We've been avid Oliver Nelson fans since we first heard his remix of Deezy Daisy back in 2013- something about his sound makes us immediately think of drinks by the pool, drenched in Southern California sun. When he sent us his new single Riding Shotgun with Kygo, we were super impressed with the collab, and got some insight into how he produced it. Read on for his inspiration, and take a listen at the bottom of the article!
Hey Oliver! Thanks so much for chatting with us today.
Oliver: Of course!
So what was the inspiration for Riding Shotgun?
Oliver: Kygo and I have always talked about doing something like NEIKED’s Sexual, so we started with that track's sound for inspiration. As we progressed with the track, however, it quickly turned into something different. But we're super happy with how it came out, and we hope everyone else is too!
How is this song different from some of your other work?
Oliver: I think it has a lot of my typical elements in it, but with Kygo's extremely talented way of blending in melodies it differs from my other stuff. I think it sounds like both of our styles, which I love!
Yeah, we love it too! What was the process behind creating it?
Oliver: Kygo and I go way back and we've talked about making a track together for a long time. We started on an idea like 3 years ago, but unfortunately it never really came together. We started talking again about making something recently, and while he had some studio time in LA he sent me a rough idea that I loved. From there it quickly turned into a finished track!
Awesome. How stoked are you for your upcoming tour? Anywhere in particular you're excited to play at?
Oliver: Haha I'm very excited! I have a lot of new tracks that I want to share with my fans. I think I'm most excited for San Francisco, I always have such a great time when I play there.
Well we won't argue with you on how great San Francisco is- but we may be a little biased. What's one word that describes your sound?
Oliver: I'm going to go with detailed.
We agree! If you could give one piece of advice to up and coming artists, what would it be?
Oliver: I have always found this question so hard to answer, but I would say don't listen to what others say about your music. Love what you do and don’t go for what's trendy. Listen to your ears and don’t try to follow an exact way of producing! There's a lot of knobs I just turn without knowing what I’m doing, but I turn them until my ears tell me it sounds right. I think that's a very important way of getting your own sound!
This interview has been edited and condensed.