Rejjie is currently focusing on painting, but has never completely stopped making music. This July, he released a new song, Cookie Chips for the first time since his debut album. Apparently, he has a special feeling about this song, which was made through collaboration with his hero, MF Doom. “I love MF Doom. He is a genius. I listen to his music at least once a day. I absolutely adore him so much that I even want to become him. I am honoured and really grateful to be able to work with him”. Rejjie’s deep and mellow voice and bright and uplifting beats go so well together. It feels as if the dream world which appears in the music video has become a sound. The music video that was released at the same time as the song is full of dream-like feelings, and it looks like a movie scene. Actually, the last scene of his music video was inspired by an episode where family and friends of Agnès Varda, a legendary French film director who died last year, flew balloons in the sky together with a panel on which Varda’s image was printed. Rejjie wanted to use it as an inspiration for the last scene in his music video. It is not just an MV. It is an extension of his work as a painter. “My life is a collective of chapters. I am expecting that the next chapter will be the most fruitful. I want to explore more photography and performance, and would like to pursue visual art. Ultimately, I am going to try and make a film out of my life”. Rejjie creates his work so as to express his mind. Depending on his feelings and images, he changes his approach. Music and art are two of his approaches. His “work” means to express himself. For his work, he changes approach according to his various inspirations. He didn’t stop making music, but as an artist, he just turned a page to the next chapter.
Rejjie Snow’s studio has only what he needs. In the corner, there are some books which were given “mostly by friends, and which he cannot read till the end”, cameras which he often takes pictures with, and a picture of his mother. “Not to forget what is most important, I put up a picture of my family”. A Polaroid camera is also one of his important tools. “With a Polaroid, I can capture a fleeting moment. Because I can remember the precious time, which I am almost forgetting”. On a shelf, there are many Polaroid pictures, where he captured moments that he never wanted to forget. Naturally, the painting tools shouldn’t be forgotten when it comes to art. Sharpie’s permanent markers, Pentel’s Board Master and brushes are necessary tools. With pictures and paintings that capture Rejjie’s life, his studio looks like an archive of himself.
|Photo Piczo||Interview Mikuto Murayama||Text Mikuto Murayama Satoru Komura
Translation Fumie Tsuji