machìna is a Korean artist working and operating out of Tokyo. Her music is deeply personal and rooted in selfhood, and yet best experienced amidst the collective effervescence of a nightclub dance floor. The dichotomy is just one of the many seemingly contradictory elements that are resolved the more you listen, the more you learn about her.
Her compositional style is both thoughtful and playful, hinting at her love of jazz, which is also evidenced in her confident modular improvisations when she performs live. Her vocals are pronounced and note-perfect, forged in the regimented training she underwent during her time as a K-Pop artist. And her tracks transcend cultures and genres, much as she has done throughout her life. Every experience seems to be channeled into her music.
machìna has been based in Tokyo for the past 5 years, touring regularly whilst also forging a base in the local electronic music scene. Her latest release ‘Willow’ represents a significant point in the formation of her musical identity as machìna. Composed with more confidence and performed with more rigor, the accumulation of layers is starting to take shape.