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Oscar Scheller’s favourite song at the moment is ‘Play Another Slow Jam’ by Gyrl and would love to take his dog Jasper on tour with him. He would also describe himself as ‘fun, sensitive and creative’ and his music as ‘melodic, eclectic and honest.’ After exchanging a few emails with the twenty-something old musician it’s clear to see that he couldn’t be more right. Whilst in high school Oscar wrote and recorded ‘Silly Girl’ on a cassette tape Dictaphone which is still in use today. In 2011, eponymously titled project ‘Oscar’ was born. Growing up in North London the Scheller family were surrounded by music, with his mother being a keen keyboard player (and later providing backing vocals for her son) and father playing Blur records around the house. Oscar wrote that it ‘certainly has its effects and almost gives you an innate sense of musicality and understanding.’ Adding that ‘It all goes in there somewhere and comes out in the right way at the right time.’ Since then he has racked up support from the likes of Noisey, Time Out and The Guardian, released the 146b EP – suitably named after his home studio name - and racked up impressive amounts of listens on Soundcloud. Oscar is part of the ever growing movement of raw, DIY bedroom producers recording and releasing music he believes ‘is the healthiest and most honest it’s been in for a long time for that exact reason’ that music is no longer prim, polished and stuck in a genre. If you head to Facebook group ‘Oscar’ you’ll see that the genre categorised is in fact, ‘poptart’. Speaking again of his childhood Oscar wrote ‘as a child it was as soon as I could reach a piano, I couldn’t leave it alone.’ Later in high school, guitar became a major influence onto the music. Oscar’s laptop tracks execute playful, retro electro homemade beats embedding honest, understated lyrics which at times are almost spoken in a crooning tone. However, Oscar once tried his hand at recording in a studio. But it didn’t work out. Telling how he prefers the home environment in the way that ‘The artist is completely in control and it shows in the output and quality of work. This is such an exciting time for artists, being able to fully express their artistic voices, and not be bound by genre, hi-fidelity or corporate opinion. Everything good is coming from the left, even the stuff that crosses over.’
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