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Aimee Chapman who gets about in the musical world under the alias osh10

Define your genre in five words or less:

Trip-hop and electronica via pop.

So, someone is walking past as you guys are playing, they then go get a beer and tell their friend about you… what do they say?

They would casually walk past the door and hearing the muffled sounds of osh10 through the wall. Then everything would melt into a Michel Gondry style fantasy montage involving lots of colourful cut and paste animation osh10 soundtrack. Alternatively they would go grab their friend and come back and have a beer, cause ‘that chic sounded alright’.

How long have you been gigging and writing?

My first ever song was technically a collaboration with Quincy Jones- at a very young age I set melody and lyrics to the Quincy Jones instrumental that was the B-side to the ‘We are the World’ cassingle. If that doesn’t count then I would suggest that I really started gigging and writing a little over a decade ago when I started studying music at Tafe and University.

What has been your favourite gig you’ve played to date?

One of the earliest osh10 gigs was in a quasi-bondage club and our friends were knocked back at the door as they weren’t dressed appropriately- the dress code became clear with a most exuberant audience member wearing nothing but a large cotton nappie and a bubble blower. Maybe not my favourite gig but certainly interesting.

Which band would you most like to have a battle/showdown with?

I would love to go a few rounds with Mike Patton- the man would knock me out cold, I would however have an enormous smile on my face. Failing that, I would definitely get in the ring with Fourtet (Kieran Hebdan) however he seems so polite and nice that I imagine we would drink tea rather than indulge in musical wrestling.

What inspires or has influenced your music the most?

An insatiable travel bug, rampant people-watching and eavesdropping on public transport as well as the usual songwriting fodder of relationships, friends books, art and general life shenanigans.

What do you think a band has to do these days to succeed?

Bands really need to get out and make things happen for themselves and perhaps stop expecting a magic phone call from someone who is going to miraculously manifest them a music career.

Do you have any record releases to date? What? Where can I get it?

There is a brand spanking album out right now- you can purchase it on the likes of itunes, lovely independent music stores or via paypal on the osh10 website. It is called ‘One Hundred to the Ground’ and it told me to tell you that it thinks you’re cute.

Why should everyone come and see your band?

This question reminds me of the theme song to 80s show Growing Pains ‘Show me that smile again. (Show me that smile) Don’t waste another minute on your cryin” and I guess what I’m saying is you need to get out of the house and watch some live music or you end up quoting 80s theme songs at home on your laptop.

When are you playing live/releasing your album/EP/single/etc?

I’m launching the album and the gorgeous Toff in Town on Tuesday 19 July, with Ben Jackson supporting.