Oliver Brusca – aka VOLO – San Diego based electronic music producer creates Journey Music.
Yana: Hi Oliver, I’m really excited to interview you today 🙂 You’ve released an amazing EP called “Inspirit” recently (listen to it below 😉 ), but before we talk about its success, I’d like to know a bit more about you. How did VOLO project started?
Oliver: Hey Yana! Thank you for the kind words. The VOLO project started in college when I really got into music production. In the early years of school I started a production duo with one of my buddies. We played a few shows and mostly made heavier bass music which was really fun. But on my own I started to gravitate towards a more chilled out vibe and that’s when I started the VOLO moniker. I didn’t think much of it at the time, but it felt natural to me and people really seemed to be enjoying it.
Yana: Is there a special meaning behind the name “VOLO”?
Oliver: Honestly when I first came up with the name, it didn’t have any special meaning. I just thought it sounded cool. I later on learned that it meant to “fly” or “fly away” in Italian, which is cool 😀
I started labeling my music “Journey Music” because that’s the feeling I get while I’m producing.
Yana: Your music is hard to classify in terms of genre. It’s Electronic, Instrumental, Chill, Ambient, Dance and a bit cinematic at the same time! How would you name your style?
Oliver: Yeah that’s a tough one, I really struggle, when people ask me what kind of music I make. It’s sort of all over the place. I love to have Ambient / Downtempo sections and energetic sections within the same song. I started labeling my music “Journey Music” because that’s the feeling I get while I’m producing.
You have to make what is true to yourself. Even though it can be a very vulnerable thing, I think people can really sense when you’re being yourself versus following a trend.
Yana: So how important is it for a producer nowadays have a distinct music style?
Oliver: Nowadays, I think it’s essential to having a successful career in music. There’s just an insane amount of music and the only way to really stand out is to have your own distinct style. You have to make what is true to yourself. Even though it can be a very vulnerable thing, I think people can really sense, when you’re being yourself versus following a trend.
Yana: In your last EP “Inspirit” you don’t use any vocals at all, giving it even more a pure electronic touch. What inspired you to create it?
Oliver: On this EP I decided not to include any featured vocals from the beginning. This gives me the most freedom with my production and allows the listener to create their own meaning out of the tracks. I love to work with vocalists, but for this project I wanted it be more abstract.
Yana: Some producers say, they create music, that can only be played in festivals, others make music for headphones-chill-out situations.. What is the perfect audience for your music?
Oliver: I think it’s a bit of both for me. I definitely love to put a lot of time into the soundscapes and little details so I really hope people listen on headphones 🙂 But I also like to have unique and energetic chorus sections that would work well in festival situations.
Yana: You’ve been producing for around five years now. So what’s the plan for your artistic future? More productions or tour dates?
Oliver: My plan for the next year is to really start getting out there and planning some shows / tour. The past couple years for me has been a lot of time alone in my bedroom producing, so I think the next phase will be to start bringing it into the world. I try to just do what feels right in the moment so we’ll see where the music takes me.
Yana: And now five quick questions, to which you have to respond without reflecting to much 😉
– Cats or dogs?
– I like both!
– Paris or NY?
– I loved Paris when I went, never been to New York.
– Favorite film?
– I definitely can’t chose an all time favorite. But my favorite recent films have been The Revenant, Mad Max, and Whiplash.
– Favorite drink?
– Definitely Coffee, and sparkling water w/ lemon 🙂