Oskar Szafraniec (pronounced Shafranis for those wondering) isn't quite 23, yet at this delicate age where some producers and DJs perhaps get their first gig, ep release or a review in a magazine, say, this Berlin resident has already clocked up a whole decade of tours and record releases. Aged just 13 he released his first remix (and then his debut ep) on Italian label NuZone Tools, then later going on tour with A Guy Called Gerald in Japan.
It obviously had its desired effects in many ways, as to this day now Oskar is playing his live shows in revered spots such as Berlin's Tresor and perhaps most crucially of all he's worked with and continues to collaborate with, many of the most influential and revered electronic producers on the planet. Ricardo Villalobos, Ron Trent, Fred P and Pier Bucci are amongst the names he's made records with or featured on releases with.
He's got a charm and charisma to his music which regularly shows up in himself as an artist too. That lead him to perform at world's leading clubs and festivals such as ARMA 17, Mountain Festival and Into the Valley in Sweden just to mention few.
He shared some of his current favourite tracks for our 5FAVs column.
MELCHIOR PRODUCTIONS LTD. - WATER SOUL
“I must admit that it’s not long time ago that I got to know this track even it was released in 2007. It was love at first listen. The harmony is so beautiful in the background while the front is occupied with crunchy hi-hats, snare and little bleeps. A special one."
UNKNOWN ARTIST - ODECF2525
“One of my favourite records on ODE. Played it at two last gigs, it takes people on an interesting trip.
A:XUS - LAZY, HAZY, CRAZY DAYS (ALBUM VERSION)
“Amazing musical piece produced by Austin Bascom in the 90s. A friend of mine played it to me a few days ago and I thought to myself “wow”. Incredible.“
PHARAOH SANDERS - YOU’VE GOT TO HAVE FREEDOM
“Ferrell is one of my favourite jazz composers and saxophone players. Incredible flow. This record has been close to me all my life. So many memories.”
GINO SOCCIO - TRY IT OUT
“Classic, unforgettable baseline and vocal! It just makes my heart smile every time I hear it. I promise It’ll do the same to you - try it out!“
Check out Oskar's latest live recorded set from Watergate (Berlin)
Feature photo by www.ykygalore.com