Oshana: Midwest-electro beats from Partisan ensign | + exclusive mix
- Published on Wednesday, 13 November 2019 01:08
Berlin-based and American born artist Oshana is one of those artists to watch closely in 2020, as she has gained recognition in the minimal/house movement in recent years through her flawless mixing and unique production style. Having released on recognized imprints like Partisan, Brouqade, BodyParts among others, Oshana is one of the resident DJs for the Partisan parties at the infamous Club Der Visionaere in Berlin. She's also keeping an active touring schedule, with appearances at Robert Johnson, Fuse Brussel, Concrete, Output in NYC and many more. Always blending between retro-acid-Italo beats, electro and old-school house, Oshana is a proper charismatic artist and we're so happy to have her on Meoko to talk about life, career and future projects.
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How have your midwest-American roots have influenced your musical background and music? What are some of your early musical influences and first electronic music artists that you've started listening to?
Growing up in the Midwest played a large role in my musical background. I started at a very young age before the internet era, so the music I collected was confined to the music stores around me, the music my older brothers friends gave me, and the music I heard while watching Canadian dance TV shows. I wasn't old enough to go to raves and clubs, so I had very little resources at my disposal. Some of my earliest influences were Sasha and Digweed, Paul Oakenfold, Carl Cox and Armand Van Helden. And, When I was finally old enough to go cutting, I expanded my musical knowledge by checking our artists from Detroit and Chicago that would pass by my city. DJ's like DJ Dan, Mark Farina, DJ Sneak, Richie Hawtin, Magda and the entire Minus crew influenced me to follow my pursuits in DJ'ing and host local club nights.
, Magda and the entire Minus crew influenced me to follow my pursuits in DJ'ing and host local club nights.
When did you get involved with music production and djing?
I started collecting and playing records at 11 years old in 1996, but I didn't learn the proper art of DJ'ing until 2003. With productions, I started experimenting around 2007. However, I didn't fully commit myself to music production until 2011 when I was 26.
What are your current sources of inspiration?
Early 90's, stripped-back, acid house and techno music as well as Detroit techno from the same era. I'm also really inspired by the late 90's Italo-house music.
What are some of the things you enjoy most from djing and producing?
As a DJ, I love the feeling of discovering new music that really excites me. I also really enjoy taking people on a journey and experiencing the "oneness" that comes from connecting on the same energy level as the crowd. This is the moment that re-affirms everything for me, as I feel totally in sync as the crowd. As for production, what I most enjoy is the creative process and achieving a state of "flow". Production has always been a way to express myself in ways that words never could. But beyond my own desires, the creative process keeps me totally grounded. I can spend hours jamming away in a studio and lose my sense of time and reality. The moment I completely detach myself from these constraints, I start to follow. Ideas start to flood in and before I know the track is finished. so, if I could sum it all up, I'd say what I love most about DJ'ing and production is that it connects me to others and my higher purpose. It also allows me to detach from myself and remind me of what's really important in life.
What music do you listen to currently?
This is probably one of the most diverse musical periods for me. While I love older Midwest house and techno music, I find some of the newer electro and house music producers to be very inspiring. They've extracted what they know from previous musical periods and talent it to a whole new level by creating 'playable' music. They make interesting music that's arranged for the dance floor and produced at a frequency that is perfectly suited to meet the sound system.
Recommendations of artists to watch?
There's way too many to list. This might sound partial, but I really love the artists Anthea has chosen for Partisan. Apart from these artists, I'm playing a lot of music from Etienne, TC80, Z@p, Pelle, Reade Truth, GOSU's artists, Huerta and Gene on Earth. I'm sure I am forgetting several artists, but there's just too many to list.
What is the most difficult part of being a touring DJ and producer?
In my own experience, I would say time management, sleep deprivation, and maintaining positive mental heal. Touring is one of the best parts about being a DJ and producer, but it's incredibly taxing on the mind and body if you don't manage a proper diet, take time to rest, and boost your spirits.
What is happening right now in your career?
So much has happened in the last year. In many aspects, I have turned over a new leaf, I've changed agencies, refined my musical selection, started setting up my own label, and re-adjusted my workflow. I've grown so much in the last year and this next phase will be even better than the last. I'm very excited to showcase what's coming next.
After huge releases on labels like Partisan, Brouqade and yoyaku, what is next in your career? Any future projects or releases?
For the moment, I am concentrating the bulk of my material for my own label. It'll be my first solo label endeavour, so I'm taking my time to ensure that the music is diverse, transformative and all of the artists I am today.
What excites you the most from your career?
Everything. I love my career. I constantly feel challenged to grow as a DJ and a producer, so I'm always learning new things and adapting my musical taste. Beyond the creative aspect, there are so many incredible perks of the job. Living from my passion, travelling around the world, and connecting with fans face-to-face are opportunities that I'm really grateful for.
Words by Daniel Ordonez