Two features on here in a week must be a new record - I’m always slow at getting round to the interview section, but I hope this makes up for it.. Owner/founder of rising internet radio station Dusk FM ‘Ostra’ provided us with the third installment of the DDDDcast series, and if you caught the mix you’ll know it was a big one - here’s the words to accompany…
D - Easy Fin, how’s yourself today?
O - Yeah, all good mate thanks.
D - First off, for those who aren’t sure – what’s your name and where do you come from?
O - I’m Finlay Reid aka ‘Ostra’ and I come from Surrey but currently based in Birmingham.
D - What got you into DJing in the first place? When did you start?
O - I started DJing when I was about 16. Back then a few mates of mine had just started messing around on a controller and I joined in. About a year later I had saved up for a second hand pair of 1210’s and just went from there.
D - How would you best describe your mixing style? What kind of music do you prefer to play out – strictly the deep 140 sounds? Or do you like to mix it up? (No pun intended haha)
O - Hmm, my mixing style varies depending on what I’m feeling that day and other important factors like the crowd. I do prefer playing out the deep 140 sound and most the time it’s what I play, but I do have a small collection of drum & bass and some darker house, which I’ve been slowly expanding.
D - Very topical question, but which do you prefer when playing out – CD or vinyl? What’s been your most memorable gig?
O - I prefer playing out on CD’s, its simpler, with vinyl there always seems to be a problem, most of the decks at clubs are worse for wear. I prefer playing on vinyl at home, there is something about it! Sometimes I’ll bring a few records to a gig. As for my most memorable set - this is quite hard to choose, they all have left me with good memories, but I think either my first gig which was the 2012 Outlook launch party in Birmingham, it was the first time I had played out on such a big system in a warehouse. Or the Rainbow warehouse showcase, they had a stage on the street, all my mates from home came up and the vibe was incredible. Both events were Seedy Sonics, these guys put on great nights and I owe a lot to them.
D - So you own the new internet radio station Dusk FM (which you’ve kindly allowed me to have a show on as well – cheers for that mate ;)), but how did that all come about?
O - Yeah, no worries man, good to have you on board. I think it was the end of summer when the idea started forming. The thought at first was to give DJs, producers and promoters a platform in Birmingham to go on air and to be a foothold for underground music. That still is the ethos of Dusk. So I asked a few people if they wanted to play and went ahead and secured the domain name and hosting. From there it was a sort of ‘learn as we go’ process. It’s all worked out so far.
D - The deep, minimal dubstep sound is ever expanding, but who would you say your top 3 producers to watch in 2013 are and why?
- Mesck – He makes sick tunes! If you haven’t heard it already check out his recent release and you’ll understand why.
- Format – Yeah again the bits I’ve heard are solid; interested to hear what comes this year.
- Deafblind – Again, the bits I’ve heard are sick. I’m sure we’ll see some cool collabs and nice tunes this year.
D - What are your top 5 most favourite tracks of the last year? And your top 5 most favourite to play out?
O - A lot of these cross over so I’ll only mention 5. There are so many other good tracks to play out as well.
- Proxima – ‘Lie Detection’ (This tune goes off)
- Biome – ‘Shaman’ (Everything he is putting out is good though)
- J:Kenzo – ‘Indaverz’ (Remember first hearing this at cable, again, a lot of what he puts out is great)
- LX One – ‘Losing Control’ (Really liked this release)
- Kryptic Minds – ‘Rule of Language’ (This one’s sick)
D - What does the future hold for Ostra and Dusk FM? Any exciting new projects/shows/gigs you got coming up?
O - Yeah I think so, Dusk FM is taking over room 2 at the next Origins night, 1st February. The line up is huge in both rooms, if you’re in the area you should come down. Paradub needs a mention here too; with MJ Cole booked for the next night on February 8th.
Looking to the future, I hope to see Dusk FM grow. A continuation of the t-shirt series we just launched working with more artists. Perhaps in the future, we will start up our own night. It would be a small and intimate sort of night if we did, but yeah stay tuned for more info on that.
Finally big up to all the Dusk FM family and those that have supported us over this short space of time.
First of a new series of regular mixes; #001 being mixed by myself (M.A.K.Z.) just to kick things off - however others in the series will come from a handful of selected artists and labels..
Out to all those supporting and to those who sent me their music - respect!!
(Had to remove the first tune which was James Blake’s ‘Limit To Your Love’ because of copyright business, but when this gets archived on mixcloud the full version will be available - only a couple of minutes longer haha)