It’s a frosty Sunday afternoon in Shoreditch, in London’s East End. I’m gleefully making my way to the Green Room at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen. As a music journalist, I’m always grateful to just be put in a room with an artist to chat with them about music making, but today, electronic/dance music maestro, Giraffage, and a bunch of other journos, are taking part in a sushi-making masterclass with Sushi Queen. Giraffage’s PR team, knowing well of his deep love of food (particularly sushi), have masterfully made his press day one hundred times more fun.
Giraffage is the artistic alias of Charlie Yin, a dance music producer with a uniquely experimental leaning. Since putting out 2017’s Too Real, this San Franciscan young man has been touring Europe. Before leaving London, there’s the small matter of becoming a sushi master to get out the way. While us mere mortals make a slight mess of our array of rice, seaweed, avocado, and soy sace, Giraffage follows Sushi Queen’s teachings to the letter, and it would appear he’s as gifted with food as he is with making succulent beats.
With happy and satiated bellies, we find a corner to have a chat about his recent exploits. As Giraffage’s love of food is quite the opposite of a secret, I ask him if he feels this sensory pleasure is similar to his love for creating music.
“I think so, yeah,” he says. “It’s like getting in touch with your senses! Really good food inspires me, in a weird way, creatively. I appreciate the artistry of food, which is one of the reasons I like sushi so much.
“It’s my first foray onto a major label,” Giraffage continues, as I ask about his latest record, Too Real. It’s his first release with Counter, an imprint of Ninja Tune. “I’ve had a great reception so far, and it’s been going great.”
There haven't been many new tunes since that late-2017 album release, as Giraffage isn’t someone who combines touring with writing.
“I really need to recharge from touring before I can get back in the studio,” he confirms.