I am happy to announce that after a dry month for Getting Deeper, we finally have our 73rd podcast and the first set of 2015 by Vienna based Oliver Rottmann. The set carries a spacey and cinematic sound that is felt deeply by those of us who truly understand what deep music is all about.
Quite often I’ve been faced with statements which assume that deep music is directly related to deep house. Contrary to popular belief, deep music is a dimension… not a genre. Being ‘deep’ is a state of mind and an emotional feeling that characterizes a multi-layered, intense and heightened awareness of experiences. Which means that, in simple words… you tend to consciously or subconsciously dig deeper into life’s experiences; one of them, in this context… is sound.
Deep music, then, is a type of sound that is primarily intense and can be incorporated in any genre. It represents a deeper experience of life through its philosophical, hard to categorize and intangible undertones. Sublime, dark, emotional, soul shattering and mind blowingly chilling are terms I like to use for this kind of music. It can be very simple, but it has got to be more than just music. Listening to it must make you feel like you are on a journey…in the middle of space maybe. It has got to take you deeper into yourself and into the innumerable possibilities of your imagination. Most importantly, it has got to touch a part of you… your thoughts, your dreams and your experiences.
Almost every genre has a deep side to it, which is usually more minimal and crisp. Even ‘Deep House’ has a separate sound that is truly very deep even though the term is broadly used for any track that has a lower BPM than traditional house. The deeper side of deep house is more dark, minimal, intensely melodic or spacey compared to its soulful, happy counterpart.
Oliver Rottman’s set for GD is a deep set. I will refrain from calling it only Deep House because it is too broad a term and does not do justice to the essence of this set. This is the kind of set that is best heard when you are in a state of mind to space out. It feels like an affirmation of your identity to be a self conscious, fully breathing, feeling and thinking individual who can make sense of both the dark and exhilarating aspects of life…particularly through music.
Atmospheric and airy tones together with lush vibes make up the hallmark of this gorgeous set. Tracks in this set are laced with ambient sounds and deep seated, clear beats. The resulting package is a smooth, hypnotic and crisp set with a killer progression that is not afraid to get deeper and darker with its movement…in a very subtle way.
I admire sets that don’t leave much room for frills or pretentiousness. This is one of them.
If you have an appetite for deep electronic music (and the kind that I am talking about) like me, you will admire this too.
Thank you Oliver!