WENNINK

WENNINK is the musical brainchild of London singer songwriter Oliver Wennink. He balances beautiful, fractured vocals with electronic rhythms and ticks on his ace eponymous debut EP…

Jim Ottewill
  • By Jim Ottewill
  • 20 Aug 2014
  • min read
WENNINK is Oliver Wennink, a London based singer songwriter who uses broken computers rhythms to help lay bare his musical soul.

His debut, eponymously titled EP is the result of long days and even longer nights recording in his Brixton studio. The four tracks, including the ace Hard and Square, combine snatches of electronica and glitch-ridden rhythms with Oliver’s beautiful voice to create a sound both reflective and rich.

It’s fragile, sparse music with echoes of Atoms for Peace, Four Tet and Antony and the Johnsons. Check out his debut EP - WENNINK is well worth getting to know if you like electronica which plays with your heart strings...

I first started writing music because…
Playing simple melodies and chord cycles that I'd written on the piano. I could get lost in them for hours as they really spoke to me. Something would change in those moments and I was hooked.

I have been making music since…
Leaving school at 19. I started doing it on and off in bands mostly until I'd developed the courage to go it alone. The last two or three years I've stopped playing in bands (mostly), and focused on my music.

My music is…
My expression of the things that are happening in my life and around me that I'm learning about and figuring out.

You'll like my music if you listen to...
Atoms For Peace/Thom Yorke, Fink, James Blake, in terms of production, then the vocals lean more towards Antony And The Johnsons and Jeff Buckley when he's not rocking out (which he absolutely nails).

My favourite venue is…
Brixton Academy. It's a great venue with tonnes of history that I'd love to play at. I've seen loads of gigs there and the one that sticks in my memory the most is Sigur Ros. It was spell binding, the whole audience in raptured silence.

Music is important because…
Of it's power to express thoughts and emotions that you haven't formed yet in your mind. It brings you closer to other people and yourself.

My biggest inspiration is…
This is a hard one but I'd say Jeff Buckley as I remember exactly where I was when I first heard Grace. I was sitting at the bar in the afternoon at the 12 Bar Club on Denmark Street, the barman put the album on and I immediately felt like I was charged, a whole new part of me opening up with the music. I'd never heard anything like it. Other music still hits me like that now and again but not like that first time. I'm very grateful he got to make the music he did in his short life because even though he only made a little bit he fed so much into it.

My dream collaboration would be…
Thom Yorke.

To try me out, listen to my song…
Mirrors.

If I wasn’t making music I’d be…
Working on the production side in the film industry which is what I fell into after quitting university to follow my passion.

In 10 years time I want to be…
Essentially doing what I am now with the same excitement (making new music in my studio and playing live) but on a much bigger scale.

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