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The Eighth Note: Dewie

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‘The Eighth Note’ is 8 quick Questions with Wellington Musicians.

A chance for us to catch up with people & see what they’re up to, or introduce you to a new musician/band and their music. Up next is Dewie, the new moniker of Sonya Ishimnikova who was previously part of duo Blue For Noon.


Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
I’m Dewie. I grew up in Russia, moved to New Zealand when I was young. The music I’ve been writing and am most inspired by is synthy, ambient and nostalgic.

What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
Sudden Venus, my first solo project came out a few days ago. I locked my self in my parents house whilst working on it, occasionally coming out for a cup of coffee and a chat with my mum.

Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
Now, you’ll be able to find the 4 tracks on Spotify, Tidal, YouTube etc.

What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
Not going to lie, 200km/h In the Wrong Lane by t.A.T.u, Blood Type by Kino, Techenie by Chicherina.

Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
I feel like I could learn a lot from Linen!

What’s your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
I previously played at Laundry but would love to play at Caroline in the future.

In your songwriting or composing (or the band’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
There’s often a lingering feeling that ends up seeping into songs. Normally I begin with sound design then I’ll move on to the chords, melody and vocals. While arranging, I’ll add various components and mix as I go, which I feel like hinders the process but it’s worked for me so far.

Where/when is your next gig?
I’m currently away from home, so it will have to be once I come back in a few months time – in the meantime I’ll be doing a Björk and attempting to write music sans any music equipment.

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