Wave, EBM, slamming house—Interstellar Funk does it all, and well. Catch the hotly tipped Dutchman with rising Monterrey/NYC artist Lady Osc.
Interstellar Funk, LDY OSC (live), Tyrel Williams, C.L.A.W.S., Alex Ohyama
Second Room : Pound Puppy (Oscar Pineda and Kevin O'Connor)
Under the Interstellar Funk alias, DJ/producer Olf van Elden is fast becoming a staple feature of club and festival line-ups worldwide. His rise has not been dizzyingly rapid, but rather built on a decade spent honing his craft in the record shops, studios and dancefloors of Amsterdam.
Van Elden’s ascent in underground electronic music culture has not come as a surprise to those within Amsterdam’s club scene. He was wowing home crowds long before he bagged a sought-after residency at now-departed venue Trouw, and more recently at it’s widely beloved successor De School.
What marks out Interstellar Funk productions and DJ sets is van Elden’s love of the imperfections and eccentricities associated with left-of-centre analogue machine music. You’ll hear them within the new wave, electro, techno, jack-tracks, heavy electronics and everything in between that populate his DJ sets, as well as the solo records he’s released on Dekmantel, Berceuse Heroique and Rush Hour, the label, store and distribution company he’s been associated with since 2013.
Van Elden continually sets out to combine the unlikely, which can also be heard in his Private Eyes single for Young Marco’s SafeTrip label, and through the lo-fi murkiness of his Faster Action project on L.I.E.S. Finally, there’s his own Artificial Dance label, an outlet for new and old electronic music that fits into the DJ/producer’s intoxicating, otherworldly aesthetic.
Alyssa Barrera Auvinen, who would become LDY OSC, grew up in Laredo, Texas on the border between the United States and Mexico. She grew up listening to industrial music and plunged
herself into the local electronic music scene in Monterrey, Mexico. Alyssa soon began DJ’ing and playing at clubs like Aura, Topaz and Bar Americas. After teaching herself electronic music
production techniques, Alyssa eventually moved to New York City to attend school, earning a BFA in Liberal Arts and Science with a Major in Music and Sound Engineering. While in school
her classmates called her Lady Oscillator because she was always building synthesizers kits, and thus LDY OSC was born.
Alyssa’s artistic trajectory coalesced when she connected with future bandmates Todd Sines and Charles Noel in 2015. Their project became a band called Artefactos de Dolor, whose
debut LP is coming out May 2019 on Helic.al Records. While she has long been a collaborator on experimental and synth wave projects, LDY OSC released “OAO” a single and the “Magic²
of 8” EP on techno label The Bunker New York. It’s a record that breathes with the spirit of her voice and hits hard on the dancefloor, retaining the humanity of LDY OSC’s vocal explorations
alongside the machine soul of her synthesizer manipulations. You can find Alyssa performing live or Dj’ing as LDY OSC, playing guitar, wind instruments, and singing in Artefactos, or
repairing busted gear and giving it life again. LDY OSC has an EP coming up on Squirrels on Film and LP on Kontra-Musik in the Fall.