Six Questions With Oliver Ignatius
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Next in the hot seat is Brooklyn-based indie producer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Oliver Ignatius. We have not had the privilege of featuring Oliver Ignatius here on the pages of Indie Minded, so we are thrilled to bring you this short interview. If you’re not familiar with him, sit back and enjoy! This is what is great about this series – the discovery of new music.
For those who may not be familiar, please tell us about your music: the type of music you play, where you are from, and how you got started?
Sometimes I call my music psychedelic soul. Other days I might refer to it as post-pop. I grew up overseas and do genuinely consider myself to be a global citizen, but I’ve been in Brooklyn for some years now. Music has been my focus since I was 3, and I’ve been involved in some way or another in the ‘industry’ since I was a young teenager. I founded the recording studio and artist’s collective Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen (or MCFK for short) in 2010, and haven’t looked back since.
As an artist, how do you define success?
There are so many ways to answer this question. Of course, I would like some money to be able to take care of my family and fund the projects I want to accomplish. But I have long since maintained that I’m making music for the cat out there freaking out on the floor, in space, and I’m freaking out with him on the stereo. I’m just turning the wheel for people like me.
What do you find to be your greatest struggle when it comes to the music business?
Haters, baby! Fortunately, a great woman once told me: Haters are just fans with a bad attitude. Let’s turn that frown upside down, baby!
If you could only play ONE of your songs for the rest of your career, which one would it be?
What a question! Stagnation is the enemy of artistry! I’d probably have to create a long-form piece heavy on improvisation, and use that as my excuse to play whatever I want, forever.
Since that doesn’t exist YET, check out “Light and Dark”
Who do you consider your greatest influences?
It’s an endless list. The Beatles, Sly Stone, Brian Wilson, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Michael Jackson, Madlib, Ken Kesey, the list goes on and on. My favorite contemporary artists as of now are probably Joanna Newsom and Danny Brown.
Outside of music, what do you like to do that you feel contributes to the creativity that you tap into for your music?
Operating a studio as I do, my day-to-day life is so crammed full of music that the real extracurricular inspirations come from stolen moments on my farm when I can just bask under a blue sky…or immerse myself in water.
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