Cxemcast 033 – Voin Oruwu

01. Intro
02. Jack The Copy Machine
03. Oruwu Island
04. Yasmine Hamdan - Khalas (Voin Oruwu Remix)
05. Untitled
06. Dawn Theme
07. Znayut Vsyakih
08. Untitled
09. Untitled w/ Recid
10. Pete Namlook & Burhan Oscal (Voin Oruwu Live Edit)
11. Outro

Everyone knows you as Koloah. Why did you create Voin Oruwu project?

At some point, Koloah project has just stalled. I had no releases for two years, even though I was spending most of the time in the studio. I changed the approach to writing music, switched instruments, thus the sound modified. The structure of the track became different. The new project is the result of finding new forms and aesthetics of sound. Originally, I conceived Voin Oruwu as a conceptual live performance with deep background and story. In the end, it appeared to be just live.

Which story do you mean?

Initially, I am a film director and Voin Oruwu was supposed to be a kind of realization of my ideas for the last five or six years. I wrote the story, which I planned to complement with five video works: two clips, two different performances and a short film. A small team agreed to help me, but since it was a completely DIY project, I just ran out of time, effort and money to pull this all. I put everything on pause for now, made up another program - more ‘dance’ one – and I play it. This mix is closer to what I wanted to say when I first started Voin Oruwu project.

What is this story about?

It takes place in an alternate universe that is similar to ours, only it is more upgrade - the world is ruled by science, but not war. In general, it is a multilayered story about man and society. I think that we could follow this scenario as well, however took the wrong way at some point in history.

I have an impression that there are many oriental motifs in your music. How can you explain it?

I love history and I have a weakness for oriental culture, mostly - Arabic. This world is filled with a lot of interesting things. I think that Arabic music culture greatly affects the overall global one and, above all, I enjoy its mystique. It reflects my mood.

At the same time one could sense the aesthetics of ambient music in the style of Ben Frost, Tim Hecker and others. Are you close to their music?

Yes, but I can´t say that they affected me in a way. I get inspiration from other things. My main inspiration are space and parallel universes. It is an infinity for imagination. My mother had many books, around three thousand, two-third of which are fantasy. One of the first movies that I remember are "Lex" and "Through the Horizon". They influenced me immensely at a time. By the way, my mother loves my music very much.

What will happen to Koloah?

Koloah remains. I continue to work with many artists. I do music production and sound design. I’ve recently completed several projects as a sound producer.

What kind of projects?

They can be described as alternative pop music, but we’ll talk about them later.

You have a release planned on Kiev House label? What is it going to be like?

I was very inspired by the movement of lo-fi sound and by Kyiv, as always. I also like the direction that Max chose for label’s releases. So this release was meant to be!

How do you evaluate current local scene?

It is growing. It’s nice to know that we are currently in the verve of its development and may even have influence on what is happening. I’m glad that there are many young musicians and pleased with successes of already experienced guys in the world. It is cool. Everything goes slowly but confidently. Or maybe not slowly.

Do you have plans to release on foreign labels?

Yes, of course. I’ve signed on a few tracks, however there is still an unreleased album - its fate interests me the most at the moment.

How are thing going with Illuminate community?

Now the boys are actively trying to find some form that would not be lost among all that is happening in our city. In fact, I’d love to talk much about Illuminate. We believe that we can turn this into some kind of platform.

Interviewed by Bohdan Konakov.