Daniel Lopatin, the man behind experimental electronic project Oneohtrix Point Never, appeared on Radiotopia’s Song Exploder podcast today to offer a behind-the-scenes look at his Garden of Delete song “Sticky Drama.”
“I wanted to conflate really aggressive music with sugary pop progressions,” Lopatin says of “Sticky Drama,” which he described as a “psycho-scribble.” The title, he says, came from the controversial teen gossip blog of the same name, while one of the vocal samples came from a YouTube beauty vlogger’s rant. The producer also demos some of the synths and software he used to construct the track.
Each episode Song Exploder features an artist breaking down sounds and sources of a single song. Recent guests have included Kelela, Courtney Barnett, and Clipping. An upcoming episode on March 22 will feature Iggy Pop and Josh Homme discussing “American Valhalla” from their album Post Pop Depression, which is streaming in full today.
Listen to Lopatin explain “Sticky Drama” to Song Exploder host Hrishikesh Hirway (h/t Stereogum), and scroll down for a photo of Hirway hanging out with Mr. Pop.