Artist info

Genre

Indie, Pop, Punk, Rock


Sounds like

Spinal Tap


band members

Vocals and Guitar: Rose Chan Bass: Andrew Stapleton Drums: Fenn Idle Synth: Rainbow Chan


Influences

Buddy Holly, Blondie


Website

www.soundcloud.com/okin_osan

Bio

Okin Osan is Sydney-sider Rose Chan. Her songs, written between the ages of 13 and 18, are about teenage exploits and dreams. Now in her 20‘s, the music becomes increasingly retrospective and nostalgic. Her sound is brought to you by 50's rock 'n' roll and 80's American punk. The live set up includes Rose on vocals and guitar, Andrew Stapleton on bass, Fenn Idle on drums, and Rainbow Chan on synth. Since 2013, Okin Osan has been playing shows in Sydney and Melbourne including with Fazerdaze, Jeremy Neale, Jack Colwell, Major Leagues, Empat Lima, and Unity Floors. They also played at Junkyard Fest, Psyched As, and FBi Spring Prom. Okin Osan is known for breaking the ice with off-beat banter and getting people, even corporate squares, dancing and twisting to sunny guitar rock. After a brief hiatus in hiberation, Okin Osan’s debut EP, “Are You Game?” was released 10 November 2016 through Healthy Tapes. The debut single “You Tell, I’ll Listen” and the second single "All I Want" are now available to stream on SoundCloud and as free downloads on triple j Unearthed.

Songs from “Are You Game?” have been played extensively on community radio stations nation-wide including: FBi Radio, RTRFM 92.1, 2ser FM, Radio Adelaide, SYN, Local Noise, 4ZZZ , 3MDR 97.1 FM (Mountain District Radio), triple j Unearthed. The lead single “You Tell, I’ll Listen” was included in The Bridge on FBi’s Class Of 2016 compilation. The EP was also praised and reviewed by Chris Cobcroft of 4ZZZ, Ripe, The Le Sigh, and Eucalypt.

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Inspired by Buddy Holly, Blondie, The Strokes, and video game music, Rose began writing her own compositions but was too shy to perform them publicly. From 2010, she played as a session musician for Rainbow Chan and other local acts. In Sydney’s Vivid Festival 2012, Rose was cast as a Virgen Acolyte in Karen O’s psycho-opera Stop The Virgens at the Sydney Opera House. For five sold out shows, she performed alongside a stage band boasting members of The Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, The Dead Weather, The Raconteurs and The Beastie Boys. This experience encouraged Rose to get her act together, literally, for Okin Osan’s first show at FBi Social and later that year, placed third in Sydney Uni Band Comp 2013. Rose played with Jonti, Rainbow Chan, Polographia, and other local musicians for Astral People Presents “Since I Left You” at OutsideIn Festival 2013. This project performed for Sydney's Vivid Festival 2014 at the Opera House under Jonti and the Astral Kids. They were fortunate enough to perform this euphoric tribute again for Melbourne Festival 2014.
Okin Osan takes Rose’s music off the couch, onto the stage and into your ears. Rose has written compositions inspired by video games combining 8-bit keyboard with distorted flute, sampled percussion, and electric guitar. While her nerdiness underlies her music, Okin Osan mostly pays homage to Rose’s love of 50’s rock ‘n’ roll crooners and dirty punks.
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Common responses to Okin Osan:
“Are you like, Japanese?”
“This track is a gnarly left hander.”
“Okin Osan only plays da hits.”

Review

Review by Stacy Gougoulis Stacy Gougoulis

08 May 2018

Triple J
40

Okin Osan only plays da hits

Okin Osan only plays da hits

Review

Review by Dave Ruby Howe Dave Ruby Howe

01 May 2018

Triple J
40

Picturing Okin Osan slaying the auditorium at a '50s high school dance and shouting out all the wallflowers with this song.

Picturing Okin Osan slaying the auditorium at a '50s high school dance and shouting out all the wallflowers with this song.

Review

Review by Lachie Macara Lachie Macara

11 Oct 2016

Triple J
40

Thank you for this

Thank you for this