This is a bit strange… I’m starting a blog space.
I’m not really sure what compelled me to do this, or what I’m trying to get out of this. I had an urge to put some longer and stronger thoughts from my brain out into the world, in a way that wouldn’t be fatiguing people with lengthy content to absorb in their daily feeds. I feel a large urge to put new types of content out into the world in many forms, just so people can experience it and have a slice of my mind... or something. I’m not sure I don’t really understand it. What is to be sure is that I’ll be posting some thoughts here every Tuesday (or Tuesdays when I can).
As for what content will be posted here… I haven’t a clue. But I know it will at least be varied, and sometimes random. It’ll mostly be about music, but sometimes I’ll just talk about things on my mind, things that influence me or things that I’ll be worried that I’ll forget about in the future, like meanings in past songs, writing processes, and live gig experiences. I’m thinking of doing some interviews here and there too! I hope the large spectrum of things to talk about doesn’t dissuade you from reading each entry, especially as they come out.
That being said, I hope you’ll like it. It’ll definitely be helping me to put stuff like this out, and I hope it’ll be something to interest and engage you, and give you some insight and good content.
Anyway… I think I’ll do a brief intro into myself if you don’t know me that well.
The music for Orange Orange all comes from myself - Ryan. I started making content for Orange Orange back in high school, and put an EP out when I really should have been studying for my English exam. This EP is nice and in retrospect it was a nice launchpad to propel myself into making more music with Orange Orange.
I started playing live shows with Orange Orange midway through 2018. I wasn’t sure how it would all work but I was urged to explore it and give it my all, and I’m glad I was. The first show was at the (now-defunct) Dancing Dog Cafe in Footscray and it was great. Not every song landed unfortunately but the ones that did worked out very well. The live setup was pretty intense, with two keyboards, two guitars, bass, drums and vocals between 5 people, but it worked.
I put an album out at the start of 2019 when I was really trying to process some things about myself in 2018. I’ll be posting a lot about this album in the future so I won’t say much other than “I like the songs”.
Then, the second EP came out in 2020 - titled “What Did the MUNKEE Say Now??”. I explored mixing the live sound with the electronically-focused sound from previous releases and made some interesting songs, in my opinion. Anyway that’s me. I’ll get into more detail about all this later.
As a random aside, a song that’s stuck in my head right now is Nilüfer Yanya’s “Crash”. I listened to her debut album when it came out, but I just came back to it and her whole discography and I have the feeling that I will become a big fan. Crash is from her EP in 2020, and it’s strangely mellow but loud. I think it does something interesting with the sections by playing with dynamics and manipulating the production, and that’s nice. I really love how the song ends as well, it’s quite humble.
I enjoy Nilüfer’s voice a lot, and the vocal hook never leaves this song but that’s not a bad thing to me. The production on this song goes far and beyond. You should listen to it.
So yeah… this post is gonna be short unfortunately but I’ll definitely have lots of posts and content down the line, about a slew of things. I’m working on a lot this year and I’m very excited to show what I’ve been working on to the world.
I’m also playing at Colour Club on March 4th to finally launch “What Did the MUNKEE Say Now??”, which is WELL overdue. We’ll play some old ones and some current ones, and some NEW ones, which is super duper exciting. I would love to see you all there but tickets are limited due to *recent global events* so I duly hope you will get in soon.
Until next week - R