One of South Africa’s most unrivaled producers, Buli has mastered the art of the ambient electronic sound. His music is moving, and conjures up some of our deepest emotions. The 21-year-old creates every track with a level of maturity and emotional intelligence that far exceeds his age. He’s been producing since he was 13, and Lost In the Void is his forth EP. We spoke to Buli about the greatest moment of his career so far, the reason behind the EP’s name and what inspires his creative process.
The title of the EP is quite ominous. What’s the reason behind the name?
I just thought it was a fitting name to the overall “dark” feel of the EP as well as the art accompanying it. Shout out to Seth Pimentel (IG: @african_ginger) for being to be able to take the idea I had in mind and turn it into something “tangible”.
How long have you been working on this EP?
These tracks were made around the time I just released Feels. So I’ve been sitting with them since then and only decided to wrap them up a few months ago . The EP has been done for a while now.
What brought about releasing it through I Suppose Ja?
Well, isupposeja is Vox Portent’s label…that’s the homie. I figured it would be a good fit as my sound fits with the whole “vibe” of the label.
Are there any collaborations on this EP?
A few, but I’m going to keep that under wraps.
What’s been the greatest moment of your career so far?
Your music is very emotive and ambient. Is there a reason you gravitated towards this style?
Well, that’s mostly because I started making the music I make as “Buli” around the same time I started listening to Tycho and Nosaj Thing. Tycho’s music has been a major influence in terms of trying to create the same or equivalent feel his music gives off. His music is very ambient and makes me feel like I’m lucid dreaming. That’s the feel I’m trying to give off with some songs.
What inspires your creative process?
A lot of things … it’s hard for me to explain with words. Sometimes these songs I made out of “habit”. Usually visual shit sets off my creative process. Like I think of scenes in my head where the song would fit. Sometimes I just have an idea in mind and I just want to explore it.
What is the one thing you’re looking forward to with the release of this EP?
As with every release, I just want people to listen to it and take it from it whatever they want to. I hope they really dig it.