aircode: The ‘Monday Is OK’ Mix
aircode is the guise of Swedish born, London-based artist Julia Svensson.
Her work is spread across a few musical disciplines; alongside DJing and producing, she works in the field of sound design and live performance.
Driven by tone and mood rather than genre constraints, her sound work has earned her a residency at HQI, an artist run not-profit which provides facilities for visual and recording artists, and live shows at places and spaces across the capital, one of the most recent performances being a stirring soundtrack alongside choreographer Malik Nashad Sharpe.
Blending droning atmospheres, glitching vocal samples and frenetic beats, her work is at times disconcerting and at others grounding. These abstract compositions have come out on Nostro Hood Systems, TT (FKA Tobago Tracks), Cafe OTO and Chloe Frieda’s Alien Jams, which she recently returned to for the release of her debut LP Grounded.
Just like us, Julia doesn’t like Monday’s, but not as much as she dislikes Tuesdays. So here’s her mixtape, a soundtrack of experimental droning electronics and glitchy beats to get you through a mundane Monday, and hopefully see you through tomorrow’s woes too.
Please introduce yourself… Who are you, where are you, what are you?
I’m Julia, I’m in London and I’m a musician and daytime random worker
Tell us about the Monday mixtape you’ve put together for us.
Maintaining mental separation from work-life on a mundane Monday with some existential dread
If it were to be drawn what would it look like?
A fantasy-style monster
If it were a food what would it be?
What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?
In a sunny but cold heathland
What should we be wearing?
Whatever you want
Where was it recorded?
In my home on a Sunday evening
Are you on the same wavelength as the boomtown rats or do you actually like Mondays?
It all depends on what a Monday means in your life and right now I don’t like them because I don’t like what I do on them, but I like them more than Tuesdays, Tuesdays are the worst.
Who got you hooked on music?
What was the first record you heard and how did it make you feel?
No idea I was probably younger than 1 year old and it probably made me feel good cause music does that to you
What were the first and last records you bought?
The first one I bought was probably a Shirley Clamp (Swedish schlager) when I was like 10 from the grocery store. The latest one was Elena Isolini & Bianca Scouts’ latest album on CD which I’m waiting to receive in the post.
What are you obsessed with at the moment?
Daylight saving time
If you could travel in time…where in time would you go? Why?
Prehistoric to see some cool plantlife