Behind the Beat: Gab Oswin
With his ‘Galaxy’ EP dropping October 19th on Gabcat, Gab Oswin called in to open up further about this impressive collection…
Only The Beat: How would you describe your sound in three words?
Gab Oswin: Trippy. Eclectic. Groovy.
OTB: Which artists would you say you take most of your inspiration from?
GO: It´s not so easy to say, there are so many different styles of music and artists…it’s ranging from Joy Division to Frankie Knuckles.
OTB: Was there a defining moment in your life that made you want to be a DJ/producer?
GO: There wasn’t a specific moment. It came step by step. I’ve felt connected with house music since the first time I’ve heard it on a German radio station in the early 90’s. It was electrifying for me…so fresh and new music…never heard before.
OTB: When working on a track, do you follow the same procedure or is it different every time?
GO: It’s almost the same procedure. At first I’m jamming on my drum machine as long as I’m having a groove which is kicking me. I catch that groove on my daw and continue with the bassline. This two elements are the basis for everything else.
OTB: Your EP ‘Galaxy’ is set for release on your own new label GabCat Records, what did you set out to achieve with this and do you feel you have done so?
GO: I was tired to promote my tracks to other labels. every time the same dilemma…which label fits to the style of my tracks, labels often don’t answer, labels with change requests (“can you add vocals?”)…and and and. Furthermore I’ve the opportunity to decide everything for my own productions, from mastering to cover artwork and I like to accompany the process of my own tracks from the beginning to the end.
OTB: Have you had the chance to test the three tracks out on the road? What has the reaction been like and does one tune go off more than the other?
GO: Unfortunately I didn’t have the opportunity to test this tracks in a club before pressing. The first time I’ve heard the testpress, was on an open air event…and fortunately all tracks worked, especially “Walk to the Stars.”
OTB: And how are you finding running your own label. What did you set out to achieve when you set it up and do you think it has influenced your own productions?
GO: My partner Katrin and I started with GabCat on July this year and we knew that it will not be easy to operate a record label, especially in times of emerging streaming services…and it’s really not easy! There is a long way to success. But we investing a lot of love and positive energy in this project and we believe that it will work. The “Galaxy EP” is our third release, so it’s too early to say how’s running…but the feedback is very good so far, which confirms that we are on the right track.
OTB: Looking back at your childhood, did you have an upbringing that was rich in music? If so how do you think that has shaped the sound you produce today?
GO: In my childhood I had classes in drums and piano. This early music education was very important for me to develop a rhythm and melodic feeling…I draw them today. But I don’t think that has shaped the sound which I’m producing.
OTB: If you could go back in time and give yourself some advice, what would it be?
GO: Don’t buy too many plug in’s. Buy 2 pieces of hardware and focus on them!
OTB: Outside of electronic music what do you find yourself listening to? How does this affect your sound?
GO: I love music of PJ Harvey and Lucio Battisti, an Italian singer/songwriter from the 60’s and 70’s…completely different of what I’m producing. It doesn’t affect my sound…and it shouldn’t. It’s just music for me.
OTB: What are your top 5 tracks right now?
GO: Artefakt – From Our Minds To Yours – Delsin Records
Miguel Turia – Narcissus – GabCat Records
Gab Oswin – Walk To The Stars – GabCat Records
Ashwort – Puma (12 Dub Mix) – Needwant
Call Super – Migrant – Houndstooth
Keep an eye out for Galaxy, landing October 19th.
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