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rBeatz Exclusive Interview with Olwik

Olwik interview

We had the pleasure to interview Swedish DJ/Producer, OLWIK below. The 20 year old from Gothenburg, Sweden has been supported by Blasterjaxx, Diego Miranda, Gareth Emery, Juicy M, MAKJ, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, AND Tiësto. His dreamscape house arrangements and lighthearted feel really bring that summertime vibe, so we felt it was appropriate for this time of year (writing out of New York City).

You know the drill! Play his tracks above and read the full interview below for the immersive Olwik experience.

INTERVIEW:

Where does the name Olwik come from and why did you pick it?

Olwik comes from my surename, but spelled it with a “w” instead of “Olvik,” I thought that looked neat!


Where are you from and how has that shaped the musician you are today?

I’ve lived in Gothenburg, Sweden my whole life, and it has shaped my craft in a way. When I started the project I was very inspired by my fellow Swedish producers and went for a very melodic and progressive sound. It is just recently, that after acquiring a club residency at Valand, I’ve been inspired by club culture and aimed my projects towards more deep and groovy beats.


What instruments did you play when you were younger?

I have long musical background, and have been classically trained to play the piano, viola, percussion, guitar and sing in choir.


Are there an instruments that you currently wish you COULD play?

I wish I could play the viola again. I’ve definitely lost that skill over the years! Haha


Tell us the story of how you two got started creating music on your computer?

As a child, I always recorded my own songs on my Casio Keyboard. When I got older, I started playing around in GarageBand. Loved to record my electric guitar and create instrumental guitar-based songs. Then I got into dance music and moved to Logic for a while and then switched to FL Studio.


What has been your favorite studio moment when creating ‘Know You Better’ with Blest Jones?

My favorite studio moment when producing Know You Better was when I nailed that string “pizzicato” melody that plays along the beat. That really took the track to a new level in my mind!


What festival are you looking forward to the most this year?

Tomorrowland. Although I’m moving away from the featival-type sounds and more into club sounds, Tomorrowland will be a legendary experience. You can catch me behind the decks at the gate on the Airport for those of you traveling with the official Tomorrowland flights.


What do you like to do when you’re simply hanging out – aside from music?

I have an amazing girl in my life, Hanna. I spend a lot of time with her enjoying lazy days and listening to music.


 Are you involved in any extracurricular activities?

Aside from music, I’m also an athlete. I do high jump and compete at a national level. As I’m writing this, I’m actually at a training camp on Tenerife!


Who are your musical influences?

My musical influences has changed rapidly as of late. After acquiring my residency at Valand Nightclub, I met Joakim, who is an older guy with decades of experience as a DJ. He has been a kind of mentor for me, having introduced me to club culture and always inspiring me with new underground music of all genres, he acts like a musical compass. We even have studio sessions together, he is kind of like my own Denniz Pop. Artist wise, I feel very inspired by Gorgon City, Mark Knight, Röyksopp, and Directors Cut.


What DAW do you use and why?

I use FL Studio. I love FL because of it’s dance music friendly framework, and it’s piano roll. The piano roll is by far the best one of any DAW in my opinion. People who claim FL to be an amateur DAW have no idea what they are talking about. They don’t understand the program, or perhaps they judge it by something it’s not intended for.

Do you have a favorite or go-to sample pack?

I tend to use many samples from a pack called “Deficio Essentials“. I like the kick sounds in it, and some of the effects. Other than that I use Splice, which gives me access to a very large database of samples from a very high number of sample packs.


What is your favorite MIDI Controller right now?

I don’t really use any midi controllers that much anymore. I’m fine with FL’s super fast piano roll. But occasionally I use my Korg Micro Key controller to play some notes.


What is one of your favorite or go-to VST Plugin?

Omnisphere 2. The quality of its’ presets are amazing and there are literarily countless of them. I use it sometimes for inspiration too, just listening to interesting sounds!


What is your biggest accomplishment to date? 

My biggest accomplishment to date is a combined total of over 20.000.000 streams across all platforms on my music. Thanks to NoCopyrightSounds and their team my very first tunes went viral on YouTube, with my songs being used by countless big Youtubers and gamers. Although I’m moving away from that scene it really helped me kickstart my career as a producer!


Do you have a key production tip for our young producers out there?

My best production tip for young producers would be to never stop developing your sound. Also something I’ve learned recently is to stick to using traditional effects in your mixer such as EQ, compressor, delay and reverb. Most of the time in my experience, if you know how to use them you can achieve a lot more than you think with the simplest tools.


What has been your top favorite venue to play and why?

I honestly haven’t played a lot of venues so far. But I love Valand in Gothenburg on a good night. That’s where my residency is, and I know how to get the crowd going. I always have a lot of fun there! The first hours in the night are the best when I keep it deep and groovy.


What is your favorite color?

Favorite color would be green.


What food do you eat the most?

lol the questions are getting better and better. I eat a lot of tortellini pasta. I like em with sun-dried tomatoes and truffle olive oil.


Do you have a favorite in-studio snack?

Favorite in-studio snack is potato chips. Salt and vinegar is preferable.


What is your favorite social media platform and why?

Favorite social media platform right now is Instagram. It has few ads and the feed works great. It seems to me to be the least corrupt platform among the popular ones.


What is next for Olwik?

Next for OLWIK is to begin uploading mix tapes to my SoundCloud. Im really starting to get my DJ game going and a slight shift towards more club friendly music is on the way. Stay tuned!

Support the artists! BUY_Stream link to new single: http://dwrec.co/OLWIKBlestJonesKnowYouBetter

Chris Stack

After graduating from Kenyon College, Chris Stack joined a branding and marketing startup, BrandYourself (as seen on SharkTank), in New York City. After leading the company to grow past profitability as a leading account manager, Chris set his sights on his passion: music. He currently runs his own LLC in New York City, helping musicians in the city with their online presence and marketability. A native of the Washington DC area, Chris Stack's passions and hobbies include music production (8 years on Ableton), marketing, baseball (Mets), football (Ravens), Netflix n chillin, and the experience economy.

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