Posts Tagged ‘oOoOO’
Bleep: You’ve got a really coherent visual aesthetic, would you like to extend it further and across more aspects of your work?
oOoOO: Is that a nice way of saying I don’t have a coherent sonic aesthetic? Actually, I think the new EP and everything I am working on now is much more coherent than what I’ve done before. Before I was trying to put a million influences into my songs, but hadn’t figured a way to fit them in efficiently. On the older songs, its obvious I’m experimenting with how to combine them into something that’s distinctly my own. So you get songs like Mumbai and Hearts on the same release even though they are very different. But I think there is more of a distinct oOoOO sound now.
B: Tri Angle has a strong sonic identity which almost feel like an artists’ collective. What type of relationship do you have with the other acts signed by the label ? Do you guys hang out?
O: I’ve played and hung out with a lot of the people on TriAngle and really like everyone I’ve met. I’d probably hang with any of them more often if the nearest ones didn’t live thousands of miles away.
B: You’ve worked on remixing Lindsay Lohan, any other popular culture figure’s sound you’d like to add your touch to?
O: Yeah, any major pop stars that wanna work with me in any capacity, even if its just hanging out should get in touch. I am ready for whatever.
B: This one is more of a request…I’ve heard you like Jana Hunter (We’re fans too), is there a possibility of a remix or a collaboration with Lower Dens in the future?
O: Maybe yeah. That could be interesting.
B: Do you see recording equipment and the studio environment as a source of inspiration or rather as tools that allows you to realise your musical concepts?
O: Most of my studio equipment is virtual so its hard to fetishize it the way analog musicians do with like old synths and amps. But the tools themselves are inspiring to an extent, yeah. I write and record at the same time, like probably a lot or even most people making electronic music, so messing around with the plug ins becomes part of the process. Learning new plug ins can be inspiring.
B: What is next in the pipeline for oOoOO?
O: I’m working on a lot of new material at the moment. Hopefully I’ll be ready to put out an LP later this year.
With this in mind, we are quite keen to see what they get up to in 2012. And they already seem to be doing a lot…
They have already announced a European Tour showcasing some of the label’s brilliant roster including Balam Acab, oOoOO, and Holy Other.
Playing at Tri Angle’s London showcase is their latest signing, The Haxan Cloak.
We decided to catch up with the man himself and discuss his approach to music….
Bleep: Your work seems to have a very cohesive sound palette and atmosphere, what inspired your project The Haxan Cloak?
The Haxan Cloak: The Haxan Cloak comes from a vast array of influences. I seem to have some inclination toward the darker aspects of society and culture. I think this is a main theme that permeates the music I make.
B: Coming from a sound art background, there seems to be a real physicality to your music, what are your interests in sound, and what experience are you trying to convey to the listener?
THC: My interests in sound are absolutely very textural. I feel much more compelled towards tone than I do toward rhythm. I don’t really consider the role of the listener when I am making music, however, I do often hope, in hindsight, that listeners are able to be as engrossed in the sound as I am.
B: Your works seems to build the bridge between the organic and the synthetic, from live instrument recording to digital manipulation. What role does technology play in your music. Does it enhance or hinder?
THC: Technology doesn’t necessarily enhance or hinder, it merely facilitates. I’m not really a huge ‘gear’ person. I like to have as few implements as possible when it comes to making music. The most difficult part of making music is a clear concept. If you don’t have a strong idea that you believe in, no amount of technology can cover that up.
B: How do you approach transferring your music in to a live environment?
THC: I appreciate that an audience likes to hear familiar material, however, I’m not such a huge of fan of recreating my record faithfully in a live context – you may as well listen to the record at home. I take elements of my recordings and essentially remix them live. In this way, the audience still gets a snippet of something they recognise, but they also get to experience something completely new within this familiar framework.
B: You have just signed to Tri-Angle Records, what other contemporary music do you feel inspired by? Is there anyone out there you would like to collaborate with?
THC: I don’t know if I feel inspired by much contemporary music. Some artists I like, off the top of my head are: Actress, Grouper, Eddy Current Supression Ring, Alexander Tucker, Death Grips, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Theo Parish, Hype WIlliams, Beyonce, Lil’ Wayne…I could go on…
I’d like to write music for Matthew Barney, Bela Tarr or Harmony Korine.
B: What have you developed since your album on Aurora Borealis, what should we expect from your upcoming release?
THC: I’ve developed a stronger sense of who I am as an artist and a clearer vision of how I’d like to develop and challenge myself. The next release will be a continuation of textural themes explored on my previous record. It will be more rhythmically driven than the last and will be very different, however, still undeniably mine. I hope.
The track above ‘Holy Other – Feel Something (The Haxan Cloak Remix)’ is available to buy now exclusively on Bleep.