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Music with Jonathan Rimmer
ELECTRONIC dance music might be more associated with bustling clubs in cities, but producer Dale ‘Soul Spear’ Files is hoping to put Oban on the map with his new album ‘Built With Girders’.
The album, which was released two weeks ago on local independent label Omnibeat Music Group, is one of the first electronic music projects to be produced in Oban.
Using only a computer to produce his beats and loops, as well as with the post-production skills of Omnibeat’s Duncan Keary, the album explores a variety of sounds including house, trance and techno.
‘I’ve always been a big fan of all styles of electronic dance music,’ says Dale, who also goes under the pseudonym Garrick. ‘My most played artists include Deadmau5, Armin Van Buuren and Stepcat. I’m still experimenting with my sound but I’m trying to incorporate sounds from electro house music.’
Though his music is geared towards ravers and club-goers, Oban’s only club nights are currently held at the Skipinnish Ceilidh House. Opportunities for local DJs are slim, something Dale hopes is beginning to change.
‘I’d love the chance to play live sets both inside Oban and beyond,’ says Dale. ‘The electronic dance music scene is probably the most neglected of all. There are no contemporary music retailers and few gig nights.
‘I think people like Duncan are hugely influential. In essence, without him and Omnibeat, Soul Spear would not be a thing.’