Josh Sanya known as Origamik is a London based producer and instrumentalist. He places the emphasis on relaxation with his music, titled OUTDOOR SOUNDS. On the roster of UK based collectives such as Deep Matter and Flow theory, Origamik is a genuine lover of music trying to create authentic atmospheres with his chilled production. With influences from Motown to Flying Lotus, his goal is to incorporate rhythm and groove into his sounds. We had the chance to find out more information about his musical journey, life and future projects.
TreeHouse Meets Origamik
TREEHOUSE: Could you Introduce yourself, and tell us where you are from?
ORIGAMIK: My Names Josh, aka Origamik. I’m an electronic music producer and instrumentalist based in London, but I’m currently studying a BA in Music at Plymouth University.
TREEHOUSE: When and why did you start making music?
ORIGAMIK: I've always made music. I had piano lessons from a young age and picked up the electric and bass guitar up in my mid-teens. Coming from a religious background, I've played instruments in a church setting which helped to build my confidence in performing. It was when I got my first solid laptop in 2013 I started dabbling in the production side of music with Logic X, but it wasn't really until the summer between first and second year in 2014 I decided to spend time learning the software. I guess I started making music because it was a creative way of me expressing my personality and the emotions I felt at certain periods in my life (not to sound cheesy haha)
TREEHOUSE: What kind of sound or style would you say you have?
ORIGAMIK: I would say my sound would come under Hip-Hop, mainly due to the drums normally being the driving force in my music. But what makes it different is because I use more sounds associated with downtempo artists like Bonobo, examples being harps, field recordings and acoustic, percussive sounds.
TREEHOUSE: I love how you describe your music as 'outdoor sounds' could you explain why?
ORIGAMIK: I guess it's the way my sounds are layered haha. Like when I’m listening back to a song I’ve started on, I try to picture where the music would be taking place and it always seems to be outside, like at a train station, a park or something like that. I try to build on that feeling by making sure there’s some sort of natural sounds in the music so it doesn't sound too artificial or electronic, as well as almost making the listener feel as though the music is transporting them somewhere else.
TREEHOUSE: Being from London, does anyone locally inspire your music, and who from London is doing it for you?
ORIGAMIK: Funnily enough most of my inspiration seems to come from Los Angeles, most of the material I listen to recreationally seems to come from there. Like Flying Lotus, Mndsgn, Kaytranada and loads of others seem to gravitate to that area, doesn't help I'm thousands of miles away from it! Locally, I guess Bonobo would be the main one. I love his use of soundscapes and additive rhythms; it almost feels like his music is a journey rather than a lot of the trap music that seems to get put out on SoundCloud these days. Also every one of his albums is slightly different, so there’s always inspiration that can be taken from his works.
TREEHOUSE: Who are your influences?
ORIGAMIK: My main influences on my music at this time would be Bonobo, Kaytranada and Flying Lotus, as well as loads of semi-famous producers from other genres like Oshi, Weird Inside & Tom Misch. The similarity between them all is their music is very emotive, it feels as though you're listening to the feelings they felt whilst making the tracks. My housemate Seb (shout out to JARVART) is a pretty big influence, he plays guitar on a lot of my stuff and normally gives me useful critique on the music I show him.
TREEHOUSE: Tell me, what’s a production day like for you?
ORIGAMIK: Erm, I'm pretty sporadic in my recording process to be honest. Most of the time I'll just be listening to music and something will grab me like a rhythm or a sound (If I’m looking to make a certain style I’ll binge listen to that genre for a couple of days to make sure that the music I make is in that same direction).
Normally I start with a small sample to get the creative juices flowing, then I start to conjure up contrasting rhythms between the melodic and rhythmic content, normally like a push/pull sort of feeling to make the music swing. Then I guess other elements get added (field recordings, side-chain compression to make it bounce, etc.). I usually play bass last as that part of the recording process comes most naturally to me.
TREEHOUSE: Favourite artist right now?
ORIGAMIK: J. Cole, Forest Hill Drive 2014 has become one of my all time favourite albums. It doesn't help I’ve been late to the game seeing as I only heard it for the first time a month ago haha.
TREEHOUSE: What's one thing you can't live without?
ORIGAMIK: My iPod Classic. I've got a wide range of genres so I can get influences in various situations (funk whilst walking the dog, metal in the gym, you get the point).
TREEHOUSE: What's one thing on your bucket list?
ORIGAMIK: I've always wanted to play on the Jools Holland Show with a live band. That would be awesome.
TREEHOUSE: Favourite track right now?
ORIGAMIK: J. Cole - St Tropez
TREEHOUSE: Hard question, but what is the favourite track you have done?
ORIGAMIK: Tricky. I would probably have to say Nostalgia, though I wasn't that happy with the mix I feel the emotion really comes across when you listen to it.
TREEHOUSE: That's actually my personal favourite also! What Instruments do you play and one instrument you wish you could play?
ORIGAMIK: Currently I play the piano, electric and acoustic guitar (not very well) and the bass guitar. I'd love to play the saxophone, nothing screams flavour like a tasteful riff on that instrument.
TREEHOUSE: In terms of your music, what are you trying to accomplish?
ORIGAMIK: I just want to see where it leads and have fun with it to be honest. I also want to stay true to the style I make, because I think that's what will eventually make me stand out as a producer from the wide array of musicians out there now.
TREEHOUSE: If you could play a show overseas tomorrow where would it be?
ORIGAMIK: Low End Theory for sure in Los Angeles. That would be lit.
TREEHOUSE: Other passions beside music?
ORIGAMIK: I'm pretty into fitness I guess. I go to the gym quite regularly, though my friends will tell you I’m pretty prone to slacking off a lot haha. I read manga occasionally like Bleach and Fairy Tale. I watch a lot of movies as well, mainly superhero ones. That stuff's awesome.
TREEHOUSE: What can you tell us about future projects?
ORIGAMIK: I'm currently try to mould my sound in a way that's unique to me. I know a lot of people say that but I’m trying to amalgamate all of my previous works (boombap, trap, hip-hop, downtempo) into a cohesive, refined style that can be recognised as me. The projects I’ve got coming up showcase this a bit, the sound is a bit more experimental but stays true to my style. I'm looking to incorporate more live instruments into the music just to make it more immersive.
TREEHOUSE: Do you believe that the Future scene will keep growing?
ORIGAMIK: It's hard to say no to be honest. The future scene has become so massive that you can't really ignore it. From a producer's perspective, I respect the genre because the creative processes that go into the music are insane. Artists like Medasin are crazy with their synths and sound design. My main issue with the genre is it doesn't really cut that deeply in my opinion, but then again I guess it's made with the intention of dancing or vibing to in a live venue. I dunno, I like it in bursts but as a genre I don't see it going that mainstream to be honest. I like music with emotion or a message behind it, that's why I think Kendrick Lamar is killing it.
TREEHOUSE: Name one artist or collective who you want to point out to our audience?
ORIGAMIK: I'd have to say Oshi, he's definitely going places. The crazy thing is he's so young as well, it'll be interesting to see how his sounds develop.
TREEHOUSE: Who would you love to work with dead or alive?
ORIGAMIK: Most likely Bonobo once again, I'd love to see his workflow and how he makes the sounds he does.
Special thanks to Origamik and we wish him a very succesful and productive year and also will be on the lookout for future releases!
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