OATS is an acronym for ‘Oriel and the Sun’ and their genre is in the chill and ambient
category. OATS has an interesting way of recording the music in which they write and produce
their songs in an environmentally friendly way, using a self-sufficient sun-powered studio, which is affectionately called, “Hippo”. The band’s unique approach to recording their music highlights their artistic abilities. Their project release “I’ll Wait” was released in March 2018 and reached millions of listeners in only a few months. Now both the chill and ambient version of the singles have over 6 million streams collectively. As an introduction to producer OATS creative work, “I’ll Wait” is a beautiful, uplifting and engaging soundscape that simultaneously captivate listeners. The track quickly gathers momentum and moves from good to great in a few short minutes – effectively offering the perfect anthem from late-night deep thinkers.
Also this year, OATS has released two brand new singles titled “Humanhood” and “Days At The Beach” which have seen nothing but success. Oriel And The Sun are consistently releasing incredible content. It provides a moment of escapism and liss for listeners, and knowing they are climate-conscious is just the cherry on top. Listen to OATS’ new music here and check out our exclusive interview below!
Hey OATS, welcome back! For those who aren’t aware, how did you first get into music production and composition, and how would you describe your approach to making original music?
Hey BuzzMusic, Henrik here, thank you for having us! As we have 40+ years of music between us I will give you the short version. Erik (who is responsible for the real production magic) got signed to a major label for his production/songwriting skills at the age of 16 and has since then had the pleasure of working as a full-time musician/producer. Henrik (who tends to come up with the riffs and melodies for the OAT productions) has dabbled as a Singer/Songwriter since the teenage years. Somewhere around 1999, both member's paths crossed when they played in the same band, 'Janis Philosophy, 'and a life-long friendship was formed. As we are both sharing the same passion for music (and also equally important 'comedy'), co-writing has always been pure joy and something that has come naturally.
We're completely captivated yet again by “I’ll Wait”, you have such a strong and warming presence throughout your tracks. Can you tell us more about your intentions when you first began to curate this single?
‘I’ll wait’ was initially written as an ‘Alternative’ Pop/Rock song where the end of the chorus ended with the words ‘‘I’ll wait’ repeated three times. During production, it became clear that the piano melody and chord structure was a 'given' chill/ambient track for the OATS project and it was put aside. We later dusted it off during an OATS session at 'Lake Vyrnwy' (scenic reservoir in Powys, Wales which is the backdrop of our Spotify profile), slowed down the BPM and applied some ambient elements and the two different versions of the track took shape organically.
We also thoroughly enjoyed “Days At The Beach”! Where did you draw inspiration for this particular track and experimental new sound?
Not sure if we mentioned it before but during our writing sessions, we travel around the UK in a van equipped with a sun-powered studio (we call her ‘Hippo’ due to number plate consisting of the three letters ‘HPO’). We park up in scenic environments and take inspiration from the area we are in hopes that it will add some magic to the production. ‘Days at The Beach’ was inspired by the beach views of Abersoch (North Wales coast), a place well worth visiting for its pristine unspoiled beauty. The track ‘work name’ later became the track name as felt 'home'.
We know that you're a lover of integrating a variety of elements in your music. Would you ever incorporate contrasting genres into your music, or do you think it would ruin the type of sound you're attempting to reach?
I am pretty sure that we will release future material with elements from contrasting genres as we both love to experiment with sound. With our Scandinavian heritage in mind, there are some old ‘ethnic’ Viking instruments that springs to mind (Tagelharpa’ and ‘Viking pan-flute’.) that we have not yet incorporated yet but would love to. Thinking about it, Two Swedish dudes roaming the coast of Britain, can’t be more Viking then that, haha.
It was great having you here on BuzzMusic! Tell us more about what's next for you? Any longer projects in the near future?
Happy and honored that you are taking an interest in what we are doing so any time! The three first tracks we did under the OATS project originated from piano ideas, the coming next three tracks we are currently working on all originates from guitar riffs, so we are looking forward to seeing how they come out in comparison with the piano ones. The core approach in combination with the environment we are in at the time of composing tends to create something different every time so only time will tell. Exciting times!