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Please tell our readers who you are and what you do?
I'm Orouni, a musician. Some people describe my songs as "exotic and elegant pop". My goal is to compose melodies I'm happy with. I also love imagining studio arrangements for the music I create: strings, horns, woodwinds, and also instruments such as kalimba, balafon or cavaquinho. I played my first show in Denmark (2005), alone with my guitar. And my latest concert was at Mains d'Œuvres (close to Paris): the band had a drummer, a bass player, a keyboard and trumpet player, and a female singer who is also a flautist. I love Stereolab, Vampire Weekend and Julia Holter.
How would you describe your influences and how have they changed over the years?
When I began to write songs, I was influenced by Bob Dylan and The Beatles. I still think they are awesome songwriters, but I started to be more influenced by West African or Ethiopian music, in terms of instruments, melodies and structures. However, my taste didn't completely change: it became both wider and more precise. I listen to more genres and musicians today, but I'm more aware of what I want and what I don't.
What´s new right now?
We've just released a new EP on French label Les Disques Pavillon. The record is entitled Somewhere In Dreamland and has garnered the support of many French music blogs. We hope to play gigs in 2018. Besides, our new album should be mixed soon, so it ought to be released next year!