‘it’s very important to still buy music’ | Interview with OSKA

In “Misunderstood” guitars meet a string section aligned with OSKA’s expressive and dreamy vocal delivery. An acoustic indie pop piece that keeps developing all the way to the end. Read our discussion below.

Describe your sound in three words please!

detailed, organic and warm

Tell us a few things about your new release. Which track in the “Honeymoon Phase” EP represents you the most?

Releasing my debut EP feels very special to me. I once described it as going for a pee. Cause at some point you just really have to do it. My favorite song on the EP is probably ‘Misunderstood’; I love the weird melody, the guitar part and simple lyrics. It combines a lot of the stuff that I like in music, so I’d say it represents my taste the most. 

What is the feeling of living in Vienna, the city of music? How do you relate to the Vienna music scene?

Vienna is a really great city with a lot of cultural offerings that I was just learning to appreciate more before the first lockdown. The music scene is nothing short of amazing in Vienna. And I’m not even talking about classical music, which Vienna is famous for around the world. In the last few years, a lot of young people started to make incredible pop and indie music that’s also gaining recognition outside of Austria. I’m incredibly proud to be a part of this cool and growing scene where everyone kind of knows each other. 

You released your music in vinyl. Do you personally like the idea of owning vinyls or do you prefer the convenience of digital alternatives?

I think it’s very important to still buy music in a world where a lot of it is available for practically no money at all. If people stop buying the product that we as musicians put years into making, we probably won’t be able to support ourselves and at some point won’t be able to produce new music.
Giving people the option to also buy my music on vinyl made me realize that a lot of them WANT to buy music and support an artist they like. I really wanted to make sure that the product I’m selling is also beautiful to look at, so I put a lot of thought and hidden details into the artwork.

You have already been featured in Spotify editorial playlists. Is Spotify the music industry’s new Gatekeepers?

It does seem like it sometimes. But if the world would suddenly change tomorrow and all of these platforms wouldn’t exist anymore, I could still just go out on the street and play my music. That thought kind of keeps me sane.

Do you have an artist that you would describe as a hidden gem that we should know about?

I’m currently listening a lot to Adam Melchor. I don’t know if he’s still considered a “hidden gem” as he is already going places, but I feel like he still deserves way more recognition for his beautiful music. But I’m sure he will soon. 

What was the best film you have watched during the quarantine?

I watched a lot of shows during quarantine; “This is Us“ for example made me tear up every night of the first lockdown. Recently I’ve been watching “The Queen’s Gambit,“ which I believe is one of the best shows out there. I’m also one of those people who bought a chess set after watching it.

One last thing we should know about you?

I’m a bad dancer. 

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