. Independently creating and performing electronic music since 16. Strum has had his music feature in movies, collected a multitude of awards and generally astounded the industry with his talent and hard work. Lucky for us, we had a chance to get to know the over achieving super star and see what he is doing all the way in London.
How’s the UK? You’ve chosen a historical time to visit the mother country. Have you experienced anything differently musically wise that might not be present back home and vice versa?
Hi! I’ve been in London for the past few weeks and it’s been great. The music scene here seems expansive and vital, though to me it lacks the tight-knit nature of our music community back home. Certainly being surrounded in London by so many creatives at the top of the game is an inspiring feeling.
You are only 18 years old and have already gained such a praiseworthy following. Do you have to pinch yourself some mornings or do you take it in your stride? Is there anything else you think you might be doing instead of music? Your Instagram suggests you’ve got a knack for photography.
I try not to think about that stuff too much! For me it just manifests in stress and worry that can get in the way of making music that I believe in, although I certainly do feel very lucky that people deem my songs worthy of their following. I don’t know what I would be doing instead of music at the moment – maybe half a year into a uni degree that I didn’t care about?
Your new single Cocoon has got a brilliant reception so far which synth vibes have soothed a lot of awaiting fans and even featured on NME’s blog. How long did it take to create that track? It also has your very own vocals which weren’t around in previous content. Have you been stretching your vocal chords for your upcoming tour back in Australia?
The first demo of Cocoon eventuated around the end of 2015, and I think I finished it in March or April this year? I’m definitely doing some singing practice in the lead up to the August tour – I’ve been singing in my shows for a while now but finally feel like it’s the right time to put it on the record too.
Would you say you enjoy creating the music more than performing it?
I don’t really know! I love both disciplines for different reasons. I used to hate performing live but the more I do the more I have come to love it.
Some of your best tracks so far have been the clever collaborations such as Breathe In (ft Wafia) and my personal favourite Forces (ft Airling). If I was your fairy godmother and granted you one wish to tea up with any artist who would it be?
Ooooh I don’t know! Maybe Rostam (ex- Vampire Weekend)? Or Justin Vernon? I think they would both bring really interesting ideas to the table.
Your music videos have been on point as far as a visual back up is concerned. How involved do you get in that process? Any plans for a Cocoon music video?
I usually try and stay out of the video side of things, aside from finding a director whose work I like. It’s not an area I know much about but I’m comfortable placing my trust in people I love. A video for Cocoon is currently in the works, stay tuned…
Are there any artists that have inspired your music or influenced your own style?
Absolutely – I am always inspired by the music of Bill Evans, Owen Pallett, Tycho and Foxes In Fiction, amongst many others.
You seem like a pretty focused individual. What next? Are there any albums on the horizon?
I’m currently working on my first full-length album! I don’t know when it will be ready but I’m excited to share it when it is.
The Wandering Lamb has a motto “A Passion for New Music, An Urge to Share”, can you share with us any new music/artist/band you are listening too that is worth our readers scoping out?
Yes!! Lately I have been listening a lot to this beautiful EP from Frances Fox – highly recommend ❤ ❤