Before .gif and Jasmine Sokko, there was The Analog Girl – one of the OG bedroom producers of the local ‘laptop music’ scene. Mei Wong’s deliciously wicked alter ego has been in the business for more than a decade, brewing a hypnotic potion of synths and industrial sounds. Now, after a five-year hiatus, the veteran’s back a with new album, Golden Sugar Crystals – and it’s just as gritty and good as her previous three. Wong lets us in on it.
It’s been a while since your last album. What have you been up to since?
I played at a number of festivals including CMJ Music Festival in New York. I also worked on collaborations with Portuguese rapper Maze and experimental outfit Stealing Orchestra.
Tell us about the creative process behind Golden Sugar Crystals.
Songwriting can be a very meditative process, and I realised that while writing the album. Most of the tracks were written in the span of a month, and it was my way of refocusing my energy into something positive and creative.
Sometimes we get so caught up in our own world and other people’s false realities that we forget how far the universe actually extends beyond our minds. And it’s through writing that I feel a connection with this larger universe – and this forms the basis for the songs on the record.
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'Ten years in this business has also taught me humility, and for that I am most thankful'
How different is it compared to your previous three albums?
Thematically, it’s the most motivational of the three. Some of the songs can come across as somewhat dark, but the universal message here is that: it’s through darkness that we find light.
How does it feel to have been doing music for over a decade?
Sometimes I do wonder why I am in this for the long haul. But ten years in this business has also taught me humility, and for that I am most thankful.
What do you think has changed the most in the local music scene since you started?
There are more musicians out there now daring to take a shot and who are remarkable at it. It’s really inspiring to see so many of Singapore’s young producers and musicians like Jasmine Sokko and Linus Hablot blazing the international music trail.