OS: You’ve described that .gif was meant to be an outlet for “freedom and respite” from your other musical endeavours – did you ever think it would receive as much attention as it has?
.gif: To be honest, we haven’t really been keeping track. Earmilk was a really nice surprise, though, and so was Lomography’s interest in us for Blue Hour Sessions! If not for them, this EP wouldn’t even have happened ’cause we have too short an attention span to conceptualise anything beyond random singles.
Listening to your music, it’s hard to believe that it’s really just the two of you, Din and Weish. Which music power couple do you guys admire?
If you’re talking romantic couples, Matt & Kim. We really admire their DIY style. Otherwise, it’s a tie between Crystal Castles, Daft Punk, and Tegan & Sara.
Where did the name “.gif” come from? If you could steal any band name, what would it be?
Well, we play a lot with loops and imagery in our songs, and gifs are essentially image loops, so we thought it was kinda apt. As for band names, we’d say Peter Bjorn and John, so that people would come to our show expecting a Swedish trio but instead see a Chinese girl and a Malay guy. But mainly because we really like the sound of the word “Bjorn”. It’s very calming.
Name one band that .gif would love to collaborate with… and what you imagine it would sound like.
Sleep Easy aka Isa Ong from Amateur Takes Control and Pleasantry. Well, okay, that’s kind of cheating ’cause we’ve actually talked about forming a trip-hop band before. So, we imagine it’d sound like trip-hop. But otherwise, we’ve always admired The Analog Girl‘s work and we imagine it’d sound pretty crazy if we worked with her – darker, and trippier…
Lastly, it’s been a pretty incredible year of music so far. Album of the year for you both?
We couldn’t agree, so here’s two: Heartthrob by Tegan and Sara (Din’s), and Enter 4 by Hjaltalin (Weish’s). We initially both went “Alt-J!” simultaneously, but realised later it was released in 2012…
By Nigel Lopez
Lomography Blue Hour Sessions
with Tiramisu, .gif, and 7nightsatsea
Lomography Gallery Store
Saturday, 23 November