60 Seconds With… Oscar + Martin

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60 Seconds With… Oscar + Martin


Oscar and Martin (Oscar + Martin)

Define your genre in five words or less:
“just a couple of guys appreciating some architecture.”

Bearing the terrible clichéd nature of this question, what do you reckon people will say you sound like?
A lot of people say we sound kind of nostalgic, or like sentimental but in a genuine way I would hope.

Describe the best gig you have ever played.
This reminds me of a boy I was babysitting recently, he was so sweet and curious and asked so many questions. But every topic we touched on he would always ask what “the best” was, or “number one” and stuff. i had to tell him every moment has its qualities, things aren’t better or worse, they are just different. For instance a really memorable show we once played was when we were playing in a hall, and the power shorted. So we did a makeshift acoustic set (me playing piano and Martin playing a couple of floor toms), and it was heaps of fun even though it was technically a disaster.

Tell us about the last song you wrote.
The last song I wrote is sort of an R&B style vocal I wrote over a Thomas William beat. It’s called Higher Than Me. It’s kind of about not being able to hold back making love, even though you both know you’re just going to hurt each other…well about that sort of thing.

Where would you like to be in five years?
I’m not sure exactly, I would really like to live overseas.

Do you have a pre-gig ritual? If so, what is it?
I usually like to find a reverberant space, like a stairwell or car park or something, and just sing for a while. I like to be alone before a show, and I’m usually really weird company if I am around people. Sometimes Martin and I like to do ‘Vin Deisels’ (sit ups) before a show.

OSCAR + MARTIN play the Hand Games launch party with City Calm Down and Nakagin/Wooshie on Friday April 20 at The Liberty Social.