Oshana

How did you start?  

My brother brought 2 turntables and a mixer home when I was around eleven years old.  Being the curious girl that I was, I decided to try my luck at DJ’ing and fell in love with it ever since.  I spent many years DJ’ing off and on until I decided to focus my energy on production in 2011.  With very clear vision, I decided to commit all of my free time to producing music, while releasing music under my middle name, Oshana.  Every night and weekend, I spent countless hours teaching myself Ableton LIVE through a process of trial by error.  The effort and determination proved to be fruitful, as I had my first releases prepared in only a few, short months.

Where are you currently based?

Berlin.

What are you working on right now?

Building a new, fully analog LIVE set.  As soon as my schedule dies down a bit, I’ll also start to prepare my next releases for 2018.

What is your gear setup?

Korg EMX-1, Elektron Octatrack, Juno 106, TR-8, Nord Rack, and TR-909.

What do you like to do outside of music and does it affect your music?

These days my life revolves around touring and working in the studio but, when I’m not busy, I like to exercise and spend time with my dear friends.  Over the last year, I’ve met some amazing people in Berlin that have changed my life and for the better.  They’ve shaped the way I think about music and also made me feel more at ease, which is important since I live so far away from my friends and family in the states.

How would you describe your music genre?

It’s hard to pin down one specific genre, but I touch on many.  It’s a mixture of minimal and rolling techno as well as house music.  The basslines pack in groove, the arrangements are somewhat unpredictable, the percussion is forward, and the mood is transcendental.

Do you know any music theory?

Not formally, but I’ve learned it instinctively.  Being a music lover, I’ve analyzed and listened to enough music to understand how music should sound.

What are your plans for the future?

To become the best producer I can be and continue to test the limits of what’s possible.  I plan to evolve my LIVE set, travel to new places in my productions, continue to grow with my Partisan and Yoyaku families, tour and connect with as many people as possible.

How did you get into music?

I was into music from a very young age.  As early as I can remember, I was taking piano and singing lessons as well as trying my hand at every instrument I could get my hands on.  I grew up in a family of six children, so I was also heavily influenced by what my siblings listened to and also by my parents record collection-everything from disco to funk to R&B and 90’s grunge.

What are you listening to at the moment?

Lately, I’ve been listening to late 90’s early techno and acid records.  I’m really into the older titles of Planet E, Force Inc., and Formic Records.  They’ve greatly influenced some of the newer music I’ve been making for my LIVE set.

When and were are you playing next?

Next up, I’ll be playing a new LIVE show for Yoyaku meets Pressure Traxx at Robert Johnson, Concrete, and CDV for our Yoyaku night.  I’ll also be heading to Asia for the first time at the end of July.

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http://www.yoyaku.agency/oshana/

https://www.instagram.com/oshana/

https://www.facebook.com/OshanaDJ/

https://soundcloud.com/oshana

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