Q&A with deep house producer OBu

French DJ OBu has just released his single ‘Coastal Blur’. His melody was inspired by the seaside, and the woeful atmosphere that could be associated with it. Maxime Buffel (OBu) was taught music at a young age under his piano teacher mother’s influence. He would go on to play the piano, drums and later the classical percussion. OBu years later, has implemented his formal training into his electronic music, by diverging from his genre predecessors he creates a warmer atmosphere than what is expected of the style. We find out the finer details about the French DJ  below. 

How do you want the listener to feel when they listen to ‘Coastal Blur’?

All I can say is they should be sitting or walking to be focused on what’s going on. There’s a lot of information. I can’t say what they should feel… Maybe let it go?

What’s your “secret sauce?” What makes you sound stand out?

I listen to a lot of different kinds of music, I think it helps me to produce each time a complete journey in my tracks.

What made you decide to pursue a musical career?

I wanted to live for my passion.

How old were you when you made your first track? Could you tell us a little about the song?

I was around 22 I think, I made it with Fruity Loops. It was a minimal track called ‘La Minime’, with organs, snaps, and a touch of nostalgia! 

Pros and cons of the industry from your perspective?

I don’t have enough experience to argue about it, but I think the better you stay independent, the better your music will be…

Please list some of the most influential albums on your creative outlook and output:

Phoenix – Lisztomania

Moderat – III

Bonobo – The North Borders

Tycho – Awake

God Is An Astronaut – All Is Violent, All Is Bright

What key pieces of gear/software do you use to define your sound?

Layering ableton native instruments

Moog Sub37

Microkorg

Vinyl or CD?

Vinyl


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