ONIKHO – Diu Diu Dang (Tunnel Song)
ONIKHO is a US-based composer, producer and singer of Taiwanese origin. Her excellent new single Diu Diu Dang (Tunnel Song)
starts hypnotically with mantra-like vocals and a sparse electronic background and then takes the listener on a journey switching between different emotions, like a train takes its passengers through tunnels, mountains and valleys.Carina (ONIKHO):
"Diu diu dang
is a Taiwanese children's folk song about a train going through a mountain. Its lyrics are onomatopoeias meant to simulate the sounds of the train's whistle and chugging. I wanted to put my take on it because it was the last song my mother taught me during our final trip to Taiwan before she passed away in the car accident that paralyzed me.
I really enjoy artists like Tokimonsta and Four Tet who masterfully create engaging soundscapes, so I wanted to do the same. I love to transport a listener to another place and time through my music. The lyrics of the original song are childlike and rhythmic, so I decided to slow it all down to make it more mystical and hypnotic.
I produce everything in Logic and use samples that I find from other artists, as well as home-recorded samples. In this song you can hear the rattle of an empty can of cat food, as well as me tapping on a kombucha bottle. I've also been really into Sonic Academy's ANA 2.0 synth, which has given me a lot of rich bass sounds."