Animal Feelings Interview - Seasonal Sounds
Meet Animal Feelings, Oli Chang’s from High Highs solo project. We had a chat to Oli about his history with music, the Animal Feelings project, recent releases, and more.
Futuremag Music: Hey Animal Feelings, how's life treating you?
Animal Feelings: Seriously I'm a walking cliche living the dream. Two months writing music in a tropical oasis Walter Burley Griffin house in Sydney on the water. Then off to Ubud, Bali to start development on a luxury music studio. My main interest will be on the infinity pool design.
Futuremag Music: Could you talk us through your relationship with music over the years?
Animal Feelings: It started out angsty as hell. I'm sure most people would agree that any creative pursuit is wrought with mistakes, failures and rejection. Then if you hang in there for long enough you start to realise mistakes are your friends, failures start to get swapped out for successes and a supportive and ever-growing tribe gets built around your music.
Futuremag Music: Could you talk to us through the Animal Feelings project? How does a solo project change your creative flow?
Animal Feelings: The Animal Feelings project has tried a few different approaches style-wise. I'm now settling on "moody vibey immersive" as key descriptive terms to guide my process. At the moment I'm enjoying writing pieces based from piano with free tempo. Modern life is so mechanical it's lovely to surrender to loose human timing.
Futuremag Music: 'Soft Touches' is soothing single. Can you outline your writing and production on the track? What is an aspect in the single you'd like people to listen for?
Animal Feelings: I guess it's a ballad where Thief and I write about the healing qualities of human contact - sexual or otherwise. Different people like different things physically but I think we can all agree that at some point in our erotic (or otherwise) experiences it's good to feel calm and relaxed Soft Touches.
Futuremag Music: If 'Animal Feelings' was a cocktail what would be in it to best describe yourself and your music?
Animal Feelings: Well I'm seasonal so it depends! At a party I threw earlier in the year we had sponsorship from Titos vodka. I made a lemon verbena simple syrup (from my garden) and sourced wild lemons. So my actual cocktail was an sweetly acidic wake up call