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  Louis Osbourne

   

 

WEBSITES
louisosbourne.com
bluechiprecords.com



 

 

 

 

 

LOUIS OSBOURNE
TOUR SCHEDULE 2003

6/12 - DISCOTHEQUE
NEW YORK

6/13 -NATION
WASHINGTON DC

6/14 - HOME
HAMPTONS, NY

6/20 - CLUB MONTAGE
San Diego, CA

6/21 - SPUNDAE
CHICAGO, IL

6/24 - STUDIO 54 / EDEN
LAS VEGAS, NV

7/10 - CLUB KOBALT
ST LOUIS, MO

7/11 - GROUND ZERO
TRAVERSE CITY, MICH

7/18 - SPUNDAE
San Francisco, CA

7/19 - SPUNDAE
Hollywood, CA

7/26 - GLOBAL GATHERING
Stratford-Upon-Avon, UK

8/23 - CREAMFIELDS LIVERPOOL, UK


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 interest?

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 you spin?

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 over.

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 wouldn't expect.

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 time.

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 game.

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 on: info@louisosbourne.com

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 Osbourne's
new mix CD Motion:Audio
at Amazon.com

 

 

 

 

 

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