‘a certain amount of space for each sound’ | Interview with Oeagrus

Music as a treatment. Music that lives true to its role, a force that finds your soft spot, presses gently and makes you feel good. Oeagrus has the recipe for this great kind of music. You can find it below.

Read our interview with the artist.

Describe your sound in three words please!

Analogue, experimental, “bittersweet”.

What were your major impressions (good and bad) from your travels in Korea and Japan?

I have been fascinated by both cultures and I fell in love with South Korea… There was so much to learn and experience there. I felt truly welcome and I was greeted with genuine kindness and respect by both Koreans and Japanese.

I really loved the food, which makes such a significant part of both cultures. I admire the craft and artistry which goes into preparing each dish. It really enriched my understanding of the mindset of the local people and their life philosophy.

I remember sitting in a small sushi bar in Kyoto with my friend around 3 am in the middle of the week. There were only 10 bar stools altogether in that place. Apart from an incredible sushi and sashimi selection, there was something about sharing this tiny space, which gave me this homely feeling of comfort and safety.
It made me contemplate on our sense of space and how it affects our experiences.
This has influenced the way I make my music where I want to mimic a certain amount of space for each sound while adjusting different equalisers and effects in my mix. I feel that this experience has helped me to learn how to place my sounds in a sonic space in order to give them their own character and identity.

Perhaps, the only aspect that saddened me was the tension between South Korea and Japan, which unfortunately has persisted at the economic and political level. However, learning of the historical and cultural context of the past conflicts from both sides, I understand why those tensions still exist.
Regardless, I have made unforgettable memories while being in South Korea and Japan and I am hoping to visit again as soon as the pandemic is over. In Unseen / Shaman, I wanted to translate my feelings and experiences from my travels into the language of musical synthesis.

With Unseen/Shaman you presented your view of parts of the Korean culture. If you had to do the same about the UK culture as it has developed through the years until this point, what kind of song do you think it would be?

I would definitely blend sub-genres of electronica, particularly UK garage, with indie rock to musically express my personal view of the UK culture. I feel that the song would need to have atmosphere similar to Burial’s “Untrue” combined with epic guitar riffs in style of Led Zeppelin.
I would create a completely novel, emotionally deep, sonic landscape but with inclusion of familiar elements reflecting the diversity and rich musical history, which the UK has.
The song would certainly focus on telling a meaningful story.

Interestingly, I am planning to do something similar for my next music project after the release ofUnseen/Shaman at the end of July, so we will see how it goes.

How did the pandemic affect your creative process? On the one hand it seems that you had the time and space to contemplate on your travel experiences and create this great work. On the other hand we are thinking that being isolated after such an intense experience can be challenging.

I think the pandemic has affected us in many ways. There were those who lost their loved ones to covid-19 without a chance of saying good-bye. For many of us, the pandemic has deprived us of the ability to meet our relatives and friends. Personally, I have not seen my family in Poland ever since the first lockdown started and my fiancée have not seen her family in South Korea for over 2 years now.

I would say though that in many ways, isolation did indeed have a positive impact on creativity. For me, reminiscing on good memories and making music was a way of coping with the challenges of the pandemic and our feelings of longing to see our relatives. Experiencing this plethora of emotions has allowed me to translate my memories and feelings into, what I hope is, a meaningful piece of music.

Which book should we read while listening to your song?

I would say….
“Turn off the light
Read a book,
You are ready” ..:)

(quoted from the lyrics of “Hun” by Mr Oizo, from the album- “Lambs anger”)

What is your favourite album of the previous year?

“Crush” by Floating Points. Although, this album came out in October 2019, I listened to it a lot throughout 2020, perhaps trying to hang on to my positive memories of 2019. The first time I listened to “Falaise” (from “Crush”), I was on the car in Busan in South Korea…

What is your ideal venue to play live?

At a random rooftop terrace. I remember hearing about Italians socialising on their balconies during the pandemic. That was one of the few uplifting news I heard at the time. I would like to pay my respects to this memory in the near future.

What do you like to do when you are not making music?

I read books or watch psychological thrillers with my fiancée. They go really well with a glass of Chianti.

Thanks Oeagrus!

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