In 2012, Seattle production duo ODESZA began as a recording project between Harrison Mills (aka Catacombkid) and Clayton Knight (BeachesBeaches) after graduating from Western Washington University. Their first release, Summer’s Gone, was a mixture of dreamy, sun trickled melodies, glitched out vocals, crunchy drums and large sweeping bass lines. Two tracks from “Summer’s Gone”, “How Did I Get Here” and “iPlayYouListen,” reached No. 1 on the Hype Machine Popular chart, cementing the duo as a force in the underground electronic community. They took off as fast as they emerged, with now over 25,000 likes on their Facebook and 600,000 downloads on their SoundCloud page and climbing. The two kicked off their first tour at MSU on March 7 2013, and plan to come back to Bozeman this year on Friday March 14th at the Zebra Cocktail Lounge during their nationwide tour. I caught up with the two mutual friends over e-mail.
What genre of music do you consider your work to be? Who are your major influences?
That’s a bit of a tough question for us since our influences are really broad. We listen to a lot of “bedroom producers” on SoundCloud and a lot of old funk, soul, motown, 60s music, big band and tribal music. We like old school hip hop, ambient and indie stuff as well.
How long have you known each other? How did you meet?
We met really briefly a few years back but never really hung out until last summer when we talked about trying to make some remixes of each other’s stuff. We ended up jamming one day and it all just clicked really well.
Which songs do you perform most frequently?
“I want you” “Don’t stop” “How did i get here” “iPlayYouListen”
Could you briefly describe the music-making process?
Sometimes we start songs separate and make kind of a base or feel for a song, then send it back and forth online to each other and then meet up to finalize it or we plug into a mixer and work together and try to make a song from start to finish.
If you are interested, search ODESZA on Facebook or Google. Their sites and fan pages will pop up, with links to SoundCloud accounts and so forth. This group is not going anywhere anytime soon, so listen up and support underground music!