HOW WAS ODESZA CREATED?
Harrison: We met at Western Washington University in Bellingham. I was studying design and new media and Clay was studying physics. We met through a mutual friend and started making music together right after that. We each had our solo projects throughout college, but didn’t meet until our senior year.
TELL US ABOUT THE WORKING DYNAMIC BETWEEN YOU GUYS?
Clay: I tend to enjoy more of the technical side of things, possibly from studying science. Harrison tends to be more on the artistic side because of his art background, but we each contribute equally to the music, and it’s not as formulaic as it might sound.
WHAT DO YOU GET OUT OF A LIVE SET THAT YOU MAY NOT NECESSARILY EXPERIENCE IN A STUDIO?
Harrison: The crowd reaction is really gratifying – seeing these songs you created in your basement having an impact on people. The live show is also a lot different from our studio albums. A lot of what we are playing live are remixed versions of our own songs. We like to make cohesive headphone albums, and we learned early on that doesn’t always translate well to a live show. It’s a different world so we treat is as such.
HOW IMPORTANT IS IT TO COLLABORATE WITH OTHER ARTISTS?
Clay: It can be helpful for songwriting. Sometimes we’ll send out a track for an artist to record vocals, and we’ll take their vocal track, throw out the original demo we sent, and build an entire new song around the vocals. That’s happened a few times. When we collaborate with an artist, it’s almost always with us working separately. It’s a lot easier to work that way, plus everyone gets to work in the space where they’re most comfortable.
HOW DO YOU GUYS RATE THE AUSSIE MUSIC SCENE?
H: We love the Australian music scene, there are a lot of amazing artists here that are also great people. It’s always a highlight of our year to come down over and see all our friends. Golden Features and Hayden James were two of the first people we met in Australia, and our first show was opening for RÜFÜS. All of those guys are now close friends of ours.
WHICH AUSSIE ACTS ARE YOU VIBING ON THE MOST AT THE MOMENT?
C: Currents is an instant classic, Kevin Parker is definitely an inspiration. We put the new RÜFÜS album Bloom out in North America on our label Foreign Family Collective, that was a huge highlight for us. And of course Hayden James is an amazing musician, and a very humble and kind human.
Photo: Bronson Snelling.