By Catalina Briceno
CALGARY – Adam Ohana, one-half of Dimond Saints is more than just a fixture on notable festival rosters. Ohana is cultivating his artistic growth by experimenting under different monikers. Just this year, Dimond Saints took the festival circuit by storm, with bookings at prominent festivals like Coachella, Electric Forest, Lightning in a Bottle and Shambhala.
Although Dimond Saints may be relishing in their success, it is Ohana’s appreciation for a spectrum of sounds that is helping him soar to creative heights.
Captivated by hip-hop, psychedelic rock and acid crunk, Ohana made it his endeavour to pursue other avenues. Projects under his belt include: An-ten-nae, The Invisible People, DnA, and a record label called Medicine.
An-ten-nae, a project Ohana has curated for the past 15 years fuses together an assortment of those sounds. His latest EP set to be released Sept. 28, Voices from Space, is a hybrid of tribal and outer space.
The first track off his EP, We Transform Sound into Light, weaves signature hip-hop elements, snare rolls, deep bass, entrancing vocals and intergalactic lo-fi synths.
His influences are reinforced by the following track, “Are We Human.” The track incorporates thumping basslines, a gothic-style organ, entrancing vocals and a down tempo hip-hop rhythm.
“Cassiopeia,” the third track off the EP, is an emblem of Ohana’s spirituality. The track is decorated with shamanic chanting, disorienting bass, and soft synths that will be sure to propel the listener to feel as if they are travelling through the astral plane.
“I like the journey of [“Cassiopeia”] and because its mystical and has little surprises and “Racing Through a Black Hole” has its depth and minimalism, which I think tends to be more compelling” said Ohana.
Despite the heavy workload with his various projects, Ohana finished the EP in a month, making it possible by working wherever and whenever he could.
“I just love all music. I’m always making new projects. I have An-ten-nae, I have this other project called Invisible People, where I’m experimenting with deep house. I’m working with my friend, Dov1 on DnA.”
On top of his growing list of accomplishments, Ohana co-owns the record label Medicine with his fellow DnA group member Dov1.
Ohana hints that the label will soon feature DnA remixes from OAKK, resident DJ at HiFi and Bass coast, among many talented selectors.
Catch An-ten-nae perform with Dimond Saints in Calgary on October 6 at The HiFi.An-ten-nae, Dimond Saints, The HiFi