INTERVIEW: Nashville-based sludge-pop/garage outfit Oginalii

Hi Emma, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Ayy, been busy. Making that monayy so I can keep this whole being a musician thing cooking. Ready to show everyone what we’ve been working on for the past two years.

Can you talk to us more about your latest video “Red”?

Ahh “Red!” It was so much fun to make and that video really became what we had envisioned—highlighting the dude in the band as opposed to what the media wants, boobs.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Our drummer Karalyne and I like to joke that it’s about a really terrible period, however its really just about red flags that show up—red flags that surround you when you meet someone that immediately shows signs of being an asshole, but you’re still taking a chance, regardless.

How was the film experience?

It was the first music video we’ve ever filmed. LOTS of learning. We really had to work together with Tanner Gallagher who shot the video to figure out what the hell we were doing. We definitely discovered how well and terribly things can go.

Your new album is called The Grey – what’s the story behind the title?

The Grey is a state of mind mainly for me. “The in between” if you will—a place where you can talk about things that don’t make sense or things you don’t really want to face but you know you have to in order to actually make sense of it all. It’s uncomfortable, but I like it. It’s home for me.

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing process spans over the past couple years and from one of our first writing sessions ever as a band. “7799” was actually written around the time that we were writing our first EP, but we never got around to finishing. “Static” was written about 4 months before recording. Once we made it Austin, we recorded everything in 5 days in the lovely Escondido studios with the wizard, Curtis Roush.

What was it like to work with Curtis Roush and how did that relationship develop?

Our manager, Jake Turner, really made it happen for us. He knew Curtis and knew what sounds he could create and we were lucky enough that he was down to help Oginalii out. Meeting him for the first time was scary, but felt like we had known him forever shortly after. Thats Curtis though, an inquisitive and welcoming man that you feel has always been a friend and for Oginalii that’s exactly what we needed.

How much did he influence the album?

He helped us find a niche for ourselves. Collectively as a band, we all have different paths and tastes and he somehow reigned it all in for us. He strengthened the places we felt weak throughout the whole recording process.

What role does Nashville play in your writing?

Nashville is the fire that keeps you on your toes as a musician. You have to keep up with a music world that is spinning at an alarming speed and is not what most would think it is. If you’re not up to the task you’ll get left behind. We’re not a co-writing band though. It’s just us, and for me personally I like that. Oginalii is uniquely our’s and we’ll continue to grow through that.

What aspect of alienation and life struggles did you get to explore on this record?

We kind of hit a lot honestly. Struggling with who you are as a person, who you want to be, what social media does to you, and the hilarity of being a musician in Nashville. You can hear it all on The Grey.

Any plans to hit the road?

Oh, be on the look out! Once October hits we’ll be seeing most of the east coast and I’m stoked as hell! See you soon New York.

What is happening next in Oginalii’s world?

We’re getting this record out in October and we’ll be out on the road as much as possible promoting the new EP. Then we’ve got a bunch of new songs to start running. Get ready!

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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