Brady Echols (also known as Oracle FM) is a musician, producer, and writer hailing from the rain-soaked streets of Portland, Oregon. He spent most of his formative years in Austin, Texas, navigating the trenches of the local music scene and refining his unusual production style in both the Rock and Hip Hop genres, writing songs about the everyday things—love, dark matter, and Jurassic Park.
In 2019, he kicked the door to the Vaporwave scene open with his debut record, LOVESICK, released by Gulf Audio Company, and cemented the name Oracle FM alongside some of the greats in the genre.
“My World” – Oracle FM
“My earliest inspiration was listening to the BGM menu from Sonic the Hedgehog over and over again when I was a kid. I didn’t know it then, but I wanted to make something that made people feel as good as that made me feel. From New Jack Swing to Metal to Ocarina of Time to Twin Peaks, inspiration usually hits me from anywhere and everywhere.”
“For Vaporwave, specifically, I’d have to go with Surfing, Auragraph, Windows 96, Luxury Elite, and FM Skyline to name a few. Lyrically, Cedric Bixler-Zavala (At The Drive-In/Mars Volta) has had a huge impact on how I write. Gatsbys American Dream and The Dear Hunter are some all-time favorite bands as well.”
Favorite Instruments/Studio Set-Up
“My setup is pretty bare bones these days in favor of using software, aside from a midi controller and some guitars. But here are a few things I can’t live without: Valhalla Vintage Verb, SQ8ROM (based on the Ensoniq SQ80) and the almighty Yamaha DX-7. This synth is the backbone of that classic 80s/90s sound.”
“Geminis” – Oracle FM
“I have ADHD, so I struggle a lot with burnout and impulsiveness when it comes to projects and sounds. I’m kind of a project chameleon. I want to do it all! I’m trying to get on that King Gizzard level.”
“I’ve been creating music in some form or another for over 20 years now. In that time, I’ve made a lot of art with some amazing people and loved every minute of it, but it can be disheartening at times dealing with constant frustration and feeling like I’m “starting over” when I want to explore a new sound. It also makes growing a following more difficult when you get fans from one genre but want to mess with another.”
“The name Oracle FM embodies that idea–like a divining radio station tuning into messages from Olympus and passing them along to those that listen in whatever form it wants to take. The Muse commands; I abide.”
“I’m working on finishing up a new Vapor-pop EP that takes me back to my songwriting roots, using all original elements and no samples, which has been an interesting (and long) journey. I’m hoping to have that out by the end of the year. And if all goes well, a full length to follow.”
“I’ve been producing a story concept album for one of my best friends in the indie-pop/rock realm, King Blanket, that is scheduled for release later this year as well. I think people are going to love this one. Super catchy and fun.”
“There are also rumblings of some music videos on the horizon.”
“Lorraine.zip” – Oracle FM
Can you pick one of your tracks and tell us the story behind it? What inspired you to create it, and what emotions were you trying to convey?
“The most recent single, Like Shadows, kind of a precursor to the upcoming Vapor-pop concept EP, is a love song between two ghosts caught on a Spirit Box, which is a common tool used by ghost hunters to communicate with the dead by oscillating between radio frequencies. It’s definitely as nerdy as it sounds.”
“Words are powerful. I just thought it was a neat and humorous concept to explore the meaning behind a simple phrase caught between frequencies. I also used the sweeping audio of the Spirit Box as a lead instrument, which was fun.”
If you could perform with any music artist of all time who would that be and where would you like to play?
“Gavin Castleton. One of the most talented artists I’ve had the pleasure of listening to and very underrated. I would kill to work with him on anything. I’d also sell my soul to get Thundercat on a track.”
Do you have any hobbies outside of music that help to inspire your work?
“Though it probably distracts more than it inspires, I play a lot of Chess and a lot of video games. Any game where strategy is involved helps me look at things differently, which I try to apply to my music. Take the normal approach to mixing or composition and throw it out the window, approaching it from another angle usually brings some interesting results.”
“like shadows (Official Audio)” – Oracle FM
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