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Interview:
Odesza at the Masonic, 3 Things To Know
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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Over the course of six years and three albums, Odesza has become a big deal -- in all respects.

The Seattle songwriting-production duo’s new “A Moment Apart” made its biggest showing on the charts -- No. 3 on the Billboard 200, No. 1 on the Dance/Electronic Music charts -- and is Odesza’s most ambitious release yet, an orchestrated set featuring guest vocals by Regina Spektor, Leon Bridges, the Chamanas and others.

To support it, meanwhile, Odesza (Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight) are presenting a show for both theaters and arenas, with a drum line, two horn players, a guitarist and, where possible, pyrotechnics and other theatrics. It’s all about capitalizing on creativity and finding, as the Naomi Wild-sung album track says, artistic “Higher Ground”...

• Mills, 28, says by phone that Odesza’s live strategy is “to make it as big and epic and really theatrical as we can. We change a lot of the songs and make personal edits and remixes of them, so 60 to 80 percent of those songs is a brand new version...although we try to keep the things that are most memorable about the song, like the vocals or the melodies. It’s more addition than subtraction, really. It’s a tricky thing.”

• Mills and Knight were both stoked by the high chart showing for “A Moment Apart” in September. “We shoot high but keep our expectations low; You never really know how people are going to react to anything creative or anything that you put a bunch of work into,” Mills says. “It’s best not to expect anything. So we were really surprised by how well it did. It was an amazing experience.”

• While they’re fully invested in promoting “A Moment Apart” into 2018, Odesza is “ready to move on to other things. I think we made exactly what we wanted to create (with the album) but now I feel like we’ve done that and I feel ready to do something completely different.” And he and Knight have already started that process while on tour to promote their current music. “It’s always been really hard for us to work on the road,” Mills says, “but this time around we’re trying. We brought a little studio we set up in the green room everyday and do some work between interviews and sound checks and the shows. We’re trying to make a new song every day so we’ll see here it goes. You don’t know where you’re going, really, until you experiment with a lot of things. So that’s what we’re doing now.”



If You Go:

• Odesza with Sofi Tukker and Louis Futon

• 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14.

• Masonic Temple, 500 Temple Ave., Detroit.

• Tickets are sold out.

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

Web Site: www.themasonic.com

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