Ahead of their joint national tour, we asked Jim Spoonbill and Oscar Opiuo to sit down and have a chat with each other.
Oscar: Name five things you can’t live without?
Jim: Making tunes, sharing in quality fun times, the rockin’ mob that I luckily have around me, exploring new weird and wonderful places and of course delectable tasty delights: especially eggs.
Now you name five things you can’t live without?
Oscar: Weird, entertaining and supportive friends, inspiring music, whanau, Thai food, symmetry.
I know you like eggs, but why did you call your label Omelette?
Jim: I think it’s a good representation of the tunes; a suitable metaphor for the sort of music that Omelette Records releases. It’s a melting pot of diverse sonic flavours amalgamated and served up as wholesome tasty grooves.
How did your love of music begin?
Oscar: It all started very early playing drums at age two, then onto big music festivals on my parent’s land around age eight. Along came The Gathering, a beast of a music festival where electronic music was thriving pre-2000 in New Zealand. I saw some insanely cutting edge inspiring acts on gigantic sound systems, got loose in the rain, and saw some craaaaazy crazy goings on.... I was hooked!
Encouraging a diverse range of sounds with Omelette Records, where do you hope to see music in Australia head?
Jim: I hope to see solid growth and support for independent music. I hope as a nation we stop listening to poor renditions of past musical glory, and look to the future of crafting and celebrating new sonic expressions.
You’ve witnessed crazy goings on as a kid. What’s the craziest thing you’ve witnessed at one of your shows?
Oscar: Fuck, that’s a hard one, I’ve seen a lot of crazy shit, but I guess on my last European tour I saw a juggler try to swallow the end of his juggling stick, and messed it up, ending up throwing up on the bouncer. He obviously got smashed and thrown out. Whoops.
To encourage this direction in the Australian scene, what’s the biggest piece of advice you can share with emerging electronic producers?
Jim: Staying true to who you are and what you want to say, and not being too influenced by what seems to be trendy and popular at any given time. Crafting a unique self-expression through your artform is the best path to a long and fruitful artistic career that you can be proud of.
Where do you get the best response from crowds globally?
Oscar: Another hard one. I think to be honest it’s a mix of where people go the craziest, but also where you feel the most connected, and that would have to be here in Australasia. People seem to really get what I am up to, and it makes all the difference to feel like this is where I built my musical career. I am forever going to do all I can to provide the best possible shows to this part of the world. Just like a five-piece live Opiuo band that only features here.
Jim: Have you ever worn an adult diaper?
Oscar: Yes. Have you?
Jim: Yes, at that mental party at 6am, and you were also jogging around in your bulk ace whopping nappy too! Don’t you remember?
Oscar: Hahaha, oh fuck, yes I do.
The Opiuo Band joins Spoonbill at the Hi-Fi Saturday May 4.