One of North Britain’s most exciting exports – OC & Verde – have been at the top of everyone’s radar since exploding onto the scene just last year. Using a quality over quantity approach which is backed up by a chart-topping string of releases, the boys always manage to keep on us on our toes with anticipation for their next musical offering.
The duo were hot on Pete Tong’s list of ones to watch in 2017, following their massive release ‘Symphony’ on Hot Since 82’s Knee Deep in Sound. After already gaining support on their debut release from Tale Of Us, Solomun, John Digweed, and got their first play on BBC Radio 1 from Pete Tong, the mighty pair are back. This Friday, October 20, will see the launch of their ‘Flauta’ EP on W&O Street Tracks – a doubled up release of club ready tunes perfect for peak time use.
OC & Verde have had what some would call a once in a lifetime musical journey, and with some exciting releases in the pipeline, we were quite keen when we were asked to chat with this rising Manchester duo in an all-new Artist Spotlight. So, let’s get to it! Join us below and brew yourself a cup o’ tea ‘OC & Verde style’: Milk no sugar, and take the bag out before the milk goes in, let it brew.☕️
COMING SOON: OC & Verde – “Flauta EP”
MCOT: Where does the name OC & Verde derive from?
OC & Verde: The name is just from our surnames, I’m called Ben O’Connor and all my mates have always called me ‘OC’ for short so thats where that came from and ‘Verde’ is Jon’s surname so we just put them together and thought it sounded cool so we went with it.
Behind the decks we play as a unit, one mixing and the other doing effects. We don’t play back to back like a lot of duos do.
MCOT: As a mighty DJ duo, what skills do each of you bring to the table when you’re in the studio and behind the decks?
OC & Verde: When we started out we both brought different skills to the table, Ben was the DJ an I was the producer but we’ve been working together for 10 years now so thats not the case anymore, behind the decks we play as a unit, one mixing and the other doing effects, we’re both on the same page as we play and know where we are trying to take the set. We don’t play back to back like a lot of duo’s do. In the Studio I (Verde) play the melodies and Ben is more focused on percussion and arrangement but other than that we pretty much just jam away, theres no formula to how it comes together.
MCOT: You guys have accomplished more in a year than some artists do in their entire career. What is your secret?
OC & Verde: We have accomplished a lot in a year but we still have loads more we want to do, this is only the beginning. There is no secret, the only thing we do is try not to sound like anybody else, be original.
A dream come true for any producer to get the nod of Essential New Tune from Pete Tong, still one of our proudest moments.
MCOT: Can you tell us how you managed to bag your first release on Hot Since 82’s notorious Knee Deep In Sound imprint?
OC & Verde: We just sent Daley demos that he liked, pretty simple really. We had a bit of luck too, our manager was emailing him about something else so he had his attention which is the hardest thing about sending demos, but once he heard the tracks he tested them out for a few weeks, they went down a storm and the rest is history, as they say.
MCOT: For your second release with Maasai EP, only four months later, you received the “Essential New Tune” award from the legendary Pete Tong. What was going through your minds when this happened?!
OC & Verde: That was mind-blowing to be honest, thats a dream come true for any producer to get the nod of Essential New Tune from Pete Tong, still one of our proudest moments.
MCOT: Do you feel that your success is a result of your hard work or pure luck?
OC & Verde: The harder you work the luckier you get.
MCOT: Over the past year, what has been your biggest challenge you have faced and how did you overcome it?
OC & Verde: The biggest challenge has been dealing with hangovers on tour, we overcame it with paracetamol and Berroca though.
MCOT: You’ve got some big releases coming out this month (October), can you tell us a bit more about them?
OC & Verde: We have a 2 track EP coming on W&O Street Tracks called Flauta & Gitarra, we’re really excited about these tracks, they have a very unique sound which we are really happy about, they are already being played by some techno guys like Nicole Moudaber, Pig & Dan, Charlotte De Witte and have also been getting spins from Richie Ahmed, Denny and obviously Waze & Odyssey who’s label there gonna be out on.
One of the tracks is called Sacrifice which has been getting hammered by Adam Beyer so very excited about that one.
MCOT: What can we expect from you guys for the rest of 2017?
OC & Verde: We’ve got the new EP mentioned above obviously, then we have a collaboration with Eli & Fur coming out in November on Yoshitoshi which is super cool then we have another EP coming on one of our favourite Techno labels Octopus in December, one of the tracks is called Sacrifice which has been getting hammered by Adam Beyer so very excited about that one.
MCOT: And the deal breaker question, how do you take your tea?
OC & Verde: Milk no sugar, and take the bag out before the milk goes in, let it brew.
Catch these two playing at ByDayBy Night Halloween Freakshow