Written by Nik Crossman //
Influenced by his father’s Roland Juno-60 synthesizer and extensive collection of dubbed jazz-fusion tapes, Daniel Lopatin began experimenting with music at an early age while he fought the traumatic oddities of puberty in the early 90’s. Lopatin spent most of his twenties developing his music and in 2009 gained critical acclaim for his two-disc compilation titled Rifts. Under the moniker Oneohtrix Point Never (a verbal play on 106.7, the radio frequency of Boston station WMJX), the Massachusetts native continued experimenting and self-released two full-length albums before signing with Warp Records in 2013.
Lopatin’s sounds are influenced by his emotional state while he’s composing. His first album on Warp, R Plus Seven, has a lot of domesticity as it was written after his girlfriend moved into his apartment, making it “such a more pleasant place.” His latest LP Garden of Delete, which was released earlier this month, leans heavily on the side of aggression — an amalgamation of emotional teenage memories tuned with his environmental influences at the time (i.e. touring with Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden in 2014).
In an interview with DummyMag, Lopatin explains, “(The album)’s a bit of a memoir, in a way. I used whatever memories I have left of puberty — which isn’t a lot — and what I realized is that most of the memories I do have from that time in my life are pretty traumatic. So it lends itself to that aggressive sound.”
This Friday, Lopatin will bring his Roland Juno-60 synthesizer to The Independent with New York-based experimental musician, composer and electronic music producer James Ferraro serving as the night’s opener. Tickets are available for $22, or you could win a pair of tickets by submitting your full name and email below.
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