Biography of Kev Obrien
|Moniker(s) / ||Stranjjur|
If Sinatra was correct and his legendary cliché that states “if you make it here, you’ll make it anywhere” is true; then New York's Kev Obrien is quite possibly on the verge of something big. NYC-based house music producer / label owner of Stranjjur Imprint / event organizer / former music journalist and all-round professional social-media whore who doesn't really care about anything other than beating the odds of the dismal hand once dealt to him on a gloomy day in 1980.
His name first made tiny ripples in the international "scene" around the world over 2010 and 2011, as his raw and imperfect debut productions, releases and remixes were already being championed by many of the world's most respected DJs (John Digweed, Ben Watt, Jamie Jones, Laurent Garnier, Nic Fanciulli, Solomun and many others frequently charted, playlisted and supported his music - just to name a few). However, it's been nearly 2 years since he stepped into a studio alone and his mind has shifted toward a much greater vision other than his own mere success. In Feb 2011 he began a collaboration with the then young, but highly gifted Chris Luzz; and the pairing was an instant success after the duo's first remixes were charted and caned all summer by 2011's DJ of the Year, Jamie Jones and many others.
His new vinyl and digital label Stranjjur Imprint (also co-owned by hia newfound partners, Chris Luzz) has already seen a storm of growth and success after it's debut release from Lula Circus (backed by remixes from Pezzner and MANIK) topped the decks.de house chart at #2; before rapidly selling out of stock in 3 weekss; and after one year the label has been called one of the most forward-thinking in the business with hits such as Fabo's Where I Stand topping charts all over and generating over 300,000 youtube plays in a matter of weeks; and H.O.S.H. & HearThuG's one-of-a-kind smash, "Technicolour' which topped DJ MAG's 'Essential killers of the month" list in Sept 2011's printed isssue; and still continues to gain support from all corners of the globe.
After a mere year from it's inception, Stranjjur's roster now includes artists such as H.o.s.h & HearThuG.; Sasse (Freestyle Man), Lula Circus, Pezzner, Kris Wadsworth, Inxec, Marcin Czubala, Audio Soul Project, and of course the ones the label prides itself most on,, it's new breed of future stars, such as Gab Rhome, Havens+Hart, Art in Motion, HearThuG, and many more..... in 2013 Stranjjur already has music slated from Kolombo, H.O.S.H., Sasse (freestyle man), Nhan Solo and many more.
What does the future hold for Kev Obrien and Stranjjur? Only time will tell; but if ‘Ol Blue Eyes was right, then the journey has merely just begun, and the future is looking very Stranjj, indeed.