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Olivia Zulke and the world of voices

Published on 23 Feb 2015 by Guillaume

When I’ve started studying sound engineering in 2005, I met Olivia Zulke. She told us about her myspace page and we went to listen to it. We were quite impressed about how good she was and also delighted to hear something a bit more experimental. I’ve been following Olivia’s work since, and I believe she’s one of the most talented singers I’ve met. Olivia’s project solo is called OZ. I’ve asked her a few questions in order to have a better idea of her musical world:

Olivia Zulke

– Olivia, what is your musical background? Can you tell me how you came to realise you wanted to become a singer?

My first musical crushes came with bands such as Massive Attack, Bjork, Portishead.. I played the drums at first but I secretly enjoyed singing more, I was just more shy about it. I got more comfortable with time.

– You’re using a lot of different voices and effects, could you describe your vocal techniques?

I use a lot of falsetto, it gives that intimate, airy sound. I occasionally use a more « chesty voice », depending on my mood. It gives that more assertive, louder sound. I’ve taken a few lessons but I don’t have a very technical vocabulary. I intend to meet a vocal coach soon, I’m sure there are many tools to explore and have fun with.

– You’ve appeared on many different projects with a variety of different artists. What’s the common thread with these collaborations?

They all had songs with strong atmospheres and I was dead curious to try something out with these composers. Making music with other people can be quite challenging as you’re not your own. I love making songs by myself in my comfortable home, but it’s also nice being pulled out of my nest from time to time. It’s the perfect way to discover exciting new areas.

– I’ve always thought you come alive when you are singing, do you feel like a different person when you are in front of the mic?

That’s the word that also comes to mind, I feel alive! In many ways, I’m scared because I feel exposed, but I also feel connected to my body and spirit. Being able to share that with others is exciting and beautiful. It’s all about managing to cut the « trying to give the best performance in the world » crap, relaxing and having a good time together. I’m getting there 🙂 …

– What are your musical fantasies?

I started learning the guitar, I really would love to be able to play nice and smoothly, hopefully that might be possible with a bit of practice. Otherwise, I fantasize about having
enough money to buy myself tons of equipment and making some dirty electro dance music, the kind of stuff that would make you lose your mind during summer festivals. I notice it
when I go to concerts, I really need to dance more and get agitated. I listen to the more downtempo music at home.

– What are you currently working on?

I’m currently singing on a pop recording with another composer. It’s all in process. Five songs are to be expected, all I can say so far is we have a great production team
behind this, but we don’t have a name for the project yet, so we still have to be patient and there’s not much I can tell so far. I’ll keep you posted!

Official page: https://www.facebook.com/ozmusicfanpage

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