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Interview: Familial and Musical Ties Make Oliver Riot a Force to Be Reckoned With

The brother duo are gearing up for an EP release.

Oliver Riot are twin brothers that are blowing up the music scene for a while now, ever since they moved out to LA from New Mexico and won the Grammy’s annual “Rock The Mic Competition." They've been gearing up for a massive EP release, and we sat down with them to learn more. 

Hey guys, thanks for taking the time to talk to us! We heard that you're identical twins. How did you guys get interested in music, and what prompted you guys to start working together? 

Well, we got interested in music and started learning under a gypsy jazz guy. We started playing Django Reinhardt style stuff and it went from there!  

We've been listening to your music and reading up about you guys. The comparisons to James Blake get thrown out there a lot. Do you take him to be a huge influence on your work? If not, who do you guys cite as your influence?

James blake is great. His song "Retrograde" definitely became a regular spin for us. Not one of our biggest influences, but definitely someone we really admire. 

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2016 has been a pretty big year for everything you guys do. Your music has been gaining the attention from TV shows and blog culture pretty fast, and it seems like you've upped the amount of shows you've been doing as well! What have been some of your most memorable moments so far?

Probably that haha getting the E TV show was pretty crazy 

What would you suggest for aspiring musicians/ If you could go back in time and give yourselves any advice, what would it be?

Hmmm we feel like were both always learning, and like it never ends. So probably to keep trying to love the process of learning as you will always be learning and never feel "finished" or "concluded" in the artwork process. 

Finally, what can we expect from you in 2017?

Our EP Neurosis started releasing tracks in 2016 but will finish releasing more songs in 2017. We're really excited about that. 

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