This is Parallels 013 with Orsa

This week, we have our old friend Adi aka Orsa taking over mix duties for the 13th episode of This is Parallels. Packed with deep, rolling grooves and beautiful baselines, this mix is a guarantee to have your head bobbing and feet tapping. Be sure to check out the interview below to find out what he’s been up to!

 

Tracklist

  1. Sebastian Busto – The Life We Deserve (Original Mix) [The Soundgarden]
  2. Way Out West – Lullaby Horizon (Ben Böhmer Remix) [Anjunadeep]
  3. Anton Dhouran & Rafael Certo – Like Gilles Said (Ben Böhmer Remix) [The Soundgarden]
  4. Roman Rai – Perceptions of Delusion (Peter Pardeike Remix) [Deepwave]
  5. Jerome Isma-Ae & Alastor – Kubrick (Cid Inc. Remix) [Jee Productions]
  6. Orsa – Carcharoth (Alfonso Muchacho Remix) [PHWE]
  7. Ballroom – Passenger (Guy J Edit) [White]
  8. Matteo Bruscagin & Visnadi – Drps Classic (Guy J Remix) [Lost & Found]
  9. Way Out West – Tuesday Maybe (Guy J Remix) [Anjunadeep]

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Parallels: Tell us, what’s new?

Orsa: First off, thanks so much for having me! I’m a huge fan of FSOE and the Parallels brand. As for me, I’ve recently had to take a short break from making music because medical school really ramped up this year. I’m absolutely not done with producing though; music is something I could never leave behind. I imagine I’ll release a couple originals or remixes over the course of this year, likely in a deep progressive style.

 

Parallels: Who would be your dream collaborator if you could work with any artist from any time?

Orsa: Wow, this is a tough one… I definitely can’t pick just one. The top of my list would include Guy J, Ryan Davis, and Jerome Isma-Ae. Also, it would have been amazing to see how Nujabes worked, and in my wildest dreams, collaborated with him.

 

Parallels: Can you walk us through your creative process in writing new music?

  Orsa: I can’t say there is an exact process I go through when writing something new. I’d imagine it’s like that for most producers, though! Sometimes I get inspired by a drum pattern, sometimes it’s a melody, sometimes it’s a chord progression. I’d add that inspiration can come in many forms – sometimes via something I read, something I watched, and of course, something I heard.

Once I have some sort of inspiration down though, I general start by making the climax, then the breakdown leading up to it, and then the intro and outro afterwards. Lastly comes polishing and adding in the finer and finishing touches.

 

Parallels: Outside of electronic music, which other genres or artists do you find inspiring at the moment?

Orsa: I’m not sure if lo-fi/instrumental hip-hop counts as electronic music since it’s produced in the same software and relies heavily on sampling, but I’ve been really into lo-fi lately! One of my favorite current artists is Jinsang. His music is super catchy and full of groove.

I majored in music in college, so I love classical music and listen to is often. On that end, I’ve been listening to a lot of Chopin and Debussy these past few months. If you haven’t ever heard it, check out “Tristesse” by Chopin. If that doesn’t move you, you’ve probably got a heart of stone.

 

Parallels: If we looked at your bookshelf or e-reader, what would we find?

Orsa: An autobiography about my main man, J.S. Bach, a book of H. P. Lovecraft short stories, The Silmarillion by Tolkien (rereading it for the umpteenth time), a couple books about medicine, and a book about poker.

 

Parallels: Thanks for your time! Any last words you would like to share with the audience?

Orsa: Thanks again so much for having me. If you listen to my music, I’d love to know what you think of it. As for last words, life is short – go make something!

 

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