Hailing from Melbourne, Jimmy Pistachio is a talented producer and songwriter, having recently debuted ‘Run’, a groovy and bouncy pop jewel, together with Cardamone’s breathy and intimate vocals. Intrigued by the producer’s mesmerising sound palette, we decided to ask him some questions and find out more about his artistry. Here’s what we found out.
YMX: Hey Jimmy, thanks for talking to us. How have these gloomy times been treating you?
JIMMY: Thanks for having me. Good question! I had to try to stay motivated last year being in Melbourne and trapped in lockdown. Stayed productive and released my first song late last year (Run ft. CARDAMONE), we also shot a video when things opened up and it’s being released later this month.
YMX: How did you decide music was something you wanted to pursue? Are there any particular episodes that inspired you in doing so?
JIMMY: I was around a few musicians in my late teens and always liked watching the process of recording. From that point I knew I wanted to get amongst it and ended up at an audio school to learn how to produce and engineer music.
YMX: Here’s a fun game: name 3 artists, or bands, that inspire you and influence your work, and explain why:
JIMMY: I’m really into Sade at the moment and bought one of her records on vinyl. I like her songwriting and would like to write something with that vintage R&B sound. Love Pomo for his bright, driving production. And the last one would be Kanye, he has brought so many different styles to the game over a long period. Always inspired by his career.
YMX: You recently released the pop banger ‘Run’. Can you tell us how that project came about?
JIMMY: Run came from an idea I had to create something similar to Get It Together by Drake and Jorja Smith, which was really a cover of a Black Coffee song called Superman. The beat I created sounded a lot more electronic to both of those songs and I didn’t know who to send it to. I sent it to my friend CARDAMONE as a shot in the dark and she sent it back with these beautiful vocal melodies within a week and I loved what she delivered. After a few tweaks I sent it to my mate Xav to be mixed and we released it immediately.
YMX: How did the pandemic affect your personal music recording experience? Was it easy adjusting to working remotely?
JIMMY: I like to work with artists in the studio so it was tough working remotely and sending things back and forth. May have snuck out to the music studio to get the final mix of the song done though, haha.
YMX: Professional livestreams seem to be really taking over these days. Is it something you would consider doing?
JIMMY: I would probably need an idea behind live streaming before doing anything like that. Main focus this year is to make more music and keep learning about production and songwriting. Once I have more music out maybe I could run a livestream set of my songs but I’d want to do something more creative than standing in front of a camera playing music haha.
YMX: Since pandemic began, online music promotion has become crucial for an artist’s growth. How important is that for you, and are there any strategies you are willing to share with our readers?
JIMMY: I’m honestly not the best at this and need tips myself so you might need to pass on some suggestions to me. Only thing I would encourage people to do is reach out to as many blogs as possible, people are always looking for new music to listen to and review.
YMX: Finally, what are your plans for the future?
JIMMY: We have the video for Run coming out, it’s just in the editing stage at the moment. We had a great team behind it including up-and-coming director, Cam Serpell. He did a great job shooting it and added a lot of creative ideas to the script I gave him. CARDAMONE did some brilliant acting and dancing so I’m looking forward to the release later this month.