The events leading up to this collaboration can be taken back ten years ago when I (Chico Sato) was fourteen years old. I took up a heavy interest in piano and asked the schools music teacher for help. I was not very musically literate at the time, but with his lessons and my commitment to practicing daily, I caught on fairly quickly. This new skill of reading and playing music brought me to discover the greatest composers of all eras and styles. One particular composition that stuck with me was Beethoven's Fifth Symphony because I had heard it many times before, but was now able to understand it and appreciate it at a deeper level. During my high school years one of my greater interest was computer generated music. Whether I was listening to tunes from Final Fantasy, or 8-bit arcade games, I started to make my own from scratch using software like Fruity Loops and finale notepad. From then on I had small projects that involved music composition, such as scoring a children cartoon for an independent linguistic educational company.
Many years later my friend showed me a tune called Wolfgang's V by Wolfgang Gartner. This is Beethoven's Fifth re-mixed into dance music. The liquidity of the bass drop after an orchestral up rise blew my mind. I took a heavy interest in this artist and began attending his shows. I slowly began to pick up on FL Studio (formerly fruity loops by this time), and slowly re-tuned my composition skills to fit the genre. It was no more difficult than learning to play piano, but fairly more expensive at that.
Wolfgang Gartner is crucial to my collaboration with Ji-Sook Yim. He re-shared Ji-Sook's Wolfgang Gartner piano mashup cover on his facebook, giving her more exposure to more fans and of course, me. Being that I come from a classically trained background, I wanted to incorporate more classical elements into my productions and collaborating with a piano player seemed to be the right thing to do. So I asked, we worked online through skype, and talked about what would best fit in with a tune focused more on the piano melody, while using electronic elements to give it a shock. After sharing a couple of ideas with each other, dubstep deemed the most appropriate for this project. We took inspiration from Vexare's contrasting soft piano melodies to an uprise with heavy synths drop. We decided to name the track "Reflections" after explaining to her that I added reverberation with the effects of late reflections on her piano mix.