Up All Night has been a part of the vaporwave community for five years now and his latest release "The Exquisite Ugliness of Returning to Consciousness" comes out next week. This interview was conducted via audio conference and is transcribed below.
[RetroRealm]: Welcome, readers of RetroRealm, to an exclusive interview with the mysterious Vaporwave artist, Up All Night. With his highly anticipated 13th release on the horizon, “The Exquisite Ugliness of Returning to Consciousness,” we dive into the ethereal world of nostalgia and synths. Welcome, Up All Night.
[Up All Night]: Thank you for having me. It's a pleasure to be here.
[RetroRealm]: Let's start by discussing your unique brand of Vaporwave. Your previous albums, such as "Death at the Primrose" and "My Father's House," have garnered critical acclaim for their hauntingly beautiful soundscapes. What drives you to create this distinct blend of nostalgia and introspection?
[Up All Night]: I draw inspiration from forgotten memories, fleeting emotions, and the longing for a different era. It's about capturing a sense of longing and exploring the bittersweet nature of nostalgia. Music has the power to transport us, and I strive to create sonic landscapes that evoke a particular time and mood.
[RetroRealm]: Your album titles, like "Anchor Store" and "Presence/Obscure," evoke a certain enigmatic quality. Can you provide some insights into the themes and stories behind these titles?
[Up All Night]: The titles are intentionally ambiguous, allowing listeners to interpret them in their own way. They hint at a narrative but leave room for personal reflection. Each album represents a unique journey through the realms of memory and emotion, and the titles are meant to provoke curiosity and intrigue.
[RetroRealm]: Fascinating. Now, Up All Night, it's apparent that you have not been fully transparent during your music career. What is it that prevents you from being entirely open with your audience?
[Up All Night]: [long pause] I apologize for any lack of transparency, but I am currently bound by certain constraints that prevent me from speaking freely about certain aspects of my work. It's an unfortunate situation, but one that I must navigate carefully.
[RetroRealm]: It seems like there is a larger story behind it, but you're unable to reveal the details. Can you at least share whether these pressures are coming from within the music industry or external sources?
[Up All Night]: I'm afraid I cannot provide specific details about the sources of these pressures. It's a complex situation.
[RetroRealm:] One interesting aspect of this album is the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to create the cover art for “Family Christmas Photos (1988 - 2002). Up All Night, could you tell us more about your decision to employ AI in the artistic process and the potential implications it holds for the creation of art?
[Up All Night:] The decision to use AI for the cover art of "Family Christmas Photos" was driven by my curiosity about exploring new artistic possibilities and pushing the boundaries of creativity. I've always been fascinated by the intersection of art and technology, and AI presented an exciting avenue to experiment with.
[RetroRealm:] Let's shift our focus to your upcoming 13th release, “The Exquisite Ugliness of Returning to Consciousness.” Can you offer any insights into the themes or direction of this album? What can your fans expect?
[Up All Night]: The upcoming release explores themes of introspection, duality, and the hidden layers of our existence. It delves into the delicate balance between light and darkness, nostalgia and uncertainty. Listeners can expect a sonic journey that immerses them in these emotions and invites personal reflection. It is also a cry fo–[audio cuts]?
RetroRealm]: Hello? Are you there?
[Up All Night]: Can we move on, please?
[RetroRealm]: Of course. It sounds like another captivating addition to your discography. Now, considering the visual aspect of your work, Vaporwave is known for its distinct visual aesthetics. How do you approach creating visuals that complement your music? Are there any particular inspirations you draw upon?
[Up All Night]: Visual aesthetics play a crucial role in my artistic vision. I collaborate with talented artists who understand the essence of my music and can translate it visually. I draw inspiration from various sources, including retro advertisements, glitch art, and the juxtaposition of vintage and futuristic imagery. The visuals aim to enhance the overall experience and transport the viewers to a different reality.
[RetroRealm]: Your dedication to creating a cohesive audio-visual experience is commendable. Before we conclude, is there anything else you'd like to express to our readers and your loyal fanbase?
[Up All Night]: I would like to express my gratitude to my fans for their unwavering support throughout my artistic journey. Despite the challenges I face, their passion and connection to my music continue to inspire me. I hope my upcoming release resonates with them, even if I cannot fully disclose all the details behind it. Thank you all for being a part of this surreal adventure.
[RetroRealm]: Thank you, Up All Night, for sharing your insights. We eagerly await your new release and wish you the best in navigating the complexities of your artistic path.
[Up All Night]: Thank you. It has been an honor to be here.