Three Oscillators is a solo project by music producer Brij Dalvi, the sound of Three Oscillators falls under the realm of glitch, sci-fi influences and the future. Seamlessly shifting through genres within these attributes, Three Oscillators is a diverse mix of otherworldly samples and dreamy sounds.
His DJ sets range from underground dance floor numbers to heavy bass and fast-paced beats. Three Oscillators is also a part of jwala, an artist collective based out of Mumbai and Delhi. His music has been covered on reputed websites like Resident Advisor, COLORSXSTUDIOS and Rolling Stone India among others.
See our exclusive interview with him below
If someone has never heard your music, which keywords would you personally use to describe your overall sound and style?
Emotional, glitchy, weird, introspective
Tell us about yourself. How did you get into music?
My name is Brij and I’m from Mumbai, India. I quit my job 3 months ago to pursue music full-time.
I can’t remember a specific time or moment that made me start producing music. It was a gradual process and my interest for making music steadily grew over time, but the seed was sown when my dance teacher in school gave me this CD with about 25 music-related software that he thought I’d be interested in, mostly because I was one of the few kids listening to “English Music.”
That was 9th grade. One of that software was this thing called FruityLoops 3, and I messed about with it, did random shit on it, realized that FL3 was from the early 2000s (I passed out of school in 2010), and got a heavily updated copy of the software. I did this weird DJing course after school that didn’t really teach me anything but did give me some direction as to where I was headed, musically. I think it was 2011-2012 when I made something that had “structure” and “arrangement” but was horrid nevertheless. That was also the time I found out about artists like Skrillex, Savant, Pegboard Nerds, Knife Party, SkiSM and a few other names in Dubstep and Glitch Hop. That was when the journey really began according to me because I wanted to make some cool shit and be like those guys.
When you compose and produce tracks, do you make music for yourself or do you make it with others in mind?
A bit of both. As much as I like to puzzle and confuse people with my tunes, I also like to maintain some sort of structure or melody so that people relate to it in some way.
What key pieces of gear/software are you using to define your sound?
I use a lot of dblue Stretch and Fruity Granulizer! Even the free Glitchmachines plugins are an important factor in shaping my sound.
Has your arsenal of equipment changed much since you first started?
Apart from upgrading to a high-performance laptop from an old PC 2 years ago, nothing much has changed. I still use my mouse to make music and I have this tiny MIDI controller to play chords and stuff.
Three favorite tracks of all time?
Tough question but
1. Phonat – Flutter
2. Boaz van de Beatz – Breakoe
3. Seven Lions – Isis (Deep Mix)
What inspires you outside of music?
Traffic sounds, train sounds, beaches, mountains, conversations and other things around me.
What is the best or strangest reaction you’ve had to your music this far?
Someone recently commented “smooth and silky like my asshole” on a tune from the new EP and that is already my highlight of 2020.
What, in your opinion would be the perfect genre fusion?
I’m really into the fusion of psytrance and dubstep. They go really well together!
Do you consider the Internet and social media as fundamental in building a career in music today, and what is your personal relationship with the new technology at hand?
The Internet has pretty much shaped my entire career. I started off talking to other music producers online, sent my first few emails out to promoters to get me shows and constantly updated my social media accounts to keep everyone updated with my latest music and ventures. Social media, despite its disadvantages, is a very important tool in 2020 if you want your music to reach people from your country and around the world. I’m a social media addict and I’m always online, but I’m finding ways to curb my usage.
What can we expect from you in the near future? Any upcoming projects or releases in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?
I’ve been trying to do some audio-visual stuff on my own to add an edge to my music. I have a few singles planned for the year and you’ll hear from me again in no time!
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