As a rookie producer (and new signing to SpinSpinNYC) with interests ranging from instrumental hip hop to minimal techno, Maro Kariya has been hesitant to define himself in any particular genre. Being heavily inspired by artists from an array of genres, such as John Frusciante, RRose, Nujabes, Trentemøller, Tinman, and Baumfreund, Maro has found that to constrain his sonic-self to a particular genre is not possible. Like how every molecule in a human body is cycled every six months, Maro’s ‘own sound’ is dynamic: being broken down, and built back up through each production.
In 2013, Maro created OTODOJO (translated to English from Japanese: “sound place for learning”), an environment to explore his own sonic-self without the constraints of a particular genre.
Maro’s first productions through OTODOJO were minimal, with a rusty, industrial essence. Maro’s inclination towards developing these early sounds were partly derived from growing up in Williamsburg, Brooklyn: a previously crime-struck, drug-ridden, barren post-industrial neighborhood (a now unmistakeable landmark for hipsterdom, art, and a model of gentrification in New York), and also from his experience in Japan during and after the 2011 Great Tohoku Earthquake.
Shortly after developing OTODOJO, Maro began his doctorate degree in Chemistry. Naturally, his productions began to incorporate inspirations from his studies and research and he began to apply principles he learned in the lab to music.
Maro is currently developing an array of sounds derived from spectroscopic data in order to accurately define the sound of molecules while developing a live set devoted to auto-generative textures and drum patterns.
Continuum by Otodojo, is slated for late summer 2015 release on SpinSpinNYC.
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