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Meet R. Corey Oltman, KingTiger

Today we’d like to introduce you to R. Corey Oltman, KingTiger.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I acquired an appreciation for music at an early age due to being exposed to many genres of music, including classic rock acts such as Boston and Chicago, as well as country/folk musicians like John Denver and Randy Travis, and classical composers like Vivaldi and Bach. I also listened to a great deal of CCM (Contemporary Christian Music) growing up, with Rebecca St. James, Rich Mullins, and dc Talk being among my favorites. Despite my musical roots, I started experimenting with electronic music in high school when I was gifted some music looping software and I began using royalty-free loops to make bootleg remixes of some of my favorite artists’ music. I was rather inspired by the creativity and musicality I saw in projects such as Animusic and old-school “new age” artists like Mannheim Steamroller and Ray Lynch. After high school, I entered college and pursued my associate’s degree in audio engineering and learned more about music production and composition as I drew further inspiration from artists such as Andy Hunter, Armin van Buuren, and Joy Electric and discovered netlabels replete with “indietronica” music such as Kahvi and the (now defunct) Hellven. The more I explored, the more it solidified my dream to create unique electronic music with heart and passion that positively impacts the people around me. I have since been fortunate to be a part of community-driven remix competitions and compilation albums hosted by OverClocked ReMix, an online video game music community, as well as collaborate with many, many talented musicians from around the world.

Please tell us about your art.
I create electronic music of diverse styles, from more traditional EDM such as trance or drum ‘n’ bass to more niche subgenres such as ambient or synthpop. I love to experiment with different sounds and production techniques, always trying to be better than my last work. Sometimes I incorporate vocals and lyrics, and sometimes I create more abstract compositions that focus on texture and motif. I also enjoy making remixes and new versions of existing works – I’ve created my fair share of video game music remixes, as well as remixes of diverse popular musical acts. Regardless of musical context, I always aim to inject a human element of honest emotion and creativity, with the hopes that I will bring a positive impact to listeners. Being a curator of diverse musical styles since I was a child, I have dabbled in producing many musical forms, including trance, hip-hop/rap, pop, and dubstep, and my musical upbringing is usually apparent in my compositional style.

Do you have any advice for other artists? Any lessons you wished you learned earlier?
My best advice to other musicians would be to remain patient and persistent. Make the music you want to make, but always remain open to feedback and willing to grow. Most of all, don’t give up or lose hope when you encounter challenges – if you’re authentic in your pursuits, you’ll always have a positive impact on others, even when you least expect it!

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
My music can be found in various places on the internet:

YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/kingtigermusic
Bandcamp https://kingtiger.bandcamp.com
SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/kingtiger
OverClocked ReMix http://ocremix.org/artist/13666/kingtiger
OverClocked Records http://overclockedrecords.com/artist/kingtiger
NoiseTrade http://www.noisetrade.com/kingtigermusic

People can support my work by purchasing my music on Bandcamp or NoiseTrade, where all of my music is “name-your-price,” or by making a donation on ko-fi.com/kingtiger.

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Image Credit:
Marc Neal Photography

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