LE BAIN: It’s super snowy in NYC right now. Are you in town? Do the weather and nature inspire you in any way when producing music?
UMFANG: I'm currently on tour in Europe, which is also snowy. I definitely think about seclusion in my music production—the woods, places to be alone. I prefer sunny days but I like the work mode I get into when I don't feel pressure to go outside.
You’re a New Yorker who was raised in Kansas. Being raised in Kansas obviously had an influence on you, but how would you describe that influence, besides your first warehouse parties there?
I find Kansas pretty depressing. It made me realize that I have a need to constantly make things. I spent a lot of time alone in my room making jewelry, drawing, making friendship bracelets... I didn't realize how to harness that energy with music until much later. It seemed too emotional. There is a certain melancholy and boredom there that makes people create a lot of interesting music.