Hachiku, a.k.a Anika Ostendorf, 22, writes and produces dream pop with an an avant garde twist from whichever bedroom she is currently inhabiting. Born in Detroit and raised in Germany, Ostendorf can best be described as a global artist whose bedroom studios are perpetually changing. She formed her sound at 16 while on a road trip across the U.S.with her dog, Lexus, before relocating to London and recently Melbourne.
"Growing up in a small German village (with small I mean more horses than humans) I didn't actually get to experience any sort of music scene. In my immediate surrounding, people playing music was limited to high school bands, Bon Jovi cover bands and church brass bands."
Her bedroom beats have already been creating a buzz – opening for Courtney Barnett on her 2015 European tour and recently featured as part of Split Singles Club, a collaborative project curated by Australian independent labels Milk! Records and Bedroom Suck.
Hachiku is now permanently based in Melbourne and will release her debut EP Hachiku on June 2nd through Milk! Records, "I think 'genuine' is what I find most appealing about Melbourne. Everyone is helping each other out (it can get a bit incestuous I guess, but in a good way) and it's built on healthy core values of friendship and supportiveness. Even though Melbourne is getting a lot more international attention and recognition, it doesn't think too highly of itself."
The 5 track EP was self-recorded and mixed across 3 countries using a semi-portable home studio setup and plenty of borrowed microphones, guitars, and drum kits. The first single Moon Face released earlier this year as part of the Split Singles Club, is now accompanied by a daydreamy video clip directed by up and coming film maker and video artist Roxanne Halley.
Hachiku recently upgraded to a multi-talented, all-around sexy 4-piece live band with Jessie L. Warren on bass, Jim Lawrie on the swizzle sticks and Georgia Smith on guitar.
You can see them play as part of their residency every Sunday afternoon in June at the Tote front bar. Hachiku (self-titled) EP is out on Milk! Records June 2nd and available for digital pre-order now.
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