[Interview] Oscar G: Marathon Man of the DJ World.

Miami native and a marathon runner of the DJ world, Oscar G. is no stranger to the scene, nor is he afraid of a challenge. His time producing as part of the Murk Boys allowed him to hit several Billboard number ones, and many of the tracks he has written have become ageless club favorites. An undeniably talented producer, his true passion and joy comes from his time on the decks, DJing to a crowd of music-hungry souls. A respectable love for his music, and sheer determination, has lead to infamous ten hour sets and set him apart from many of his peers.

His new album, dropping mid-May, will consist of 20 original tracks, ranging from vocal and melody based bangers to tracks immersed with percussion elements. To be released on Nervous Records, the album will feature appearances from the likes of Kenny Dope, DJ Sneak and Pablo Fierro, just to name a few.

What went into the production of some of your most played tracks like "Some Lovin" and "Together"? Are there any stories behind them?

Those were only our second and third releases on the Murk label. We were very inspired at the time and completely in love with house music. The vocal on "Some Lovin" is by Bebe Dozier. I heard her singing the National Anthem at one of my brother's high school basketball games. She was dope, and I got her contact info. The vocalist on "Together" is a good friend of ours, Marck Michel. We were just young kids hanging out making music. We never imagined we'd soon be touring all over the world DJing and him performing the song.

You are a world-renowned DJ, respected for your talents. What does DJing mean to you? What sets you apart?

DJing for me is a childhood passion that became a life-long career. I started playing parties in my neighborhood when I was twelve-years-old. I never really had a plan or future career path. There were no "superstar DJs" at that time. It is just something I fell in love with doing and put a lot of time and energy into. I hope what sets me apart is originality and a unique sound.

When was the first time you played internationally? 

I think the first time was a Murk show in Sheffield, U.K. We did a few cities in England on that first trip. 

You've been know known to play ten hour sets at venues like Space in Miami. How did you keep up your energy and your feel for the crowd for that long?

Adrenaline is a great help. Even then, it does become a bit tiring, but it usually doesn't really hit you until you are done. When you play that long it is almost more mentally exhausting than physical. As far as reading the crowd, that's just what I do. That is the focus.

Who or what, were some of your biggest influences growing up that started you down the path of electronic music?

Arthur Baker, Jellybean Benitez, Vince Clarke, Mantronik and Pretty Tony Butler were some of my biggest influences, along with bands like Kraftwerk, New Order, Depeche Mode and Yellow. I was also influenced by the major music pioneers like Michael Jackson, Prince, Bob Marley and so many more. I could go on and on.

Throughout your years as a DJ, and playing at big clubs throughout the world, are there any moments or venues that stand out to you?

My decade long residency at Space in Miami always stands out. It was such a unique opportunity to do what I love every week, in my hometown, in the best possible venue/environment. I also was lucky to have played at the legendary Haçienda in Manchester, U.K. a few times. More currently, I played at Output in Brooklyn for ten hours last New Year's Eve. Output is pretty perfect and playing for my friends in NYC is always special.

Do you have any upcoming projects or goals you can share with us?

My new double album "BEEP my BOOM" drops May 20th on Nervous Records!
Other than that, I will just continue to make and play music that I love, and be grateful for the opportunity to do it.

Kristin Gray

Kristin is Media Relations Manager and Atlanta native. Music is her passion (duh), but so are planes, trains and automobiles. Basically anything that will get her to the next adventure. Other talents include awkward yet unashamed dance moves, terribly punny jokes, and finding hidden spots around Atlanta.