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Interview:
Odesza is making waves in the EDM world
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Odesza has accomplished a great deal during a span of less than two years.

The Seattle electronic duo has released two albums, including this years "In Return," an EP and a slew of remixes for artists such as Sia, Pretty Lights and more. And Harrison Mills, who founded the group with Clayton Knight after the two met at Western Washington University, credits plain ol' work ethic for the group's quick rise.

"We never stop," says Mills, 25. "I think both of us kind of loved music and thought of it as a hobby, but now we just try to write as much music as possible and get it out there."

The two come at music from different directions, however. Knight is more classically trained, while Mills caught the bug in college when he "started hearing these weird electronic and indie albums, and we both fell in love with the idea of sampling and reworking music, collaging sounds together. It was a quick friendship; we started working on tons of music together really quickly and complemented each other pretty well, so it wasn't hard to be productive."

The buzz has been picked up this year by outlets such as The Untz, which named Odesza the Breakout EDM Artist of 2014, while Paste put the duo on its Best New Band list. Hype Machine, meanwhile, included the Odesza singles "Say My Name" and "Sun Models" on its 50 Most Blogged & Favorited Tracks of the year.

Mills and Knight have a full slate of live shows during the early part of the new year, including a spin on the Holy Ship cruise and a tour of Australia in January. And while "In Return" introduced more conventional songwriting and melodicism to the group's mix, Mills says there's no clue yet where Odesza will head next.

"There's a lot of things we want to try, and we just don't really know exactly what direction we want to go in," he acknowledges. "What we're doing now is experimenting with different sounds until we find a theme we want to use for the next album. We're talking a bit about what we want.

"We're just trying to make sure we don't repeat ourselves too much. that's the main thing."

GRiZmas 2014 featuring GRiZ, Odesza, Will Sessions and Gosh Pith

Saturday, Dec. 20. Doors open at 8 p.m.

Masonic Temple 500 Temple Ave., Detroit.

Tickets are $28.50-$46.50.

Call 313-638-2724 or visit www.themasonic.com.

Web Site: www.themasonic.com

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