GET TO KNOW: Ogtopus
Following on from the release of his much-loved offering 'Rockstar' in recent months, anonymous singer and songwriter Ogtopus has now returned to deliver his latest sweeping swoon 'GoneBro'.
Conjuring more of that warm and breezy aesthetic he has garnered a reputation for, 'GoneBro' showcases a beautiful rich and humbled release. With his laid-back voice riding a bed of psych-rock inspired production, this is one we can't get enough of right now.
So with the new single available now, we sat down with him to find out more about his background and what has inspired him most over the years.
What was the first instrument you fell in love with?
Piano at age 8 but it was quickly replaced by my much bigger love for guitar as a teenager which is still my main instrument I (love to) play the most. What kind of music did you love when you were younger?
I grew up with Grunge (Soundgarden, Nirvana, Pearl Jam) and I also listened to the more "classic" rock stuff (Pink Floyd, Dire Straits, David Bowie, The Cure...) But my favourite was probably a band from former Yugoslavia called Ekatarina Velika which was a fantastic balkan version of the Post -Punk/New Wave sound. What was the first album you remember owning?
Michael Jackson's Bad.
What is the one song you wished you could have written yourself?
Sultans of Swing by Dire Straits.
Do you have any habits or rituals you go through when trying to write new music?
I like to be alone in my home studio, light some candles, make myself comfortable and have a lot of time and start with bass or drums. I usually write in the evenings and stay awake for the big part of the night - until I have the feeling that the song is about 70% done. Then I return back to it after some days, check if I still like it and start bringing in some more ideas, write lyrics... Who are your favourite artists you have found yourself listening to at the moment?
Khruangbin, Black Pumas, Jordan Rakei, Kelly Finnigan, Der Assistent, NIck Cave, Billie Eilish, Alex Serra... If you could open a show for anyone in the world, who would it be?
What do you find is the most rewarding part about being a musician?
To me it is really writing and playing music. I also love to listen to my music when is's completely done and mastered. In fact I spent a few evening recently just enjoying my own stuff (I see how odd that sounds;). And I actually quite dislike everything else around being an independent musician (promoting, pitching, doing social media...)
Ogtopus' new single 'GoneBro' is available to stream now. Check it out below.