Influences: Free Range


In September Italian DJ and NTS resident Elena Colombi released the inaugural release on her new label Osàre! Editions, a word that translates in her native tongue as "daring" or "bold". This description set the tone for what we could expect from the label, starting with the debut record from American producer, DJ and CGI label boss Matt Weiner and Lithuanian experimentalist and Digital Tsunami co-founder Ernestas Sadau, who have come together under the guise of Free Range. 

Their first EP King Of Snakes blends DIY electronics and new wave influences to create a sludgy, atmospheric collaboration that teeters on the brink of surrealism and retains that sense of abandon and freedom that Elena intends to peddle through the label in future.

We wanted to get to know Matt and Ernestas and the music that has had a huge impact on them from childhood through to present day, here they trace the tracks that have paved the way for them…

Buy King of Snakes.

Jefferson Airplane -White Rabbit-

ERNESTAS: All psychedelic stuff was around me when I was a kid because of my father who was and still is a fucking hippy.

  • Jefferson Airplane -White Rabbit-

    ERNESTAS: All psychedelic stuff was around me when I was a kid because of my father who was and still is a fucking hippy.

  • Donna Summer - I Feel Love

    ERNESTAS: My mother is a huge Donna Summer fun. Studio 54 and all disco stuff.

  • The Prodigy - Narayan

    ERNESTAS: The band who blew my mind when I was in early teenage.

  • Aphex Twin - Tha

    ERNESTAS: No comment needed. The whole album is essential.

  • Autechre - Amber (Full Album)

    ERNESTAS: Yeah. I have all original vinyls by AE. No repress baby.

  • Alice Coltrane Ft. Pharoah Sanders - Journey In Satchidananda

    ERNESTAS: I love Alice, once again thanks to my Mom!

  • Cabaret Voltaire - I Want You (7" Mix)

    ERNESTAS: I always have this track with me.

  • Drexciya - Digital Tsunami

    ERNESTAS: Drexciya forever.

  • The Future Sound Of London - My Kingdom

    ERNESTAS: Still in teenage years. How much pot was smoked to this omg…

  • Exhibitionist Mix (Complete) - Jeff Mills / Exhibitionist Dvd

    ERNESTAS: The one and only Jeff Mills.

  • Harmonia - Deluxe - Walky Talky

    MATT: Hearing this in high school changed everything, Can also…

  • Tears For Fears - Head Over Heels (Official Video)

    MATT: My mom would blast this while I was in the womb and I thinks it’s why I make the music that I do.

  • All The Critics Love U In New York

    MATT: No explanation needed really…

  • Nirvana - Heart Shaped Box

    MATT: I grew up in the 90s, even my parents had the CDs.

  • Paul Kantner Jefferson Starship - Mau Mau (Amerikon)

    MATT: One of the first records I got really into when I pulled it out of my dad’s collection…

  • Einstürzende Neubauten - Halber Mensch

    MATT: I composed some music for a friend’s dance performance in New York in 2007 and they told me it reminded them of Neubauten. I hadn’t heard of them but got obsessed after that.

  • Chris & Cosey - Driving Blind

    MATT: Can’t think of anything that I enjoy quite the way I still get into this one.

  • Miles Davis / Dark Magus 1

    MATT: Some of the most insane and sprawling music ever, super alien and off-putting but still really enjoyable.

  • Gwen Guthrie (Padlock) Face A 1985

    MATT: I love garage disco and this one with Gwen, Sly, Robby, Larry, and Wally is one of my favorites.

  • Full Moons And Mouths

    MATT: One of my favorite bands from this period and (loosely defined] movement.