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Dorian Duvall, also known as ONUINU, makes cerebral electro-dance pop in Portland, OR. Last week, while visiting the left coast, I ran into him and made him pinky-swear that he’d chat with me before his show at Kung Fu Necktie this Friday. I guess that’s not totally true. There was no pinky-swearing, but the running into, that’s quite literal. It was 2 a.m. at a bar, a long night, and I wasn’t my usual graceful self. Pleased to say it didn’t deter him. We caught up on the phone this week to talk about Portland, pizza and pressure to entertain.
Where are you right now?
I’m on my way to Rochester, NY, then Cambridge, Brooklyn and then Philly.
And this is your fourth tour as ONUINU?
Yeah, this is the fourth tour and the first headlining tour. I recently went on tour with STRFKR. This time, I’m playing solo, which is something I’ve always wanted to do. I’ve been kind of sick lately, but I have two buddies with me and they keep me company and help me out. Everything’s all good.
Do you prefer performing by yourself or with others, a backing band?
I definitely want a band but all of my friends are flaky as shit and I can’t rely on any of them and they can’t rely on me either, but it’s all good. It’s going to change after this tour. I [sometimes] have a drummer and a keyboard/guitar player. I think I might add another member. I feel a lot of pressure to entertain when I’m playing by myself. I haven’t done it in awhile and I’m getting used to it again on this tour. Continue reading →
Portland based electro-pop producer and multi-instrumentalist Dorian Duvall is Onuinu (on you, in you) is playing Kung Fu Necktie on Friday, January 25th. Originally from Cleveland, Onuinu released its debut album Mirror Gazer in September on Bladen County Records. Mirror Gazer comes with all the right prerquisite dancey-syth-pop touches with a some disco touches and hip-hop thrown in to the mix. Songs like “Happy Home” and “Always Awkward” have those gleeful break-out-in-dance vibes of a song like De La Soul’s “A Roller Skinny Jam Named ‘Saturdays.'” Below, stream Mirror Gazer and watch the video for “Happy Home.”