There’s plenty of dreaming that takes place in the bedroom. But for most of us, it goes no further. Former Kiwi, now honorary Australian, Glitch Hop artist Opiuo (aka Oscar Davey-Wraight) is a different story. What started as just himself, a laptop and the four walls of his bedroom, has rapidly grown to international stardom and touring with a full band.
Transgression caught up with Opiuo just as he and the band where about to embark on an Australian wide tour.
When did you know you wanted to be a musician?
When I was 2 years old. I jumped on a drum kit in the middle of a party. Of course I don’t remember it (my mum told me), but I reckon that was the moment. I was also surrounded by the earliest electronic festivals in New Zealand early on. I spent my whole life attending music festivals, creating a mad childhood of sound, freedom & parties. Perfect thing to plant the musician seed!
Who are your musical influences?
Anyone who does what they want, staying individual. Early electronic influences were the likes of Bad Company UK, Noisia, Rogue Element, & Chris Carter. I love bass and I love funk. These days the possibilities are endless and I’m surrounded by incredible creative humans constantly who inspire me everyday.
Where do the name Opiuo come from?
My meandering mind casually wondering into the marvelous quantum word universe. (I made it up in other words).
When did you start actually making it, rather than just listening to it?
In my last year at high school, so 15 years ago. But I didn’t finish something I was happy with until 10 or so years ago. Maybe one or two tracks a year followed. Then I just got busier, slowly having less time to go to the park & get loose with my mates, making me ever more committed as things took off into wherever we are now! I never dreamt I’d be able to do this for a living, I just enjoyed what I did, and I still do.
When did the idea of using a live band come into play? Do they help write the tracks too?
I’ve always wanted to have a live electronic band as one part of the OPIUO world. Slowly but surely the right people at the right time came into my life. It’s been a couple years in its current form. There’s 5 of us on stage: drums, vocals, saxophone & percussion, synths & drum machines, guitars & bass & more synths. All mashed into something I feel is powerful & unique. We never settle for anything less, we’re perfectionists, and all super close friends who love playing music as our life. We spend a lot of time together rehearsing and rearranging my music for our live shows, so in a way yes they do all help write the tracks you hear live.
You are about to embark on an Australian wide tour, what can fans expect?
A whole new show packed with shit loads of new music, some classics, crazy lasers, bright lights, biiiig bass, and flashy things!! Plus a damn good dance party with your mates in some of Australia’s best venues!!
Dates for Opiuo Band’s Australian Tour
MELBOURNE, FRI 21 April
170 Russell (Formerly Billboard)
SYDNEY, FRI 28 April
CAIRNS, FRI 5 MAY
Limbo Social Club
BRISBANE, SAT 6 MAY