opium fans delight in his mix of bass, funk, soul and psychedelic sounds, but the process can be as emotionally complex as it is technically.
Last month, the famous electronic music artistOPENED about the rising tension leading up to the Sonic Selects shows in Melbourne and Byron. That follows a more straightforward post last year about burnout and his need to create a better balance between professional and personal pursuits.
Opiuo—first of his headlining show at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheater on May 21—touched the joy. For an artist who mixes joy in the music he presents to fans, the same commitment to joy must apply on a personal level.
“I’m not really nervous before I walk on stage, but I’m super nervous or anxious leading up to things in the weeks to come because I don’t know what I’m doing or exactly how I’m going to do it ,” said Opiuo EDM.com. “That was actually the first time I got some music together and then literally just lost and just played whatever felt right. I knew what I was going to play first and I would try to play a song at the end . That’s all I know. That freedom is allowed because the people I feel are coming open to that.”
“I think there’s something healthy about being anxious and nervous about things because you’re pushing yourself or you’re not doing what you know works. In general, in life, I have a beautiful wife and children and I feel that my life outside of music is something that is very important to me and gives me balance. It allows me to look back and look at them and say, ‘No, actually this is important as well as what I do.’ I think that’s something I always advise people to have—having a strong friendship and family life outside of music or outside of what’s creative is better than being able to reflect on it from afar. “
Touring and relationships are puzzle pieces that often don’t fit together. Opiuo understands that his family is the foundation on which his success is built. He took great care to ensure that his demanding career did not swallow up his home life.
“They arrived last night and they’ve been here for three months, so that’s good. It’s the first time we’ve done something like this and they’ve been together,” Opiuo said. “I don’t want to take them to every show. That’s not what it’s about. It’s about being able to fly home the next day and give them a good life. They’re excited about it too. I toured last year and so far and really struggled with it. It was the first time I didn’t like to walk sometimes. I had to change that. I couldn’t go on because that’s what people do. It was like, ‘No, it’s not right. I don’t no matter what other people do, it doesn’t work for me.’ So I have to change it. It’s an expensive adventure to do it and all, but it’s all worth it because what’s all this without a level of happiness in life?”
“The journey of this creative process is very motivating. Once you’re in a place, you feel the pressure to keep going because it’s so rewarding. other things that come with it. That drive never goes away as a creative person because it’s a wonderful thing to do. But for me, I really have to involve my family because that’s a fundamental truth.”
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Returning to Red Rocks for a unique blend of electronic and orchestral music, Opiuo will explore the full emotional range of his music with the help of the Opulent Orchestra. Fusion takes inspiration from his youth and it mixes the infectious rhythm of dance music with the precision and complexity of classical sounds.
“Listening to orchestral music when I was young, these were moments where it wasn’t trying too hard to get a point across,” he explains. “It tries to, as simply as possible, make you feel the maximum emotion that a set of strings can get into and secretly, as you go through these eight bars, some of them under the cello can change and rise. in the register or create bigger chords or more euphoric moments. So you don’t notice much, but it’s a kind of development in a song and suddenly you come to point where you feel this overwhelming feeling. can take over and turn a fun moment into something where you have layers of emotion to add to it. Classical music is that.”
Opiuo + The Opulent Orchestra will take over the fabled Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison on Sunday, May 21 with support from Beats Antique, Supertask, DMVU and groovsauce. Tickets will be available for purchase for the soon-to-be-sold-out showHERE.