Student Stories - Ross Murphy (OSCO)

Ross Murphy aka OSCO recently enjoyed his first official release whilst studying the Access to Music Production course in Bristol. A heady mix of Middle Eastern influences, 'Snake Charmer/Dizi' was quickly snapped up by and currently building up steam online. We caught up with Ross to find out more…

Tell us a little about about your journey into music production, how you first got it making music and what led to where you are now?

Student stories - Ross Murphy (OSCO)I grew up in Warrington and moved to Spain when I was older and was around a lot of house and techno and started to DJ at about 15 years old for small bars on the beach playing deep house. I liked the deep subs on a large system. After listening to more music and moving back to the UK I stumbled across the dubstep/grime scene in Bristol. I've never really looked back since then.

How did you find out about dBs Music and why did you choose to study with us?

After moving to Bristol and comparing a few different music colleges online I enrolled at dBs Music. They had a specific electronic music course at the time and most other places didn't. I really wanted to focus in on electronic music as it was all I was interested in.

You recently enjoyed your first official release with Snake Charmer/Dizi on Duploc. How did it feel
to get your material immediately signed?

When I first made the tracks I didn't think they were "all that" because my mates I was showing it to at the time weren't into 140, so I didn't get much feedback. So I kept at it and showed these tracks to some guys at dBs when I started the access course. I got a good reaction and one of the guys in the class reposted it on SoundCloud and Duploc got in touch and, after a little back and forth, then asked to sign the two tracks.

Your tracks are imbued with a lot of eastern musical flourishes. What is that initially drew you to
those styles?

At the time of making those tracks I had downloaded a Chinese film scoring sample pack and it had some interesting flute samples with lots of articulations in them. I spent about two hours cutting up the audio and pitching each note to sound eastern and threw it on an old beat and worked from there. I also bought Komplete and the Kontakt World series, which was a lot of fun to play around with.

But to go back to your original question, I've always had a love for Middle Eastern music. I traveled to Turkey with my parents when I was younger and bought a Ney flute in the grand bazaar. I think that's where it all came from.

How has your time at dBs helped push you creatively?

I say this to everyone who is thinking about going to study music; being around other people, all in the same boat, trying to get to the same place is so refreshing and encouraging. And having tutors you can ask very technical questions to and get an educated response is priceless. But at the end of the day creativity comes from you and your influences. That's how you give your music your flavour.

What advice has proved invaluable for your development as an artist?Student stories - Ross Murphy (OSCO) - Inside OSCO's home studio

Investing in quality gear. Obviously, you don't need the best of the best, but get some professional kit. How are you supposed to make drastic creative decisions without knowing the source material for what it is?

Also, I wish I had done this sooner, read the manual for your DAW!

What’s next in the pipeline for you?

So right now I'm at the end of my course for the Access to HE and I'm working on finishing my last few projects. There is an EP in the works for Too Much Collective here in Bristol (also a dBs crew) and I want to get another EP out on a large 140 label this year but nothing is set in stone yet. I want to spend some time developing my sound. My biggest fear is stagnating.

Where can people find out more about you and your music?

You can hear my music and keep up to date on what I'm doing using the links below. If anyone wants to hit me up and ask specific questions then I'm more than happy to reply. 


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