Within the Cape Town electronica scene a force in cinematic electro pop has reared its head – RoboTokyo.
“RoboTokyo is a place and state of mind where we feel safe to explore ideas. We have no set boundaries and we had to create this world to give us that freedom of expression.”
The latest export from within the scene consists of cousins Peter Crafford and Elan Schnider, who are both members ofStellenbosch-based alternative rock band 3rd World Spectator. The idea for the project originated from a fictional string ensemble that 3rd World Spectator credited for their work on their debut album, The Theory of Everything called TheRoboTokyo String Ensemble. In early 2013 Elan approached Peter with songs he was working on and they decided to experiment with it.
By combining Peter’s four-octave vocal range and affinity for pop culture and science fiction with Elan’s love for Frenchelectronica and huge productions, they have produced their debut single, EMPIRE. The song serves as a anthem and battle cry to immerse yourself in noise and sound, and creating a legacy from music.
RoboTokyo will also be debuting live and DJ sets within the next few months, combining sophisticated production techniques with live instrumentation and vocals.
RoboTokyo are currently working on their second single as well as their debut album, set for release in late 2013.
EMPIRE by RoboTokyo is released on the 20th of May 2013 as a free download on Soundcloud.