ARTISTS

Paul Oja

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In the beginning there was a Amiga500 computer and unhealthy interest in sampling other people’s music. Later, the samples started going through an MPC sampler and the variety of influences increased at least ten times. When starting out, young Paul was into rock and hip-hop and by the mid-nineties basically every sub-genre of modern electronic music. Surprisingly enough, the first outcome was house music, together with a fellow electronica enthusiast Madis Nestor, they formed a dj-ing and producing powerhouse Ritmos Liquidos. Local hip-hop impresario DJ Critikal described the duo’s production as Gangsta House. Paul also held on to his hip-hop roots with local rap collective Toe Tag, producing all of their music. At the same time, he has been making tracks or remixes for almost every hip-hop artist that has been active in Estonia. Paul’s solo material ranges from mellow downtempo tunes to rugged rock or electro influenced mayhem. Same goes for his DJ sets. You can hear everything from hip-hop to rock, from electro to house. Once a week he can be heard on Raadio 2, where he is hosting a show called “Programm”.

Paul’s debut EP on Emerald City is a 4-track powerhouse which comes with banging bass-heavy beats, borrowing from 90s rave and rnb. You can hear the big rooms and festivals meet the pulsing sweaty underground basements, like Dr. Dre and The Prodigy hanging out in a strip club with the ghost of Keith Moon throwing 808 dollar bills at girls who are wearing Daft Punk helmets and haven’t slept since the 90’s..

Avoid Dave

Avoid Dave is the brainchild of singer/songwriter/guitarist Taavi Paomets. After years of working with alt-rock band Aides and songwriting for and performing with artists such as Ott Lepland, Liis Lemsalu, Artjom Savitski and August Hunt, you could say that Taavi definitely has an ear for mixing infectious grooves with melodies that have almost a pop-like catchiness. After we learned that other than writing arguably some of the best tracks for albums by many Estonian artists, he also has a computer full of solo material that has this totally original sound and is nothing short of amazing in production quality, we quickly agreed to put out his solo EP.

“Erasing Frames EP” is a soul-inspired journey into electronica with infectious grooves, backed by simple yet deep harmonies, infused with Dave’s vocals. Even though we can’t really draw any comparison to any other Estonian artist because he doesn’t sound like any other artist we know in Estonia, yet there is still something very distinctively Estonian about his sound.

Sander Mölder

Seven years of cello tuition set the stage for Sander Mölder’s musical exploits, granular synthesis and electro-acoustics, he is now the driving force behind OYT’s music. Currently working on his masters degree in composition from the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, he has played in and produced for various bands and projects. Once a member of the Estonian nu-jazz group Cosmoskva, he now splits his time between current projects OYT, State of Zoe and Righteous Jazz Citizens. You can catch him playing keyboards in Leslie Da Bass live outfit, doing solo live performances with a laptop and a controller or playing one of his trademark soulful eclectic DJ-sets. Sander was recently chosen as the “one-to-watch-for-in-2012” by Estonian newspaper Eesti Ekspress and he also joined the chosen few Estonians when he got selected as a participant for the 2011 Red Bull Music Academy.

Firejosé

Estonian-born Firejosé aka Mark Stukis pondered into the electronic music world in the 1990s, gradually moving from listening to records to going to raves to DJing, falling in love with drum’n’bass. After years of spinning and producing solely in one genre he started to grow tired of it. His adventures would take him to jungles of Central America, where cut off from modern trends of electronic music, he started crafting his own style. After moving back to civilization and coming in touch with the music scene again, he slowly started spreading his work. His sound is always on the deeper end of the musical spectrum but also with a dancefloor tip, the production style of tracks on his debut – Yellow Lanes EP – have drawn comparisons to the likes of Floating Points and Joy Orbison. His musical influences range from Arvo Pärt to Rage Against the Machine, from Bjork to The Prodigy, from Kompakt to Metalheadz, from J Dilla to Zed Bias. DJ-ing wise you will not be disappointed also – Firejose has a solid background in double dropping dnb dubplates – a skill which he has brought over to these unfamiliar territories he is exploring musically now.

Yellow Lanes EP available digitally and on a limited edition 12″ vinyl

OYT

OYT is:

MC Busta – friends know him as bustaott, the general public as a radio show host at Raadio 2, a beatbox enthusiast and the number one drum’n’bass MC in Estonia.

Sander Mölder – Seven years of cello tuition set the stage for Sander Mölder’s musical exploits, granular synthesis and electro-acoustics, he is now the driving force behind OYT’s music. Currently working on his masters degree in composition from the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, he has played in and produced for various bands and projects. Once a member of the Estonian nu-jazz group Cosmoskva, he now splits his time between his solo career and current projects OYT, State of Zoe and Righteous Jazz Citizens. You can catch him playing keyboards in Leslie Da Bass live outfit, doing solo live performances with a laptop and a controller or playing one of his trademark soulful eclectic DJ-sets. Sander was recently chosen as the “one-to-watch-for-in-2012” by Estonian newspaper Eesti Ekspress and he also joined the chosen few when he got selected as a participant for the 2011 Red Bull Music Academy.

