An epic musical journey.
Oddnesse is the soulchild of songwriter-producer Rebeca Arango, a first-generation American from Hoboken, New Jersey. Arango met her partner-in-crime, fellow songwriter-producer Gre Goon (aka Doug Walters), in Los Angeles. The project features numerous other contributors & collaborators.
Describe Oddnesse in 3 words:
Heavy, groovy, classic.
Can you tell us a little bit about your playlist?
Every song is intense. Dramatic in its own way. I like BIG stories and big philosophical questions. Myths, epics, revolutions, revelations, narrative arcs that span millennia, etc. These songs strike me as deeply important and beautiful. Especially mine.
What should we do while listening to it?
Clean your apartment. Get high and paint your toenails. Write in your journal. Cry. Lift weights. Walk around the city at night with headphones. Especially that one.
What sounds are inspiring you right now?
We just wrote a song with a very lush and dynamic chord progression. I had written the keyboard parts in midi on Logic. Literally with the pencil tool as I do. At the studio, Grey Goon has a collection of analog synths. He started running it through and I started tweaking the chords, adding and subtracting and moving notes. He remarked that one chord was very “Phantom of the Opera.” This is how dramatic everything feels to me right now. The synths help. I’m happy with how the song is turning out. It’s called “Doing My Thing” so you know I’m also keeping it casual.
What advice would you give to other emerging artists?
Don’t future trip. Just don’t get on that train. It’s awesome enough if you can support your art. It’s a mega victory just to make it sustainable. So carve out your time and let it be sacred.
And it’s okay if you’re not *young!* in my opinion. I’m 29 on July 9 and I will not lie about it even if they offer me a million dollars...which they aren’t so phew!
Music can be hard. What motivates you to keep going?
Future tripping is what makes any of it hard for me. I had torn down my music career and built another as a copywriter and editor. I decided I wasn’t going to “pursue” music even though I had a fancy degree in it. But I found I HAD to do it because it was coming to me still, and it was not enough to do it in secret. So I came back to it from a “pure” place. I also had a lot of free time, to follow the melodies whenever they came up.
Now that this project is out there in the world, my ego is keen to get involved. Anything it has to say early on in the process—especially future tripping—is at best a distraction, at worst a death wish. Even as I write this it has a lot to say. Today I’m not listening. Though I will still placate it with an edit, later. Doesn’t it freak anyone out that Google docs is tracking all your edits?
What’s your favorite part about being first gen American?
Having adventurous parents. Feeling free to create my identity. My dad would complain that he didn’t want me to be out there free like a butterfly. Naturally, that was the #1 thing I wanted.
The experience has given me permission to find my own path and be a little weird about life. And the privileges I’ve gained as a US citizen are not lost on me. My parents have worked hard and have always been supportive of my artistic curiosity and career inclinations. I’m tremendously grateful. Like any first gen, I hope I don’t blow it.
How did you make the decision to move out to LA?
I grew up in Hoboken. Went to college at NYU. Up until a few months prior I never thought I would leave the area. I was like “the Manhattan guy” in that Episode of SATC who says “who needs nature when you have Central Park?” with only a slightly broader perspective of what qualified as the center of the universe.
Around college graduation, I was in a relationship with my creative collaborator at the time. He had the opportunity to go to LA and I had the chance to go with him. My mom had moved to Brazil, my dad was setting up for retirement in Colombia, and I felt like it was time to go somewhere else. So I went.
It felt like an escape from pressure, to be honest. Cities are pressure cookers and even LA now is starting to heat up. New York to LA isn’t even interesting move to make so it would not hurt my feelings if you cut my answers. New York to Appalachia is an interesting move to make. Singapore to Sao Paulo is an interesting move to make. New York to LA is just an obvious leap on the downward stream of gentrification.
And yes, the people here are generally mystically wackier so that’s FUN.
Who’s one artist on your playlist we need to start following immediately, and why?
Caroline Rose has captivated my cold dark heart. Her version of the world makes a lot of sense to me. I would join her cult but only if I thought I could climb my way into the upper echelons of the leadership. You’ll have to decide for yourself whether you would too.
Oddnesse's Upcoming Shows
7.26 - The Satellite - L.A. - Single Release Party for “It Runs Wild”