Opening the borders of genre, acoustic guitar duo Opal Ocean fuses together Rock and Flamenco techniques to create their own epic wall of sound.
Forming in late 2013, New Caledonian Alex Champ and New Zealander Nadav Tabak decided to take their music to the streets busking, using it as a platform for composing their original instrumental pieces.
Based in the heart of Melbourne, the electro-acoustic duo have seen their works blossom, enjoying great success, selling over 15,000 physical CD’s Independently with their single “J.A.M” going viral with over 30+ Million hits on social media.
Opal Ocean are proud to have a dedicated fan base that helped back two successful crowdfunding campaigns for new releases. In late 2016 the duo released their highly anticipated debut album “Lost Fables” recorded with producer Dave Newington and critically acclaimed mixing and mastering engineer Mark Lewis. And 2018 saw the release of their new single MEXICANA which was fully funded from Kickstarter fans around the world.
The momentum from their latest release has created a massive buzz that has pushed them from busking in the streets of Australia onto the world stage. Performing on their first ever tour with countless high profile shows such as The 2018 Montreux Jazz Festival, Gurten Festival, Earth Garden Festival, Berg Herzberg Festival, Colors of Ostrava and many more.
The overwhelming response at their European and New Zealand shows has set Opal Ocean to come back to Europe passing by Canada in 2019.
If your music was a person, what would their personality be like? Do you have any character that comes to mind?
Jim Carrey and all his characters…
- The Mask
- Sunshine Of A Spotless Mind
- Ace Ventura
- Bruce Almighty etc
What’s the plan for 2019?
We are currently on a 4 month tour of Canada and Europe… so we hope to finish that, get back to Melbourne and finish writing the tracks for our new Album.
What’s on your music bucket list?
- Work on a feature film
- Have an underwater concert
- Meeting Rodrigo y Gabriela
- Playing a guitar made out of chocolate
- Having a custom model guitar
If you had to choose an album title as a quote to live by, which one would it be and why?
And Justice For All… it was the first album I bought as a kid and is still one of my all time favouritre albums (plus it would be kool if everyone had JUSTICE!) “Alex”
What is the most bizarre moment you’ve experienced during a performance?
Played a gig for a company that creates hold music and voice mails…they somehow managed to make our live performance sound like it was through a phone…. and not in a good way!!
If you could perform in a concert with other musicians/bands of your choosing, who would they be?
- Guthrie Govan
- Mike Portnoy
- Pink Floyd
What’s on your Spotify playlist at the moment?
- Daft Punk
- System of a down
- Benny Greb
- Pink Floyd
- Van Halen
If you could talk to your younger self, what advice would you give about the music industry?
There is no right or wrong, the industry accustoms for all kinds of different people and music.
What tips/advice would you share with other artists?
Invest in good travel gear and take care of your feet and ALWAYS take ear protection… ALWAYS!!!
What’s in your gig bag?
- Flip Flops
- Audiofly in ears 😉
- Wireless Unit
- Guitar strings
- Guitar Picks
- Picture of MJ
Why do you use Audiofly IEMs?
Because it’s an Australian home grown company willing to help out musicians… and they sound BEASTLY 😀
Check out their MV for MEXICANA below: