The 282nd episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Rafael Osmo.
1. How old are you, where are you living and how long have you been producing and Djing?
I am 32 years old, lives in Israel, engaged in electronic music since the age of 17
2. Where do your musical roots lie, what are your first memories of electronic music and when did you know you wanted to pursue it seriously? Are there any particular productions or artists from the past that really made you think to yourself ‘this is what I want to do.”
A good question , I in 2010, I knew that’s what I want to do, I’m actually working in the field from an early age but there were breaks in the middle, like a school, and other constraints, but in 2010, I knew that I entered the place I know, I learned a lot of new things started me new worlds in 2011 , signed a contract on High Contrast Recordings since I knew it was the beginning and it was running, I found myself five years after the release in Enhanced, Armada, Black Hole, Progline, Trance Line, Lange
3. How difficult was learning to produce for you in the beginning? Did you take any Audio Engineering programs or production courses to help you out or are you pretty much self taught? And did anyone give any advice early on that really helped?
At first, it was kind of game I started working with Cubase SX in 2001 and over the years it has become a sense of professionalism, I made a lot of mistakes along the way but this way of learning I do not believe the courses, I think that a person who really wants to can learn alone, today no lack of places to learn The Internet is full of materials To the Ableton software passed in 2009, has been history.
4. What parts of the production process do you find the most difficult and what comes easiest for you? When you do hit a creative block what helps you through it?
There is no hard or easy, this production production, I mainly like to build up the bass and the drums, I especially love to work using the Export when I know I locked it in the Preset programs that I simply exporting everything to WAV, and over this program that it is easier to work with Mix / EQ and it saves a lot of headache that you can simply cut and shape the way you want.
5. What’s a normal day like for you? Do you have a job outside of electronic music? And what do you like to do when you’re not working on music?
Most of my day is about the music, I wake up at 7:00, takes time relaxing with coffee and got to work at 8:00, checking what I have to close, mainly contracts, e-mails, what should I do now …
Sometimes I start at 9:00 to 10:00 and sometimes I start at noon to night, I like to work as an organized agenda, and not into the wee hours of the night
6. Apart from electronic music what other genres do you listen to and who are your favourite artists outside of electronic? and do these genres or artists have a direct effect on your own productions?
Yes of course, I really like rock of the ’90s, like Metallica, Iron Maiden, Nirvana, Black Sabbath, Green Day. I think that today everything is evolving towards the Edm, the era of rock I love Barry Sakharov, very much like the Erez and Amit Infected Mushroom. Furthermore influential artists of this question extensively because if you look at it in terms of music Low Deep House, I really like the work of Rick Pier Oneil, even going to release us track together on the label Saturate Audio, in early December 2015 I really like the work of Stanisha , Matt Holiday, John Fleming, I think they do a great job Trance I really like the work of Linnea Schossow, it is no secret, of course, like the work of Danilo Ercole we are a good friends , Artisan, Nifra, Simon Patterson, Dennis Shepered, and a few other artists.
7. What was the first and last physical (CD, Vinyl, Cassette etc) piece of music you bought?
I always buy CDs on ebay last CD I bought was Tiesto In Search Of Sunrise 2/3
8. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
I have no secrets 🙂 all my heart that I write on Facebook, I have a Facebook profile that people write to me and I answer them gladly, but you could say.
9. Which producers in your opinion get consistently overlooked?
Do not think they exist.
10. Which producers consistently inspire you? And where else does your inspiration come from?
It’s really a good question that kept my eyes open when I get music on my radio program Progline So every week I get some – 250-300 demos / promo, and every time I hear new sounds I say wow, if I do this it can be great, I’ll try, when I finish new sections I always send my music to friends in the scene of music to get an opinion I think knowing that, it comes to large scale artists such as Danilo Ercole, Linnea, Schossow, Rick Pier Oneil, John Fleming, Moshic.
11. There are countless producers out there trying to find their way and create their own unique sound, what advice do you have for them?
Just sit down and create your own style. Do not look for style as everyone else to be signed by a label you like, most importantly believe in yourself, know what you want and what direction to take your music, I think the style is like the voice of a singer, everyone has a color of peace, today the competition is tough, but with hard work and regular release of monthly, it comes slowly.
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
A bit difficult, because I’m about to release approximately 35 new tracks
Upcoming releases (December)
07.12.2015 : Rick Pier O neil & Rafael Osmo ( Saturate Audio )
14.12.2015 : Rafael Osmo & Linnea Schossow ( Enhanced Music )
21.12.2015 : Rafael Osmo ( Pharmacy Music )
28.12.2015 : Rafael Osmo ( Auditory Recordings / Black Hole Recordings)
Thank you very much guys !
Rafael’s remix of ‘Ways & Means’ is out now on Abstract Space Records, you can purchase the release: here