DJ S.I.N – the man behind the sound of OYT is widely regarded as the number one drum’n’bass DJ and producer in Estonia who’s been active in the scene since 1998. He has been releasing drum’n’bass and dubstep originals and remixes under record labels like Spearhead, Formation, Hospital, Med School, Viper, Nemesis, World Of Drum’n’Bass, DSCI4, XSDubz, Umblu, Lejal Globe, MUM, Pepermint Jam, ROTD and Mindnote. His collabo track with Mutated Forms titled “Right Now” found it’s way on dnb icon Goldie’s FabricLive mix album in 2011. He has been working with sound for TV, radio ads & films, as well as arranging sound for various shows and performances. S.I.N has a residency at one of the biggest local dnb nights called “Sin City” – which, by the way, has been voted the best drum’n’bass event in Estonia every year since 2005. He also does a special monthly mix-show on national Raadio 2 alongside Raul Saaremets – the grand old man of the local club scene.

Drummer Kaspar Kalluste has been collaborating with top local jazz and pop acts for years. He has been honored with the Young Jazz Talent Award in 2012 and picked as the drummer for Raadio 2’s “Dream Band” in 2013. He has graduated from G. Ots Music School majoring in pop-jazz percussion, studied at Malmö Academy of Music and earned his master’s degree at Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. In pop music, there’s a long list of concerts, studio recordings, albums and TV shows where he has appeared, including the absolute top of Estonian pop acts (Tanel Padar & The Sun, Ines, Ivo Linna, Kerli Kõiv, Maarja-Liis Ilus, Koit Toome, Hendrik Sal-Saller, Mihkel Raud, Ott Lepland and many others). His newest venture in the world of electronic music is called Würffel (with Marvi Vallaste and Tarvi Kull).

Those different backgrounds, experiences and perceptions of music merge together to create sounds that go through barriers of genres and styles. Whether it’s hip-hop, house, rnb, dubstep, drum’n’bass or jazz, we label it as the electronic soul of OYT.

DJ Quest

A classically trained pianist and choir conductor, Quest took a turn off the tracks that would have led to a career in the world of classical music and started to buy vinyl to accompany his cassette and CD collection that had included everything from Mahler’s symphonies to Nas to Michael Jackson to Nirvana to The Prodigy up to that point. Being introduced to hip-hop at an early age when the whole scene in Estonia was taking it’s first steps and the music was almost impossible to obtain, things changed for Quest when he met the members of the “North Crew” – a group of hip-hop enthusiasts – in 1995.

Around the year 2000 he teamed up with DJ-s Critikal and Paul Oja, forming a DJ-crew which became known as hiphop.ee / Check One Two. In 2001 the website hiphop.ee was launched, which quickly became the most popular youth-orientated site on the whole Estonian internet. At the same time party series called Check One Two (still a monthly event running for 10+ years) and hiphop.ee were launched, the latter in the now legendary Club Spirit, considered as one of the first truly successful hip-hop club party series in Estonia, paving the way into clubs for many other hiphop/rnb/nu-soul events. Quest was also the resident DJ of “Brown Sugar”, which can be considered as the first ever monthly club event focused on RnB and soul music in Estonia. Soon the crew would take control of managing most of the hip-hop related events in Tallinn, kick off the very first official Estonian MC Battle and start a weekly radio show called “The Program” on a commercial station EnergyFM (moved to Estonian National Radio’s Raadio2 in 2003). Quest is also one of the few Estonians who have ever been invited to participate in the Red Bull Music Academy (Seattle 2005) and invited to play at the biggest European electronic music festival Sonar Festival in Barcelona. Nowadays he is also producing a lot more music of his own and runs a small independent record label called Emerald City, which is focusing on releasing music from noteworthy Estonian artists.

The cornerstone of his DJ-sets is a tasteful blend of hip-hop, rnb and nu-soul. Depending on the party, you can also hear soul, funk, disco, house, broken beat, rock, dancehall reggae, breaks and even dnb or dubstep – as he labels it himself – “whatever’s soulful, whatever makes you dance”. Besides playing at the best clubs in Estonia, his DJ skills have also taken him on regular trips to Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Spain and the United States. He currently holds monthly residencies at Club Prive (Tallinn), Wabadus (Tallinn) and Von Krahl (Tallinn). During the recent years he has also received an increasing number of invites to give lectures about DJ-ing, production and the music business. When not spinning records, doing a radio show, organizing a party, producing a track or releasing a record, he’s working as the program manager for club Wabadus in Tallinn.