27 year old Louis Osbourne is a DJ from
Birmingham, England. Yes, he's related
to Ozzy... though it's not exactly "like
father like son!" Louis got turned
on to the rave scene when he was 16 years
old and spent the next couple of years
hitting the best clubs and events he could
find. He landed a plum job at Birmingham's
infamous Hard to Find Records store, where
he worked as sales manager almost 3 years
but it wasn't long before he landed his
ongoing residency for House Of God in
Birmingham. With a career built on a solid
reputation of skills and style, Louis
has risen in the DJ ranks and can be found
playing at the biggest clubs in Ibiza
and around the world. This month sees
the release of his first DJ Mix compilation
"Motion:Audio" in his multi-release
deal with New York label Blue Chip Records.
Don't miss his live DJ sets as he tours
the US and UK this summer too!
In this exclusive raves.com interview
with reporter Shawn Wallace, we find out
a little more about the DJing Osbourne.
Shawn: I read that you
developed an interest in dance culture
after attending your first rave, what
was it about the event that sparked your
Louis Osbourne: Well I had never
been to anything like it in my life, I
had only just turned 16!!! I had been
listening to tapes from Raves for a couple
of years so I knew I liked the music.
When I got there I felt I had found this
new thing, this sub culture, and it rocked!!!
It was something underground (at the time)
and it was something rebellious.
How would you best define your sound/style?
I play the Techier side of House and
the Funkier side of Techno.
What was it like the first time you
played in Ibiza?
It was pretty subdued actually. My first
gig was playing chill out stuff at Café
Mambo so it was nice. I then started playing
for Cream at Amnesia. That was fucking
awesome, and still is.
Who were some of your early influences
and who are your current influences?
Early and current are still pretty much
the same. Carl Cox, Deep Dish, Danny Tenaglia,
Slam, Jeff Mills. I can't say I was ever
influenced by Hip Hop, or Disco or any
of that stuff. My influence to do what
I do has always come from the current,
and pushing things forward. It's mostly
other DJ's that have influenced me, and
too many record labels to mention.
What do you think of the success
of your father’s show? Has he ever heard
It's been astoundingly successful hasn't
it. I think it's great. Yup, he heard
me spin 2 years ago at 1150 in Atlanta.
How do crowds react to your DJ career
knowing that your dad is Ozzy?
Sometimes you get people doing all the
metal hand signals, and you often get
people wanting autographs, but on the
whole, most people in dance clubs aren't
rockers, thank god.
I heard a rumor that you were trying to start up a dance radio station?
If so, where and how is it going?
Exactly, it's a rumor. I have been promised a show on a regional radio
station in the UK if the bid I'm working with is successful.
Having traveled and played in several countries, do you have a favorite
place to play?
Ibiza is always good, but other favourites are the Czech Republic, New
Zealand and Australia.
How do you determine what tracks travel with you?
Tracks that I like and hopefully the audience will like. I try to always
talk to the promoters of the clubs before I set off to find out what works
best at the venues.
Do you have a track that never leaves your bag?
This last year it has been: Tomaz V's
Filterheadz - Sunshine - In-Tec Records.
I nearly always finish my set with it,
and I have been playing it for 18 months!!!!!
The reaction every time is huge. It's
the last track on my CD as well.
When you set out to plan the track
list for your mix CD, "Motion Audio
Version One" did you have a goal
in mind for the mix?
It was to make a mix with no compromise on content (i.e. No sell out
tracks), that builds continuously from start to finish and that was
programmed / mixed as perfectly as possible. And it was achieved......
How would describe the sound of the Motion:Audio release to someone who
has never heard you spin?
Heavy, Underground music. As I said before, I play the Techier side of House
and the Funkier side of Techno, and that is what you'll find on the mix. I
try to play my mixes and my sets starting deep and build them up & up & up.
I'm not really an up & down / peaks and troughs / journey DJ. I like to
start at a point and take it higher & higher.
Did you plan the set from one track (and if so, which one?) Or did you
have a general idea of what tracks you
wanted to use all along?
I had the tracks that we had lisenced and I spent 3 days in my studio mixing
and mixing and trying loads of different mixes until I got them in the right
order. Then I did it in one take. It was done 100% live using 2 Pioneer CDJ
1000's, 2 Technics 1210's and a Pioneer DJM 600 mixer.
What track from the release have you seen get the greatest response while
spinning live in a club?
Again: Tomaz V's Filterheadz "Sunshine"
(In-Tec Records). But the Eric Prydz mix
of Par-T-One "I'm So Crazy"
(Credence) has been taking the roof of
as well. It's actually an unreleased mix
too. I have a few exclusive tracks on
the mix which is nice.
What has been the best aspect of
being a DJ?
The travel, I love it and have been paid to travel the world many times
Outside of dance music, what other music do you enjoy at the moment?
Loads of different stuff. Radiohead, Coldplay, Bill Withers, The Beatles,
Duran Duran. I listen to a little bit of everything. And some stuff that you
Any non-music hobbies? What do you do for fun when you get time off?
I play rugby, and I go mountain biking. To be honest I haven't been doing
them much recently. I'm so busted for time. I'm getting marred this year, so
planning that as well as doing all this album stuff has taken up most of my
Do you follow football at all? Have a favorite team?
Football is for girls, I'm a rugby player and supporter. Rugby is a man's
If you had never attended that first rave, what do you think you would
be doing today?
I really don't know, I couldn't think what life would be like if I hadn't.
Any last words for people reading this?
I hope you like the album. I'm really
very proud of it, and I worked hard on
it. If anyone who listens to it wants
to give me some feedback, please do so
What else can we expect of Louis
Osbourne in the future?
More albums, more DJing, hopefully some
productions (when I have the time), and
a family. I'm getting married this year
and we are already thinking about kids!!!!!
You can find Louis
new mix CD Motion:Audio