Theft of the Dial: ODESZA

Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight of ODESZA
Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight of ODESZA (MPR photo/Nate Ryan)
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Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight, as the duo ODESZA, make electronic music, but they embrace the live show. "Our first couple shows were actually opening for bands," Knight explains. "Because we didn't really know how to perform electronically … so we kind of invented a set that we could perform with just our music and that involved syncing up two computers and triggering a lot of audio, so it definitely had a very live feel and was a little in the moment as opposed to a DJ set."

Onstage, ODESZA's electronic elements are enhanced by a live horn section and a guitar player. ""We try to approach the set with as many live elements as we can, but also approaching the DJ sense where things weave in and out from track to track, Harrison says. "We definitely try to make moments, so we do have new surprises and things we've added to the set that really I think add to the whole ride and journey of the show."

The live-show format has served the duo well; since making their debut in 2012, ODESZA have performed at an impressive roster of festivals and music venues throughout North American and Europe. While visiting the Twin Cities for a show at First Avenue in Minneapolis, ODESZA stopped in to The Current, where DJ Mark Wheat let them take control of the airwaves on Theft of the Dial.

Playlist


ODESZA - "Bloom" (Live Version)
Big Wild - "Aftergold"
Kasbo - "World Away"
Troy Samuela and Monsoonsiren - "Fiend"
Superpoze - "Opening"
Animal Collective - "My Girls"
Unknown Mortal Orchestra - "Can't Keep Checking My Phone"
Odesza - "Say My Name"

ODESZA - Bloom (Live Version)

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