OSKAR, the super talented young producer from Sweden releases his first record under Carl Kennedy's Wasted Youth Music called Brothers, a beautiful peak hour vocal record. This gem of a record with a pulsating bass line and a huge loving vocals sung by OSKAR's brother Gustav Jennefors is set to be a big summer record. We sat down with OSKAR to see what this Swedish chap is all about.
You started DJing when you were only 16 years old. How did you first get into DJing?
Music has always played a huge part in my life for as long as I can remember. I was already thinking about DJing when I was about 13 or 14 years old but I couldn't afford all the gear until I was 16. When I started out I took any gig I could get so I begun with birthday parties (my parents' friends), weddings and some high school parties. After that I moved to clubs when I was 17.
What equipment do you use?
When I DJ I prefer to play on the latest Pioneer rig. In the studio I'm producing on Ableton Live 8 and I use Genelec monitors.
What has been your most memorable set you've done so far?
There's been couple of really nice gigs but if I would have to pick one I guess it would be a gig I did in my hometown last Christmas.
You are from Sweden, why do you think Swedish producers are so in demand right now?
I it's a mixture of different factors. First of all the success of Swedish names such as Swedish House Mafia, Eric Prydz and Avicii has really helped to put Sweden on the map in the EDM scene. Their success has opened up many doors for other up and coming Swedish producers. Since ABBA era music has been one of Sweden's biggest exports so I guess we're good at making music in general haha
How would you describe your style/sound?
I guess I would describe my sound as energetic, big room house with soulful roots. When it comes to what I play as a DJ I like to mix different styles to surprise the crowd and always try to pick up good danceable tracks.
Who are your inspirations in music?
If I would have to choose one DJ only, which is a hard thing to do, I would have to say Axwell. His track Feel The Vibe is one of the biggest reasons why I fell in love with house music.
You are signed to Carl Kennedy's label Wasted Youth Music. How did that come about?
You could say that I found Carl and Carl found me in a way. I fell in love with Carl's track Once Upon A Time immediately after hearding it. I did a remake of the track to make it fit into the kind of music that I play in my sets. I uploaded the remake on to my SoundCloud and sent a link to Carl's twitter and got the answer: "Love It. Check your email" after 10 minutes. He sent me the parts for me to make an official remix instead and wondered if I had any more tracks to send over. I sent him 4 or 5 singles that I had done and he loved all of them. So after that I got signed onto Wasted Youth and it really was a dream come true for me.
You've got a new tracks coming out called Brothers, what was the creative process that went into creating that track?
Brothers is a collaborations between me and my younger brother Gustav Jennefors. The track came about in December when I was home at my parents house, I heard Gustav palying a great guitar riff that he had come up with and I instantly felt that I wanted to do something with it. So he got hooked on the idea of doing a house track with the guitar riff as the base. We recorded the guitar and I started to build the track around it. Everything just fell into place and when the instrumental track was done we wrote the lyrics together.
You've got some huge support from the industry giants such as Benni Bennassi, Stonebridge, D.O.N.S. and Tristan Garner amongst others. How does that make you feel?
To get support from big names that you look up to feels great! It makes you feel like you are doing something right and makes you even more dedicated to try to make good music.
Is there anyone you would like to collaborate with?
Axwell, he always delivers big house anthems that set the standard for the rest of the house scene.
Where can we catch you play in 2012?
Me and my management are still in the stage of planning for the future so the main focus right now is to produce new tracks and remixes. I have a recidency in a club in Stockholm which I will be playing at.
What does the future hold for OSKAR?
Right now it's all about promoting my new single Brothers. I have a new remix coming up on Wasted Youth which I think will be released in August or September. I'm also working on another remix and I have 3 or 4 new singles ready to be released after Brothers so there is quite a lot of new music coming up from me.