Australia based DJ and producer Oski talks Kid Calamity, connecting with UZ and more
PRIME: Kid Calamity is just as massive and hard-hitting as 2016's Kid Chrome EP, but it still feels fresh. Do you keep your body of work in mind when making new tracks or is each one a unique production experience?
OSKI: Each track, to me, has its own personality and its own features. I try and make sure that every track is developed with the workflow necessary to compliment that track alone. So, in a way each track ends up being its own kind of unique experience; although that’s not to say I don’t try and keep my works in line with each other.
PRIME: Tell us about how you initially connected with UZ.
OSKI: UZ and I first connected a few years ago through Facebook. He saw a video I uploaded to my Oski page and messaged me asking what my plans for the track were. We ended up collaborating on the track which is now known as ‘Chainsaw’ today and we’ve been working together ever since. As you could imagine, from there it was a very natural progression to working with QGR.
PRIME: Are there any elements of living in Australia that have influenced your sound? What is the electronic music scene like there in comparison to the U.S.?
OSKI: I feel like my sound is determined by a number of factors - living in Australia definitely plays a key role in influencing my design choices. We’re quite an isolated country and I feel like that makes for a huge advantage when it comes to being creative. I don’t find myself particularly influenced with everything that goes on in the scene, I just sit in my studio and try and write what sounds good to me. I think the scene in Australia definitely encourages creativity and thinking outside the box. Sydney itself is a living microcosm of artists and producers who support and share ideas.
PRIME: What has been the most standout show you've played so far - be it your "Kid Chrome" tour or this year's?
OSKI: The best show I have ever played would have to be HARD Summer, which was in August of this year and was part of the Kid Calamity tour. It was an incredible experience that I will never forget.
PRIME: When did you first start dabbling in production? Did you receive any formal training or are you self taught?
OSKI: I’m largely self taught. I started around the age of 15 but didn’t really start taking it seriously until about 18 or 19 - which is when I decided to go to SAE institute and learn myself something. I do feel as if a lot of what I do today is a byproduct of pure experimentation and discovery through the depths of YouTube.
PRIME: If you could collaborate with any artist, who would it be and why?
OSKI: I’d say Missy Elliot cause I've been working on this fat beat that I think would be perfect for her - HIT ME UP MISSY <3
PRIME: What do you hope to accomplish most in 2018? Will there be a full length album in the near future?
OSKI: I feel like 2018 is the year where I will be experimenting with my live set and visuals a bit more. I would love for fans to be able to expect a full experience when coming to an Oski show.
PRIME: Give a quick shout to your fanbase.
OSKI: Thank you for helping me make my career what it is today. I love each and every one of you - and don't be scared to be weird!
contributed by: Claire Carlson