A fiercely conceptual artist with the backing of Coldplay and an output that leans quite heavily on his own dreamscape, Belfast experimentalist Owen Denvir has an imaginative and memorable output.
He’s currently working on a series of three EPs, each representing a different Freudian concept, which will eventually combine to form his debut album. The tracks feature various household implements creating percussion, and challenge Owen to take on different styles as he creates them.
I caught up with him before the release of latest EP ‘Stones’ in late May…
I like the concept behind your EPs – what made you decide to do things with three different, related EPs eventually forming an album?
Thanks! It’s kind of become the trend with music now to keep releasing a catchy radio-friendly single every month or 2, which is a bit frustrating because I’d been hoarding a lot of music I loved that didn’t really fit that formula. Basically I wanted to be able to release collections of music with a definitive theme behind it, rather than just continually releasing short songs with no real depth or connection from one to the next. I grew up with a portable CD player, so music was always delivered within the context of an EP or an album.
Do you going into producing the EPs with a particular theme in mind for each one? I understand it’s a Freud concept?
My plan from the start of the project has actually changed as it’s progressed. The concept still stands of Freud’s theory of personality – where we each have 3 sides to ourselves: the “Id” (chaotic and unreasonable, responding directly to basic desires), the “Ego” (which operates by reason and real-world influences) and the “Superego” (the moral conscience and ideal self). I’ve swapped the order around in my trilogy though, with the “Ego” coming first in the “Sticks, Stones and Bones” EPs.
I’d already paired up which songs were going to go where before I released the first EP – with all of the songs being related to love and relationships – but as time’s gone on I’ve written and recorded new songs that I’ve swapped in instead. It’s nice to have the restrictions of a theme to follow because it invites you to go a different direction each time. The upcoming EP (Stones) has probably been the most fun so far because it’s supposed to be brash and chaotic, so I let rip with my voice on some places.