Oresm are an emerging duo consisting of Brazilian boys Pedro Tura (aka Click Box) and Dorival Rozek Junior.
Coming to our attention here thanks to a stunning three-track EP on Detroit label Silencio, Interstellar is a brilliant three-tracker featuring some sick deep house gems and one it signifies a change of focus for a label that up to now has been mainly concerned with more techno-focused records.
We caught up with Pedro, best known for his work on Richie Hawtin’s Minus, to find out a bit more about what he has been up to
Let’s start by chatting a bit about Brazil. How’s all over there at the moment with the new president? Do things like this have an adverse effect on the music landscape there do you think?
Hi guys! First of all, thanks for the opportunity to be here replying to questions for you guys! I hate politicians, this is the only thing I can tell you about those suckers!!!
Do art and music become even more important in times like this do you think?
For me music and art is something timeless, it’s always inside my life, I don’t know how to live without this. So yes, I think it does in many ways.
Brazil, of course, still has a great reputation for partying – such as at Carnival etc. Why do you think this is?
Hummmmm…… I really don’t like carnival actually! But regards to the electronic music scene, yes we have big festivals, big clubs, big line-ups but the underground music scene doesn’t exist here, it’s really small, this is sad but there are still plenty of reasons to be optimistic which is so important.
Where does electronic music fit in? Has it become a lot more popular in recent years in Brazil?
Yes, things are getting bigger and bigger here for pop music, but still the same for the underground, only small things, small crowds. I guess you could say we’re working on it!
On that note, you’ve collaborated recently with a new partner, Dorival Rozek Junior, as Oresm, Can you tell us a bit about how you guys met, who does what and a bit about the EP in general.
We’ve been friends since some time now, and we share a similar taste in music. One day we started talking about a studio session and he came to my city and in 3 days we recorded 6 tracks. It was amazing and it’s really something when it works out like that.
We just released those tracks on Blosom Kollective… in our second studio session we recorded some new songs and we did the Silencio EP, was actually all super easy and we have a great understanding in the studio. Music for me is passion. Work-wise, I make music for advertising every day and when I go to the studio to make techno I want to have fun. And this can translate to our work around Oresm. No labels, no formula, no hype, no bullshit, just fun!
It seems you have a longstanding relationship with the Silencio label you just mentioned, based out of Detroit. Can you tell us a bit about where that stems from?
Yes! My first label manager on [Richie Hawtin’s] Minus was Rudy, the label manager from Silencio. And when I knew about the label I sent him a message, he asked me about music and after this, I did my first Silencio release. I really love the label, it’s solid and a great place to release music. Besides this, Rudy is a special guy! He is my friend, and super amazing and professional, which is not something that’s always the case in this industry unfortunately. For sure one of the best people I have met around the world during my career.
How influential is the sounds of Detroit on your own sound?
Well, Detroit is Detroit! It’s deep, it’s techno, it’s house, it’s melodic, it’s fun! Detroit techno and house is one of my key references of all time, and I guess that’s obvious if you listen to the music I produce.
Yes, this release touches on everything from techno to deep house. Do you go into a different mode when you’re producing with someone else?
As mentioned before, I never think about formulas, I just record some lines with my gear, a few edits, a really raw mixdown and that’s it. If this sounds house or deep or minimal or techno, I don’t know, it’s music to me – I try not to but this stuff in boxes.
Is there an element of compromise when you’re working with someone else in the studio? What do you send as the benefits and drawbacks as working with someone else?
I only can see benefits, it’s much more fun and you are always learning something different.
Can you talk us through the three tracks on the latest release and the vibe you were going for with them all?
Ha, well as I said, I find it hard giving them names or genres. But let’s just say they’re deep, funky and trippy!
And If you could pick a few musicians who define Click Box more than any others, what would they be and why?
This is really hard! But I’ll be eclectic and go from Chaka Khan to Ricardo Villalobos, from Section 25 to George Clinton, from Plastikman to Cabaret Voltaire. And that’s just the start!
Oresm’s Interstellar EP is out 26/03 via Silencio. Keep up with the guys on Soundcloud here