With her debut album Remote Control, Discovery Zone fabricates a cosmic, otherworldly terrain, populated with vibrant melodies, tender harmonies and operatic robot choirs. We caught up with the Berlin-based artist to talk Hatsune Miku, peanut butter cookies and Alice Coltrane.

The creative moniker of musician and filmmaker JJ Weihl, Discovery Zone offers an inviting existential exploration into the technosocial times we find ourselves in. With a sound that is nostalgically futuristic, Weihl takes us on an enigmatic and intergalactic journey across the record via her mystical, spellbinding dream pop. On tracks such as ‘Dance II’ Weihl channels shimmering 80s Italo disco whilst ‘Blissful Morning Dream Interpretation Melody’ sees her automated vocals intertwine with trance-like harmonic bliss.

The filmic aspect of her creative work is also tangible in the record as each detailed element adds to the narrative both of each track and of the album as a whole. On ‘Sophia Again’ a Siri-like robotic character, Sophia, meets one of her makers. Even the trippy album cover offers a portal into a digital realm. Weihl’s visual work is inextricably entwined with her music and it’s fitting that Remote Control already feels like a perfect sci-fi movie soundtrack.

Get to know Discovery Zone In Short…

Three words to describe my music…

Holographic

Machine-washable

Pop

Last photo on your phone…

Favourite instagram account…

I just recently deleted Instagram form my phone and I feel great about it. 

The best venue I’ve played…

I once played on a stage floating in the middle of a lake in Latvia. 

Earliest song you remember…

Leader of the Pack by The Shangri-Las 

The worst job I’ve ever had…

Working for the Democratic National Committee. 

The thing I most love to cook is…

Peanut butter cººkies.  

My Favourite word…

in unicode is ¯\_()_/¯

A book I love…

The Tao of Physics by Frtitjof Capra

Things that cheer me up…

Videos and/or mixed media representations of bunnies, dolphins, sea creatures, and other animals and/or interacting with natural environments and animals directly without a screen interface.

I also enjoy when someone makes me spaghetti, reading a book while in proximity to candle light and/or under a cloudy sky, taking a walk, and good 3d renderings of the moon. 

If I could play a gig anywhere it would be…

A non-earth based galactic habitable zone if/when possible. 

I think you should listen to… 

Alice Coltrane

If I could see anyone play live it would be…

Oh too many to name so I’m gonna go with Hatsune Miku, one of Japan’s biggest pop stars who happens to be a virtual being. I must say, I’m curious.

Buy: Remote Control (out now via Mansions and Millions).

Photo credit: Colette Pomerleau