Starting out with overdubbing on cassette decks with a Casio VL Tone toy keyboard in his early teens, to constructing soundscapes on synths, beat boxes and computers, Peter Major aka Opolopo is one of Scandinavia’s most extraordinary producers.
Born in Zirc, Hungary he spent the early part of his creative development touring with a keyboardist father and listening to fusion and electronic records. Artists like Herbie Hancock, Jeff Lorber, Earth Wind & Fire, Quincy Jones, Jean-Michel Jarre, Isao Tomita, and Kraftwerk helped feed his ingenuity… Read more
Equipped with keyboards, vocoder and modern technology Opolopo plays from London to Tokyo, as a one man band, with jazz ensemble Expansions, or with primary collaborator Amalia Miz Fuze Townsend, who also just released her new album ‘Art Slave’ via TDR.
His music spans over a decade on labels such as JVC Japan, Om Records, Warner Brothers, Tru Thughts, Sony/BMG, Swedish Brandy and Especial Records. Collaboration highlights include the legendary Dazz Band, Dudley Perkins, Craig David, Mr. V, Lanu, Simon Grey, Mpho Skeef, Eska, Sacha Williamson and more. His bootleg remixes of Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross and Erykah Badu also built a frenzy with soul music connoisseurs worldwide.
Three new Opolopo albums focussing on 80s electro funk and classic house music have just been released via TDR, heavily solidifying his reputation as a world class conductor of modern dance music.
Biography courtesy of Tokyo Dawn Records
01 – Opolopo – Glide (Voltage Controlled Feelings, 2010)
02 – Opolopo – The Singularity (Voltage Controlled Feelings, 2010)
03 – Union – Time Leak (feat. Talib Kweli & Sly Johnson) (Opolopo Mutants, 2011)
04 – Opolopo – Bonafied feat. Amalia (Voltage Controlled Feelings, 2010)
05 – Joey Negro & The Sunburst Band – In The Thick Of It feat. Angela Johnson (Opolopo Boggie Remix) (EP, 2012)
Background music during the interview:
Opolopo – The Singularity, Opolopo – Kobayashi Maru, Opolopo – Voltage Controlled Feelings, Opolopo – Step Into The Light, Blaktroniks – Nothing (Opolopo Tweak), Al Velilla – Fearless feat. Opolopo, Opolopo – Waiting feat. Farah (Simon Tappenden Edit)Follow @Soulinterviews