Stepping up for the seventh release on revered NYC based label, MINIM Records, are Montreal based pair, Ohm Hourani and Gab. The three track EP goes by the name of Vicho and includes stellar remixes from veteran producer, Jay Tripwire and label founder, Ruslan.
Some household names of the minimal scene here all wrapped up into one package, Ohm Hourani releases this off the back of a fantastic EP on Sammy Dee’s Ultrastretch label, building his reputation around creating jazz influenced minimal crossing the bridges of both genres. Chief remixer Jay Tripwire, needs no introduction, the Canadian has turnt out copious amounts of high quality releases over the years on respected labels Swag, Deepen Discs, Bass Culture, the list is quite literally endless. The label have previously released various artists including Pheek, Kike Mayor, Dragutesku, Derek Carr and more.
With all this in mind, we caught up with Ohm Hourani and Gab to learn more.
Hi guys, thanks for chatting with us today. How has the start of the year been for you?
Ohm Hourani: I guess nothing much has changed from the week before. We are trying to keep busy and still enjoy the parts of life that are still available to us during the pandemic.
Gab: It’s been shaky, to say the least.
How long have you known each other? Have you been making music together for the same amount of time?
Ohm Hourani: I would say it’s been around 8 years or so, and we started having a jam here and there in the past 4 years.
Gab: Sounds about right.
Is there a certain process you follow when diving into a studio session? Who does what normally? Do you discuss a direction beforehand or just run with it?
Ohm Hourani: Things kind of come naturally, most of the time our studio sessions happen when Gab gives me a call when I am on my way to the studio. He often ends up joining me and we have a little jam and loads of fun, and a few tunes tend to come out in the process.
Gab: Usually we do a “1 take”, sometimes it works(like this one)…. and sometimes it doesn’t.
Tell us a little bit about the “Vicho” track you have coming on MINIM Records, how did the release come about?
Ohm Hourani: Ruslan has been a good friend with whom we both share a great deal of good times, music included. “Vicho” was one of the tunes we shared with him, which actually was recorded around 4 years ago. Ruslan proposed to release it and we were both glad to have it housed by our dear friend. The EP features remixes from Jay Tripwire and label founder Ruslan.
Gab: The name is a little homage to a Chilean poet, Vicente Huidobro… in chile, “Vicho” is short for Vicente and it also means “bug”.
What is your approach when taking on remixes yourselves? It can’t be an easy feat.
Ohm Hourani: To be honest, there is no particular approach, I get the stems, switch on the studio, and do some things!
Gab: I haven’t done any remixes…..yet.
Are you working on other genres and vibes we might not know about?
Ohm Hourani: Not really, I am still having loads of fun making music. I’m not considering to start golfing any time soon!
Gab: Always jamming and trying new things.
What plans do you both have for 2021?
Ohm Hourani: Trying to stay relatively sane would be at the top of the list! I recorded close to 100 tunes in the past year, and that helps. I plan to continue to do so, and I’m also trying to figure out why one of the ICs on my mixing board keeps getting burnt out. This little issue is not helping with the whole sanity thing!
Gab: Looking forward to surviving in 2021.
Can you both name one track which reminds you of the other?
Ohm Hourani: Ricardo Villalobos – Baila Sin Petit
Gab: Did we both just choose Baila Sin Petit?
Last of all, if you could choose one studio item you can’t live without, what would it be?
Ohm Hourani: Probably the tables. I couldn’t even begin to imagine having to set everything up on the floor!