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ARTIST INTERVIEW: KWEAN OONTZ



Interview


1. Hey KWEAN OONTZ, super nice to have the chance to chat with you again! First and foremost what got you into music?

Hey! I’m glad to be here. I have always loved music since I was a kid. There are stories about me dancing to music videos on MTV as a toddler in the playpen/crib. So, it’s been a part of me forever. And I’ve just had to build up the courage to try and do it for real. Songwriting came naturally to me as a kid, but I didn’t share it anywhere outside of my school friends. It took years to say, “Hey-- This is something I can actually do on my own and I don’t need anybody else’s help.”


2. Can you describe a live show that inspired you?

I will always fondly remember seeing BRICK + MORTAR open for Motion City Soundtrack in college. They still don’t have the name recognition they deserve, but they have such a strong signature sound that it was so easy to get the crowd singing along and vibing even before we knew their stuff. Chiddy Bang was also a great one. That “Pass the Plate” segment is legendary.


3. Is electricity the first thing you think of when you wake up?

I think of how my body is feeling before anything else.


4. What do you like about the avant - garde world?

I love how easy it is to carve your space because that’s the whole point. It’s about the cutting edge. Just making sounds you never really heard before work in a powerful way


5. Which house anthem fits you the most?

“100% Pure Love” by Crystal Waters is essential. All Crystal Waters is essential House music, to be honest.


6. Which americana records would you recommend me?

The “O, Brother Where Art Thou” soundtrack. It’s one of my favorites.


7. Are the 90's the best decade for electronic music?

I wouldn’t say it was the 90’s. We’ve done so much since the technology has become ubiquitous. Even artists who were around in the 90s came out swinging after the new millennium began. I’m thinking of Massive Attack. We also don’t think about how most of the popular music we hear is technically Electronica, by the bare-bones definition.


8. Do you listen to alternative music in your spare time?

I listen to Alternative music ALL the time. It’s one of my favorite genres. The only reason I’m not doing Alt Rock is because I don’t have a band. It’s just me.


9. Why people should listen to your new release: "A Kwean Oontz Novel"?

I’m a writer of many things, not just music. And I think you can’t beat a great instrumental track. Some instrumentals are there to be background noise which gets lost. That stuff has its own merits and I love it. I will write, study, or meditate to it sometimes. But then there are the instrumentals that build up and sonically guide you the way a heavy-rotation kind of song does. That’s what this release is trying to do, give you a song with a structure instead of just something that loops endlessly. I think it’s a great in-between point.


10. Do agree with the Pigeon?

If you’re curious about what I can do with words, please look out for my poetry and prose collection “SLAM POEMS FOR MY BATHROOM MIRROR…And Other Selected Works…” available on Amazon October 20th, 2023.


Review

Check out the original EP: "A KWEAN OONTZ NOVEL"! An original work that enhances cinematic environments that have the audacity to stimulate our imagination. Gemineye Vergo is an experimental and abrasive opener full of mechanical tension. Twerker's Comp is even more distorted and bombastic, contrasting with more skeletal beats. Equally erosive as the previous ones, Marquess Mundae but with much more playful textures. Space lasers and metallic percussion transport me to space in Zapatitos Naranjas. The intense weathering continues mercilessly in Outta Pocket, but avant - garde which follows it creates an extraordinarily relaxing soundscape where I can sink into the clouds. After resting in the clouds, we descend to the ground at full speed with a gliding meteorite in "Flex Files".



The Pigeon added the new single to his Weekly Gems playlist on Spotify. You can check out the released music below. If you like what you hear, make sure to follow along so you can stay on top of future releases!




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