Okapi Sun


Okapi Sun
Techno Prisoners

Available April 29, 2014 on Phaedra Records


“When you are receiving this message, it is 13 billion light years later. In a time, in a place, on a planet, somewhere in the universe two creatures were sent to earth in the form of Okapi Sun. We have been brought together tonight to experience their sound. And in the unity of the Okapi Sun Tribe let’s go crazy. Stare into the Sun, stare into the Okapi Sun.”

The Okapi is a rare mammal with of traits of both the zebra and the giraffe found exclusively in the Ituri Forest of The Congo. Like the Okapi, the world is a mixture of races and beliefs unified as one on Earth under the Sun. This is what fuels the concepts behind the tribal sound of dance-electronic pop duo Okapi Sun.


After a fateful introduction in a Berlin nightclub, Dallas (vocals, synth, bass, drums) and Leo (vocals, synth, guitar, drums) reunited in Southern California, this time moonlighting in a local recording studio, to forge the sound of Okapi Sun–a creative outlet drawing on their experiences as classically trained musicians while pulling from influences featuring everything from Rick James to Daft Punk with their own twist of EDM. The result is a record that is contagious.


“Okapi Sun has one goal,” explains Dallas. “To make you MOVE. We want people to dance and have fun with our music.” With cuts about not settling for second best and never giving up (“Johnny Kiss”), vulnerability and heartbreak (“Judy Baby”), and temptation leading to inspiration (“Cold Outside”), the tribal electro outfit create an environment that’s raucous and completely their own. Both Dallas and Leo come from unique backgrounds. Dallas, the army brat and classically trained violinist and Leo a gifted pianist and multi-medium artist from Germany, have brought their eclectic and versed experiences together to blend a freestyle form with massively danceable hooks.


At its core the record was tracked live at their rehearsal space. They then took those tracks to Silverlake in Los Angeles where they recorded with Ethan Allen of Gram Rabbit at Royal Triton Studios with additional production from Grammy winner Neal H. Pogue (Janelle Monae, Snoop Dog, Outcast, Pink, TLC, Nicki Minaj, M.I.A., Franz Ferdinand) in Atlanta. The result: an international dance party culminating everywhere under the Sun.