Inside The Track w/ Opolopo
Born in Zirc, Hungary and now residing in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Peter Major aka OPOLOPO started out with overdubbing on cassette decks with a Casio VL Tone toy keyboard in his early teens, to constructing soundscapes on synths, beat boxes and computers. OPOLOPO is Yoruban for “plenty”, a word that best exemplifies the diversity of this musician, dj, remixer, composer and production wizard’s voyage! Whether it’s funk, house, or future soul, his compositions and productions are always uncompromising with a steady gaze on the horizon and a quick glance in the rear-view mirror.
His music spans over a decade on labels such as JVC Japan, Warner Brothers, Sony/BMG, Tru Thoughts, Om Records, Local Talk, and Especial Records. Collaboration/remix highlights include the legendary Dazz Band, Craig David, Mr. V, Lanu, Simon Grey, Ok_Ma, Mpho Skeef, Eska, and Sacha Williamson.
1) We’re really feeling your “Music Is Ruling My World” remix for Soul Heaven Records. How is it being received in your sets? And how are other club DJs responding to it?
At the time of writing, the track hadn’t been released but was featured on a few online mixes. I’ve had plenty of people bugging me for release details and as far as response, it works really well in my sets with plenty head bopping and booty jiggling.
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2) What was the main inspiration behind it and what prompted the musical direction?
I usually only keep the vocals from an original track when doing a remix. But when I heard the original, I knew I wanted to work with the live drums and horns as well. It’s always nice when you have live elements to play with to give the track a bit of an organic feel. I like the combination of a break-beat type loop under a house beat. I think that’s what I started out with – getting a happening drum groove going. There’s also a nice trombone solo which I wanted to keep. This kept the jazzy feel from the original which I then contrasted with various electronic bits.
3) Production wise, what is it about the remix that makes it work?
The fact that there’s a kick on every quarter note. haha! :-)
There’s a chord stab riff (the Korg Mono/Poly VST is great for this) throughout, which kind of works like a hook as well as an anchor. The rest of the track builds and shapes itself around it. And of course Karolina’s powerful and emotional vocals carry the track as well.
4) What is the one machine, program, sound, drum machine, technique that characterizes your sound?
Nothing specific defines my sound. But of course, there’s equipment I use a lot. The DCAM Synth Squad, OP-X and KORG Mono/Poly have been a big part of my productions for a few years now.
5) What is the one piece of kit that you simply cannot do without?
Tough one but if I had to pick, I would say Cubase. If I had nothing else but a computer and Cubase I could still do my thing.
6) Any advice for your fans on how to make it in today’s fast paced game?
Reference listening! Especially if you have a shitty room. AB your material with stuff you know sounds good on other systems and in the club. It can be a huge time saver and will help you sort your mix before taking it for a test spin elsewhere. I’m quite sensitive to highs and have a tendency to make dull mixes. With a quick reference check I’ll spot it right away. Simple but so useful. Just make sure the reference track and your material is level matched. The Magic AB plug-in is great for this.