The sounds of Akioka lap over you like building waves. Inserting stunning, ethereal vocals over experimental loops, this Perth-based producer has not only leant her skills to acts like Mei Saraswati and Phil Stroud, but likes to go solo too.

Supporting Tortoise on December 10 at the Rosemount Hotel with Mt. Mountain, Akioka (aka Tessa Darcey) chats to us as part of our Two Minutes With series.

Describe your music in five words or less?

Loops loops loops loops loops.

What’s going on in the world of Akioka?

Teaching experimental looping workshops for children. Release/tour maybe next year and exciting new colab. 

I just bought a computer.

What motivates you to make music?

Silence. Beauty. Agony. Connection.*crywanks*

What have been the high and low points of your musical experiences so far?

Live sampling a passing ambo siren on purpose, by accident. That was a bit of a high point.

I don't believe in low points.

What music are you listening to at the moment?

Latest kid’s album from They Might Be Giants, Why?, on repeat in the car.

If you were stranded on a desert island, which member of the band would get eaten first? And why?

Well, it's only me. 

I guess I could slice off slivers of my own legs or boobies like deli meat. I dunno…

It depends if I have a really sharp knife and also I would be afraid of sand getting in the wound.

Here’s an opportunity to bitch about something, whether music related or not. What really pisses you off?


You’re putting together your perfect gig featuring Australian artists. Who would you get to play and where? Feel free to include acts/DJs/bands/venues that no longer exist.

OKIOKI! At the Hydey front bar (from 10 years ago). C'mon guize...

Also, Extended Summer Surgery and Ravens and Crows.


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