Oliver Osborne moved to Singapore from London where he has played at such notable clubs as Fabric, Corsica Studios, The Scala, 93feet East, and more. There he played along side the likes of M.A.N.D.Y., Maya Jane Coles, Stefan Bodzin, Noze, and Matt Tolfrey to mention a few.
Since being in Singapore, Oliver has played virtually everywhere worth playing in the region, and in May of 2013 was part of the team that started the After Dark pop-up parties, at the hidden gem that was the original Kilo Lounge. He also brings his musical agenda to various pop-up parties around the city, and runs the phenomenally successful Eyes To The Front pool parties.
Though Oliver learnt to DJ on a diet of jungle and drum and bass, his ear eventually turned to house and techno, and his current sound has taken him around some of Asia’s top underground clubs, such as Glow in Bangkok, Lola in Shanghai, Jenja in Bali, Volar in Hong Kong, and as far afield as Mongolia
First of all and we have to ask the question which Im sure you’ve been asked a lot.
Any relation the famous Osbornes?
No. Thank fuck.
While on the subject of a bit of heritage and the family tree, where are you from and how did you find yourself located in Singapore DJing thru Asia on a weekly basis?
I grew up in Bath in the West of England, and started playing jungle and drum and bass when I was 18. So it at this stage I have been doing it for as long as I haven’t. However it wasn’t until 5 years ago that I sacked off the day job and went into music full time. I used to open flagship stores internationally for Abercrombie & Fitch, so that is how I ended up in Singapore.
Your brand Eyes to the Front (great name by the way), for those that don’t know as much as we do about it – would love to hear how long its been going for? Some of the artists you have shared the honours with and whats planned for the rest of 2018 besides the imminent arrive to Ulu Cliff House on Easter Saturday March 31?
Eyes to the Front has been around for about 3 1/2 years. We have had some super exciting people come through, especially from SEA. One of my favourite acts is JonnyVicious from KL, we were also the first people to bring the Bangkok guys Sunju Hargun and Dan Buri to Singapore, and further afield we have had the pleasure of having Stefano Ritteri come through a number of times. I learn more peering over his shoulder in the studio for two hours that I could on my own in a year.
For the rest of 2018 we are focusing on getting the release rate up on the label, and have broadened the scope of what we want to sign. Basically if it’s good music that has something interesting about it we want to hear it. For example we just released a 6 track ambient/electronica EP.
We also want to focus on doing a smaller amount of parties that in previous years, but make sure that each one really counts and pushes the brand forward.
We are also focusing on content creation, and making sure that we have cool videos, VR walkthoughs, 360 photos etc. to market what we do.
Singapore is rapidly becoming an international calling card for globetrotting DJS coming in from all directions, very similar to Bali but we just seem to hear mostly about the obvious brands and acts. So how about more on the day time affairs and those late night backroom sessions? Its always great to be listening to a DJS side of the coin vs what our instagram account tells us amongst a million other pictures. Whats really happening across the pond in Singapore thats really across the www?
Yeah, Singapore is in a great place right now, with there often being several great parties every weekend, and a strong selection of international acts. There is a strong pop-up culture here, which means there are new things in unique locations happening all the time.
In the studio whats cooking currently? What software and set up do you have at home? Is your studio at home or are you working somewhere else a lot of the time?
I use logic, and have done for about a decade. I have a studio set up at home, but to be honest I do almost everything in the box, so I am writing stuff on the fly most of the time. Easily 50% of the work on any of my releases is done in transit, taxis, airports, etc.
I’m currently working on a couple of tracks specifically with Culoe De Song in mind. He has been playing some of my tracks, so I want to see if will put something of mine out on his label.
Singapore is a place renowned for technology and always has been when it comes to electronic goods and equipment. Where is your go to spots for the latest gadget and production assets when your bank account has a healthy top up?
Swee Lee music. For little bits of percussion, pedals. They are pretty switched as a retailer, and have everything from high priced classical guitars, to Native Instruments Maschine range.
How about the production gossip out that way!
JonnyVicious has finally taken the leap and put together a studio, so I am turbo excited to see what comes out of that. If he is even half as good at making tracks as he is on the decks then we will be in for come GOLD!
I have tracks coming out on LA label Bonanza, Soul De Anima, Toni Ramos’s Dolce Music, and my own label ETTF Music. All in the next few weeks. So I’m pretty excited to be starting the year with a strong release schedule.
Who else is doing some good crimes for the sake of music sanity coming to a more lesser known radio station from Singapore right now?
Kane Ian, bossman at Dustpan Records has consistently been putting decent tracks.
Johnboy Iype John has some good tracks. Defo a lot of potential there.
But in all honesty I think that we need more people producing. For me it was always part of my my relationship with music, but for a lot of DJs production is not necessarily something they want to do.
Oliver Osbornes current beachside top 5 is?
Mir a Nero – Michel Cleis
Different Happiness – Stefano Ritteri
Brazican (518) – Salvia Coimmandos
Hot Samba – Luky, Matteo Cabassi
Slippin’ Into Darkness – Pont Mython
Favourite Beachside cocktail or drink or choice?
Scotch and fresh coconut water.
When your not DJing what does Oliver Osborne like to do with himself to switch of from club world?
Sleep, and/or hang out with my wife.
Finally – after returning from Bali whats up next in your world?
Focusing on getting releases out on some fun labels, and continue to hit as many cool shows as possible. I am also in the process of developing my live show. I have started doing live shows, but the set up itself is a work in progress. I want to add some more instruments, and maybe switch from using the Maschine MK3 to Push, but then I would have to get my shit together on Ableton, which I have spent no more than a couple of hours using.
Super excited to be releasing a couple of tracks by Kincaid (formerly Applebottom). He has such a great touch as a producer and is crushing it at the moment, with his track with SInal ‘Long Haul Flight Bathroom Romance Scene’ on Jonas Rathsman’s label Elements getting a LOT of attention.