A Long Walk on the Beach: An Interview With Oceanside85

Whether it’s opening for Dance With the Dead or blending all the different styles of “wave” together into an amazing brew of music, Oceanside85 is certainly making waves. We had the most excellent opportunity to talk with her over the past week and I’d love to share it with you! Hope you enjoy and be sure to give her a listen if you’re new to what she’s got on offer! The Oceanside85 Bandcamp site is ready to get your #SummerofSynth started in style!


What can you tell new listeners about Oceanside85?

My name is Oceanside85. I like long walks on the beach, candle lit dinners, and retro jams. I sing and produce Synthwave, Synthpop, Vaporwave, and Dark Synth. I have also recently tried to meld Synthwave to Vaporwave and Synthpop to Dark Synth…I love to experiment. I’m an island girl from Victoria B.C and an 80’s kid. I’ll always have a soft spot for that era. Nostalgic childhood reasons. 80’s Sci-fi, Action, Horror and Romance movies are a big influence on my music. In my house if you weren’t blasting the boom box with Cyndi Lauper, you were watching a classic like They Live or The Breakfast Club. If you’ve never seen Total Recall then I’m sorry we can’t be friends. Unless you let me show you the movie or explain it in detail.

Blue Waters Vol. 1 came out in April. Now that it’s been out for a few months, how do you feel about the finished product?

Blue Waters Vol.1 was an experimental album where I did what everyone wanted but no one knew they wanted…I mixed Synthwave and Vaporwave in some sort of weird science type scenario. I think I did it, but you be the Judge. When you listen if you feel like Kevin Costner swimming in a grid of musical waves and feeling slightly weirded out by seaweed touching your legs, then I’ve done my job.

Any hints about a Vol 2?

Blue Waters Vol.2 will be even more wet sounding, if that’s even possible. I may go more Vaporwave on the 2nd album. I’ve been really inspired by Chuck Persons Ecco Jams and Blank Banshee lately.

You’ve been at this for a while. How have you seen the synthwave genre evolve, both good and bad?

I’ve been making Synthwave since late 2015. My first album Cool Surfs Hot Nights came out Jan 1st 2016 so that’s my Oceanside85 anniversary. I have a tradition every year on Jan 1st I get a coconut, saw it in half (which is really really hard).. and a little umbrella.. make a drink, put on a lei, and toast to another year of music. I love being part of a scene of musicians that have a passion and love for synths and retro style. I think Synthwave is getting bigger everyday, which is great for everyone involved. Every one of us who works day in and day out to carve out a spot for themselves and their creativity. There’s so many people falling in love with Synthwave daily that I sometimes see a new producer everyday that follows me on Twitter. Its like one giant Synth Family …there’s the Dad’s, the Crazy uncles, the big bros, the rad sisters, the cool cousins and the neighbors that gets sick of it and start writing posts about how they hate it. All in all, it’s a wide spectrum of people, styles, and sounds and there’s room for everybody. I’m looking forward to all the new music to come from my Synthwave fam.

What was it like working with guitar legend Dimi Kaye?

Dimi Kaye was one of the first producers I heard on Accu radio on the Synthwave / Dreamwave Channel. I give credit to Accu radio for introducing me to Synthwave. When I heard Dimi, I said where’s a pen, I have to write the name of this dude down. After that it was history…Synthwave took me and hasn’t given me back. My bucket list has a check on it now and it was such an amazing pleasure to work with him. We worked on a track called ‘Ocean Breeze’ for my 2016 vocal album When Hearts Collide. Its still one of my favorite tracks that I’ve ever done. I also worked on a track for his beautiful album La Luna a track called Daylight. I would love to work with him again.

What are your musical roots?

Well, besides messing with Fruityloops since I was 13 and playing around with my Casio keyboard, I originally was a singer for a punk rock psychobilly band Haddonfield for some years ..(side note Halloween is one of my fav John Carpenter films and also my bday). It was so much fun to get all ghoulish and play a lot of live shows. The crowning gig was when we opened for the Misfits. Good times. I’m still going to pay tribute to Haddonfield with a EP in the future.

Any embarassing records in your collection?

I’d say the Dumb and Dumber soundtrack and Night at the Roxbury …although Night at the Roxbury soundtrack is still my jam. I don’t really have a most embarrassing but I have a most rad…There was this time when i was a kid I went to a flea market and found a tape of BTTF. That was an amazing day.

What are your plans for the future?

I’ve got a lot of stuff planned. I actually had to buy a book to write down all my plans and sort it all out. The book is filling up. I’ve got lots of collaborations coming and in the works. I’m going to be doing another vocal album.. release estimated Summer 2018 with some awesome guests. I have a follow up to Eternal Summer my last instrumental synthwave album as well as some new Ep’s and singles. Blue waters Vol.2 and more Vaporwave releases to come as well. Stay tuned! I am also planning more live shows. I recently opened for Dance With The Dead in May, and it was an amazing experience. Looking forward to getting on stage again soon. Hey Synthwave bands come to the island and chill in the Garden City!

If you could have a dream collaboration, who would it be?

My dream collaboration would be with MiamiNights1984. He’s so dreamy!

Anyone you’d like to thank or shout out?

I’d like to thank you and Echosynthetic, for starters, for interviewing me. Cheers and thanks for the support! I want to shout out The Wave cave my Synth fam, and my fans for supporting my music and being amazingly radical. Stay Rad and Jam On!

 

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