Opiuo has called Melbourne home for something like seven years now. And despite being from New Zealand, he proudly declares Australia his favourite. “It’s where I’ve built my career and my family of creators and friends,” he says. 100% talks to him about rocking and being creative – and why music for him was an inevitable outcome.
“I like to think my style is funkadelic bass music,” chimes Opiuo. “I draw inspiration from everything, often not even realising that some particular experience or sound has actually inspired me. That’s why music for me was always going to happen. Life is so up and down, sideways, interesting and challenging that in some way, positive or negative, it is always inspiring every piece of me.”
Indeed, music simply became a fine way for him to exhibit his feelings – as well as what he sees and what he perceives. No less, it’s evolution and change is just as exciting. Opiuo freely admits that “perceptions are perceived differently by everyone and that is the beauty of it all, really”; the pleasure of watching people shut their eyes and getting down to his music is his greatest love.
“I make sure I never forget that I’m so lucky to do what I do,” he shrugs. “When touring, I travel as lightly as possible without losing the live element to my performances. Live synths, drum machines, samplers and loops – they all make up what I do with the help of my trusty laptop computational device! Talking to people after a show and having them tell me that my music has in some way changed their life is way beyond what I could have ever imagined. It’s a dream.”
And yes, he is already working on fulfilling a few more dreams with his second LP. A follow up to last year’s release on Addictech Records, working with different sounds is what is challenging him right now. “I’m moving in and out of different styles to give people a second to think about what they are listening to; or finding that new dance move they never knew they had and busting it out! So yes, I’ve written most of my next LP, which is being released in three parts through 2012. Each part is a definite EP and when put together creates a long player. I felt this was a good opportunity to let people get the music in their hands quicker and have the chance to enjoy each section on their own.
“Some music today is too easy to listen once and throw away; hopefully this gives people more time to appreciate each piece. The styles through the three parts are created in a super varied way and progress through different time signatures, tempos and styles, whilst still maintaining the Opiuo vibe. I’ve also been remixing a bunch of amazing producers on the side, and completed our debut full length album with my side project Sunmonx.”
Finally, he advises that for the first time this year, he’s touring major Australian cities with a live band style show. “We’ll have a core crew consisting of drums, keyboards, sax, trumpet and myself on sampler, drum machine, synths and laptop. Plus a guitarist and vocalist at some of the shows, thrown in for good measure! It’s going to be amazing to be able to tour and play live music again with real musicians – it’s where I come from. I’m also always on the look out for ways to change up what I do, to work with whoever I gel with who has something amazing going on. Music is evolution!”
Opiuo [AUS] plays The Hi-Fi on Friday March 16.