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NEW NOISE: OSCAR

A quick drive down the musical journey of pop’s latest phenomenon.

Jacket and trousers BOTTEGA VENETA, t-shirt SHO and shoes NIKE

Jacket and trousers BOTTEGA VENETA, t-shirt SHO and shoes NIKE

After making his name as a fully-fledged indie dreamboat with his 2016 debut album Cut and Paste, Oscar is now changing his course to take on the pop world. Two years after his beaut melodies stunned on his full-length, he dropped his latest single “Runaway” last week. Originally penned as a Mabel remix, he claimed the 80s-infused slick pop number for himself and it sees him travelling in a new and exciting direction. Although, he still fully keeps the “dreamboat” title.

Catching up with him last week to chat all about the new track, Oscar fills us in on what he’s planning next.

Hey Oscar, how are you?

I’m good thank you! It’s been a while. Pretty busy and non-stop but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Your brand new track “Runaway” came out last week, how’s the response been so far?

Good vibes only. I’m just so happy that this song is out and that people are able have it! It’s one of my favourites. Like me, it’s gone through many changes.

Can you tell us a bit about the inspiration for the song?

Well, funnily enough it started as a kinda fantasy love song written about a friend when I first got to know her but then gradually turned into something less romantic and became more general of wanting to escape kind of romance train of thought. I haven’t told her though…

Is this gearing up for a bigger body of work?

Yes, yes it is!

(LEFT) Jumper and trousers PRONOUNCE and shoes NIKE
(RIGHT) Jumper MOSCHINO

Jumper and trousers PRONOUNCE and shoes NIKE
Jumper MOSCHINO

Obviously your debut album came out two years ago, how has your approach to songwriting changed since then?

So, so much. I’ve been given some great opportunities to develop my writing and experiment musically in the last two years. It’s shaped my approach a lot. It’s helped me understand the kind of artist I am. Namely celebrating collaboration.

Where do you find inspiration for your songs?

Real life drama. My life. But it can literally be from anything; a line of a poem, scene in a film, a dream I’ve had or conversations on the bus I’ve heard. That’s the beauty of an idea. There’s no limit.

What do you want people to take away from your music when they hear it?

I want them to feel warm and fuzzy. And to feel less alone and freaked out about life. I want it to be therapy for someone.

Alongside your own stuff you also create music for other artists, how did you get started doing this?

Accidentally. I kind of fell into it and embraced it and now it’s flourishing. It started helping friends with their music and then it travelled outside of that to be something more essential.

Does it feel different when you create music for others as opposed to yourself?

Yeah quite different, I think far less precious and maybe more spontaneous. I tend to overthink things for my own project (as you do) but I feel strangely more absolute when playing the writer/producer role.

What are you currently working on?

Currently finishing something a bit more full length for my project to release next year and writing and producing for others in between. Got a few things I’ve written for artists coming out soon. Watch this space x

(LEFT) Knitted vest MARNI, shirt POLO RALPH LAUREN, trousers TOPMAN and shoes NIKE
(RIGHT) Jacket and trousers BOTTEGA VENETA, t-shirt SHO and shoes NIKE

Knitted vest MARNI, shirt POLO RALPH LAUREN, trousers TOPMAN and shoes NIKE
Jacket and trousers BOTTEGA VENETA, t-shirt SHO and shoes NIKE
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Hanifah Mohammad
Fashion
Rosie Sykes
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Sogol Razi using NARS Cosmetics
NEW NOISE: OSCAR

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