Anyone with the ability to turn the default iPhone ringtone into something other than a chronically annoying sound has to be given some credit. The track in question is ‘iPhone Bubbling’, on which the distinctive ringtone becomes an irresistible, trap-tinged rhythmic workout. It also brought Qrion (pronounced ‘Korean’) to wider attention, and won her an invite to play in San Francisco, the city she now calls home.
“I played the track at a show about five years ago,” explains 23-year-old MoMiji Tsukada, “and the show got put on YouTube. It was the first time I began to realise I had fans elsewhere.”
Growing up on the Japanese island of Sapporo, an hour’s flight from Tokyo, Qrion’s early introduction to music came via her late father, who played in a band and taught her to play a few chords on the piano as an infant. “It was mostly classical and orchestral stuff,” she explains.
It was also her dad who got her to think like a producer, after introducing her to basic music production software in her teens.
“That was when I first started to think about kick drums and hi-hats and how you can build all these layers,” she says.