Olly James is Shuttin' It Down
For over half a decade, you have consistently put out quality big room and festival tracks working from small labels and self releases to becoming a regular face on Maxximize, Revealed, and Spinnin' Records. I'd like to start off by asking about your work ethic and avoiding burnout throughout the years. How have you been able to stick to what was initially a hobby and turn it into a career while maintaining an incredulous release and tour cycle?
The thing that really keeps me going is the desire to develop my sound to keep giving my fans music that is fresh and current. Also, playing shows around the world really shows me what kind of stuff works on the dance floor, so I'm always learning what style works best in certain parts of the world, allowing me to take influence from lots of different genres.
Then creatively, how have you avoided burnout over all these years?
To keep inspired, I love listening to music of all genres and not just the ones I play as this allows me to combine sounds from these genres with my own sound, constantly progressing my sound
It was certainly a surprise for us to see your name pop up alongside one of our friends and past interviewees, RudeLies for a collaboration on the independent label, Lowly Palace. Can you walk us through the workings of this track and finalizing it for release?
The collaboration was a really fun and easy for us as we both had the same vision for the track. Rudelies is a really talented guy! In fact the very first idea he sent me was the drop which made the final version, I was so inspired by it I finished up the track in a few days.
Looking forward, what are some of the goals that you've set for yourself in the years to come?
My goals are to play more shows and release more music. These have always been and always will be my goals. Reaching as many fans as possible with my music is my main aim.
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Chris W. Lao
Writer, DJ, and Student.
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