What inspired you to first start making music? And how did you come to be in your current incarnation? Or if you prefer, a brief bio about you.

Outside The Academy is Pawel Cholewa (Pa-vell Ho-liv-er); a nomadic producer and multi-instrumentalist who has the balance between experimental and euphonics just right.

Provide us with some info about your latest release…

“Vonnegut, You’re Kidding Me (It’s Not Fair)” is the synth-based electronic lo-fi space age anthem of OTA’s experimental MIDI journey this Summer/Winter. A short-lived 3-minute track about frustration and neglect. It is a song about resentment and hypocrisy, despite its overall (sarcastically) positive, ethereal and open-ended mood. “Vonnegut, You’re Kidding Me (It’s Not Fair)” was written and produced by Pawel Cholewa and mastered by Steve Tyssen.

Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?

Flavien Berger
Alex Cameron
The Drones
Grizzly Bear
The Acid
Jack Kerouac
Henry Miller
Michael Shannon
Daniel Day-Lewis
Matt Berry
Bill Burr

In what way does your sound differ from the rest genre-related artists/bands and why should we listen to your music? In other words, how would you describe your sound?

It’s a bit of an amalgamation: melancholy nightclub jams // psychedelic elevator music.

Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…

Hot Rod [Film] (2007)
How to Survive on a Desert Island by Jim Pipe
How to Survive on a Desert Island (on Audiobook) by Jim Pipe


Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?

Probably live, just. Mainly because studio and recording work can be much more meticulous and frustrating. It’s hard being a perfectionist when you’re OCD. Performing live you can let go, improvise and have fun that little bit more, forget about your day-to-day anxieties and what-not.

Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?

Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?

“Stray” was in the works for almost a year, in which I tried to incorporate every trick I had in my repertoire. It’s a bit of a mess, and certainly cross-genred, but in a good way, I still feel.

Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?

Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…

I was in a 2007 Polish film called Korowód (Twists of Fate). I was an extra in the background for about 1.2 seconds. I was wearing aviators…as it was 2007.

Curated by: Christos Doukakis

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