Oneohtrix Point Never interview: “I don’t feel like a serious composer”

May 26th 2016

Oneohtrix Point Never interview

  • Oneohtrix Point Never :: Interview with Brooke Olsen


Oneohtrix Point Never is one of the most respected producers in electronic music today. From his early releases in the mid 2000s to his latest grunge-inspired record Garden Of Delete (FBi album of the week, November 2015), his music is consistently challenging, forward-thinking and uniquely rewarding.

In Sydney for Vivid LIVE, the mastermind behind OPN, Daniel Lopatin, gave a rare and in-depth interview with Brooke Olsen (Ears Have Ears). They spoke about the gear he currently uses and the idea of ‘mastering’ technology, collaborating with Nate Boyce, and the visual and sound set up for his Vivid LIVE show. Listen to the whole conversation above.


I’m starting to resent the idea of seriousness of any kind when it comes to art. I find it absurd that someone would want to be considered serious. Some people when they think about electronic music, music that’s somehow not ‘popular music’, they think of it as serious. I think it’s a huge problem. We’re not letting radical music inspire interesting new forms of pop music, and vice versa. You’re basically saying serious music has to be here and fun music has to be there. It’s always been so boring to me.

I don’t feel like a serious composer. Yeah, I need to make meaningful stuff, but I don’t know who it’s meaningful to except for myself… The best music for me has always been slightly feral, slightly off. Why would you be any other way really? In almost every aspect of life, if I’m conserving something, it’s for some explosion that’s going to happen. I can’t live in a constantly conserved state of mind, and that’s how I feel about some of that ‘serious music’.

– Daniel Lopatin, Oneohtrix Point Never



WHAT: Oneohtrix Point Never at Vivid LIVE
WHEN: Sunday 29 May 2016, 7:30pm
WHERE: Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House
HOW MUCH: Tickets from $49 through Vivid LIVE



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