If sound had a color, it would be called Okkah.
The music moves like clouds in the sky, slowly and imperceptibly shape-shifting, and at any given moment, what’s being played matters less than how we arrived at this point- because we’re here now, and we all became water.
Okkah’s newest self-titled album is not just music, it’s a brilliant collision of beauty and a despondent hope, where they unabashedly treat the beats of the drum amplified by strings of all kinds as a holy experience. They discovered an ecstatic sound world and they are shaping new music.
The album touches on a multitude of ideas and moods, but above all, it sounds like a tribute to the alchemic power of collaboration. They call their sound, “symphonic tribal pop”, but what they did was manipulate sound waves to become light waves, and they invented the color Okkah.
We were privileged to ask a few questions to lead vocalist, Michael Whittle. Here we take a glimpse-
What is a joyous moment that you’ve experienced recently? Music Video Premiere Party. We fit 300 people into a small yoga studio. The joy and heat was overbearing.
Besides this, what is another hidden talent, passion, or hobby of yours? Not napping. My wife hates that.
Animal I Would Want to Be Most? Any type of bird. Flying would be fantastic. I could deal with having a tiny brain if only I could fly.
Morning Routine? Run. It clears the mess in my head.
Favorite Drink? Kambucha. But only when in the studio of course.
My Dream Collaboration? If John Lennon and Thom Yorke had a baby–I would want to collaborate with their baby.
If you could tell everyone in the world something, what would it be? Hi, can you tell me your story?