Behind The Scenes Of Oliver Munch’s ‘Knots EP’
Since exploding onto the scene, Oliver Munch has been making huge waves in the Australian Dance music circuit – thanks to his ever-growing catalogue of impressive studio productions. We had the pleasure of chatting to Oliver about his latest masterpiece called ‘Knots’, which is out now via leading UK imprint Blow The Roof Records.
Hi Oliver, thanks for being here with us. How are you and what’s going on around you at the moment?
I’m well! It’s spring time here in Australia which unfortunately usually means shitty surf, but otherwise things are good. As of October I’m quitting work and will be spending my days as a full time musician.
You’ve just released a new EP by the name of ‘Knots EP’. How did this project come about?
I’m constantly writing music and thankfully an opportunity through Blow The Roof matched up with me having some solid tunes ready to release, so it was mostly just good timing.
How would you describe this EP in terms of style and sound?
This is a tough question for me. I concentrate a lot on mixing genres while writing music, so I can’t really describe it as a style. If it’s anything in my mind it would be experimental Hip-Hop.
Where did you draw inspiration for it?
Anything at all. I read weird books and play a lot of different types of music. I also watch a lot of Adult Swim haha.
How long did it take to complete this production?
Overall I would say the three tracks took about a month to complete, though they were all spread out over about 6 months as I work on a lot of different projects.
Could you walk us through the production process behind the tracks in ‘Knots EP’?
All of the production is done in Ableton. I played and recorded a lot of guitar parts on the track ‘Ozone’. Most of the other parts are soft synths with some very small parts sequenced through this fun toy I have from Korg, the Volca Keys. All of the beats are either sequenced or sampled although I tend to avoid using loops.
Which plug-ins and sounds shaped this project?
For production I use a lot of vintage emulators from Arturia. The Jupiter 8 and CS-80v are real staples in my workflow. For processing I use mostly Waves plugins. It’s a bit old school but I know them inside out so my workflow is really fast. I do try different stuff every now and then but I can generally find the sound I’m chasing with what I’ve got.
‘Knots EP’ got signed by Blow The Roof Records – how did you spark a relationship with this label?
I used SubmitHub to make contact with the label and sent ‘Ozone’ to Dan, the head-honcho. He replied within an hour and offered me a release. Couldn’t have been easier haha.
Where would you imagine this production being played?Hard to say. It’s mostly Pretty chilled out so somewhere around a BBQ is a good start.
Describe ‘Knots EP’ in three words.
Quirky, perky and murky.
Why should people listen to ‘Knots EP’?
Hopefully because it makes you happy.
Do you have any other projects in the pipeline this year?
I’m always working on stuff and have a handful of unreleased tracks that’ll hopefully see light before Santa rolls into town.
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