Interview – Odaiba

I recently reviewed French musician and producer Odaiba’s new EP Night Wanderer, which I really enjoyed. Because of this, I decided it was high time to find out a little more about Odaiba – read on below and make sure to check out Night Wanderer if you haven’t already!

By Jane Howkins

You recently released a new EP called Night Wanderer, which we loved. For those who haven’t listened to it yet, what can you tell us about the EP?

Thanks a lot! It’s my second EP. It’s a huge mix of my musical influences and experience (French touch, house music, hip hop, funk and soul).

How was the writing and recording process? What is your creative process like?

I like to have feeling with my music. I like to listen to it without it hitting me, and it has to especially please me in time. This is how I choose the songs that will come out. This is my usual process.

There are quite a few different genres present in the music, which is one of the things I loved about the EP. Are your influences quite wide?

Indeed, there are a lot of genres present on my EP. I go where my inspiration takes me. But it is true that I listen to a lot of different styles of music. It must certainly be felt in my work.

I love funk French touch music like Daft, electronic synth music like Flume, and electronic groove style like Kaytranada. I have been a vinyl collector for over 20 years, especially in hip hop music, like DJ Premier from Gangstarr, Pete Rock, Alchemist, or DITC.

That’s why on my EP there is a fairly large hip hop influence.

Do you have any plans to release a new EP or a full length album at any point soon?

I’m actually working on my third EP. It will be scheduled for early 2022.

Do you have any plans to release any singles soon?

I’m releasing a single on October 1st with a guest in a funky French touch atmosphere on a French electronic label.

Has the pandemic hindered your work much over the last 18 months or so?

Making music is not my main job. I also work in transport in order to be economically efficient and especially to be able to make the music that I like without any pressure of a result.

Do you have any plans to tour at any point soon? Would you ever consider doing socially distanced gigs?

I am not considering the scene at the moment.

I’m already trying to slowly create a fan base who loves my music and who follows me.

You’re based in Paris. What is the music scene like there at the moment? Are there any local acts you can recommend?

The music scene in Paris and in the provinces is very active. There is an energy in France for electronic music which is impressive.

Labels like Alter K, Ed Banger, Microqlima, Cookie Records, to name a few do a great job every day.

Any last words for the fans?

I’m coming!!!