O&O Duo Interview
O&O Duo Interview – Live & Love Music
Orian & Obadiah discuss music memories, upcoming gigs and performing in front of Sir Paul McCartney…
Hi Obadiah and Orian, so first of all, how did you both meet?
We met in the first few weeks of our studies at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts in 2011, where we were on the same Music (BA) program.
Orian: I heard Obadiah performing at an open mic night at Uni and shortly after asked him if he would accompany me on guitar for a performance of my songs.
Obadiah: We connected immediately on both a musical and personal level and soon began writing together.
What’s your earliest memory of music?
Both of us grew up with music playing all the time in our homes.
Orian: My mum is a Flamenco dancer and so my earliest memories are of listening to Spanish music, stumbling around the house in my mother’s dance shoes and trying to imitate her moves, which are rhythmically challenging for a 3 year old!
Obadiah: I’ve been told the midwife who delivered me greeted me into the world by singing The Beatles’ ‘Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da.’ Of course I don’t remember this, but I’ve been a massive fan ever since!
You play function gigs, as well as your own original music. Which do you prefer?
We enjoy both, however, our long-term goal is to write, record and perform our original music full time, so we are always looking for opportunities to feature our own songs. It’s probably more challenging to perform original music. With covers, both the artist and the audience are in a comfort zone. The musician knows that the audience will recognize the cover, and the audience knows what to expect. We always keep in mind that it’s also challenging for the audience to listen to new songs they have never heard before, it requires more of their attention.
How would you describe your sound?
This must be the most difficult question to answer for any musician. We draw influence from many different genres and artists, but we are keeping it simple and calling our genre Americana-Pop. Think Fleetwood Mac meets Lady Antebellum.
What’s been your biggest achievement in your career so far?
Getting to perform our songs, one-on-one for Sir Paul McCartney has definitely been a highlight! What we’re most proud of so far is the fact that we have been able to make a living as professional musicians in the 3 years that have passed since graduating from LIPA, and we hope to continue and have longevity in our careers.
How do you feel when you’re on stage performing?
We have put in a lot of hours of performing and have probably felt the full range of emotions at different times from pure joy to panic and occasionally hunger! There really is nothing that compares to the feeling of presence when you make a real connection with the audience and hit your stride.
How would you describe the UK music industry compared to that of the US or Israel?
Whoa…where to start? The industry in Israel is small and up-and-coming, but it has already had some international break-through artists, such as Balkan Beat Box, Asaf Avidan & The Mojos and Adi Ulmansky. The US is, obviously, a huge music market, which is larger than the UK in terms of population, but maybe less diverse once you get to the charts and radio. We love that in the UK there is room for all styles and genres, even on national radio.
Asides from music, what else do you enjoy doing?
We have developed a passion for cooking/baking and so, to counter that, we also enjoy staying active at the gym!
What’s coming up for you this year?
We are releasing our debut single, ‘Traveling,’ this summer and planning to get back in the studio to record the follow up soon. We have two exciting shows coming up, both in the London area: April 27th at The Comedy Pub in Soho opening for The Zarrs and June 2nd at The Water Rats in Saint Pancras supporting Australian Music Award nominees The Germein Sisters ahead of their slot at the Isle of Wight Festival.
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