I’m a die-hard ambient and techno fan. I have a pretty cool dad who got me into this music from a young age and I’m incredibly lucky to have grown up listening to artists like Brian Eno and Steve Reich. I now write ambient and techno music under the name OPIUM. I’m all about the emotional side of electronic music. Music to cry on the dancefloor to :’)
How did you become involved?
I’ve been close friends with the RTRFM program director for years and last year we were asked to do a guest spot for Ambient Zone. It was unexpectedly something I loved doing so I went through the presenter course and was welcomed straight into the Ambient Zone family!
If stuck on Mars, what five albums could you not go without?
Jon Hopkins – Immunity
William Basinski – Watermusik
Burial – Untrue
Etapp Kyle – Klockworks 16
Nils Frahm – Spaces
What is the best thing about being involved with the station?
Having a place and space to share ambient music with other fans of the genre. Also it’s a privilege to share with people who may not even know where to find this kind of music. Presenting on radio was never a format I thought I’d ever find myself in but it’s unexpectedly turned out to be something I really love. It’s also given me the opportunity to still be a part of the music scene after I took a break from performing live.
What is the strangest thing that has happened to you in the RTRFM studio?
A presenter from another show called me a “secretary” the first time I ever came on RTRFM!
If you could present a show that is not your own, which show would it be? Why?
I would love to present Full Frequency one day. My other great musical love is techno and I would love to curate a show full of deep dark emotional bangers.
What do you do in real life?
I am a UX/UI Lead Designer. I basically make apps and websites look pretty and not-annoying to use.