Oneo Fakind – Life In The Background [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Matt: Experimental full-bodied journeys
Brett: Strange mutating soundscapes

Life In The Background has very cool soundscapes. Tell us a few things about the EP, the story behind it.

Matt: We’re bursting with ideas so for this EP we tried to tame ourselves down and focus on some of our mellower and more lofi sounds. That was in part to fit the aesthetic of our label OAKHI. The EP is short and sweet and less intense than some of our previous work. I’m really content with how it came out, which I can’t say about everything I work on. To me it hangs together really well.
Brett: Matt typically works out the ‘one of a kind’ names for our songs after we have gone back and forth through the first few versions of a song idea. After that I try to lean into the descriptive parts of those names to find inspiration, refine the details and also try to form a loosely connected narrative journey between various songs we are working on. To me Life in the Background sounds like it feels; from the outside looking in, a window into life from the background.

Do you like the idea of collaborating? Is songwriting a lonely process?

Brett: Oneo Fakind is mostly remote collaboration in which we send ideas back and forth. Although it can be lonely working on new parts, receiving a revision is like having a musical conversation by email. It is not the same as jamming but it is definitely a social experience.
Matt: The best part is when I get stuck on something I can send it off and what comes back has moved forward in a new direction I never would have dreamed of.

Favourite album of the past decade?

Brett: All Melody by Nils Frahm
Matt: The Catastrophist by Tortoise

What would you change in the music industry?

Matt: I’d like to write soundtracks to books. That would be cool. I dunno if maybe that’s already a thing or gonna be a thing with ebooks.

If you were asked to rescore a film, which one would you choose?

Brett: Either of the Fantasia films. I think both movies are perfect as they are but also that it could be a fun challenge to create new sounds to match those visuals which were precisely designed to work with something else.
Matt: Stalker by Andrei Tarkovsky. Very minimal atmospheric gem of a movie from the late 70s. Would be fun to make soundscapes for I think.

What is the most useless talent you have?

Matt: I can cross four of my five toes on each foot without using my fingers.

Thank you!

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